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A quintessential Mara experience

Flying as low as a few feet off the ground at times - and almost completely silent - a hot air... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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So expensive, but definitely an experience!

We had a briefing the night before we flew out, the same guy who spoke to us was the one to pick us... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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...more
| Little Governors’ Camp, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Flying as low as a few feet off the ground at times - and almost completely silent - a hot air balloon offers a very special perspective on the Mara’s incredible wildlife, and a stark contrast to bumping around in a noisy Land Cruiser! We...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a briefing the night before we flew out, the same guy who spoke to us was the one to pick us up the next morning at 5:30am (!) to bring us to the camp. We waited for about 30 minutes at the camp...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve never been on a hot air ballon ride and we had people in our group that were scared of heights, that being said. We had an amazing experience and we all felt very safe at all times. It was a beautiful day and you...More

Thank Jandrox22
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't be put off by the price. This is the third balloon ride we have done and by far the most professionally run. We felt absolutely safe the entire time. Our pilot Graham was not only very experienced but was carefull to rotate the balloon...More

Thank Julesg16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The balloon ride itself was well done. Our pilot was skilled and knowledgeable, I always felt safe. Breakfast was delicious. That said everything else about this experience was substandard, from the booking to the departure. Especially given the cost ~ 500 usd per person. We...More

Thank AudsDC
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

A truly memorable experience. The Governors Balloon Safari experience is really professional, safety is paramount with well trained pilots and good logistical arrangements. The route they follow goes over the Mara river which provides great variation to the plains. The sunrise from the ballon is...More

Thank BryanJhb
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

We had a balloon ride with Governor's last week, and it was superbly organized. The balloons took off on time after safety briefings and weather checks. The pilot was friendly and informative, and the ride was followed by an amazing bush breakfast with champagne. The...More

Thank Deepak R
Reviewed July 10, 2018

My husband and I were on a Kenyan safari in June for the second time in our lives. This time we took our teenage daughters, 18 and 15. When we originally went, he and I did a balloon safari at Amboseli park and took in...More

Thank Aj2 S
Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

We were staying at Governor's Il Moran Camp and so it was very convenient as we didn't have to wake up very early compared to others from other lodges for the balloon safari. Governor's Balloon Safari was very well organised we got a good briefing...More

Thank Zayzu
Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

Early wake up to launch before daybreak. 16 in our basket, 8 people per side. Pack light and you will go through security. Must be able to climb into the basket.

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Meenat C
November 1, 2017|
Response from Simisingh | Reviewed this property |
It costs about $500 a head.
June 24, 2017|
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Response from Liz S | Reviewed this property |
I think it was about $500 each which is all inclusive...ride, breakfast, etc...but I have to admit I don't remember the exact cost. It was worth it!
Patrick L
September 9, 2016|
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Response from Orphius |
Mara balloons operations are basically divided into East and West Mara, in the Eastern Mara serving the lodges on that side there is Hot Air Safaris & Balloon Safaris ltd, both reputable operators; on the Western side... More