Rising to the top of Tanzania’s eco-luxury tourism industry in under four years, Miracle Experience Hot Air Balloon Safari has demonstrated tremendous success and resilience despite the global challenges faced. Our company has set its foundations on the opportunity to use modern technology, creativity, and innovative solutions to give travelers the best safari experience possible.
The Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) recently honored us with the Best Balloon Operator Award for Quality and Innovation in Service Provision.
We are truly grateful to TANAPA for their recognition and appreciation of our efforts to provide the best experience to our clients and for this category where our business fits so well. This award is the perfect way to show the world who we are and how hard we work to bring quality and creativity to every part of our business.
Our purpose drives us to keep developing and enhancing our solutions to give our guests an experience unlike any other. The commitment and dedication of our people are the reason why we rank the highest in quality and service and aim to provide the ultimate satisfaction for every guest. The focus and innovation of our practice set us apart from the competition, which is why we have ranked #1 for the Best Outdoor Activity in the Serengeti on TripAdvisor for the last three years.
Let our TripAdvisor testimonials speak for themselves!
Our purpose is to provide our visitors with an unforgettable high-end, luxury balloon safari experience while staying true to the authenticity of the Serengeti and delivering on our environmentally friendly values to the best of our abilities. We strive to deploy the most innovative and value-adding solutions in all facets of our company from the ground up.
Keeping our ears to the ground, we pay close attention to the industry's latest needs to offer unique, exciting, and memorable services. To serve our purpose, we want to keep up with new trends while providing the most authentic experience possible.
Our hot air balloons are the most comfortable and have the most advanced equipment available on the market. We offer different balloon experiences, so our guests can choose the most appropriate theme based on their style and the occasion, be it a honeymoon, wedding, family vacation, etc. You can also choose from various flight locations for your safari, such as the Seronera, Kogatende, Ndutu, Kirawira, Tarangire, and Singita Grumeti.
Our company strives to offer value and pay great attention to the details, which makes all the difference. We provide our clients with constant support and accompaniment at each stage of their journey to take this experience to the next level. During our balloon trips, we provide complimentary extras like binoculars to enhance wildlife viewing and in-flight coffee and tea.
To properly capture your journey, our experienced photographers and in-flight Go Pro cameras also record our guests' greatest moments, which are freely shared and printed out to ensure that each guest has a one-of-a-kind memento to take home. We also provide flight certificates to properly commemorate your safari in the sky.
Our unique mobile bathrooms, famously nicknamed the "loo with a view," are also sure to wow you. Our guests can access our free WiFi services at the launch and breakfast sites to share their excitement and the unforgettable views of the Serengeti and its neighboring parks with their loved ones.
Our team even goes the extra mile to entertain our younger visitors with our custom-made children's sketchbooks before and after the flight. From hot beverages and snacks at the launch sites to special requests, we take care of everything to ensure the best possible experience for all our clients.
Our team of expert chefs offers exclusive breakfast and lunch service in the middle of the bush, so our guests can experience "the wild" in style. Our menu includes a wide range of tasty options, freshly made in our eco-friendly bush kitchen. Guests can choose from our special “moving buffet and a la carte menus," which can be catered to different dietary options and special occasions.
With Miracle Experience, the journey does not stop until you are back at your lodge or hotel. Even after climbing out of your wicker basket, the car ride to the breakfast site or your trip back to your accommodations is also part of the excitement, as you can often spot wild animals in the distance and enjoy mini-game drives in addition to the hot air balloon safari.
At the heart of our service, our people are the driving force that has propelled us to the top of the game. We have over 150 people working like clockwork, each of whom plays an indispensable role in making the magic happen. Our employees are given extensive training to help them deliver the ultimate client experience.
Our drivers and pilots are qualified English speakers, and some also hold satisfactory notions of multiple languages, such as Spanish, French, Hindi, Arabic, Kiswahili, and more, to facilitate conversation, briefings, and the spotting of animals for our visitors from around the globe. We are also proud to count Rosa Perrera among our ranks, the first female pilot to fly in Tanzania, hopefully opening the hot air ballooning field to more and more women with her expertise.
At Miracle Experience, we are famous for our spirit and love of life. Our "celebrations," where we dance and sing, set us apart from our competitors by offering a fun, dynamic, and authentic experience. To celebrate their safari in true Tanzanian fashion, guests can count on our team to always honor "furaha ya Maisha," which means "the enjoyment of life," no matter the occasion.
We pride ourselves on being a diverse and cross-functional team that creates original solutions by putting collective ideas into action. We strive to keep improving what we do, becoming more flexible in our approach, and giving our visitors the best possible experience when they visit our beautiful country, Tanzania.
With a desire to give back to the people of our amazing home, Miracle Experience has recently taken eleven children, four teachers, and the headmaster from Bondeni School, near the region, on their first-ever hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti, free of charge. We also provide the school with free Wi-Fi to improve their learning experience and exposure.
Our core business practices are built to add value to our clients’ safaris while ensuring we treat the local people, the environment, and the wildlife with the utmost respect.
All our bases run on solar, and most of our amenities are powered by clean energy. As a result, our carbon footprint has been greatly reduced. We want to set an example of how to help Tanzania's tourism grow sustainably.
Our guests can count on us for a high-end luxury safari experience that doesn't sacrifice eco-consciousness, conservation, or responsible travel. The quality of our service is unmatched, and our passion is what drives us. We stand out from our competitors because our purpose, people, and practices encourage innovation, welcome change, and care for our environment, community, and visitors.
“The hot air balloon ride and breakfast were absolutely incredible. Of course, flying over the Safari is beautiful and a highlight of our trip, but this company has thought of every detail and makes the whole experience truly exquisite. The operations are seamless, and the ride was amazing and fun thanks to our Pilot Captain Barry. Breakfast was huge and delicious in a stunning setting, and the energy of the team singing songs and telling stories made it so much fun. Thank you for such a memorable and fun Safari! Asante Sana!” Micaela M
Come and discover the thrill of a Hot Air Balloon ride! If you are looking for an adventure and a unique experience, hot air balloon rides are an absolute must-do activity during your holidays. A hot air balloon flight is the perfect way to witness the different attractions, landmarks, and sceneries of some of the most beautiful locations in the world with an added twist. Taking flight over your favorite dream destinations, these rides promise a new perspective while offering all the best of every view.
