The Serengeti plains and woodlands are world famous for the variety and sheer number of its animal population. A Serengeti Balloon Safari however, is not merely a game viewing experience, but rather an opportunity for an adventure and unique perspective over outstanding quintessentially African landscapes.Baloon Safari Experience in TanzaniaOf course there can be no guarantee that you will see specific animals from the balloon.
We have however seen some amazing wildlife from the balloon and witnessed many incidents such as lion kills, cheetah stalking and killing, leopard hunting and of course THE ANNUAL MILLION STRONG WILDEBEEST MIGRATION, one of the natural wonders of the world.
Serengeti Balloon Safaris are acutely aware of their environmental responsibilities and are proud of their ecological credentials. Serengeti Balloon Safaris (SBS) pay a substantial royalty to Tanzania National Parks for each passenger. These funds are used for conservation purposes in the Serengeti.
The colors of our balloons are acacia green and savannah gold and blend with the colors of the Serengeti. The balloon burners are ‘stealth’ and ‘whisper’ burners and make less noise than standard burners. Wherever possible, we land on a road, thereby saving the vegetation from damage by retrieving vehicles.
Our pilots are all committed conservationists and will share their knowledge of the area and wildlife with you. Naturally, wildlife has priority, and consideration is given to them when flying.
SBS have assisted in the funding and construction of a technical school in Rubanda Village close to the boundary of Serengeti National Park.
The object is to teach income-generating skills to the villagers offering an alternative to poaching wildlife. SBS director Colin MacKinnon has been made an elder of the local Wakoma tribe. SBS is also pleased to have sponsored educational trips to the park for school children from surrounding villages.
5:00 am, Serengeti Balloon Safaris will collect you from your central Serengeti lodge or camp, and transfer you by Landover to our launch site near Maasai Kopjes. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon.At dawn we take off, 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: sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below.
At other times he will ascend to 1000′ or more to see the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti. From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below.
The flight is for about one hour depending on conditions, on landing you celebrate in the traditional manner with champagne (well, an excellent sparkling wine), before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in ‘Out of Africa’ style with bone china, linen table cloths, King’s silver etc.
After breakfast you receive your Serengeti Balloon certificate and we drive you back to Seronera Lodge game viewing enrooted. 9:30 am Arrive at Seronera ready to continue your day’s activities.
This adventure will fit in with all safari itineraries that include a night in central Serengeti (Serena Lodge, Seronera Lodge or Sopa Lodge or any of the central Serengeti camp sites)
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