There is nothing quite like the experience of a luxury hot air balloon safari over the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. The absolute peace of its vast open plains, the crisp fresh air, and the ever present promise of spotting wildlife as the balloon floats silently above the Great Rift Valley. When you envisage luxury safaris in Africa a balloon safari is perhaps one of the most iconic and romantic of all the safaris and is certainly on everyone’s travel wish lists.
The Masai Mara is perhaps one of the world’s most famous safari parks with its vast rolling plains, miles of seemingly endless plains and an abundance of diverse wildlife just waiting to be discovered. Kenya is where the safari was born and the Mara is by far Kenya’s finest game reserve. Kenya is a land of stark contrast, from the highest of highs from the highlands to the Great Rift Valley and its lakes, to the world’s most iconic reserve, a safari in Kenya is the only way to truly experience the heart and soul of this charmingly beautiful country.
There are several incredible way of experiencing Kenya on safari, but nothing can quite compare to the thrill and unique experiences that you get when you embark on a balloon safari over the world famous Masai Mara, witnessing the great wilderness from a bird’s eye view in one of the most relaxing and memorable experience you could ever wish to experience.
You can expect an early start to the day; guests will be transferred to the start point of this enthralling ride. The luxury hot air balloons set off just before the sunrise and when the breeze on the vast open plains is still relatively cool. Once the balloon is in the air, the prevailing winds move to balloon across the vast landscape. Aside from the noise of the burner, the ride above the plains is splendidly quiet. Sometimes your pilot will bring the balloon in closer for a closer look at the wildlife and on other occasions it will rise above the tree tops and the forests, giving you a seemingly endless panoramic view of the Kenyan landscape.
As your flight ends you will get the option of indulging in a luxury champagne breakfast, I can think of no finer way to begin your day than this. You would think that the day could not get any better, but after your breakfast you will then experience yet another safari as you drive back to your camp, giving you even more opportunities for spotting Kenya’s diverse wildlife that you saw from the balloon. Just as a finishing touch to your luxury balloon safari, you receive a certificate on completion, as a special memento to remember this truly magnificent experience.
Luxury safaris in Africa are a life changing experience and one that you will never forget in a hurry and for me Africa never fails to take my breath away, inspire my soul and leaves me with long lasting memories of adventure and excitement – an experience truly worth experiencing.