The mythical Serengeti awaits. At the top of our list, the Serengeti is the crown jewel of all African safaris. Home to the magnificent Big 5, namely, the rhino, buffalo, lion, elephant, and leopard, this stretch of land covering over 14,700 km² is bursting with life and adventures waiting to unfold. Depending on the season and the area, this unique place showcases a multitude of exciting flora and fauna sightings.
Among the most famous national parks in the world, the Serengeti has no equal as it hosts the most incredible synchronized movement of mammals ever recorded. The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the key attractions in the Serengeti. Each year, millions of wildebeests, zebras, and other mammals undertake this perilous trip north to the greener grass of the Mara region. The herd will face multiple challenges along the way, such as attacks by cunning predators, a constant search for fresh water, and the river crossing, among others.
Early in the year, around January, the wildebeests can easily be spotted in the South West of the park for the calving season. Hundreds to millions of wildebeest will give birth in the tall green grass where food and water are abundant. They will remain in this area until March before moving up towards the Grumeti River. June to July is usually the best time to visit the Serengeti as you can easily witness the huge hoard galloping in the plains to the North West. You may also spot the Mara River crossing, one of the most exciting parts of the migration as the animals face the deadly current of the river and its even deadlier Nile crocodiles to reach the green pastures of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
While this spectacle is impressive from any game drive, the view from a hot air balloon is an experience you will never forget. Taking a bird's eye perspective of this thrilling and mythical migration and its surrounding wildlife is a truly humbling experience. A hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti is a real game changer.
The ancient city of Bagan, previously known as the capital of Myanmar during the 9th through 13th centuries, is one of the most visited areas in the country. Situated in the Mandalay region, Bagan is famous for its multiple historical monuments that are densely scattered over 30 square miles. Nestled on a bend of the Irrawaddy river in central Myanmar, Bagan is considered a sacred location with over 3000 Hindu and Buddhist temples and pagodas spread across the location. Despite its cultural significance, it was only on the 6th of July 2019 that this historical site officially became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Among some of the best ways to experience this mystical land of temples, a hot air balloon ride over this tropical area is the best travel option to get a bird's eye view of this sacred ground. Gently rising into the air with the morning sun, you will get the pleasure of discovering Bagan and its many monuments hidden in the jungle setting while the landscape is still bathed in a mystical mist. You will also get the chance to soar above the beautiful silver stream of the Irrawaddy river, and the multiple kinds of cotton and peanut farms found across the region. The Bagan skyline speckled with gold, earth-red bell-shaped towers, and gilded spires is one of the most beautiful views one can find in South-East Asia, and is one of the best places in the world for hot air balloon rides.
One fact worth remembering about Bagan, formerly known as Burma, is that most of the monuments, temples, and pagodas seen in the area were built by hand. Built between 1057 to 1287, most of these sacred structures were initiated by King Anawrahta at a time when modern construction machines and tools had yet to be invented. These 3000 monuments were thus raised by human hands alone.
Let's go back to Africa. Not your usual bush landscape, the Sossusvlei region offers a twist to your typical African safaris. Flying above the oldest desert in the world, this hot air balloon safari is a breathtaking way to experience Namibia. You will get the chance to sail over some of the largest red sand dunes known to man and watch the sunrise over the horizon.
Found to the southwest of Namibia and stretching over 32,000 km², this seemingly barren land offers a peaceful and relaxing trip over Sossusvlei's salt and clay pans. As part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the best period to visit this region is usually between May and September, as the temperatures are slightly lower.
As a mix of two languages, the Nama "sossus" meaning "dead-end" and the Afrikaans "Vlei" for "marsh", the Sossusvlei area received this name as dunes intercept and block the Tsauchab River, which seldom flows further than the pan. Hence the name Sossusvlei, the dead-end marsh. This region is usually arid and boosts a rare photogenic beauty. However, after a heavy rainy season in the Naukluft mountains, the pan can be filled with water and resembles a lake, attracting multiple visitors to see the desert waterhole.
On another note, Albuquerque has become a famous location for hot air ballooning for different reasons. While our other selected destinations are renowned for their picturesque views, Albuquerque in New Mexico is a favorite tourist spot as it has hosted the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta since 1972. As the world's largest hot air balloon event, this festival drew in over 880,000 spectators and 672 hot air balloons in 2021. The numbers are expected to grow further this year as the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary.
From the 1st to the 9th of October 2022, the New Mexico skyline will be filled with hundreds of colorful balloons of all shapes and sizes. If you wish to fly during one of the world's largest celebrations of hot air balloons, you can easily book a ride during the event. While prices may increase during this period due to high demand, it is still a trip that will be worthwhile as you soar over the Rio Grande and partly desertic landscape of Albuquerque among hundreds of other beautiful hot air balloons.
Also known as the alpine capital for hot air balloon rides, Chateau d'Oex offers a different landscape than our avid flyers. Set in the picturesque Alps and Prealps in Switzerland, this ride gives you the chance to witness the stillness and calmness of a region formed in snow. As this stunning landscape unfolds beneath your wicker basket, you will have the opportunity to drift with the wind across snow peaks, frozen lakes, silver sinuating rivers, and even castles, all set against a beautiful alpine backdrop.
As long as the weather permits, hot air balloons take off from Chateau d'oex all year round, flying over the majestic Prealps, Gruyere region, Rhone plains, or even further towards the Fribourg plateau from May to October. This tour offers a marvelous view over the Romont castle and the city of Fribourg.
As the Albuquerque of Europe, Chateau d'oex also has its own hot air balloon festival. Next scheduled from the 21st to 29th of January 2023, the 43rd Swiss Alps International Balloon Festival is not an event to be missed. Gathering hundreds of hot air balloons in the Alps, this festival is a celebration of colors and passion dotting the white canvas of the snow-covered mountains and offers a bucket-list-worthy event.
If you are ready to soar above one or all of these marvelous views, get in touch with a reputable operator who takes your well-being, safety, and enjoyment at heart. Some companies also offer special services such as food and beverages if you want to add a little extra to your trip.
