Probably the most beautiful balloon flight in the world and the ultimate Safari Experience.
Duration: One to two hour(s) over Serengeti National Park or Tarangire National Park
Hot Air Balloon Safaris are a special and romantic way of experiencing the wilderness areas of Serengeti and Tarangire in Tanzania. Glide silently over the vast plains teeming with herds of wildlife in the early morning. Normally, the balloon safari experience begins at around 6:00 am and lasts for one to two hours. Hot Air Balloon Safaris are included as an additional safari activity at extra cost. The balloon safari takes off from designated sites within short distance of ideal places of stay within Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks. The balloon safari is followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush, a fitting end to a memorable pre-dawn memorable flight in the wilderness.
Not only does visiting some of the most varied game-filled wildlife attractions in Africa create priceless, and memorable experiences, experiencing it from a bird’s point of view is a totally awesome and unique way to seize the magnificent rolling plains. A feeling which is indescribable, crispness of the African air, chill in the wind that hits your face as your Serengeti or Tarangire hot air balloon experience gradually rises, smoothness in the exhale of your breath, and the excitement to see and learn more is adrenaline-charged. The physical presence can be felt on the plains of the magical Serengeti ecosystem.
5:00 am, your trip begins when you get your wakeup call at the tented camp in the heart of the Serengeti or Tarangire in the early hours of the morning, as you yawn away, and thoughts about your wildlife viewing from an elevated position begin to stir your mind. The fresh Tanzanian traditional hot tea or coffee will quickly awaken you, in fact preparing you for a mission. By 6:00 am, you are almost arriving at the hot air balloon site in the Serengeti. As you approach the site, the balloon seems bigger than you expected, the experience is one of that has never been visited, and you are about to have a trip of a lifetime.
At 6:15 a.m, lift off, up and away you go! The hot air balloon safari starts. The captain asks you to relax and experience the wonders under the African sky. As you finally start to get a grip on the elevation, an inner smile that resonates on one’s face does not need an explanation. The wildebeest moving in large numbers across the Serengeti plains, the beauty of the landscape when the rising sun’s bright orange colors are displayed, the elephants foraging for foliage, and the gazelles and zebras scampering away, just as if it was their first time to witness the floating balloon in the sky.
By 7:15 a.m. you are very satisfied with the balloon safari, and it is almost touch down time. There is celebration, and for those who prefer a toast, champagne is served as hot breakfast in the bush is being prepared. You ask yourself, is this true? I am really doing this trip of a lifetime in the Serengeti Ecosystem? As the sweetness and aroma of the African coffee and tea surrounds you, with fresh eggs being served as you like it, you hope for another ride, and wish that the experience never ended. By the time you finish your Serengeti bush breakfast, you have made up your decision to explore Serengeti with more purpose because such life is only found here. You begin to question yourself, and you feel an urgency to seek, live and enjoy this pristine beauty with a better understanding of a once in a lifetime “experience”.
By 9:00 am, you have been declared a champion, a mighty certificate of completion is handed out to you which you hope to display in your home, for family, friends, and colleagues to see. Clapping and participation by everyone around you makes you proud to have achieved a trip as wonderful as this. After breakfast, you receive your Serengeti or Tarangire Balloon certificate and later meet up with your safari driver guide ready to continue your day’s activities of exploring the hidden gems of the wilderness.