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Guests to the Masai Mara in Kenya can experience the rare excitement of game viewing from a hot air balloon. In the crisp air of dawn, the passengers drink coffee while the crew partially inflates the balloon with enormous fans. The gas burners are ignited and the balloon fills with hot air slowly raising the baskets. Before departing, finalized checks are made, and the guests then climb into the balloon basket for a take off. The balloons lift off just before sunrise when the breeze on the plains is still cold. Once airborne, the balloon is blown by the prevailing winds across the broad landscape. Apart from the hiss of the burners, the flight above the Maasai Mara plains is magically silent. The pilot controls the height of the craft by regulating the flow of hot air into the balloon. Sometimes the balloon will descend over the plains for a close up view of the wildlife; on other occasions, it rises to clear a tree canopy and rise over the reverine forest.  

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At the end of the flight, the guests are treated to a champagne breakfast, complete with flowers. China and crystal are set out on the table that is placed under a convenient acacia tree. The finishing touch to the flight is an African safari game drive back to your Masai Mara lodge or camp, and the possibility of seeing the same pride of lions or herd of elephants that had been viewed while ballooning. Around 1-2 balloons depart from sites near many of Masai Mara lodges and camps, and there is maximum of 16 guests per balloon. We highly recommend booking your Masai Mara balloon safari prior to your arrival as seating is fully booked most of the time. Our guests are often able to view four of the 'Big Five' while ballooning. A flight certificate is normally issued on completion of the balloon safari. You can even experience balloon safari in the following destinations:

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