At Miracle Experience, we like to pride ourselves on offering our clients one of the best experiences on the market. Combining thousands of hours of flight, our hot air balloon rides are a real treat allowing you to witness the wild at its best under the guiding hand of our expert pilots. If you ever decide to visit the Serengeti, we can assure you that this trip will be a memorable one, graciously closed by our famous 5-star breakfast in the bush.
Before visiting a foreign country, understanding the native language and learning a few essential words are some of the most important items to pack in your bag. The good news? It doesn't have to add any extra weight to your luggage allowance!
Whether you wish to carry a small phrasebook or learn a few essential phrases and everyday vocabulary beforehand, knowing a little bit of the language can enable you to get around the new country without difficulty. It can further enhance your holiday experience, allowing you to take a truly authentic trip.
Want to learn Swahili for your upcoming vacation in Tanzania? Hakuna Matata! (No Worries!) We are happy to help you out.
The Bantu language of Swahili, also known as Kiswahili, is spoken on the east coast of Africa in a region that stretches from Lamu Island, Kenya, in the north to Tanzania's southern border in the south.
The history of the language itself is ancient. It has, however, changed into the form we hear today, like with all languages. It is a fusion of native African tongues and Arabic, English, Portuguese, and German influences.
According to some, English speakers can learn Swahili the quickest of any African language. Like English, it is one of the few sub-Saharan African languages without lexical tones. Reading Swahili words out loud in their same written form makes it much simpler to read. Before your trip, you can practice the language by:
Now that you have a basic understanding of the Swahili language's history let's study some essential vocabulary and phrases to prepare for your upcoming safari!
|Hujambo - Hello||Sijambo - I am fine|
|Jambo - Hi!||Jambo! - Hi!|
|Mambo vipi? - How is it going?||Nzuri - Good/I’m fine|
|Habari gani? - How are you?||Nzuri - Good/I’m fine|
|Habari za asubuhi - Hello/Good Morning (more respectful)||Mbaya - Bad/not great|
Si Mbaya or Sio Mbaya - Not too bad
|Kwaheri - Goodbye||Kwaheri - Goodbye|
|Baadae - See you later||Baadae - See you later|
|Jina lako Nani? - What is your name?||Jina langu ni... - My name is...|
|Unatoka wapi? - Where are you from?||Natokea... - I'm from...|
|Nimefurahi kukuona - Nice to meet you||Na Mimi pia – me too|
|Hapana Asante||No, Thank you|
|Hamna Shida||No worries|
|Sielewi||I don't understand|
|Ninasikia Njaa||I'm hungry|
|Nina Kiu||I'm thirsty|
|Maji ya Kunywa||Drinking water|
|Unaongea Kiingereza||Do you speak English?|
|Unasemaje||How do you say...|
|... ni wapi?||Where is the...?|
|Ni shingapi?||How much is it?|
|Tafadhali, naomba msaada||Can you please help me?|
|Naomba kupiga Picha||May I take a Picture?|
|Saa ngapi||At what time?|
|Ni saa ngapi||What time is it?|
Once you go through this list, you’ll have some basics down. Don’t worry, most of the locals here know enough English so that you won’t be completely stranded. Any member of our team, including your safari guide, will be pleased to teach you anything else you want to know.
Our Miracle Experience team would like to wish you safari njema (safe travels) for your upcoming trip to Tanzania!
Nestled between the Central Serengeti and Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kogatende is a rather small area that puts on quite a show. While it is breathtaking to observe the Great Wildebeest Migration galloping freely across the endless plains, the epic cycle of life demonstrated in Kogatende is usually action-packed and worth a visit. No matter if you are attracted by the greatest movement of wild animals on earth or a chance of spotting the Big Five, a Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Kogatende area is sure to blow your mind.
Found in the Kogatende region, the Mara River offers one of the most surreal views of the Great Wildebeest Migration. Every year, millions of mammals assemble on the banks of the river waiting to cross to the other side to reach greener pastures and fresh water. However, this part of their journey is often the most perilous as many will undoubtedly fall prey to the deadly Nile crocodiles which live within these borders. Attracted by the size of the wild animals, the huge reptiles of the river are not the only predators lurking ready for the kill. This gathering of mammals near the water source can sometimes be a real feast for lions, hyenas, leopards and more.
Around the months of June to November, countless wild animals gather on the side of the river waiting for the first brave soul to attempt the crossing. It can often take days before the first few wildebeests make the jump into the dangerous waters and some others dare to follow suit. At this stage, it often takes quite a long time for the whole herd of Wildebeests to go through to the other side as they pass in a small trickle at a time. If you are lucky, you might catch the whole horde jumping in almost a single file into the rushing currents of the river as the urgency and the need for food are felt. Here the cycle of life will truly be witnessed as nature will take its expected toll on the herd.
The crossing along the Mara River happens in two different spots at different times during the migration. First, the wildebeest and their entourage travel across the river to reach the Kogatende region on their way up from Grumeti, then a second time as their attempt the long way back to Ndutu for the calving season. A common misconception is that the Mara River marks the boundary between Tanzania and Kenya. The river partially flows through both countries and wildebeests reaching the opposite bank on their way up from Grumeti and the Seronera region are actually still in Kogatende, Tanzania, before moving further into the Maasai Mara.
The region is also well-known for its beautiful changing landscape. From the shimmering Mara River, the tall acacia trees, indigenous Kopjes scattered around the yellowed grass of the plains to the blooming flora of the Ngorongoro Crater, a safari across the area is a breathtaking experience. Whether you have booked a stay at one of the various luxury lodges in the area, plan a game drive in the bush or take it all in from a safari in the sky with one of our hot air balloons, Kogatende and its neighboring areas simply do not disappoint.
Action packed and absolutely thrilling, of course you want to capture a few pictures of your trip, maybe to keep as memories for the future or to show your family and friends when you get back. A ride over Kogatende is sure to offer you all the best opportunities to make this possible. Kogatende allows you to see and photograph the Great Wildebeest Migration barrelling through the plains on their way north, the impressive but deadly crossing of the Mara River, the picturesque landscape of the Ngorongoro Crater and more. In addition, if you are lucky, you may also get the chance to take pictures of the famous Big Five and the plethora of other wild animals inhabiting the region. While visiting over areas may not have allowed you such a complete experience, Kogatende is a full package.
