What To Expect
Awake before dawn and set out in the early morning moonlight to the designated launch site and watch excitedly as the balloon is brought to life. The pickup time is 4:00am and they will be back at the lodge around 09h30am.
Giant, hot bursts of flame slowly inflate the brightly coloured nylon and soon it’s time to clamber into the basket, which rests on its side. Once everyone is in, seatbelts fastened (just for take-off and landing) and hands firmly on the sidebar, the balloon gently lifts and begins its peaceful ascent. As you float amongst the clouds, the sun rises dramatically over the horizon and the magnificent colours of the earth are ever-changing. Watch mighty herds of elephant that resemble ants marching, marvel at sand dunes that seemingly never end, spot towers of giraffe grazing the treeline, gaze down at lush vineyards, see rafts of hippo lazing about in the river and, if the timing is right, witness the enormous herds of the Great Migration as they amble on their never-ending trek in search of greener pastures.
The balloon soars at varying heights and gradually rotates with the morning breeze, constantly giving passengers a new perspective. Many animals will gaze up in at the giant ball and basket with surprise and great curiosity. The seasoned pilot will eventually select the perfect landing spot, and with a few minor bumps here and there, the balloon will land just in time for a grand celebratory champagne breakfast where you can recount the morning’s bucket list moment.
Adventures aloft Balloon Safaris flies over the spectacular Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Adventures Aloft in the Serengeti National Park flies from Lobo and Kogatende, In Lobo take off site is from Togoro plains & Kogatende take off site is from Mara River.
All pilots with Adventures Aloft have over 1000 hours of flying experience and are all commercially rated on the large size balloons. Over fifteen years of operation in Balloon Safaris over the Maasai Mara, Adventures Aloft has a perfect safety record.
A Balloon flight allows passengers to float over the world’s most spectacular Serengeti National Park, where you will find the crossing of Migration. On landing, the balloon crew set up a full champagne breakfast complete with “Bloody Marys” next to Serengeti River. Each passenger then receives a certificate from their pilot as a special memoir of their flight. A game drives en route to the lodge / Camp or Klein’s gate which ends a special morning.