Balloon safaris in Tanzania is possible in Serengeti, Ruaha and some parts of Tarangire park
Ballooning takes place at sunrise, which means a pre-dawn wake up with steaming coffee and a chilly drive to the launch It is still dark and you may be fortunate to see nocturnal animals on the way to the launch site. Meet the pilot as he prepares for the flight, the great balloons slowly fill with hot air, rising up ponderously above their tethered baskets. Take-off is a noisy, bumpy affair, which adds to the thrill and enhances the sudden serenity when you reach cruising altitude. The noise of the heating flame punctuates the quiet along with the soft whistle of air currents and occasional ‘ooohs’ from your fellow adventurers. Wrap up warmly because it gets cold up there!
The land below you is quiet in the peace of dawn as sunrise unfurls in bright colours on the eastern horizon. As the earth warms up, wildlife starts to move – the cool of early morning is the best time of day for game viewing, and a hot air balloon gives you an especially superb view of the plains. The balloon can fly relatively low over big herds (unlike helicopters and light aircraft), making this one of the best ways to see the full splendor of the Great Wildebeest Migration.
Your pilot will use varying altitudes and layers of air to navigate the balloon over this amazing area. Each day is different, some of the flight may be low, offering a different perspective and at other times your balloon may climb to 1000’ or more.
No two flights are ever the same and your balloon safari will be unique. While impossible to guarantee particular animals, you are likely to see various species from above.
Your pilot knows the area well and is also a committed conservationist and will point out animals, birds and features of interest.
When you touch down on solid earth again, a glorious champagne breakfast awaits you, prepared and served on the savannah – the perfect end to an extraordinary and serene safari experience.
A Balloon safari is a once in a lifetime experience, a birds eye view game viewing experience .
What is the ideal weather for a balloon safari in Tanzania?
The weather in the Serengeti is suitable for ballooning almost every day of the year. Balloon safari flights in the following areas every morning:
Serengeti – Central – Year Round
Serengeti/Ngorongoro – Ndutu – 20 Dec – 31 March
Serengeti – Western – June – October
Serengeti – Northern – 01 July – 15 November
Safari wildlife viewing varies depending on the time of year and location, and the wildebeest migration moves through the ecosystem year-round so although there are no guarantees, if you’re in the right place at the right time, you have a good chance of seeing plenty of wildlife.
The rainy seasons or the green season should not put a damper or your desire to experience a balloon safari in Tanzania. The ‘long rains’ (late March to early June) & the ‘short rains’ (November to mid December) In the Serengeti, the great migration passes through Central Serengeti during the green seasons. At these times it usually rains late afternoon and during the night. Mornings are usually bright and clear with gentle winds (ideal ballooning weather!). The landscape is lush, green and dust free and just right for a cool morning ride.
Balloon safaris in Tanzania for childrenInfants and children below 7 yrs old are not allowed on a balloon safari, because weight is a crucial safety consideration, passengers weighing over 120 kilos (265 pounds) may need to reserve two places. The balloons are immense. Baskets are compartmented for comfort and security, accommodating 16 people for each one-hour voyage.
Balloon safaris are additional activities added onto your safari mainly popular in Serengeti park in Tanzania.
We do strongly recommend that you book your balloon safari in Tanzania in advance especially in the months of July to end of October this is usually the peak season. The capacity is usually very limited and this exclusive adventure is frequently fully booked