The Kogatende region is the perfect safari win-win offering visitors the best of the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in one go. If you are looking to enjoy the thrill of a real adventure in the wild, booking a luxury tented camp, guided walk or hot air balloon safari with us in the Kogatende area is a great compromise between the excitement of the wild and the luxury and safety provided by experienced operators.
To live this experience to the fullest, it is recommended to witness the action packed Mara River crossing from a hot air balloon basket. A balloon safari over the plains and sinuating silver river of Kogatende offers a vantage point unparalleled by any game drive. This bird's eye view gives you the opportunity to take in the full extent of the largest coordinated movement of mammals in the world.
Part of what makes a hot air balloon safari over this region so unique is that it allows you to get closer than ever before to the crossing and its neighbouring plains. While a game drive would need to stop at a distance to avoid disturbing and scaring away the animals with the sound of the engine, a hot air balloon flight gently follows the path of the wind, taking you closer to the animals than ever before while only switching on its burner when ready to sail further up.
A Hot Air Balloon safari is a great way of enjoying the full extent of the Kogatende region, and let's not forget the famous bush breakfast and lunch. Miracle Experience has become well-known for its delightful breakfast and lunch services in the heart of the savannah. After gliding slowly to the ground, the safari trucks will pick you up and take you on a short drive to a pre-established spot in the wild where a fresh meal set-up complemented by chilled champagne or beverage will be waiting for you. In this once in a lifetime moment, you will get the opportunity to share the most memorable parts of your trip with your loved ones and savour the adventure just a while longer.
Contact us at Miracle Experience and let's plan this adventure of a lifetime together.
Arusha, in Northern Tanzania, is well-known for being Tanzania's green metropolis. Thanks to the comparatively low temperatures and reduced humidity, visitors worldwide are drawn to Arusha for the lush and beautiful landscapes.
In addition, Arusha serves as the primary tourist destination for Tanzania's northern circuit and, dare we say, the entire country.
Most safari excursions depart from Arusha since it serves as the entry point to several national parks, including Kilimanjaro National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and our own Arusha National Park.
Miracle Experience is at the top of our list of attractions in Arusha because it offers a unique experience for Tanzania's world-renowned safaris that visitors from all over the world come to enjoy.
They offer hot air balloon safari rides above various locations, such as the Serengeti National Park, which provide guests with a memorable safari experience with beautiful scenery and uninterrupted views.
You will see a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitat, including the majestic wildebeest migration, powerful lion pride, and prancing gazelles in their natural habitat.
On a hot air balloon safari, you can truly appreciate the immensity of the stunning bush surroundings. The balloon safari gives you a unique opportunity to capture and share thrilling moments.
Six years in a row, TripAdvisor has given Miracle Experience its top travelers' choice award, which attests to its great experience.
The Mt. Meru trek is a brilliant pre-climb expedition for those preparing to tackle Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a fantastic method to prepare for a climb up Africa's highest peak.
Mt. Meru is the perfect outdoor activity for those with only a few days left on vacation but still wanting to climb mountains.
Mt. Meru can be hiked on a day trip, three days, or four days. The trails make for a peaceful trek with breathtaking views of rivers and waterfalls.
This great outdoor activity to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Momella Lake is to go canoeing with friends and family.
The Momella Lakes region is located in Arusha National Park's northeastern section, and seven lakes are hidden in the valleys and are bordered by lush hills. The lake becomes alkaline due to the sodium-rich contents and algae growth. As a result, flamingos use these bodies of water all year round for feeding and resting.
The best times to go on canoe journeys are in the mornings or the afternoons; they last around three hours. You can anticipate seeing buffalo, bushbuck, giraffes, hippos, and other water birds that live in and around the water on a canoe journey.
The bush lunch is a unique service that only enhances the overall value of your trip to the bush. It is the ideal option for lunch because traditionally packed lunches are less environmentally friendly as there is more food and packaging waste. Additionally, it prevents customers from feeling rushed to eat their meal so they can enjoy a freshly cooked three-course dinner in the middle of the bush.
This adventurous activity allows you to have longer and more relaxed game drives knowing you do not have to rush back for a hot meal. There are various options to choose from the menu to ensure a delicious lunch experience!
Arusha National Park is only a few kilometers from the center of Arusha, so there's no need to travel far in search of thrilling wildlife.
Our national park is surrounded by all kinds of different animals and plant species, and a whole day can be spent exploring the park.
This park boasts some of the uncommon animals that can mostly be found only in Arusha National Park, such as the colobus monkeys. On a game drive, you can expect to see many zebras, giraffes, elephants, and bushbucks.
Be sure to visit the stunning Ngurdoto Crater, whose expansive marshy bottom is populated with herds of buffalo and warthog. It is located in the middle of the forest and is surrounded by towering, rocky cliffs.
Here you can delve into history and take in one of Arusha's top attractions, where you will be taken on a thrilling journey that takes you to the center of this priceless gemstone.
Through an interactive tour of the mine museum, visitors can learn why Tanzanite is so rare and valuable, the difficulties of mining it, the skills required for cutting and polishing, and the tales and myths associated with the gemstone.
Our museum has a shop attached to it and is situated in the busy central town of Arusha. The Tanzanite Experience store sells a magnificent Tanzanite jewelry collection ranging from ready-made jewelry to a variety of loose stones. You can visit various store locations as well.
Lake Duluti is ideally situated in lush, green woodlands and offers a wide range of activities. You can see Mt. Meru and, on occasion, Mt. Kilimanjaro from this location. There are claims that the lake is about 700 meters deep, although this has never been verified.
For birds and reptiles, this location is a haven. Many birds have settled here, and monitor lizards can be seen lazing on the lake's edge. On the edge of the lake, monkeys occasionally swing from the treetops.
This activity is ideal for a day of pure enjoyment, fun, and relaxation. Additionally, you can canoe and take a guided hike around the lake. During the trip, you will discover the lake and learn about its fascinating history, a wide range of species, and its ecology and wildlife.
The Cultural Heritage Center is a must-have on your itinerary as it is a center devoted to exploring the numerous treasures drawn from African culture.
