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Governors’ Balloon Safaris

| Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
+254 20 2734000
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Incredible Experience!

If you stay at any of the Governors Camps or close by then you must take advantage of this special... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
pstodd2000
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Breataking experience

This trip was a surprise for me and it was the best of my life. The view is spectacular, people are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
AnelleMostert
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you stay at any of the Governors Camps or close by then you must take advantage of this special experience. It's an early start to take advantage of the sunrise, which can be spectacular on a good day. The roar of the gas cylinders,...More

Thank pstodd2000
Reviewed 5 days ago

This trip was a surprise for me and it was the best of my life. The view is spectacular, people are friendly and the breakfast was delicious! I will always remember this day.

Thank AnelleMostert
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was possibly the most exciting thing I have done in my life and the team at the Governors' balloon safari made it extra special for us by making each one of us feel so special. Viewing the jungle and animals from on top, skimming...More

Thank Simisingh
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't believe a week has already passed since we were being gently lifted into the air for the most wonderful balloon safari over the Masai Mara. Graham was our very able pilot and host for the flight as we gently floated over the river,...More

Thank Evert v
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Evert v, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your balloon safari with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Balloon ride is incredible - sailing above and below the tree tops over the Mara and the Savannah. The pilots and the ground crew are very professional and SAFETY is paramount. After a 45+- min flight and an interesting landing - they put on...More

Thank 802ak
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear 802ak, It was a genuine pleasure meeting you, we are very glad you enjoyed the morning with us and thank you for the glowing compliments. Hurry back. Kind Regards, David

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we stayed at Little Governors Camp, the whole trip was very easy. The day before our flight, the pilot David found us in the camp where we signed all relevant documents and on the morning of the flight we had a few minutes walk...More

Thank chriss2ne
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Chris, It is always very rewarding to receive such glowing compliments, we are very glad you enjoyed your experience with us and thank you for taking the time to review us; it was a pleasure meeting you. Kind Regards, David

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can't express how great this was. I was a bit nervous when my husband told me he had booked this as part of our safari adventure. But so glad he did. Very well organised from start to finish. Sanjay was our pilot. He was very...More

Thank mrsb2005
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear mrsb2005, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your balloon safari with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been on balloon rides in USA but this ride was unbelievable. We saw animals hiding in the bush and forests as well as giraffes running in the field! Breathtaking views of the Mara while sun rising! After the ride we had a fabulous breakfast...More

Thank Ellen1492
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Ellen1492, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your balloon safari with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has always been a "bucket list" item for my wife, so we were hoping a balloon ride over the African savannah would be everything we imagined. The way Governor's does it actually makes it more than we expected. After a brief safety talk, we...More

Thank Michael H
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Michael, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your balloon safari with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found Governors to be the most unique way to view the Savannah and the Mara. Breathtaking views as the sun rises on a well maintained balloon operated by trained, skilled aviation staff. Safety insured while providing the experience of a lifetime which ends in...More

Thank Becky B
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Becky, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your balloon safari with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai...More

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L S
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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Patrick L
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
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Artisan1975
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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