Balloon Safaris are a fantastic way to experience wildlife viewing from an aerial point or a bird’s view. Goshawk Tours has partnered with ballooning operators so as to offer you the ultimate thrill of an African safari.
You will have the opportunity to get close to wildlife from an aerial point covering a long distance while game viewing. The balloon safari will give an added advantage of taking amazing photos from the sky.
The balloon pilot can control the balloon to fly just above treetops, or go several hundred feet off the ground. However, most balloon safaris in Kenya are kept close to the ground to allow photography and a closer view of the animals.
Contact us today for a balloon Kenya safari itinerary that can meet your group and individual needs. We will organize pick ups and drop off from your proffered accommodation. Talk to us and begin the journey to your dream Kenya holiday.
Balloon Safaris Itinerary
We will be pick you up from your lodge or camp at around 5:00 am and take to the balloon launch site in a luxurious, 4×4 safari land cruiser. The hot air balloon takes off immediately the sun comes out and stays airborne for the next hour.
The balloon is highly maneuverable. It can fly just above treetops so you can see the wildlife below clearly, or rise to a distance for a breathtaking view of the scenery below.
Upon landing in the wildeness you will be served a tantalizing champagne breakfast in a unique setting while game rangers keep watch of wild animals.
You can opt for further game drive in the comfort of our 4×4 safari jeep or you can be tranffered back to your lodge or camp for relaxation.
- Transport in a custom safari jeep with pop up roof.
- Balloon Ride.
- Champagne breakfast.
- Services of an English speaking balloon pilot and driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Masai Mara Game Reserves Fact File
The world re known masai mara game reserve is a northern extension of the serengeti national park which is located in Tanzania. Masai mara covers an area of 1510km². The Masai Mara ecosystem is composed of rivers i.e talek river and mara river which are the main water supply for the ecosystem.
The mara river is a huddle to the wildebeest migration as the wildebeests have to cross the river from serengeti most of them perishing in the jaws of crocodiles and big cats. The western part of masai mara lies the siria escarpment, loita plains and the rest is the masai pastoral land.
The masai mara game reserve is owned and run by the county council of Narok which is the richest county council in Kenya due to the revenue collected as park entrance fee. Part of the masai mara which is called the mara triangle is contracted out and privately run. Park fees are paid by the number of nights one spends in the Mara conservancy.
The Masai Mara lies at an altitude of 1500 meters to 2100 meters. It rains twice a year in the game reserve that is during the long rains that fall between the month of March and May and during the short rains that fall on the month of October, November and part of December. June and July are the coldest months and January and February the hottest months.
Temperatures during the day rarely exceed 85°F (30°C) and during the night it hardly drops below 60°F (15°C). Masai mara is a mosquito prone area but camp site are sprayed with mosquito repellants and the tents have treated mosquito nets.
Masai mara has a big population of wildlife. All members of the big five can be seen in this reserve, a large number of ungulates are also easily visible they include the wildebeest , thomson gazelles, grant gazelles, buffalos, rhinos, impalas, topis, elands, zebras, giraffes and duikers.
The common predators include the lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals and foxes. Masai mara has over 450 identified species. Some common birds include the common ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, hornbills, storks, eagles and vultures.
The wildebeest migration happens annually, this spectacle is considered as one of the 7th wonder of the world. More than a million wildebeest, accompanied by topis, zebras, gazelles and elands make their journey from serengeti national park to masai mara game reserve. Many of them perish while crossing the mara river where crocodiles and big cats make a kill on the vulnerable ungulates.
The migration happens every year during the month of July after the long rains. The grass is big and plenty and for the next three months the wildebeests clear the lush grass of the masai mara. The migration varies annually due to the climate change. If the climate changes and it doesn’t rain as usual the wildebeest may delay to cross over or cross over and go back since there isn’t grass to feed on.
The masai people whom by definition speak the maa language hence the name masai have held on to their culture even in these times of modernization. A masai’s home is called a manyatta where he lives with his wives and children. From childhood boys are obligated to look after their fathers cows while girls are obligated to doing house chores, fetching water and milking the cows.
After every fifteen years there is an initiation where boys are circumcised and they become young morans and the existing morans graduate to junior elders. The masai enjoy eating meat, milk mixed with blood during rituals such initiation and marriage. The use of herbs as medicine. Their culture is still embedded in their day to day life. The masai are a big attraction in Kenya.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.