The center boasts Africa's most extensive art gallery, known for its exquisite exterior design of a drum, shield, and spear, for local artists to display their artwork. The center is also home to the first ever Jane Goodall Museum to showcase her life's work.
Here you can do all kinds of shopping from curios, traditional beads, and clothing to all types of jewelry, including Tanzanite. The restaurant and cafes in the center also serve up wholesome meals. The restaurant offers various meals, including African cuisine, as a buffet or a la carte.
The Maji Moto (hot water in Swahili) spring or oasis is located outside of the city in the middle of a dry Maasai region.
Due to its exceptional surroundings, which feature clear, warm waters surrounded by magnificent palm and fig trees, the oasis stands out as one of the top attractions.
To get to Maji Moto, you would have to travel for an hour and a half outside Arusha. Here, you can go swimming, enjoy a great picnic, and enjoy the stunning surroundings.
If you're curious to discover more about the history of Arusha, this is the place to go. Presently, the museum presents the history, nature, culture, and human evolution of the city, as well as discoveries from the well-known Olduvai Gorge and the Laetoli sites.
One can anticipate learning about human evolution, and Arusha's past as a German colony, and experience an exhibition of images of wildlife and mountains of Arusha over the years.
Art enthusiasts can enroll in lessons in painting and drum-making, among other arts and crafts. The museum also has a section dedicated to studying insects, a mini-zoo, a mini-botanical garden, and a snake exhibition.
Using recycled materials, the company Shanga (Swahili for "Beads") employs people with disabilities to make one-of-a-kind, finely crafted jewelry, glassware, and home goods.
The proceeds from selling these items go toward expanding the possibilities to hire more individuals with disabilities. They are sold in Tanzania at the Shanga shop and throughout the rest of the world.
Shopping here will support a local business while benefiting Arusha's underprivileged community. Over 60 people with disabilities are now proudly employed by Shanga as a result of the company's current exponential growth.
Street shoppers will find paradise at the Maasai Market. Visitors are in for a treat with more than 100 stalls selling everything from regional arts and crafts to trinket jewelry close to the Arusha Clock Tower.
This vibrant market is a must-see and perfect for people who enjoy bargaining. Visit the markets and buy locally made trinkets to bring home to support the local Maasai community.
Meserani Snake Park is a must-see if you're seeking a thrilling adventure. The park, which is 25 kilometers from Arusha town, provides a variety of activities and guided tours on some of the world's most rare and poisonous snakes.
You can hold a real live snake and capture a memorable moment for adventurous guests. The park also has some exotic bird and reptile species, crocodiles, and other wild animals that you can see.
You can also have a beautiful tour of the Maasai Cultural Museum at the end of your tour with your Maasai guide, where you can dress in authentic Maasai attire and take pictures to preserve your experience.
One of the most visited sights in Arusha is Mount Meru. You can hire a knowledgeable guide to accompany you on a trip to Mount Meru's waterfalls, and they will provide background information on the region's wildlife and history.
On your walk to the waterfall, you will encounter a lot of lovely flowers and other plants because the soils on the hills are highly fertile. The guide will discuss the customs of the local community of people that live near Mount Meru.
The stunning waterfall is situated on Mount Meru's slopes, and after a 45-minute journey through the mountain's untamed wilderness, you will reach the magical falls.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is regarded as one of Tanzania's most alluring pastimes. Shira, Kibo, and Mawenzi are the three cones that makeup Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano.
With a height of 4,877 meters, it is the highest mountain in Africa. One needs to be in the top physical condition and have the right mindset to deal with the effects of altitude to reach the summit.
The Moshi or Arusha side of the mountain can be the starting point for the hike. Umbwe, Machame, and Marangu are the routes that are frequently taken. These are the most rated activities while in Arusha.
Get more ideas on what to do in the Arusha Travel Guide.
If this is your first time flying in a hot air balloon, you should be aware of what to expect and be prepared for the adventure ahead. Here's a quick, but comprehensive guide to getting ready for a Serengeti hot air balloon safari:
As the first piece of advice to first-time flyers worldwide, we recommend you book your safari in advance before you arrive in Tanzania. This ensures that we can adequately prepare for your arrival ahead of time. We suggest staying in the country for a couple of days after your booking date in case of any changes to your safari.
Hot Air Balloon flight depend on weather conditions, so we may have to cancel your flight if it rains or there are strong winds. Allowing a few extra days in the country will enable you to reschedule your excursion for a later date while still enjoying the fun and thrill of the adventure.
Secondly, while you might worry about feeling cold during your ride, the altitude only shaves a few degrees off the ground temperature, which is usually compensated for by the heat of the burner and the beautiful sunrise. However, it is chilly on the way to the launch site. During summer, you might consider dressing lightly and bringing a spare jacket, and however, winter usually calls for more appropriate and protective clothing.
Thirdly, leave the motion sickness medicine in your drawer at the hotel. While flying at high altitudes for over an hour might seem daunting to some, the leisurely pace of a hot air balloon gliding with the breeze is so smooth and relaxing that motion sickness rarely happens. Similarly, if heights tend to be a problem for you, we would like to reassure you that the constant gentle movement of the balloon and the vastness of the plains ensure you won't focus on that single point meters down, which might cause your stomach to drop into your socks.
We want to emphasize the landing, just like any other vehicle flying through the air. We have professional pilots on hand to inform and guide you through the entire process. Your hot air balloon will most likely descend slowly to the ground and settle upright, allowing you to climb out. Do not worry if the landing is a little bumpier than intended; this is normal. This should not dissuade you from taking this incredible journey.
Seasonal temperatures and practicality are a few things to consider when choosing clothing for this trip. Let's not forget that flying a hot air balloon over the Serengeti is an adventure, and like for most excursions in the wild, comfortable clothing is the best way to go.
Depending on the season you visit, it might be most practical to consider wearing traditional safari clothing. This kind of clothing will have you covered for most weather conditions. In winter, you may need a few more layers, especially since take-off usually happens before dawn, and you might experience a slight chill.
We would also recommend that you ensure your clothes are loose enough to provide a good range of motion. You will be asked to climb in and out of the wicker basket at take-off and landing, which might be a challenging feat if your clothes are too restraining.
