The very thought of a hot air balloon safari is one of extreme romance and freedom. There is arguably no better way to experience the migration across the Serengeti or the majestic expanses of Namibia.
Who can argue that floating over the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania, the Maasai Mara of Kenya or the red sand dunes of Sossusvlei in Namibia would not be one of the most spectacular ways of doing a safari activity. Very few indeed and quite rightly. As a scenic activity it is everything you imagine it to be and something to be considered when planning a safari to any of those countries just mentioned.
There is one big draw back though. The cost. it is not a cheap or lengthy safari activity. Almost everywhere in Africa it is around USD$500 per person for about 45 minutes to an hour in air. Yes you generally get a champagne breakfast before continuing on a normal safari activity but that is a fairly steep cost to what will likely be an expensive trip as a whole. It's very much a personal decision therefore of whether or not to include it. We would say that if you have the funds available to treat yourself, without sacrificing any other element of your general safari holiday, then go for it, you won't regret it.
The vistas, dramatic scenery and even the wildlife viewing from a Balloon can be extraordinary. But in the case of the latter you are st the total mercy of wind direction as to what game you may see. A balloon safari should not be taken as a means to see animals as it can lead to disappointment, rather do it to appreciate the vastness of the wilderness area or national parks that you are in.
Hot Air Balloon Safari FAQs
Why a hot air balloon safari needs to be on your travel bucket list?
It’s quality life experiences that matter more than material items and a hot air balloon safari is one of the best safari experiences to be had in Africa. A balloon safari allows for a better perspective of great occurrences like the wildebeest migration in Tanzania and Kenya, gives you a perspective of vast landscapes like the Namib or Kalahari Desert and the vantage point allows you to see things that may otherwise be missed from ground level.
The best part is that is can be shared with loved ones and friends of any age as it is a really tranquil, yet exhilarating experience at the same time. You won't regret it!
Can I see the wildebeest migration of the Masai Mara on a balloon safari?
Kenya’s Masai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife viewing areas and the jewel of Kenya. The nearly 600 square mile Masai Mara National Reserve is one of richest and densist wildlife areas in Africa. Seeing the great wildebeest migration from a hot air balloon is simply mind-blowing! We have had many travellers report back that this was such a great experience and very well worth it! An added bonus is that you get to take off as the sun rises over the Mara and this alone will leave you breathless.
What makes a hot air balloon safari so special?
Besides all the advantages we've already covered in terms of the ability to spot so much more wildlife, the sheer exhiliration of flying almost silently above the African landscape as the sun rises is well worth it! It inspires feelings of romance and freedom, oh and did we mention the delicious champagne bush breakfast you get to enjoy afterwards, while sharing your amazing experience with family and friends!
Which destinations are best suited for a hot air balloon safari?
Our top picks where balloon flights are most popular are Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Namibia. Each of these destinations has something magical to offer in terms of the flight. From breathtaking landscapes & scenery to the thundering hooves of thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara and Serengeti. Including a hot air balloon flight as part of your itinerary is definitely recommended.