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Address: Governors' Camp, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 20 2734000
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Description: Governors Balloon Safaris offer Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the Mara...
Governors Balloon Safaris offer Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the Mara River, forests and plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors' Camp, and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you're off for a wildlife viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. What amazes most first-time balloonists is the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Masai Mara. Even if you've flown elsewhere, this is a unique experience. The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. Then your Kenyan Hot Air Balloon Safari finishes with a flourish. In the time honoured tradition of balloon flights the world over, you toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. The Balloon Safari ends with a transfer back to camp. We can collect from other nearby camps in the Masai Mara.
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A bucket list item

David is a no-nonsense owner of this wonderful experience. If you are in the Mara, you HAVE to do this!!! Early morning starts with a safety briefing, and then the balloon is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

David is a no-nonsense owner of this wonderful experience. If you are in the Mara, you HAVE to do this!!! Early morning starts with a safety briefing, and then the balloon is inflated, all aboard and you lift off over the Mara. Sunrise from the air is breathtaking. What does a million wildebeest look like from the air - you... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Flight: Tuesday 25th August 6am. Not only was Sanjay a fantastic pilot that kept us all entertained, informed and amused throughout the flight but he also ensured we saw loads of animals (Lions, Elephants (great encounter with a huge male!), Buffalo, Crocs, Hippos, Hyena, along with all the usual 'prey' type animals), and also, very impressively, managed to memorize everyone's... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We stayed at Little Governors Camp at the Mara. Which in itself was a wonderful experience. With its resident WartHog family and of course the rather awesome resident Bull Elephant ( who for some reason is called Blossom) the stay was simply outstanding. Would I go back to the Mara...definitely & would I go to the Little Governors Camp again....most... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Waking up well before dawn to be driven to a small boat to ferry across a narrow river and walking up to the deflated balloons in the dark, one would never expect to have the excellent thrilling experience of gliding across the Masai Mara and watching the sunrise spectacularly. Governors Balloon Safari is an experience you should NOT MISS! Ask... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had never been in a hot air balloon and this ride was truly spectacular. The preparation beforehand was professional & we were very comfortable in the basket with everyone able to see the views. And the views were amazing. We tracked the Mara river and saw some animals, not as many as some days apparently. But watching the sun... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We were initially reluctant to do this given the high cost but were very glad we did. We did the Balloon Safari whilst staying at Governor's Main Camp in the Masai Mara. It was absolutely fantastic. We watched the sun rise over the stunning landscape, had a brilliant guided tour from Markam (our pilot) and saw so many animals from... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Overall, what we expected to be the highlight of our safari adventure to Kenya left us a little deflated, no pun intended. Firstly the ballon launch site was a good 90min drive from our camp, which meant a 3:30am wake up and a bone-jarring ride through the bush in the pitch black (no fault of the ballon company, so this... More 

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Musiara, Manager at Governors' Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Alex, Firstly, thanks a lot for choosing Governors Balloon Safaris and we are sorry that the flight you took with us did not live up to your expectations. Governors Balloons is the 2nd oldest company operating in the Mara and is considered to be one of the top operators in the world. We are sorry that a tour guide... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

On our last day at the little governors camp we took a balloon ride early in the morning with our pilot David. It was an amazing experience to be floating over the animals and the beautiful landscape of the masai mara. Seeing the sun rise while floating for an hour was incredible. David is an excellent and very experienced pilot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This is a must experience in Kenya! The ballooning starts early in the morning and the take off is an experience in itself. Once in the air, it's a magical ride over the Mara river overlooking the wildlife! Totally worth the ride!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Top notch! Outstanding flight, service, and food. Safety is their priority. If you get the chance, don't pass it up.

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