Lastly, wear comfortable shoes such as cushioned sneakers as you will be standing for the duration of the ride and taking a few steps in the savannah for the bush breakfast. We suggest going in closed shoes.
You can bring your bottle of water or juice and a few snacks if you wish, but it is not always necessary as you will be offered coffee, water and biscuits before take-off and onboard. Also, we do not recommend drinking too many fluids before a hot air balloon ride. However, please ensure that your plastic bottles and wrappers do not fall off the basket if you wish to bring some food and beverages. As a company that actively tries to reduce its environmental impact, we seek your collaboration in being extra careful about your waste.
A small backpack or bag is recommended to store your valuables and necessities that you do not want to carry with you on board. Our drivers will keep your belongings in the car. A small satchel, purse, or camera bag is usually enough as you do not need a lot of things for the trip.
There will be much to photograph, from pre-flight preparations to safari and bush breakfast to the drive back to your hotel. A ride in a hot air balloon provides a distinct advantage over regular safaris; you will be able to spot and capture the unique landmarks of the Serengeti and its neighboring parks from a bird's eye perspective. From a height, you will be able to grasp the sheer magnitude and feel of the Great Wildebeest Migration, the Mara River crossing, giant indigenous Baobab trees, and the parks' booming wildlife, including elephants, lions, giraffes, antelopes, crocodiles, waterbucks and much more.
When it comes to capturing your memories of this trip, you pick your gear. Whether you wish to use your professional DSLR, a small camera, or even your smartphone is totally up to you. However, we advise you to properly secure your equipment with proper straps to avoid the risk of your camera falling overboard. Similarly, please carefully stow away your gear before touchdown, as your camera might fall and break in case of a rough landing.
If you want to bring extra accessories such as selfie sticks, additional batteries, and memory cards for your devices, you can do so. However, please be mindful of the restricted space available in the wicker basket and the experience of other passengers flying with you.
For many safari fans, a pair of binoculars is one of the best pieces of equipment to bring on a hot air balloon ride. While you may easily spot the Great Migration from a distance, binoculars allow you to get a closer look at flora and fauna of the parks. Observe lions lounging in low branches, calves running around the bush, crocodiles in the Mara and Grumeti rivers, and much more while being unobstructed. Binoculars are offered onboard too.
While we all love to be on the safe side, bringing blankets if you are afraid of being cold is not recommended. Bulky covers may take up a lot of space, and this may prevent you and others from moving around to enjoy the 360° view. If flying during winter, a few layers of clothing and the heat from the balloon's burner should be enough to keep you warm.
Wearing jewelry is not usually restricted during hot air balloon safaris. However, we would like to remind passengers to ensure their precious belongings are safely stowed away or adequately fastened during the ride to prevent instances of bracelets or other pieces of jewelry slipping off and tainting your experience of this unique adventure.
In some cases, passengers like to bring a hat or cap to protect their heads from the burner's heat or prevent their hair from blowing into their faces. While this is not compulsory, we recommend a slightly tight-fitting hat or baseball cap to ensure it does not fly off during the ride if you decide to cover your head.
While we offer a light snack or coffee and biscuits before the flight, please note that drinking too many fluids is not recommended as you won't be able to use any washroom facilities during the actual safari. You will have access to our famous toilet with a view of the breakfast site once you have landed.
When packing and preparing for a hot air balloon ride in Tanzania, here is all you must know. If you have not yet booked your trip with us, don't waste more time. Visit our Bookings page to view all our offers, circuits, and destinations.
An unsuspected oasis hidden to the North-West of the Serengeti, the Singita Grumeti Game Reserve is a well-kept secret among safari lovers. The remoteness of the site and the limited number of visitors and developments in the area have left the reserve almost completely untamed and unaffected by the touch of man. It is a peaceful Eden where the animals live wild and free to roam the broken savanna far from the throngs of tourists pouring into national parks every year. With its few luxury lodges and unique safari experiences, Singita Grumeti allows you to enjoy a quiet and exclusive but still absolutely thrilling tour of our beloved Serengeti.
Covering 411km² of bush, this secluded site is a prime spot to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration as they roam from the endless plains of the Serengeti on their way to the Maasai Mara. While probably less famous than the Mara River crossing, the reserve is also witness to some jaw snapping action as the millions of wildebeest attempt to pass the Grumeti River and its hungry crocodiles. Grumeti is also home of the Big Five: the lion, the leopard, the rhino, the elephant and the African buffalo which can easily be spotted either on a game drive or while soaring above the golden plains on a hot air balloon ride.
The Grumeti Game Reserve was founded in 1994 by the government of Tanzania in an effort to protect the Great Wildebeest Migration routes from possible developments. The conservation rights have, since 2002, been bestowed upon the Grumeti Fund which is now in charge of managing and protecting its flourishing bio-diversity. Despite its small surface and remote location, the Grumeti Game Reserve is a vital part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The home of an abundance of different indigenous species, the locals, professional conservationists and tour operators all join forces in maintaining and honoring this sanctuary.
The region is mostly secluded but boasts a selection of luxury eco-lodges and campsites which are sure to awaken your taste for both adventure and fine things. With constant hope for the survival of the Grumeti reserve, the accommodations are deeply committed to their vision of low impact tourism focused on sustainability, wildlife conservation and the protection of the flora. The eco and adventure tourists brought by these lodges greatly contribute to the reserve and its surroundings by providing employment to the local community and the necessary funds to ensure this piece of wilderness remains protected.
While the Serengeti is famous for its diversity, adventures and landscape, the Grumeti Game Reserve is equipped to give you just that and more. Between its booming wildlife, picturesque views, exclusive atmosphere, splendid lodges and special attractions, there are about a hundred reasons to visit Grumeti. Here are our top ones:
The Great Wildebeest Migration is famous for being the largest synchronized animal movement in the world. Over 2 million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles simultaneously embark on a clockwise exodus from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Grumeti Game Reserve is ideally positioned to offer visitors a private viewing of this one-of-a-kind expedition. As they continue their journey towards greener pastures, the hoards risk their lives in the cold and dangerous crossing of the Grumeti River, home to gigantic Nile crocodiles measuring up to 17-feet. Witnessing this spectacular scene from the safety of a hot air balloon or following the lucky survivors further into the reserve on a game drive is an unforgettable experience.
