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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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I highly recommend the Governors' Balloon Safari for memories you will never forget. On waking up at nearby Il Moran camp, the weather was poor but hoping for a break in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend the Governors' Balloon Safari for memories you will never forget. On waking up at nearby Il Moran camp, the weather was poor but hoping for a break in the clouds we headed over to Little Governors. The boat across the fast-flowing Mara river in the dark wakes you up! The weather appeared to be clearing so we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

For the third time we have been up in the Balloon going from Little Governors and for the third time this experience has not let us down. One of the most exciting things you can do which ends with a great Champagne Bush Breakfast with an enormous spread and a Game Drive back !! Our pilot, Sanjay, was great fun... More 

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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

OK so you've spent the money to get out to Kenya, you've been bounced around for hours in Land Rovers looking for the "Big Five" and then you are offered a Balloon Safari. Who in their right mind is going to refuse that ? Don't try to do the maths and work out whether it's "value for money". It is... More 

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Onoway, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This was one of our favorite things we did on the whole trip. An early start for us as we had to leave at 4.30 am as we where staying in the north conservancy, WELL WORTH IT!. Mark our pilot was very knowledgeable and extremely amusing. We had a wonderful champagne breakfast sitting with herds of elephants in the distance.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

My partner and I recently went on a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara with Governors balloon safari. Sanjay is an exceptional pilot, his experience and confidence in the air just makes you feel completely safe and at ease throughout the whole experience. The views from the balloon were truly spectacular and we also spotted a fair amount... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

My girlfriend and I decided to head down to Masai Mara for the weekend following a work trip and stayed at Little Governors Camp (I'll review that separately). We decided to give the ballooning a shot and wow, it is certainly worth every penny and then some! The trip starts just after sunrise at 6am and lasts little over an... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

flying in a hot air balloon over the Mara river, spotting all kind of animals, seeing the Masai Mara from the top and ending with a Champagne breakfast in the bush, is difficult to beat. Wonderful

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Old Hickory, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We included in our safari a balloon ride over the Maasai Mara and it was fantastic! Sanjay was our pilot and after we went through a security screening he gave a safety briefing. Then he filled the balloon and twelve of us hopped into the basket for our one hour ride. We watched the sunrise and looked down on the... More 

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Wellington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

For anyone visiting the Mara this is a must! Early morning call for a 6-ish am take-off to catch the sunrise. A short walk from Little Governors Camp, a drive and short river-crossing from elsewhere. At the take-off site there is a hot drink and snacks, a brief but thorough security check and safety briefing from the pilot (Sanjay on... More 

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Rye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

How could you not enjoy this wonderful little trip? David (our pilot) introduced himself...."Good Morning, I'm David and I'm English" From that moment on the next three hours were probably the most exciting I have ever spent with nature. My wife was a little dubious about leaving the ground in a hot-air balloon, within a minute of take-off she let... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your Governors Balloon Safari. You are our 100th review! We are so delighted that you enjoyed the experience and hope to welcome you back again on another Governors Balloon Safari someday. More 

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Address: Address: Governors' Camp, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 20 2734000
Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Rift Valley Province  >  Maasai Mara National Reserve

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