I took my daughter for her first balloon trip whilst on her 21st Birthday holiday to the Masai Mara. Captain John was experienced and friendly so we felt safe with him at the helm. There were 10 people plus the captain and a couple of ground staff, in the 4 compartment balloon basket. Not overcrowded at all. We set off around 6am so we could catch the sunrise from the air. It was very beautiful. We saw several different herds of animals, from different heights. We were brought lower to the ground to see 2 hyenas working together to try and pinch a baby wildebeest from a herd, however, the mother had other ideas and soon saw them off!
We had a smooth landing then were driven off to the site where we had a very well organised and tasty champagne (Asti Spumante!) breakfast. We were all given certificates to say we'd done the trip and an option to buy a DVD with our pictures and a short video of the trip, for $40 or 3000 KS. Pricey but as it was a special Birthday trip, I bought one as a memento.
Worth going to see the Mara from a different angle but I wouldn't rush to go again. $450 per person was a bit steep, in my opinion, for the 1 hour trip plus breakfast, especially when the billed 'champagne breakfast' wasn't the real McCoy! However, as a special one off trip, the experience was worth it.
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