State of the art meets the authentic and eco friendly in the charming lodges and campsites scattered around the Grumeti reserve. The luxurious lodges offer all the comfort and facilities of a hotel with Grumeti as your garden view. You'll get the chance to relax after a long day exploring and indulge in the finest food and entertainment. A peaceful and comfortable stay in most of the lodges and campsites include succulent local and international dishes, refreshing pools to cool down in the summer heat and unique sleeping accommodations from grand suites to rustic tented bedrooms. When well situated, some lodges can even allow you to witness the wildebeest crossing the river from the comfort and safety of your balcony. Each accommodation also provides its own set of activities ranging from flights in a Hot Air Balloon, bonfires, game drives, guided night walks into the bush and much more.
What better way to enjoy the full extent of the Grumeti Game Reserve than to marvel at its wonders from the sky? A hot air balloon ride gives you the chance to take flight and be mesmerized by the rolling plains, its numerous prides of lions, beautiful topography and, at a specific time of the year, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Grumeti River crossing. Floating above the bush, you will easily be able to spot giraffes feeding from the acacia trees, leopards hunting in the tall grass, troops of beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the Riverine forest, hippos and crocodiles in the river and much more. Cross two things off your bucket list at once by embarking on a hot air balloon safari through the exclusive Grumeti Reserve.
The Grumeti Game Reserve is well-known for its diverse ecosystem and booming wildlife. Spread out over its 140,000 hectares, the fauna of the reserve can easily be spotted all year round. Home of the Big Five, Grumeti is known for the regular sighting of its impressive prides of lions. These carnivores are often spotted lounging in groups in the short grass or resting in the branches of low trees. The passage of the Great Migration naturally invites all the big cats to come out and play. Lions, leopards and cheetahs as well as hyenas and wild dogs all converge to the plains in search of their next meal.
Grumeti also boasts an equally wide range of herbivores which often fall prey to the many predators which roam the plains. Giraffes, impalas, zebras, wildebeests, waterbucks, antelopes and more share the fresh grass and water holes of the reserve. Herds of elephants also stomp through the plains of Grumeti in large numbers, sometimes reaching up to 50 per group. These gentle giants have even been spotted casually drinking from the pools of some lodges to the delight of the residents.
In the Riverine region, the black and white colobus monkeys have taken residence in the dense forest trees. Among the least aggressive primates found, these herbivores are usually seen playing in the trees, using the branches as trampolines or lazily sunbathing.
A stunning display of nature's artistic talent, the African sunrise is known to be picture worthy. Enjoy one of these resplendent sunrises from the comfort of your balcony sipping on a warm cup of coffee, during a walk through the wild or from a prime vantage point leaning against the wicker basket of a hot air balloon. A brilliant mix of vivid yellow, orange, pink and purple, watching the sun peak over the horizon, silhouetting the acacia trees is a spectacle you will never forget.
Far from the throngs of tourists pouring into national parks, the Grumeti Game Reserve is a unique opportunity to experience a private tour of the Serengeti. Having suffered close to no human alterations, Grumeti has no road and allows for a real adventure with its off-road game drives. What one can observe from a hot air balloon's vantage point is a totally wild and untouched bush; a real haven where animals and humans are free to roam.
To enjoy a different safari experience, a walking guided tour is a great way of observing the reserve's booming flora and fauna from up close. Qualified guides and trackers will help you learn about the diverse variety of colorful birds as well as indigenous plants and their many uses. You might also get the chance to see some giraffes feeding on nearby trees, elephants playing in the waterholes and many other memorable encounters. The safety of visitors is a priority and bush walks are only allowed when accompanied by guides who have experience in exploring areas with dangerous wildlife.
The Grumeti Game Reserve is famous for its impressive wildlife, the area is one of the most diversely populated regions in Africa. Game drives provide an amazing opportunity to witness and follow the Great Wildebeest Migration. You can also book a special night drive with a qualified tour operator and discover the safari experience after sundown when the plains have cooled from the day's harsh sun and the animals come out of the shade. Game drives vehicles are usually equipped with torches and lamps to help you spot the different animals in the bush.
While the Grumeti Game Reserve is a real treat all year round, the best time to visit could vary from person to person.For some, the period of June to July is the best as it offers a certain chance of spotting the Great Wildebeest Migration having just crossed the Mara River on their way North. During these months, you will get the opportunity to witness millions of wildebeests, gazelles and impalas as they attempt to pass the Grumeti river to reach green pastures.
While Grumeti is a quiet and rarely packed safari location, some travelers still prefer to visit between September and October. As the migration has already passed through the reserve, few groups of wildebeests can still be seen roaming around the bush along with other animals. This period is usually a better fit for visitors who prefer a slightly off-peak season.
If you can't fly out to Grumeti during these few months, this is not a problem. The reserve has a lot of wonderful sightings and expeditions to offer all year round.
The Grumeti Game Reserve is a thrilling and mesmerizing haven for a plethora of wild animals. Lesser known and more exclusive than the usually bustling Serengeti, a hot air balloon safari over the Grumeti region allows one to enjoy an almost private adventure with your friends and family. Looking over the edge of the wicker basket, you will get the chance to observe nature at its wildest, from the deafening hoofbeats of millions of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles, the deadly splashing of the Nile crocodiles of Grumeti River, the trumpeting of a baby elephant calling for his herd, the strident hoot of the colobus monkeys to the soundless grazing of impalas, impressive giraffes and more. A hot air balloon flight gives you the perfect vantage point to enjoy every aspect of this wonderful land.
Love is an adventure and what better way of professing yours than by embarking on a peaceful but thrilling ride in our heart-shaped Love balloon? Whether you are planning a surprise engagement, a daring honeymoon escapade or simply a romantic holiday with your loved one, gently rising through the air, marveling at the stunning colors of the African sunrise and sailing over the famous acacia trees pushed by a soft breeze is as romantic as it gets. During this exclusive tour, you will have the opportunity to spot the many wonders of the Grumeti Game Reserve while enjoying the company of your other half in total privacy.
