Of all the experiences in Africa, I’d have to put flying in a hot air balloon at the top of my list of things I’d do again next time.
Drifting dreamily above the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon is an experience I’ve done it twice. I enjoyed it immensely both times.
If you’re visiting Kenya’s Masai Mara during the annual migration, when two million wildebeest and zebra charge into the Masai Mara, a balloon flight is a real highlight.
The plains are filled with wildlife and you are filled with wonder as you float above graceful giraffes, wildebeest and hippos.
My balloon pilot has seen some amazing sights from the air, such as lions hunting and a leopard running over the tree tops.
Being in a hot air balloon is an experience that is completely different to flying. It’s tranquil and relaxing.
I’ve spoken to several people with a fear of heights who assure me that being in a hot air balloon is nowhere near as stressful as flying in a helicopter or a light airplane.
The experience is somewhat surreal. The landscape below seems like a toy landscape from a dream.
If you want to know what flying in a hot air balloon feels like, click my video below.
There are several companies that offer hot air balloon flights in the Masai Mara.
Your camp can organise the activity for you or contact Governors’ Camp. The flight lasts an hour and is followed by a bush breakfast. Children need to be older than eight years old and taller than 1.2m.