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“Governors Sunrise Baloon Safari”

Governors’ Balloon Safaris
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Owner description: 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. Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious Wildlife Locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community and conservation at the heart of everything we do.
New York City, New York
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“Governors Sunrise Baloon Safari”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Fantastic experience1 Our pilot Sanjay was professional, knowledgeable and personable. The lnding was exciting and gave us all a memories. The champagne bush breakfast was fantastic, hot and delicious. Table setting and amenities were outstanding. The chief made hot crepes, eggs, sausage, beacon and potatos. Topped off with fresh fruit, hot coffee or tea, a souvenier table and complementary photos of all of us in flight. An experience not to be missed.
Thank you

Visited January 2014
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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review, February 12, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued.

We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. We will pass this feedback onto the team, it is highly appreciated. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try, every day, to provide that quality customer service, that our guests expect we are so glad they achieved this for you during your stay.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!
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“Second Time Around”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

The experience begins with a cup of tea very early, we meet at reception where we travel to little governor's only a short drive away. After the river crossing by torch light we assembled in a clearing where we were given a safety briefing. The balloon is inflated in a very short time and we are in the air before sunrise. The views across the Mara are incredible and to see the sunrise is truly unforgettable. It gives you a different feeling watching the animals grazing from the air. Our pilot Peter was an excellent host pointing out the places of interest.
After about fifty minutes, that passed too quickly, we landed close to the make shift camp where we were greeted with champagne and a breakfast banquet.
The morning came to an end with a short drive, unfortunately we were unlucky to spot most of the big five, that only means we'll have to return! However the sunrise more than compensated for that!.
This was our second balloon safari, my wife overcame her fear last year, so this year she was able to enjoy the whole experience from the start.
I thank peter and the whole team for another memorable trip. A visit to governors is not complete without a balloon safari.

Visited January 2014
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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review, February 12, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued.

We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. We will pass this feedback onto the team, it is highly appreciated. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try, every day, to provide that quality customer service, that our guests expect we are so glad they achieved this for you during your stay.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!
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London, United Kingdom
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“Magical experience”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Skimming the treetops gave it an almost 3D perspective and Sanjay was a brilliant pilot and an informed guide. We loved every moment includling the champagne breakfast and the game drive afterwards with James, who was very knowledgeable.
Expensive but worth it.

Visited January 2014
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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review, February 12, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued.

We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. We will pass this feedback onto the team, it is highly appreciated. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try, every day, to provide that quality customer service, that our guests expect we are so glad they achieved this for you during your stay.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
“Sunrise over the Masai Mara from a hot air balloon”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

This was an absolutely amazing ride in which everyone involved exceeded expectations to ensure wonderful memories for all. The peace and serenity experienced watching the sun rise over the cradle of mankind's existence was awe inspiring.

Visited January 2014
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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review, February 12, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued.

We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. We will pass this feedback onto the team, it is highly appreciated. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try, every day, to provide that quality customer service, that our guests expect we are so glad they achieved this for you during your stay.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!
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London, United Kingdom
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“Amazing experience and a great addition to our honeymoon”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

This was a fantastic experience and a truly memorable experience. Having got married in Watamu last week we decided to go to the Mara for our honeymoon and stayed in Governors Il Moran ( which was amazing). We did the balloon ride on our second morning and it did not disappoint! Captain Pete and his team were brilliant and it was an amazing experience. The champagne breakfast cooked with the balloon burners was a real treat as well. All in all we would highly recommend and is worth getting up early for.
Having strong family connections in Kenya we have both been coming here since children but had never done anything like this. It is expensive but well worth the money. The views are breathtaking and the staff are absolutely lovely.

Visited December 2013
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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this review, February 12, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued.

We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. We will pass this feedback onto the team, it is highly appreciated. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try, every day, to provide that quality customer service, that our guests expect we are so glad they achieved this for you during your stay.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!
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