Hot Air Balloon Flights in Serengeti National Park : Serengeti balloon safari is an ultimate way to experience the vastness of Serengeti National Park, imagine floating above the endless Serengeti plains skimming treetops in complete silence while enjoying sights of wildlife on the grown below. Continue reading this article to know more about the hot air balloon flights in Serengeti national park.

Hot air balloon safari is an essential safari experience for travelers on a safari to Serengeti National Park.

Serengeti Balloon Safaris Locations

Balloon flights in Serengeti National Park run daily at 06h00 from four launch sites situated within Serengeti National Park, one is offered throughout the year close to Seronera and others are in the Ndutu area (from 25 December to 15 March), in the Western Corridor (June to October) and in Northern Serengeti (from July to October).

Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Flight Experience

Hot air balloon flight experience in Serengeti National Park is an expensive experience, however it is worth every penny. Floating serenely over the treetops as the sun peaks over the horizon provides with permission to experience the endless Serengeti plains from an unforgettable perspective.

The experience sets off very early morning, you may even spot some nocturnal predators getting ready to start their day.

During most flights, the pilot will include sections flown at a higher altitude allowing you to soak up uninterrupted views of Serengeti and its endless plains. Other sections of the flight may involve low-level flying, during which there may be the opportunity to see wildlife.

Highly experienced pilots can follow rivers and streams and will glide just meters above the incredible grunting hippos or wandering giraffes, flying low allows you to take some great aerial wildlife photos. You move over the plains wherever the wind takes you, whist being tracked from the ground by balloon crew in their vehicles.

Hot Air Balloon Flights in Serengeti
Hot Air Balloon Flights in Serengeti National Park

Hot air ballooning and the Great Migration

Hot air balloon offers you the front seat and the best way to experience the Great Migration, the best flight to book is a flight in Ndutu area as large herds congregate here between December and March. Other locations that may also allow you to see the Great Migration from the above. But remember the herds are mobile and may only be in a particular area for a brief period. If not just a couple of days. This means that some luck needs to be on your side.

Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Flight Price

A Serengeti Balloon flight costs US$ 599 per person, this price includes TANAPA ballooning fee of US$ 40. This rate includes a transfer from your lodge or camp to the departure balloon site, the balloon flight itself and a champagne breakfast (after landing). The flight normally lasts in between 50 and 70 minutes, depending on the landing site, also the breakfast site is set up at a different location daily.

You will share the balloon with up to 16 passengers in total

Preparing for a Balloon Safari

On a hot air balloon safari in Serengeti National Park, be prepared for a very early start the transfer from the Seronera area leaves at 05h30 and from the other lodges in the area at around 04h00.

Note: Remember to bring some warm clothing and a bag in which you can secure camera, binoculars and other personal items.

Normally, we arrange departures for a Serengeti balloon safari from most lodges and camps in Serengeti. We strongly recommend booking a balloon safari in advance, this experience is very popular and gets booked out early.

What Happens if the Weather is Poor?

 The whole hot air balloon safari is subject to suitable weather, if your flight is cancelled because of poor weather, you will be re-booked on a later flight that is if possible. Otherwise, your money will be refunded.

Why is a Balloon Safari so Expensive?

Ballon safaris in Serengeti National Park are very expensive to operate especially in remote areas such as Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, which is why they are experience. Naturally, balloons need to be in top condition. So, they need to be replaced after about 850 flight hours, one balloon costs more than US$ 100,000.

The cost of fuels and the crew to operate the balloon flight should also be put in consideration, plus a licensed pilot. Behind the scenes, ten people operate to get the balloon airborne. So, this adds up to a considerable amount of people. Also, recovery vehicles, transfer vehicles and backup operations.

Lastly, a substantial part of the total price is allocation to conservation fees.

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