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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
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Wellington, United Kingdom
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Wellington, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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152 reviews 152 reviews
48 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It's an early morning departure, but well worth it. The drive is bumpy, but not bad. There is a sign-your-life-away paper, as well as a simple security check. There are bathrooms available before the flight, if needed. David was an excellent pilot. Knowledgeable and fun. He explained the flight and had us up in time for a beautiful sunrise. The... More 

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Fabulous flight over the Masai following the river Mara. Watching the sunrise was awesome, seeing the light seep over the land and showing a crazy amount of animals below. Recommend this trip to anyone 5 star - thank you David and the team. Breakfast by the river... brilliant! Sue Southern & Dave George

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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

It took some persuading to get me out of bed and drive an hour and a half over very bumpy ground. But I'm so glad I did. The most memorable morning. David our pilot was excellent. He flew the balloon over the Mara river so we could see lions, hippos, crocodiles, and too many other animals to mention. A perfect... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I was very reluctant to go on the trip because of my fear of heights. The pilot and his lovely partner reassured me and got me aboard. What a fantastic experience. From takeoff to the last moment it was breathtakingly beautiful. The post trip breakfast outdoors and a game drive in a different area were just icing on the cake.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed the balloon ride and whole experience on October 7th. It is a beautiful way to see the Mara. We are so happy we did it. I would highly recommend it. The company is very professional and Sanjay's personality and commentary made it even more enjoyable. The champagne breakfast in the bush afterwards was top notch.... More 

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Dorking, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Amazing experience from start to finish. Breath taking views over the Mara and a great pilot. After our flight we had a wonderful bush breakfast which was another wonderful experience. As this was our last day we had a shorter game drive but it was a perfect finish to a perfect morning. The only 2 animals we hadn't seen were... More 

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New Hyde Park, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Our experience in the hot air balloon was perfect. We watched a glorious sunrise from above the trees in the Maasai Mara. We watched as the animals became active at dawn and our guide pointed out the highlights below. The take off and landing were perfect, the pilot exceptional and the views indescribable. The champagne breakfast in the bush was... More 

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Governors Balloon Safaris live up to their hype - a wonderful new perspective on a wonderful place. I was not expecting to love the flight as much as I did, nor to "wow" at the view - but I did!

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