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Balloon Safaris

Summary: Sunrise balloon safari followed by a champagne toast
and a bush breakfast

Price: $495 per person

Duration: 5 hours (5.00AM - 10.00AM)

Location: Central Serengeti / Seronera Valley

Logistics: Easily incorporated into any itinerary which includes at least one night in the Central Serengeti at either the Serengeti Serena Lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Seronera Wildlife Lodge, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Lodge, Mbalageti Tented Lodge or any of the Private Luxury Camps in the Central Serengeti
Seasons: Balloon safaris can be incorporated into your itinerary during any month of travel. Late April through late June and late October through late December are especially good times to schedule a ballooning expedition. The wildebeest and zebra migration may be thundering through the Central Serengeti during these times.

Itinerary: You will be picked up at 5AM from your chosen lodge in the Central Serengeti and will be driven to your awaiting balloon near the Maasai Kopjes. If you have selected any of our private luxury camps in the Central Serengeti, your driver will transfer you to the Seronera Wildlife Lodge where you will meet up with the other guests. Keep an eye out for nocturnal predators as you may encounter them returning from their nightly hunting forays on your game drive to the launching site.

Arrive at the balloon-launching site for a quick briefing from your pilot. As the blush of dawn glows to the east, you will take off and float above the vast Serengeti. From a unique aerial perspective, watch in awe as the sun rises in molten splendor. Soar in the quiet hush of morning as the vast savannah below is washed in a rising crescendo of golden light, illuminating the details of the African landscape in vibrant colors. With a little luck you will have good game viewing opportunities while you glide peacefully above the Seronera River Valley. Please keep in mind that every flight is different and wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, you will undoubtedly enjoy the spectacular views and the serene quiet as you aimlessly drift along with the prevailing winds.

Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon while sometimes flying at treetop height and at other times ascending to 1000 feet. Flight time is about one hour depending upon conditions. Scout vehicles will track your location from the ground and will be waiting for you wherever the winds have carried the balloon.

Your balloon safari ends with a delightful champagne toast and an elegant breakfast at the landing site. A lavish breakfast is served in the bush with weighty silver, delicate china, and fine linen tablecloths. Breakfast consists of tropical fruits, freshly baked bread, eggs, sausage, bacon, mushroom and tomato.