You will transfer to the balloon launch site. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon. At dawn they take off, rising as the African sunrises and floating in whichever direction the wind of the morning takes them. The pilot can control the altitude of the hot air balloon: sometimes taking you up to 1,000-foot altitude for a breathtaking panoramic view of the park or flying at treetop height, offering a unique perspective and great pictures and photos of the wildlife animals below. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippo, cheetah, vultures, eagles, wildebeest, zebra, baboon, warthog, monkey, giraffe and pictures and photos of many other animal species is possible. The hot air balloon pilot will help you spot and identify the animals below.
From time to time, the pilot will need to put more heat into the giant hot air balloon, and there is a gentle roar from the burners, which for obvious reason provides the opportunity for stunning pictures and photos. Between burns, there are periods of peaceful silence as you drift onwards. The whole trip is one long picture of photos opportunity. You are travelling on a totally stable vibration-free platform with a unique perspective and nothing to block your view, which will provide you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to take absolute unique and great animals pictures and photos.
All good things have to come to an end and your pilot will let you know when it is time to put away the cameras and crouch down in the landing position. Once everyone is out of the hot air balloon, the cork is popped and the chilled champagne is poured for a toast on this unique African safaris experience and some pictures and photos to remember this great experience by.
After the champagne, it is off to the breakfast table, which will have been set up under a fine umbrella tree selected by the crew, close to the landing spot. Serving a full, cooked English breakfast with some tropical additions, “Out of Africa” style – a fine spread served on bone china with silver cutlery and crystal glasses.Enjoy the food, the African Serengeti scenery, and your companions’ company. You’ll receive your Hot Air Ball oon certificate before being driven back to your safari Lodge or campsite, viewing game animals en route. You’ll still have most of the day ahead for game drives.
Balloon Season: ▹ Central Serengeti: All year-round operation. ▹ Serengeti South: December – March. ▹ Ngorongoro Conservation Area: December – March. ▹ Western Corridor: June - October. ▹ Tarangire: High season