We offeroffers Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the Mara River, plains and forests of the Masai Mara. The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site 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 honored 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.
8 days best of Kenya Safari holiday with a balloon trip
This 8 days Safari holidays in the heart of Kenya wilderness on a Kenya safari that offers you a true taste of African safari adventure for an ultimate wildlife-viewing holidays. Africa teems with life in Kenya that brings you so close to all nature and wildlife. Its in the route best suited for the cheetah safari meeting the cat family, the lion and big five safari adventure that would give you the best of East African safari vacation for a true introduction to this wild country. Travel to the Northern Rift Valley’s scenic lakes, best known for their rich cat family, the big five, bird life and large rhino herds and great wildebeest migration experience. Make your reservation now
Day 0: Pick up Nairobi JKIA
Pick up from Airport upon landing followed by a transfer to the hotel of your choice for overnight stay awaiting for the next day departure.
Day1: Nairobi - Samburu ame reserve.
Pick up from your Nairobi hotel as early as 07:45hrs and drive to Samburu with lunch en route at the Trout Tree Restaurant – a unique dining venue set inside and around a giant fig tree. When you reach Samburu’s arid landscape, you’ll have an afternoon game drive to get to your accommodation – the Samburu Sopa Lodge, which perches on a hill inside the reserve with far-reaching views and rooms housed in traditional Samburu cottages. Tonight there’ll be a welcome dinner for you and your group. Approx. journey time: 6 hours. Stay: Samburu Sopa Lodge. B, L, D. Other accommodations here available on request are; larsens Camp, Samburu Intrepids Luxury Tented Camp or any of your interest.
Day 2: Samburu Discovery.
Head out with your group into the Samburu reserve on morning and afternoon game drives. Lesser visited than its more southerly neighbours, this relatively small reserve’s arid landscape is home to ‘dry country’ animals rarely found outside the park. Its ‘special five’ are the long-necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe. Stay: Samburu Sopa Lodge. B, L, D.
Day 3: Samburu to Aberdares
Drive south to the Aberdare Mountain Ranges. The Aberdare National Park was created in 1950 to protect the forested slopes of the ancient Aberdare Range, with wildlife ranging from elephant and lion to the black and white Colobus monkey and beautiful but lesser-sighted bongo – a horned antelope with distinctive white stripes. Once you reach Aberdare you’ll check in at the Aberdare Country Club in order to transfer to its unique sister property, The Ark, which will be your viewing perch for the night. In the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark’s design is based on Noah’s Ark. It overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, attracting wildlife day and night. Four viewing decks with balconies allow up-close wildlife viewing without even leaving your accommodation. There’s also a ground-level photo hide and an on-call viewing service to ensure that you don’t miss a thing. Rooms are known as ‘cabins’, set over three ‘decks’. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: The Ark (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 4: Aberdares to Lake Naivasha
Have breakfast before driving via Thomson’s Falls – a scenic waterfall on the Uaso Nyiro River – to Lake Nakuru National Park for lunch and a game drive. The park is a haven for bird lovers, with over 400 species of bird, and provides habitat for lion, leopard and Rothschild giraffe. It also offers fantastic chances of spotting herds of white rhino. Continue on to Lake Naivasha for the night and the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, which has resident monkeys, giraffe and hippo inhabiting its 150-acre grasslands. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. B, L, D.
Day 5: Lake Naivasha to Maasai Mara
After breakfast, set off for the Maasai Mara, home to the residents of the BBC’s ‘Big Cat Diary’ series and a whole host of other wildlife among its rolling plains and open savannah, including elephant, giraffe, hyena, wildebeest and buffalo. Arrive for lunch at your lodge, that dates back to 1962, then head out on an afternoon game drive before returning for dinner. Keekorok sits in the heart of the Mara with sprawling lawns and lovely river stone and cedar wood bungalows. With no fences around the property, elephants and buffalo often wander nearby. In the evenings, relax around the roaring log fire in the lounge with your fellow guests. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. Stay: Keekorok Lodge. B, L, D.
Day 6 & 7: Maasai Mara tours
This may be the last day of your safari, but it could be the most thrilling as today there’s the opportunity to take a hot-air balloon safari to gain a whole new perspective of the Maasai Mara. This is our most highly recommended optional experience in Kenya. Wake early and watch as the balloon is prepared, then take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises; the bright pink-orange haze visible for miles across the vast savannah and the wildlife roaming below you. This will be followed by an impressive Champagne breakfast that will be set up for your group wherever you land. Then head out on morning and afternoon game drives into the heart of this wildlife-rich reserve – a fitting end to an exciting safari. Stay: Keekorok Lodge. B, L, D.
Day 8: Maasai Mara to Nairobi
If you’re travelling on to Kenya’s coast, you’ll fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa in the afternoon. Otherwise, leave the Mara after breakfast, arriving in Nairobi in time for lunch. Approx. journey time: 5 hours. You’ll then be taken to a central hotel for the afternoon where you might like to pre-book a day room before your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day.
COSt: 1780 usd per person sharing all inclusive safari package based on 2 pax.
4 pax = each to pay 1586 usd per person
6 pax = 1479 usd
8pax = 1449 us