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Address: | Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 20 2734000

Governors Balloon Safaris offer Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the Mara...

Governors Balloon Safaris offer Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the Mara River, forests and plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors' Camp, and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. 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-coloured 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. Then your Kenyan Hot Air Balloon Safari finishes with a flourish. In the time honoured tradition of balloon flights the world over, you toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. The Balloon Safari ends with a transfer back to camp. We can collect from other nearby camps in the Masai Mara.

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Felt like a magic carpet

Amazing crew and experience flying over wild animals and the mara ending with champagne breakfast in the wild. Wooh!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Baloon ride gave us a birds view of the landscape, the running/ gazing animals, raising sun and the 45 mins ride ended in champion , bush breakfast . Out of the wilderness you have tables lined with table cloth, beautiful cutlery crockery, eggs to order and so on and on, not to forget to mention the restroom with a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Amazing crew and experience flying over wild animals and the mara ending with champagne breakfast in the wild. Wooh!!

Thank Ndwiga C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Must do. Great way to see the river, animals and sun rise. Sanjay our pilot was great. Pointing out animals in the distance, turning our basket so everyone got a great view. About an hour later we landed and had a wonderful champagne breakfast. Awesome.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Magical experience after 15 years undertaking the same flight in the same location and proposing to my now wife. Great to share this experience with our children

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you are on safari it is a must to go on a balloon flight. Not at all scary. Just dig in the old pocket and get on with it. The Balloon pilots are very experienced and we felt very safe all the time, even when "accidentally" clipping the trees. Saw lot animals including bat eared fox. The animals seem... More 

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Gilbert, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

When planning our trip to Little Governor's Camp, at the top of our wish list was taking a balloon safari. This was our first time to go up in a balloon, and what a specular setting for our first trip. We were able to see some animals, although not as many as we had hoped, but that still did not... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We had a fantastic experience throughout from the time our driver arrived at our camp the night before to brief us to when he dropped us off at our camp again. We stayed at a different camp so we were able to have an early morning game drive to the river, a river crossing in a ferry, coffee/tea/biscuit while watching... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Superb experience. Up about 5:15am for the short drive from Governors Camp to Little Governors and in the air in time to witness a sunrise never to be forgotten. Our pilot David handled everything with precision including the landing which could not have been smoother (even remained upright!) The 18th September will be in my memory for many years to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Cannot recommend Governor's balloon safaris enough! Sanjay was our pilot and from the minute we set off till the minute we landed it was clear we were in safe hands! The breakfast afterwards was also amazing, we were in awe of the quality of the food-let alone the fact it was cooked out in the middle of the Serengeti. This... More 

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Hockessin, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We (10 of us) were on safari in Kenya a month ago. We took the Governors Balloon Safaris. This was my 3rd hot air balloon ride. My first one was in Aspen (Colorado) and second was in Bagan (Myanmar). The ride was calm and thoroughly enjoyable. I thought I would see wildebeest migration & perhaps a river crossing from above... More 

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