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Address: | Little Governors’ Camp, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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+254 20 2734000
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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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Your MAGIC CARPET over the Masai Mara

If dreams can be captured in an ideal experience then it cannot get better than this..... Visualise your hot air balloon taking off just before sunrise , see the rising sun & the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
bharat1956
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Pune, India

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If dreams can be captured in an ideal experience then it cannot get better than this..... Visualise your hot air balloon taking off just before sunrise , see the rising sun & the moon on the other side. Look below & you see nature @ its Royal best. A giraffe here, a herd of elephants there & hippos lazing in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the smoothest and most relaxing way to see the Mara. The team at Governers are well drilled and the balloons rise out of the darkness and are perfectly poised for take off just as the Mara is getting light. We had a couple of people dubious about flying but in a hot air balloon you don't know when... More 

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

Dear Richard, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your Balloon Safari with us, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a fantastic flight with us all. We will pass this feedback onto the whole team. Best Wishes, The Balloon Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have a fear of heights and was reluctant to ride in a hot air balloon. Not wanting to be the only one in our party to sit it out I decided to go. I'm very glad that I did! Dave, our pilot, was excellent. He told us exactly what to expect and was very reassuring. There is nothing frightening... More 

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

Dear Liz, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your Balloon Safari with us. You comments are very much valued and we have passed this lovely feedback onto David and the team who will highly appreciate it. We are so glad you had such a fantastic flight with us. Best Wishes, The Balloon Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What to conjure up a vivid image to perfectly capture the beautiful and excitement in Africa? Let your friends you're taking a sunrise balloon ride over the Maasai Mara. Even for people who don't know Africa (or balloons), the image is intense and wondrous. And guess what? The real thing is even more wondrous and beautiful. Yes, one does need... More 

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

Dear Duncan, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your balloon safari. We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service the breakfast and that David and the crew did such a fantastic job looking after you. We will pass this feedback onto the team. Thank you again and we hope to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got up in the dark and I wasn't sure if this was a good idea. But what a glorious sunrise lay in store for us! David Chipping, the balloonist, has 38 years of experience and expertly manouevred our brightly coloured craft over forests and clearings, pointing out the wildlife and telling us lots of interesting history. Sometimes we were... More 

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

Dear Swaty, We are delighted you had such an incredible experience with David and his Crew. Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your balloon safari. We will pass this feedback onto the team. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai... More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

Absolutely loved this! They flew very low over the trees so we could really enjoy the scenery. The breakfast afterwards was delicious!

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

Dear Heather, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your Balloon Safari with us, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a fantastic stay with us. Best Wishes, The Balloon Team More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

A truly magical experience and an amazing birthday treat. It's a very early start, but well worth our 4am wake up call, to float above the beautiful landscape that is the Maasai Mara. Our Pilot was well informed and gave an interesting an informative commentary throughout the flight. We saw some amazing sights, the sun rising over the plains, animals... More 

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

Dear Rachel, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your Balloon Safari with us, We are delighted you had such a fantastic time and were able to celebrate your birthday in style up in the air flying above the beautiful Masai Mara. You comments are very much valued and we have passed this lovely... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

This is an early morning trip but we'll worth it. You could not experience this anywhere else. David was our pilot who dud an amazing job and made us feel safe. The views of the sunrise were breath taking as well as spotting the animals. The champagne breakfast after was a nice touch. Amazing what can be cooked in the... More 

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

Dear Rachel, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your Balloon Safari with us, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a fantastic stay with us. Best Wishes, The Balloon Team More 

Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

On our final full day is Masai Mara my mom and I took a wonderful hot air balloon safari with Governors Balloon Safaris. We were about an hour drive away so a very nice driver, Jonathan, came the evening before to our camp so he would be ready to take us bright and early in the morning. An incredible ride... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your balloon safari. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight with us and that David and the crew did such a fantastic job looking after you. We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service the breakfast and what a treat to top it all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2017

First of all thanks to David the pilot! We were not planning to go because my wife is afraid of planes. We met David at camp and very kindly had a chat with us and explained why the balloon and the plane are so different. To make the story short we booked for the next day. The experience is amazing.... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review of your balloon safari. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight with us and that David and the crew did such a fantastic job looking after you and that your wife managed to conquer her fear of flying, that is amazing that she did not let her fear... More 

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