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Address: Talek Road, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Phone Number:
+254 733 300302
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Once in a lifetime adventure

My son and I took the early morning ( left our camp in the rain at 4:30 AM) flight. We had an hour + delay because we had to wait for the sky's to clear of a storm. Our captain... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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126 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son and I took the early morning ( left our camp in the rain at 4:30 AM) flight. We had an hour + delay because we had to wait for the sky's to clear of a storm. Our captain had been flying balloons for over ten years and I felt very safe. The beauty of flying over the Mara... More 

Thank dvick_or
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

I mean, you have to do this in your life. You just have to. Day starts with a pick up from your hotel; the drive will depend on how far your lodge/camp is from the place. Upon arrival at the site you register then offered a hot beverage as the balloon is being prepped up. Boarding is soon after and... More 

1 Thank Philip N
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

If you haven't done a balloon ride, it's difficult to convey the magic in words. From the minute we arrived at the "take off" zone, regardless of the different nationalities & cultures, the sense of excitement was palpable from children to Grandparents. This is an absolute must do on anyone's bucket list & the $40 video is so worth the... More 

Thank Andrea F
Sunnyvale, California
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109 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

This was our first hot-air balloon experience, and a late add-on to our itinerary in the Maasai Mara. It is an early day; we were told to be ready for pickup from our camp at 4:20AM, but the driver arrived just before 4:00AM. Fortunately we were ready. The trip to the next pickup point, Sarova Mara, was basically a night-time... More 

Thank CyclistRick
Nairobi Region, Kenya
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

The balloon safari was a breathtaking experience! To float across the Mara plains over a spectacular sunrise and to see the wildlife from a different vantage point was stunning. It was a smooth ride with our humorous pilot Ray! This special experience was captured in pics by Ray, as we floated over the Mara... The delicious champagne breakfast inside the... More 

Thank Shelina2009
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

We booked with Hot Air Safaris our balloon ride in advance. But on the day of the ride noone picked us up from our hotel. They postponed the ride to the next day.

Thank Irena_Zova
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

This was an amazing way to spend the morning! You're picked up at your hotel at about 5 in the morning, depending on where you're based and taken to the start point in the park. At 6 they start filling the balloons and then you're off. The take off was so gentle we didn't even realise that we were off... More 

Thank jo l
Chorleywood, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

I was visited at my camp by rep from Hot Air Balloons to explain the next day's plans etc. We were collected at 5am and taken to the departure point. This meant lying down flat inside the basket and it gradually stood up before we left the ground. Flight was around an hour with plenty of jokes from the pilot... More 

Thank happytime19
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

I am so glad we spent the money for a hot air balloon ride with this company. Though we did not see the migration as we had hoped, and did not see anything new in the way of animals, it was still a SUPER ENJOYABLE ride starting at sunrise, for just over an hour. For anyone afraid of heights, this... More 

Thank Carol T
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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80 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Hot Air Safaris runs a first-class operation resulting in an amazing experience. Pick up at our hotel was prompt, and our driver Sammy was fantastic. He pulled over a couple of times to view animals as we returned from our flight. The ride was smooth and our captain went out of the way to view as much as we could.... More 

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