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Address: Governors' Camp, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 20 2734000
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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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Can not put in to words the experience this is,it is truelly breathtaking It's well organised with hotel pick up,cup of coffee or tea when you get there and a good chat with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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hornsea
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Can not put in to words the experience this is,it is truelly breathtaking It's well organised with hotel pick up,cup of coffee or tea when you get there and a good chat with the captain,when your up there it's out of this world,and then when you land to have a full champagne full English breakfast in the middle of the... More 

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Long Island City, New York
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love balloon flights in general so taking one was a great way to see the animals from above. We did not see an abundance of animals on our flight but still enjoyed the scenery. After we landed, we were treated to an amazing breakfast and had fun meeting all the other people on the balloons.

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Thank danceanddoc
Cape Town
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our kids on a balloon safari on the morning of our 12 year old's birthday. It was a memory never to be forgotten. the pilot Dave was superb and the breakfast in the middle of the Mara was unbelievable. A real bucket list to do!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One normally associates flying with speed, noise and some form of fear or anxiety... at least I do. Not to mention the cellophane and foil wrapped, micro-waved food !But it takes Governor´s Balloon Safari experience to change your whole perception. With their balloons over the Masai Mara they take you where you certainly have never been, at least not yet:... More 

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UK
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

We took a balloon safari over the Mara in December. We were shooting some video footage for a travel film of Kenya and went up in the balloon with David and his crew. The balloon trip was incredible of course but the Governors set up and experience was something we would recommend - knowledgable, friendly and so professional. The bush... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Definitively a must do in the mara. This is not cheap but quality has a price. The team is very professional, service is good , breakfast is fantastic. Really depend on the weather ( no clouds ) and wildlife

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Loved very minute of it, from watching the balloons being inflated in preparation for flight, watching the sun rise as we took off, the serene flight over the Masai Mara, the thrill of bumping along the ground on landing and the fantastic breakfast spread afterwards - especially seeing the pancakes cooked on the burners - all the while being entertained... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Surely at the top of everyone's "bucket list," hot air ballooning across Kenya's Masaai Mara Plains Preserve is an experienced you can't describe...yet here I go. I'd done a walking safari with our Masaai guide from Angama Mara hotel, where I saw and learned about wildlife close up -- we'd been driven on a couple jeep safaris that brought us... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

After seeing the balloons float by our room on r repeated mornings we decided that we need to experience the balloon perspective ourselves. The actual trip exceed our expectations with fantastic views, great camaraderie with the crew and passengers and finished off with a truly splendid breakfast on the floor of the Mara. Truly worth the investment!

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Thank czlotnik
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Heaven IS a place on earth, especially when you're flying with Sanjay, of Governors Balloon safari. With over 40 years of experience, you can bet you're going to have a smooth, safe ride with this veteran flyer. After flying balloons over the world, Sujit claims Kenya is the best place on earth for ballooning and he wasn't lying! Seeing the... More 

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