Overview

“The Winds have welcomed you with softness. The Sun has blessed you with its warm hands.” The balloonist’s tradition is to toast the flight with bubbly. A short walk or drive from your landing spot will find you raising a glass to your time in the skies. A Serengeti balloon safari is a fantastic once in a lifetime experience, particularly suitable for a bird’s eye-view game viewing experience on your Tatanca Safaris wildlife tour in northern Tanzania. Hot air balloon rides leave from three sites in this prime national park. In Central Serengeti, wildlife gathers year-round in the Seronera River Valley where there is permanent water. A skilled, experienced and licensed pilot and staff of 20 are needed for each trip, including launching and recovery as well as transport to and from the launch and celebratory champagne breakfast. Each flight is unique, some high enough to view the panoramic landscape for miles ahead, others low enough to see individual animals at close quarters. It is not a cheap excursion, but it will make your northern Tanzania vacation one of the most memorable of your whole life. It is possible to charter special private balloon flights in the Grumeti Reserve for honeymoon couples on their romantic trip in the Great Plains of Africa.

Tour Highlights

  • There is truly nothing to compare with breakfast served under the sweeping canopy of an acacia in the middle of the Serengeti plains.
  • We then seek to take care of earthly concerns and whisk you off by safari car to our special Serengeti breakfast spot.
  • We then seek to take care of earthly concerns and whisk you off by safari car to our special Serengeti breakfast spot.

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Include

  • All airport pick up and transfers
  • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4 x 4 Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
  • Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees
  • All game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
  • mineral water
  • Hotel, Lodges & Tented Camp
  • Meals

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Any domestic connection flights on arrival or departure.
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and lodge staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Alcoholic Drinks and beverages in lodges

Safari Itinerary

Day 1 Tanzania Balloon Safari

You will be picked up at 6.00am from your lodge and will be driven to your awaiting balloon at the specific launching site. If you have selected any of our private luxury camps, your driver will transfer you to the nearest lodge where you will meet up with the other guests. Keep an eye out for nocturnal predators as you may encounter them returning from their nightly hunting forays on your game drive to the launching site. Arrive at the balloon-launching site for a quick briefing from your pilot? As the blush of dawn glows to the east, you will take off and float above the vast Serengeti.

From a unique aerial perspective, watch in awe as the sun rises in molten splendour. Soar in the quiet hush of morning as the vast savannah below is washed in a rising crescendo of golden light, illuminating the details of the African landscape in vibrant colours. With a little luck you will have good game viewing opportunities while you glide peacefully above the Serengeti. Please keep in mind that every flight is different and wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, you will undoubtedly enjoy the spectacular views and the serene quiet as you aimlessly drift along with the prevailing winds.

Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon while sometimes flying at treetop height and at other times ascending to 1000 feet. Flight time is about one hour depending upon conditions. Scout vehicles will track your location from the ground and will be waiting for you wherever the winds have carried the balloon. Your balloon safari ends with a delightful champagne toast and an elegant breakfast at the landing site. A lavish breakfast is served in the bush with weighty silver, delicate china, and fine linen tablecloths. Breakfast consists of tropical fruits, freshly baked bread, eggs, sausage, bacon, mushroom and tomato.

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