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Governors' Balloon Safaris

Governors' Camp, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
+254 20 2734000
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: As one of the first established companies flying in the Masai Mara, since 1972 Governors Balloon Safaris has a long tradition of excellence.... more » Owner description: As one of the first established companies flying in the Masai Mara, since 1972 Governors Balloon Safaris has a long tradition of excellence. Departing from Little Governors camp at sunrise our highly experienced pilots, flying a modern fleet of balloons provide you with an exhilarating view of the Mara river basin as it snakes toward the Eluai plain and the border with the Serengeti. We are recognised by many in the travel industry, professional guides and repeat clients as having one of the finest flight paths in Africa and possibly the world. Following landing we treat you to a traditional champagne bush breakfast in the shade of one of the many Acacia trees that dot the Eluai plain, inside the main park. We collect clients wanting to fly from the Governors Camp Collection of camps and most neighbouring camps. With an impeccable safety record spanning several decades, a flight with Governors is the perfect companion to any safari. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Our flight was on 04/09/14. On arrival at Little Governors Balloon site, we were welcomed by Sanjay our pilot, who had introduced himself the night before at dinner. Before take off we were given a safety talk & explanation as to what will happen ect. Sanjay was quite funny and very informative, had great knowledge of the Mara & it's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

This was the highlight of our experience at Governor's camp . It was exhilarating flying over the tree tops and animals where no safari vehicle could go , in the very early morning , watching the sun rising. This was followed by a champagne breakfast . Our pilot was extremely good . One or two of the others while still... More

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

Thank you for your review and support, we are pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us. We are extremely proud of our operation that has been extremely popular over the course of its 42 year history and we try hard to provide the most enjoyable and professional experience possible. Rather than leave your closing comments hanging we have to... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Governors' Balloon Safari was superb. My husband and I (in our early 30's) took the flight last week and would highly recommend it. Icing on the cake was the link to FREE photos they provide at the end. They snap some of you on the journey and after landing. I have to say, I was surprised we didn't have to... More

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Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This has got to be something you do when you go on safari, it was a fantastic experience that both of us loved! The breakfast in the mara was another experience and was nice to speak to other people about their safari adventure and the different countries they were from. It was finished off with a fantastic safari jeep drive... More

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Flemington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Governors Balloon Safaris gave us an exciting and safe balloon ride over the Masai Mara. Even though we missed the great migration (can't really control the animals' behavior) we saw a fantastic sunrise and lots of animals -- from a special and unique point of view. Our pilot, David, provided us lots of good information and was aware of the... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

1st time experience in a hot air balloon. The very charming pilot Mr Sanjay Gupta made sure we had the time of our life while cruising very close to the ground n tree tops of the reserve..the added advantage was the delicious champagne breakfast we had with all the guests in the middle of the bush... Definitely a must do... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is a once in a lifetime experience, a truly unique way to see the Masai Mara and the animals within. We had views of a stunning sunrise over the Masai Mara during the ascent and due to the expert way the balloon was handled we got sightings of giraffe, hippos, lion cubs and a variety of wildlife. The pilot... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

On the one hand, the balloon ride was an absolutely amazing experience. The view from the balloon as it floated over the Mara River area was nothing less than breathtaking, & the skill & enthusiasm displayed by our pilot, Markham, were both exceptional. The balloon ride was one of the highlights of our safari. On the other hand, the game... More

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

Dear Roger and Tom , We are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your flight with us, as we try hard to provide a high standard of service to our clients. We were concerned to read your comments regarding the game drive afterwards of which we were not made aware of on camp and we have investigated the events of that... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

A fantastic trip and unique way of seeing the Mara. From the start and watching the balloons being inflated, to the unbelievably gentle take-off and flight, and controlled landing - it was a fantastic trip. The champagne breakfast at the end was delicious and a unique experience. A special thanks to our pilot, Sanjay, who was an infectious bundle of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Though the early departure time (4:20am for our camp) seems daunting the time in the air with these experienced pilots was fantastic. Our pilot felt that the low velocity breeze was exciting enough and gave us a 3 bounce landing into a termite mound. For a first timer this was great fun. Take my advice try this out if you... More

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