My wife and I were celebrating our honeymoon on safari so we thought we would treat ourselves to our first balloon trip.
Whilst the trip wasn't cheap, it was worth every penny. To have a balloon trip over the Masai Mara really is a once in a lifetime experience and one that we will treasure forever.
The balloon safari sets off from the Fig Tree Camp. We left our hotel at 4.30am and got to the camp around 5.00am. The balloon took off at 6ish. We had captain Ray who was brilliant. In case you are wondering, the balloon holds about 12 people.
The day we did our balloon trip, it was a perfect morning, blue skies and very calm. We saw the sun rise, witnessed the migration and saw plenty of wildlife from the balloon. The views were spectacular. We were in the air for just over an hour. Our landing was the smoothest you could imagine...not at all bumpy and frightening as you often hear when talking about balloon trips.
After we landed we were treated to the most amazing champagne breakfast in the middle of the Masai. The food was fantastic, probably one of the best full English breakfast we have had. As for the setting, you couldn't ask for more. There were a few tables of memorabilia in case you wanted to buy some little souvenirs, plus you can buy a DVD of the balloon ride too.
After breakfast you're taken back to your camp and we got back to ours by around 10.
I cannot rate this experience highly enough, especially if it is your first balloon trip...what better place to do it.
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