Balloon Safaris

SERENGETI BALLOON SAFARI

A Balloon Safari is one of the most popular additions to any safari holidays in Tanzania. Balloon Safaris usually take off just before dawn so that you are high above the plains in time for sunrise which in definitely worth getting out of bed for.. This safari is mostly carried out in Serengeti National Park and tourists fly throughout the year depending on weather and the area that has abundant wildlife. The wildebeest migration usually passes through the Seronera Valley late May or early June. They return again usually late October or early November.

Itinerary

Commencing with a pre-dawn pick up from your lodge, and a drive of 45 minutes to the launch site, you then enter your hot-air balloon at dawn for a breathtaking one hour flight. As you float over the plains in the increasing light, the pilot will take you up to at least 1,000 foot altitude for a breathtaking panoramic view of the plains. Much of the remainder of the flight will be at a tree-top or even grass-top level for some close up views of the wildlife, flora and fauna below.

On landing, you are met by the ground support team with a bottle of champagne. Then it’s off to the breakfast table, which will have been set up under a fine umbrella tree close to the landing spot. You are served a full cooked English breakfast with some tropical additions – a fine spread served on bone china with silver cutlery and crystal glasses. The balloon safari is complete at around 9.30 a.m., and you are returned to the Seronera lodge to be met by our driver-guide. As this is an early morning excursion, you can add this on even if you are in a group where not all members would like to participate.

8 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Via Machane

Day 1 Nairobi/Arusha
7.15 a.m. Pick from your Nairobi hotel. 8.00 a.m. Depart for Arusha via Namanga border town for immigration formalities. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at an Arusha hotel.
Day 2 Arusha/Machame
An early start for Kilimanjaro National Park. Once we reach the park gate we will proceed directly to Machame hut campsite in an average hiking time of 6 hours for meals and overnight in tents. The altitude here is 3,100m.
Day 3 Machame/Shira
After breakfast hike to Shira hut. The trek takes 4 hours approximately via the rain forest past the valley and a steep rocky ridge ending westward at a river gorge. You will have a rest, dinner and overnight at Shira hut campsite, 3,658m above sea level.
Day 4 Shira/Barranco
From Shira, hike to Barranco hut, in an average hiking time of 6 hours. We by-pass the lava tower and past the second junction which brings us to the arrow glacier, altitude 4,876m. We descend to Barranco hut campsite for our third overnight on Kilimanjaro, 3,860 m above sea level.
Day 5 Barranco/Barafu
After breakfast we leave Barranco and continue to the Karanga valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka trail. We hike to Barafu hut where we set up camp. We will have walked for about 8 hours. Dinner and overnight at the hut campsite, altitude 4,600m with the possibility of sighting both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks.
Day 6 Barafu/Mweka via Stella Point and Uhuru Peak
We rise early and head for Stella Point altitude 5,745m on our way to the summit Uhuru Peak which is 5,896m above sea level. This part of the hike takes about 6 hours. From the summit we descend to the Mweka hut campsite, 3,100m above sea level. This part of the descent takes about 5 hours. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Mweka/Arusha
After breakfast, we descend to the Mweka Park Gate in an average hiking time of 4 hours and then drive back to Arusha for overnight.
Day 8 Arusha/Nairobi
After breakfast depart for Nairobi on the morning or afternoon shuttle arriving at 1.00 p.m. or 6.30p.m.
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Ngorongoro/Manyara – 3 Days

Day One

Depart from Nairobi at 07:30 hrs and drive to Arusha for lunch, afternoon depart from Ngorongoro. Dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

 

Day Two

Descend down the crater for a full day tour. Picnic on the crater floor. Afternoon, proceed to Lake Manyara Serena for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day Three

Morning game drives in Manyara Park . Drive back to Arusha for lunch at Novotel Mount Meru. Afternoon drive back to Nairobi and drop off at your hotel.

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