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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.
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Wow what an experience!!!! This is a must do and well worth waking up early for. The captains are amazing and ground staff very pleasant, after an hours flight you land and enjoy a full bush champagne breakfast. Superb experience

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a lovely hot air balloon ride just skimming the trees. Champagne breakfast at the end was wonderful. For those staying at the Mara Safari Club,though, beware that it is a 2 hour drive (leaving at 4:00 a.m.) on very rough roads to get to this location.

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Musiara, Guest Relations Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2014

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your experience with Governors' Balloon Safaris - it's great to hear that you had such a good time with us. We hope to welcome you back again someday.

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Reviewed July 17, 2014

LOVED our hot air balloon ride followed by a beautiful gourmet champagne breakfast. It was the trip of a lifetime!

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Musiara, Guest Relations Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2014

Thank you very much for leaving a review of your flight with Governors' Balloon Safaris - we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed it so much. Hopefully we'll get a chance to welcome you back again sometime soon.

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Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Awesome way to wake up in Maasai Mara on any given day. Thank you so much to Markham and crew. The sunrise was breathtaking. As was the ever changing landscape and the beauty of seeing an abundance of African Wildlife up so close and from the above. I will never forget this morning.

Thank Pip31
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Musiara, Guest Relations Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2014

Thank you very much for leaving a review of your morning with Governors' Balloon Safaris - we're really pleased to hear that you had such a great time. We hope to be able to welcome you back again sometime soon.

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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Absolutely wonderful ride over the Masai mara Reserve. Saw elephants, hippos and migrating animals. The pilot was outstanding and loved his job. Champagne breakfast in the bush was a treat. highly recommend the experience.

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Musiara, Guest Relations Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2014

Thank you very much for leaving a review of your Governors' Balloon Safari - it's great to hear that you enjoyed the experience so much. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back for a return voyage someday soon!

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