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Governors’ Balloon Safaris

| Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
+254 20 2734000
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Floating Over the Masai Mara

This trip was for our 10th wedding anniversary and it was unforgettable. We saw a pair of Rhinos as... read more

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Beijing, China
A fantastic experience

I visited Little Governors camp back in May and enjoyed a fantastic experience on the Balloon... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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. Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious Wildlife Locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community and conservation at the heart of everything we do.
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| Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
+254 20 2734000
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Reviewed yesterday

This trip was for our 10th wedding anniversary and it was unforgettable. We saw a pair of Rhinos as soon as we ascended and that was one of the highlights of our trip as we didn't expect to see these majestic animals. The balloon was...More

Thank bajan-chic
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Little Governors camp back in May and enjoyed a fantastic experience on the Balloon Safari. After an early morning wake-up call, you will enjoy a unique and fantastic view of the plains that will stick with you forever. David, the pilot and the...More

Thank nicholasjenkinssmith
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It cost me 450 USD, not a small amount, and I'm so glad I decided to make that investment for myself. You get to fly over the plains as the rising sun gives everything a golden color. You get to listen to the quietness of...More

Thank SH L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The most amazing, scenic and exciting way to see the Maasai Mara! It's followed by an amazing champagne breakfast with an array of tastey choices that will keep you satisfied as you chat with other balloonists. I was in with part of my 17 total...More

Thank Lani R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Kenya with a large group and many wanted to take the Governors' Balloon Safari. I was not all that interested but figured i might as well go with most of the group while we were there, and I am sure happy I did....More

Thank Waco D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fantastic flight with Sanjay as our captain. We were the first balloon away out of the five flying that day and got some great pics of the other balloons flying behind us as well as interesting shots from above the animals, birds...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a spectacular way to see the Mara Reserve! Mike, from Alaska, was our pilot and he was outstanding. He was able to expertly maneuver his balloon high over the tall trees or just barely over the Mara River. He also knows the facts about...More

Thank Dana M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was worth every penny! Sanjay the pilot done a amazing job. We where expecting a bumpy landing but luckily we had it pretty easy. The breakfast after was also enjoyable.

Thank Rene B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did a spectacular balloon flight over the Masai Mara. Our pilot, Graham, was thorough in his safety briefing, friendly as well as very competent, giving us a perfect landing. After the balloon flight we had champagne breakfast on the savannah. It's a very early...More

Thank MarianneAlwaysWright
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing way to see the Mara. Spectacular views up high and down close for animal spotting. David, the pilot was excellent and the champagne breakfast on the plains just a perfect way to end the morning. The company is very professional and provides...More

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24 June 2017|
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Response from Liz S | Reviewed this property |
I think it was about $500 each which is all inclusive...ride, breakfast, etc...but I have to admit I don't remember the exact cost. It was worth it!
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9 September 2016|
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Response from Ian P | Reviewed this property |
I think I counted 23 balloons when we were in the air so there must be a number of operators. However we were staying in Little Governors (just wonderful) so Governors Ballooning was the logical choice. A couple in our... More
2 August 2016|
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Response from Dirk v v | Reviewed this property |
We were with 4 adults in a compartment which was okay bit narrow though. Such small children I would not take them. I think there too small and perhaps will be pressed away a little. A marvelous experience if you do it
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