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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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Worth getting out of bed for - even before dawn

We got up in the dark and I wasn't sure if this was a good idea. But what a glorious sunrise lay in store for us! David Chipping, the balloonist, has 38 years of experience and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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london
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We got up in the dark and I wasn't sure if this was a good idea. But what a glorious sunrise lay in store for us! David Chipping, the balloonist, has 38 years of experience and expertly manouevred our brightly coloured craft over forests and clearings, pointing out the wildlife and telling us lots of interesting history. Sometimes we were... More 

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Swaty, We are delighted you had such an incredible experience with David and his Crew. Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your balloon safari. We will pass this feedback onto the team. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai... More 

New York City, New York
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely loved this! They flew very low over the trees so we could really enjoy the scenery. The breakfast afterwards was delicious!

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Heather, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your Balloon Safari with us, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a fantastic stay with us. Best Wishes, The Balloon Team More 

London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A truly magical experience and an amazing birthday treat. It's a very early start, but well worth our 4am wake up call, to float above the beautiful landscape that is the Maasai Mara. Our Pilot was well informed and gave an interesting an informative commentary throughout the flight. We saw some amazing sights, the sun rising over the plains, animals... More 

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Rachel, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your Balloon Safari with us, We are delighted you had such a fantastic time and were able to celebrate your birthday in style up in the air flying above the beautiful Masai Mara. You comments are very much valued and we have passed this lovely... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an early morning trip but we'll worth it. You could not experience this anywhere else. David was our pilot who dud an amazing job and made us feel safe. The views of the sunrise were breath taking as well as spotting the animals. The champagne breakfast after was a nice touch. Amazing what can be cooked in the... More 

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Rachel, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your Balloon Safari with us, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a fantastic stay with us. Best Wishes, The Balloon Team More 

Walnut Creek, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our final full day is Masai Mara my mom and I took a wonderful hot air balloon safari with Governors Balloon Safaris. We were about an hour drive away so a very nice driver, Jonathan, came the evening before to our camp so he would be ready to take us bright and early in the morning. An incredible ride... More 

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your balloon safari. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight with us and that David and the crew did such a fantastic job looking after you. We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service the breakfast and what a treat to top it all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all thanks to David the pilot! We were not planning to go because my wife is afraid of planes. We met David at camp and very kindly had a chat with us and explained why the balloon and the plane are so different. To make the story short we booked for the next day. The experience is amazing.... More 

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review of your balloon safari. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight with us and that David and the crew did such a fantastic job looking after you and that your wife managed to conquer her fear of flying, that is amazing that she did not let her fear... More 

Hudson, NY
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thought I would wait until I got home to write this review, but I just couldn't. It was that amazing. And early-morning wake up at 5:00 AM had me thinking "this better be worth it". Man oh man was it ever! It wasn't long after David, our pilot, had given us our a safety briefingthat the 14 of us... More 

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Russell, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your balloon safari. We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service the breakfast and that David and the crew did such a fantastic job looking after you that you couldn't even wait to get home to write this review, wow! We will... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the balloon safari for my husbands 50th birthday. We were staying at Governers camp so were picked up and driven to little Governors where the balloons set off from. After tea and biscuits we were given a quick safety talk and we then got into our positions in the basket. It was so smooth you hardly realised you... More 

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Laura, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your balloon safari, we are delighted to hear you were able to celebrate your husbands 50th Birthday in such flying style with us up in the air on a balloon safari with Governors. Then to top it all off you saw a cheetah... More 

Crewe, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first experience of travel in a hot air balloon and I was slightly apprehensive as I have always been scared of heights. But I had no need to worry as David and the team made sure that everything was safe and enjoyable. Turning up at camp in the dark to then see the sun rise as you... More 

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review Dear Lynn, We are delighted you enjoyed your flight with us and that David and the crew did such a fantastic job looking after you. We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service and will pass this feedback onto the team, it is highly appreciated.... More 

Elmhurst, Illinois
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34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

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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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your balloon safari. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight with us and that Mike and the crew did such a fantastic job looking after you. We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service, attention to detail, and are so glad you enjoyed our... More 

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