An exclusive excursion over the Serengeti plains, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the awe-inspiring landscape. A very popular excursion for those of our clients willing to spend that little bit extra, and can be added on to any safari that includes a night in the Serengeti, at any of the lodges.Feline Safaris – Balloon A Balloon flight allows passengers to float over the world’s most spectacular Tarangire National Park, where you will find two of the “Giants of African Wilderness”: the Elephants and the Baobab Trees, and the other.
Commencing with a pre-dawn pick up from your lodge and a drive of 45 minutes to the launch site, you then enter your hot-air balloon at dawn for a breathtaking one hour flight. As you float over the plains in the increasing light, the pilot will take you up to at least 1,000 foot altitude for a breathtaking panoramic view of the plains.
Much of the remainder of the flight will be at a tree-top or even grass-top level for some close up views of the wildlife, flora and fauna below. On landing, you are met by the ground support team with a bottle of champagne. Then its off to the breakfast table, which will have been set up under a fine umbrella tree close to the landing spot. You are served a full cooked English breakfast with some tropical additions – a fine spread served on bone china with silver cutlery and crystal glasses.The balloon safari is complete at around 9.30 a.m., and you are returned to the lodge to be met by our driver-guide. As this is an early morning excursion, you can add this on even if you are in a group where not all members would like to participate.
There is nothing quite like it. The absolute peace of immense vistas, muted colours and crisp fresh air…and the ever preseFeline Safaris – Balloon Safarint promise of something wild…. as the balloons float you silently above it all “like a dream come true”.
The balloons lift off just before sunrise when the breeze on the plains is still cold. The one hour flight will give you a birds eye view, of the best East Africa has to offer, in the magnificent setting of the Great Rift Valley. Once airborne, the balloons are blown by the prevailing winds across the broad landscape.
Apart from the hiss of the burners, the flight is magically silent. The pilot controls the height of the craft by regulating the flow of hot air into the balloon. A holiday surcharge applies over Christmas and New Years.
Lake Manyara / Tarangire The latest balloon experience is operating near Lake Manyara and Tarangire with one 8-passenger balloon and one 6-passenger balloon at each site. $395/person. The balloons at Lake Manyara operate all year. At Tarangire, they close for April and May. Kids of all ages are welcome as long as they can stand quietly for 1 hour.
In case of cancellation by the operating company due to climatic conditions or any other reason, you will have the option of a flight the following morning if this fits into your itinerary or a full refund.