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.
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.