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Address: | Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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+254 20 2734000
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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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It was MAGICAL!

Because we stayed at Little Governor's, we rolled out of bed and onto the balloon launch site! It was fascinating, safe, picturesque and FUN! Thanks Mike and crew for all pf the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Because we stayed at Little Governor's, we rolled out of bed and onto the balloon launch site! It was fascinating, safe, picturesque and FUN! Thanks Mike and crew for all pf the attention to details and this amazing experience. The breakfast was OFF THE CHARTS and the setting idyllic. The Governors staff really knows how to treat their guests...I only... More 

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These people run a SAFE balloon experience with allows you to see the sunrise over the savannah and a great view of the animals on the plain. You fly for 50 minutes, land safely (we enjoyed a vertical landing - the best!) and then you are driven to a sumptuous breakfast in the bush: gorgeous table with eggs, pancakes, fruits,... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a balloon safari during our stay in the Masai Mara National Reserve over Christmas this year. What an experience! I think this is the best thing I have done in my life. Perfectly organised, with a fantastic pilot Mike, who really made our experience special with his knowledge and humour. The flight was so smooth, we saw all... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing experience! Despite the early start, this is a must do when in the Masai Mara. A surprise Christmas present for my husband and I had to go too! Our pilot Mike put me at ease on my first hot air balloon ride. It is quite expensive but well worth it. It puts a completely different perspective on... More 

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Papua New Guinea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surprised my husband with a balloon ride which was magic! Well worth the early start for such spectacular views!! Our pilot David was a wealth of knowledge and such a lovely man. Seeing the Masai Mara from the air is an absolute must do - there is nothing like it... the shadows formed by giraffes and other animals make for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 4.45am alarm call may be jarring but seeing a hippo outside the tent before we were whisked over to the landing strip set the tone for the next three incredible hours. We were nervous: both of us get travel sick and we hadnt dont a balloon ride before. But the pilots were reassuring and the sheer expectation that we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A hot air balloon trip over the Masai Mara has been on my bucket list forever & at around $500 per person, I wanted to be sure I chose the right company. Well it couldn't have been better, Mike was an excellent and entertaining pilot, the flight was beautifully smooth and surprising quiet as we meandered along the Mara River,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been 30 years ago and this time we took our children aged 11 and 7. We had a wonderful time on a 45 minute balloon ride over the Mara river with a bird's eye view of the animals over the plains. The champagne breakfast once we landed was lovely and our whole family thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Definitely... More 

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 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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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, but we don't have a canadian pilot, i think you may have flown with another company. 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!!

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