Hot Air ballooning safari

SunUp Adventures organizes Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the Mara River, plains and forests of the Masai Mara. A Balloon flight will allow you to float over the world’s most spectacular Masai Mara Game Reserve, and offer a magical bird’s eye view of the annual wildebeest migration and the other wildlife the Mara is famous for.

On the day of your balloon flight, a custom safari vehicle will collect you from your camp or lodge at around 5AM to drive you to the launch site. You will arrive at the launch site by 6AM, and can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you watch the balloons being prepared for take-off. You will then meet your pilot, who will give you a safety briefing as well as explain what you can expect during your flight. There are basic toilet facilities available at the launch site.

At about 6:30AM, the first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you’re off for a wildlife viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. What amazes most first-time balloonists is the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Masai Mara. Even if you’ve flown elsewhere, this is a unique experience. The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming.

You will land between 7:30 and 7:45AM, and you can observe the complete deflation of the balloon envelope as you prepare for breakfast usually set up on the picturesque savannah plains of the Mara, characteristically under the shade of a single acacia tree. You will sit down to a full bush breakfast in the Kenyan style, complete with eggs-to-order, fresh juices, waiters in traditional Swahili attire, and of course, champagne!

During breakfast, you can peruse the photos your pilot has taken during the flight, and decide whether you would like to purchase the photos, or any of the other merchandise on display.

After breakfast, at about 9AM, you will have a game drive back to your camp or lodge. Depending on what we find along the way, the game drive usually takes about one and a half hours. By 10:30AM you should be back at your camp or lodge, already reliving the memories of the morning’s flight.