What better way to start the day could there be than rising gently above the plains of Africa in a hot air balloon? As you ascend, dawn begins to creep over the horizon, illuminating the landscape in an ethereal light and setting the scene as the animals begin to stir and a new day begins. As you float in the air you will have a bird's eye view of the wildlife and there will be some excellent photos opportunities. The experience is exhilarating and for many it is the highlight of their holiday. Usually the pilot will bring the balloon down beside tables laden with breakfast. You can top off your balloon trip with a glass of orange juice in the bush, or if you want, a glass of champagne. One has to experience balloon safari to understand the excitement! The crispiness of the Africa air, chill in the wind that hits your face as the hot air balloon gradually rises, smoothness in the exhale of your breath and the eager excitement to learn more.
Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara Game Reserve
You will stop at the escarpment view Point to have a spectacular view of the Great Rift Valley. Then drive down to the floor of the Great Rift Valley past Mai Mahiu town and head on to the Masai town of Narok. You will have a brief stop in Narok town before proceeding to Masai Mara, the home to the new 8th Wonder of the World. This enormous Reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains and is famously known for its’ spectacular great wildebeest migration and is a true home of the big five-Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Cape buffalo. You arrive in time for lunch at the Lodge followed by a short rest. After relaxation, explore the Reserve on a late evening game drive where you have a chance to see predators hunt for their evening meal as the Masai people who co-exist side by side with the wildlife drive the cattle back home. Later drive back to your camp/lodge for dinner and evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight in the heart of Masai Mara in type of accommodation requested.
Day 2: Masai Mara Game Reserve Hot Air Balloon Adventure
You will start the day early with hot air balloon safari and continue the activities in the Mara area after an early wake up call at Lodge/Camp you have hot cup of traditional coffee or tea. You dress in some warm clothing and you will be transferred to the balloon launch site. You can watch the pilot and crew inflate the balloon ready for takeoff.
At 6.30 you take off to the skies for an hour of breath taking experience. You flow in the direction of the wind as the pilot balances the height of the balloon. You will experience amazing and spectacular views of the plains and wildlife from above.
By 7.30 the balloon lands and you can watch its deflation. You are transported to a short distance where the breakfast tables are set on the picturesque savannah plains of the Mara. A toast of champagne follows as you settle on breakfast tables. The burners used in heating the balloon are now used to prepare your hot breakfast. After breakfast you will board your vehicles around 10.30am and head back to the Lodge with a leisurely game drive on the way.
Mid-morning is at own leisure before lunch is served. You will proceed for another evening game drive with more action awaiting you in the plains. You could be lucky to capture on your camera as a lion prey on a zebra and make a kill for her cubs.
Day 3: Mara - Nairobi
On this last day, depending on your safari program, you will either have a short early morning game drive before breakfast and departing for Nairobi arriving early afternoon. You will be transferred for your flight home.