View From Above - The Serengeti By Hot-Air Balloon - $490 per person

Description:
Serengeti hot-air balloon safaris are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness of East Africa, as you gracefully and silently fly over the plains teeming with herds of wildlife in the early morning.

Itinerary:
Awake early and at 5am, a representative from the Serengeti Balloon Safaris excursion will collect you from the lodge or camp located in the central Serengeti and will transfer your party by Land Rover to the launch site. Once you arrive at the departure site, you will meet your pilot and receive a briefing before watching the inflation of your balloon near the Maasai Kopjes. The pilots are all committed conservationists and will share their knowledge of the area and wildlife with you.

Enjoy the firey glow lighting up the night as the skilled technicians fill the balloon with hot air. Prior to departure, final equipment and safety checks are made. The passengers are then welcome to climb into the balloon basket for a take off just as dawn breaks. Rising as the African sun rises, the balloon floats freely in the direction of the morning winds. As guests in the hot-air balloon float taking in the natural sounds below, the pilot will put more heat into the balloon from time to time with the powerful whisper burners. Your pilot offers a unique perspective of the wildlife below and has precise control of the altitude of the balloon. Sometimes the balloon will be skimming the tops of acacia trees. At other times, the pilot will ascend to 1000’ or more allowing guests to witness the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti. Remember to bring your camera to capture the great photographic scenery and wildlife.

The duration of the flight is about an hour depending on the conditions. Scout vehicles will track your location from the ground and will be waiting for you wherever the winds have carried the balloon. After a safe landing in the savannah , your party will celebrate with champagne (excellent sparkling wine) before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in 'Out of Africa' style with bone china, linen table cloths, King's silver etc. Enjoy fresh tropical fruits, freshly baked bread and an English traditional breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, mushroom and tomato served with coffee, tea and juices. After breakfast, you will receive your Serengeti Balloon certificate. Spend the rest of the morning game driving the Serengeti in search of the ‘Big Five’.

Special Notes:
The hot-air balloon adventure is easily incorporated into any safari itinerary during any month of travel which includes at least one night in the Central Serengeti at either the Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Serengeti Serena Lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Lodge, or any of the Private Luxury Camps located in the Central Serengeti as well as Western Corridor camps including Mbalageti Tented Lodge, Kirawira Tented Camp, or Grumeti Rver Camp.

For guests staying at one of our Private Luxury Camps in the Central Serengeti, your driver guide will transfer your party to the Seronera Wildlife Lodge where you will meet up with the other guests partaking on the hot-air balloon adventure.

Please note that the duration of the flight is entirely weather-dependent. Because of limited space, advance reservations are required.

Earth's Wonders Safaris take you to:
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater
Tarangire National Park
Lake Manyara National Park
Zanzibar Island
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