While not as widely known, the Grumeti Game Reserve will leave you feeling like you booked a private tour of the Serengeti. With its wide wildlife population and plethora of indigenous plants, exploring the region is an adventure you will never forget. If like many before you, you can't wait to admire the Grumeti Game Reserve from the sky, book a flight with our team and embark on a trip you'll never forget.
Situated a few miles to the South East of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks, the Tarangire Park stretches over miles of savannah, kopjes and swamps. Named after the Tarangire River flowing through it, the park is home to a plethora of wild animals and boasts the largest elephant population in the area. Although significantly smaller than its neighbors, Tarangire is considered one of the most underrated parks in Tanzania.
Here are 6 reasons why you should visit the Tarangire:
Did you know that the collective noun for a group of elephants can either be a ‘herd’ or a ‘memory’? This is due to the discovery that these magnificent mammals have incredible memories which allow them to remember humans and other elephants for years and years.
The Tarangire National Park has grown famous for its dense population of elephants. The dry season of June to October sees herds of up to 300 assemble and dig across the dried-up riverbed in search of underground water. Due to their large numbers, elephants remain easy to spot even during the wet season when the other animals of Tarangire tend to spread out across the plains.
The Tarangire park is said to have some of the oldest baobabs dated back to about a 1000 years old. With sturdy trunks of up to 11 meters in diameter and a height reaching 30 meters, baobabs are both an iconic mark of the African landscape and a key element of the ecosystem. Known as ‘The Tree of Life’, this imposing giant helps keep the soil humid during dry seasons and provide food, water and shelter to multiple birds, insects and small reptiles.
The Tarangire National Park is the 2nd largest wildlife population after the Serengeti. Home to wildebeests, leopards, cheetahs, lions, wild dogs, cape buffalos, giraffes, baboons, monkeys, elephants and many more, this relatively small plot of land is buzzing with life all year round.
The park also shelters three endangered species which can be found nowhere else in Tanzania, namely the fringe-eared oryx, the greater kudu and the ashy starling.
The dry season brings plenty of viewing opportunities as the diverse wildlife gathers around waterholes and riverbanks in search of fresh water. If you are lucky, you may even have the chance to spot one of Tarangire’s famous tree-climbing pythons nestled in the low branches as the swamps dry up.
Thanks to its abundance of trees and habitats, Tarangire is a haven to over 550 species of birds, the largest number in Tanzania. Birdwatching enthusiasts are frequently attracted to the park for its wide variety and the ease with which you can spot them. From hoopoes, hornbills, white bellied go-away birds and yellow-collared lovebirds to kori bustards, steppe eagles and lappet-faced vultures among others, the park is a true ornithology heaven.
With its sinuating river, plains swamps, grassland, kopjes and plethora of indigenous trees, the landscape of the Tarangire National Park is a kaleidoscope. Varying between an open savannah, spots of green pastures and the flat swamps to the South West of the park, the Tarangire will never get boring. In addition, the huge baobab trees, the flowering sausage trees with its poisonous fruits and the famous acacia trees are the final touches of this picturesque scenery.
You can now enjoy your safari from the sky. A hot air balloon flight over this diverse landscape offers you the Tarangire National Park and its thriving wildlife from a new perspective. You will get the chance to get a bird's eye view of the unique fauna and flora of this haven while making unforgettable memories with your loved ones. Hop into one of your wicker baskets and let’s take off on this new adventure of a lifetime.
As global warming remains one of the most pressing concerns of our generation, technological advancements have allowed us to transform energy from renewable sources such as the sun and wind into power and electricity as alternatives to fossil fuels which continue to damage our planet.
Evolving with its time, Miracle Experience proudly introduces its brand new E-safari vehicle. As a hot air balloon safari company which cares deeply about the Serengeti and its ecosystem, our new e-vehicle uses the power of the sun to recharge, hence fueling the next step in our efforts to provide a service which is both respectful of the environment and non-obstructive to the wildlife of the national park.
This initiative enables Miracle Experience to perform our daily operations while simultaneously reducing our carbon footprint. Using solar energy, green vehicles have zero emission levels as they do not consume and burn non-renewable fuels which are responsible for a significant portion of the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere daily.
Beyond its ecological advantages, our E-safari vehicle also ensures that all parts of our expeditions do not disrupt the wildlife of the Serengeti. While hot air balloon safaris have the advantage of allowing close encounters with the animals without scaring them off, the sound of safari trucks have often proved to be disruptive. Vehicles running on solar energy however, are completely soundless ensuring all aspects of our safaris are eco-friendly and without stress for the fauna.
Perfectly adapted to our needs, our e-vehicle is taken out before dawn to pick up our clients and bring them soundlessly to the launch site. After their flight in our hot air balloons, they are driven to a luxurious breakfast in the bush before being dropped back to their hotels or camps by midday. The truck then has ample time to recharge under the sun before its next trip the following morning.
This month, we would like to take the time to appreciate the people who flew with us and their heartwarming reviews. It is always a pleasure for us to fly over the mythical Serengeti and even more so to share it with our clients.
Zainab and her companion set out for their hot air balloon safari in the early hours before dawn. After a short security briefing, warming up with a steaming cup of coffee, the two travellers from Dar Es Salaam hopped into their basket and set off for this one of a kind adventure. Smoothly rising above the plains, they got the opportunity to witness the sunrise reflected across the winding rivers and lighting up the endless plains brimming with life.
Among some of the highlights of their flight, the wildlife stood out: the deafening hoofbeat of the great wildebeest migration, the elegant towers of giraffes galloping across the savannah, the contrasting black and white stripes of the zebras against the yellowed grass and more.
Not for the faint of heart but an absolutely natural part of life in the wild, witnessing a hyena kill is also among some of the rare and striking sights of some hot air balloon safaris.
Touching down after a bird’s eye view of the best wonders of the Serengeti, the lovely couple was picked up and taken to our legendary breakfast in the bush to finish their adventure lavishly. It was a pleasure to check all their boxes:
“Everything was perfection
Morning coffee: ✔
Take off: 10/10- smooth as ever
The ride: AMAZING!
Animals: We saw the wildebeest migration, Zebras, Hyenas, A Hyena kill, Ostrich, Impala and Giraffes.
Landing: 15/10- smoother than smooth
I would highly recommend this.”