Serengeti hot air
Serengeti Hot Air Balloon, Tanzania Seronera hot air balloon
A Serengeti hot air balloon ride is an adventure that can
easily be included in safari itineraries that include at
least two nights in central Serengeti or Western Corridor
Camps (Grumeti River Camp, Kirawira Camp, Mbalageti Camp,
Serengeti Balloon Safaris will collect you from your central
Serengeti lodging, or from an organized collection point for
those in western Serengeti, and transfer you by Land Rover
to the launch site near Masai Kopjes. Here you will meet
your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of
You take off at dawn, rising as the sun rises and float in
whichever direction the winds of the morning take us. Your
pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon and
will sometimes fly lower-down, at treetop height and
sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective over the
majestic Serengeti and many great photo opportunities of the
wildlife below. At other times he will ascend to 300 meters
(1000 feet) or more so you can take in the wonderful
panorama of the Serengeti and get an appreciation for its
Duration of flight is roughly one hour.
Hot air balloon ride breakfast
Once you are back on the ground, you will be escorted to a
table that has been laid out to the highest of standards.
The table is laid with bone china and silver cutlery. Fresh
tropical fruits, warm freshly baked bread and English
traditional breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms and
tomatoes are served by stewards in customary Swahili dress.
You will also be given a glass of sparkling wine to help
celebrate this amazing adventure. For those who do not wish
to drink, there are alternate non-alcoholic drinks
available. At around 9:30am,you will be driven back to
central Serengeti lodges or to the organized drop off point
in westerns Serengeti to continue your safari adventure!
Seronera hot air balloon ride FAQ
Q: Do I need to book in advance?
A: We strongly advise you to book in advance with your
tour operator to secure your place. There are only three
balloons in the entire Serengeti and this exclusive
adventure is frequently fully booked.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The price is US $499 per person (central Serengeti &
Western Corridor), this is also the rate that you will
pay if you book ‘standby’ on a space-available basis in
Q: When is the best time of year for ballooning in
A: The balloon rides go over central Serengeti (Seronera
Valley), where there is year-round animal activity. For
those who are especially keen on seeing the wildebeest
migration from above, big herds of migratory herbivores
can be seen in Seronera from late April through the end
of June and again in October through December.
Q: Are there any restrictions?
A: Children under the age of 7 are not allowed. There is
no upper limit, however passengers must be reasonably
mobile, fit to fly and prepared for an adventure.
Balloon passenger weights are calculated at an average
of 80kg (175lbs). Passengers weighing 50% + more than
this (i.e. 120kgs / 265lbs /19 stone) may be charged for