What an amazing and memorable adventure, from watching the process of balloon inflation, to the early morning launch (bring a jacket) and landing, the pilot, Abeid, was a riot, an absolute treasure with a wonderful sense of humor. His pre-flight safety brief, comments throughout the trip and narration on the origins of the post landing champagne toast was very entertaining. (Almost worth the cost alone)
On the way to the launch site we saw an enormous lion in the headlights. We saw almost every animal native to the area. And in abundance! We watched a group of lions stalking a herd of zebra, about a dozen other lions along the way, hippos by the hundreds in the Seronera River, many dozens of elephants, gazelle, impala, waterbuck, and great herds of wildebeest and cape buffalo including one solitary cheetah sitting alone in the morning sunrise.
A baby zebra temporarily separated from the herd hovered only inches away from my sister, wanting to be "mothered", before rejoining its own mother as we all moved away from it.
And what a thrill if you are a bird watcher, to see them from this perspective! After landing we all piled in safari vehicles to head for breakfast. On the way we came across 3 male lions at a cape buffalo kill, they paid us no mind as we watched for the better part of an hour.
As if this wasn't enough you are then treated to a breakfast on the Serengeti. Eating breakfast on the Serengeti, I have died and gone to heaven:) This was not a thrown together affair, the food was of great quality and simply elegant, the British, they just do things right!
This memory will remain long after all the others have faded. No regrets, it is truly a lifetime event!
R T Nelson
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