No doubt - it is very beautiful to balloon over Massai Mara.
Paying USD 450 (!!) per person - the most expensive single activity ever for us - you are kind of expecting this though. In fact it is probably fair to expect something pretty exclusive, right?
Unfortunately the exclusivity only happens on the homepage (www.maraballooning.com) and the flyers.
...that unless you are having a lodge in the park, they won't pick you up in the morning - you will have to convince your lodge driver to bring you to a gate for them to pick you up there - in the afternoon he has to pick you up there again
...no coffee or freshly baked biscuits in the morning when arriving at the place you are taking off - it gives you more time to get to terms with the fact that exclusivity can mean 16 people crammed in a balloon basket - there were 3 balloons on our morning (count count.... well over USD 20'000... even being used to Swiss prices you are just shanking your head....)
...the flight is beautiful - although Mike (our captain) will ask you at least ten times to look into a little camera to get pictured. Later on you find out, that the pics on a CD can be bought for USD 30 - wow, cool - as far as we understood it is extra money for the pilots... at least spend this money for a charity project for god sake....
...that after landing you are getting a breakfast and yes it is in the middle of the Massai Mara - but the shade of an acacia tree is not there - probably also because the acacia tree able to spend shadow for some 50 people yet needs to grow.... what you get is a buffet breakfast and yes, there is a queue at the buffet...very exclusive!
...there is NO Moet & Chandon but some no name fizzy Wine... ok, we understand: Moet & Chandon would actually cost something...
This acitivity is fine but worth max USD 250 to 300.
So either haggle them down or don't do it.
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