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Serengeti Balloon Safaris
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Owner description: Float in a hot air balloon over the wonderful scenery and amazing wildlife of the famous Serengeti National Park.
Reviewed December 7, 2013

Balloon rides are expensive no matter where in the world you do them. Serengeti Balloon Safaris are even more expensive, but they fly in the best balloons, with the best pilots in the best location in the world. You could never take a better balloon ride.

Expensive, but a once in a lifetime experience. You must do this.

There are some negatives. The animals seem to be scared of the balloons. So you don't get to see normal animal behaviour when you fly by. But every single animal below can be seen because they are all moving away from the balloons.

1  Thank peter t
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Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

I had tossed about this for sometime and decided to do it, as it was Boxing Day & when in the Serengeti you may as well. The trip has been described well here on trip advisor. I can only add, it is safe. We are hooked into the basket, our Canadian pilot was professional at all times. Yes the pick up is early, but ballooning is done at dawn in most countries. You are in a basket with others and he will always turn the basket so everyone can see. Enjoy the sights & the moments, forget about the $500 spent. Wonderful food & service.

4  Thank MB-Aust
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Amazing One is picked up from their lodgings about 5.30am and driven to the launch site where you are instructed in the dos and don'ts of a balloon ride as well as the safety issues. Then once all aboard the balloon starts to rise and before you know it you are welcoming in the day with a brilliant sun rise. If you are lucky enough to see some animals from above I was lucky to see leopard , elephants and long eared fox. The balloon flew that low at times that the tops of trees scrapped the bottom of the basket. The balloon safari last an hour and when landed you are greeted by the landing crew with a glass of champagne or orange juice. You are then transported by car to another destination where a full English breakfast has been prepared and served under an acacia tree in the Serengeti with full silver service .The facilities are not forgotten either with The Loo with a view being provided and hot water to wash your hands.
After breakfast you are presented with a certificate to commemorate your adventure and achievement after which you are then transported back to the visitor centre to continue your day arriving 9.30am
Because it is so early for pick up it can be a bit fresh so dress in layers and peel off as the day warms up.
African ballooning is one of the most expensive in the world but such a different perspective to see the Serengeti from above the animals are a bonus and just like the movie Out of Africa breakfast under an Acacia tree you decide.

1  Thank KeenTraveller12372
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

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

2  Thank Robert N
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Let me start with the positive. The breakfast was excellent. When the balloon went up to about 1,000 ft, you got a great view of the plains - of course, you got just as good a view if you climbed the hill at the entrance to the national park for free.
When the balloon is close to the ground, you can't see any animals, when it's higher up, you can barely see them with binoculars, and you're moving to fast to see them well. The worst part is that the balloon traveled the same path that our land safari took later that morning, when we saw ten times the number of animals.
If you want to see animals, stay with the land safari; if you want to go on a balloon ride and see something you can't see from the ground, go on a balloon ride in Cappadocia. You'll see twice as much for less than half the cost.

9  Thank alex c
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