Hot air balloon Safaris -"Start saving now!"- you shouldn't miss it'!!!!
If you are in the Serengeti or Tarangire, and have money to spare, you must do the balloon safari! Its absolutely amazing.
Serengeti Hot Air Balloon
This popular excursion Balloon safari, is available on all safaris which include an overnight stay at any of the central Serengeti Lodges and campsites. It includes a pre- dawn collection from your accommodation for the trip to the launch site, take- off around dawn and a flight of around one hour duration. After landing there is a champagne toast, and then passengers are taken to a very special breakfast served out on the open plains under the shade of an umbrella tree. After the meal, everyone is returned to Seronera Wildlife Lodge for collection by their drivers. The safari is finished by about 9.30 a.m. so that this excursion can fit in with any itinerary- even where not all members of a group want to take the balloon option. Two balloons, with a capacity of 28 passengers in total, fly once each day. This is the only balloon trip available in Tanzania, and due to its popularity and limited capacity, advance booking is strongly recommended.
Tarangire Balloon Safari
Balloon flights typically take off at 6.30am. Passengers arrive in time to watch the balloon inflation as the pilots torch the coloured fabric to life. The flight is for one hour, each one different path and following the days prevailing winds. A Balloon flight allows passengers to float over the world’s most spectacular Tarangire National Park, where you will find two of the `Giants of African Wilderness’: the Elephants and the Baobab Trees, and the other. On landing, the balloon crew set up a full champagne breakfast complete with “Bloody Mary’s” next to Tarangire River. Each passenger then receives a certificate from their pilot as a special memoir of their flight. A game drive en route to the lodge or the main gate ends a special morning.