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This was a magical experience, gently floating across the Serengeti while the wildlife stretched out in front of us. Our pilot was both knowledgeable about the wildlife and extremely capable. Captain Moses inspired great confidence- I was a little nervous and not great with heights but I loved it. The bush breakfast afterwards was fabulous. Would strongly recommend.
We had the most amazing trip. We were low so we could actually see the animals up close. It was spectacular viewing the crocodiles, hippopotamus over the Mara River. Breakfast was lovely too. Captain Patty did fantastic job !
As part of our safari, my mother and I also had the opportunity to go on a balloon safari over the Serengeti, which was an amazing experience. Everything starts very early in the morning, before the sun rises. From the balloon, you can see the dawn over the Serengeti, which is an unforgettable experience, and of course a great variety of animals to include perspective. Our pilot was very friendly and experienced and everything went well. I can definitely recommend the experience.
Balloon rides in beautiful locations are always a treat and the spectacle of the wildlife near the Mara River during The Great Migration is one of nature’s greatest remaining displays. The only reason I can’t give this is a full-on 5 stars is that the sound of the balloon burners absolutely affects (scares or agitates) all of the large amounts of wildlife you fly over.
You get picked up well before dawn and are driven to the balloon launching site. They put you in a simple safety belt that gets attached to the basket, which has been laid on its side in the grass. You slide in, astronaut-style, and when they are fully loaded, they finalize inflating the balloon and taking off. You travel relatively low (treetop to maybe 2-3 treetop height) and, if the wind is not tricky, go over the Mara River one or two times. The flight lasts for about an hour, after which they drive you to a “bush breakfast” location, where you enjoy a nice breakfast while chatting with your balloon-mates.
The flight we were on carried 16 passengers. Our pilot was good about rotating the basket every five minutes or so, so that half the time you were on the leading edge, and half the time you were looking at what had recently passed. The highlight of the trip, for me, was seeing a serval cat. On the other hand, it was clearly flushed from cover by the sound of the balloon and was running away. All the gazelle and wildebeest we saw also moved away from the noise. Even a hippo spun around and around in agitation as we passed. Only the crocodiles in the Mara seemed to be unbothered (and, there’s no question, it’s an amazing way to see the crocs!).
Matthew, our pilot, was charming and funny and had great narration and stories as we flew. Our height was apparently constrained by the desire to see the Mara River, as flying higher would have subjected us to more capricious winds. That’s very understandable, but I do wish we had been able to experience a higher vista.
The best company hands down! Professional, organized, safety oriented. I have ballooned in many countries, many times. This company handled their clients with care and with safety first. Harnesses first of all. Secondly, binoculars in each section of the basket, very classy! The pilot communicated concisely and consistently on everything from our safety briefing to what we were seeing through out the landscape, not just the animals but birds, mountain ranges, waterways. TOP NOTCH all the way. Take off and landing superb. I particularly like the way they loaded us on the basket, first, laying down, then taking off right side up. Much more efficient. Breakfast was excellent and we were served, none of this buffet crap. Food was excellent. Tables had lovely wooden menus at your place setting , which included linen tablecloth, real plates and dining utensils. And at the end, no “shakedown” for a $50 picture package. The pictures are included. They take pictures throughout the experience. These folks know how to treat their customers! Well done and highly recommend this company and the experience they provide!!!! BRAVO
We joined 3 days Serengeti & Ngorongoro safari tour and chose this ballon safari as a optional. We went Kruger last January and we wanted to make this trip something different. This was our first time in our life to fly on a hot balloon, and this experience is unforgettable. The pilot Nicolas was very professional, our balloon took off and flew, we saw beautiful land scape and animals like birds, We landed smoothly. The facility for breakfast and bathrooms are much cleaner compare to the places we used in the area. We will recommend this tour to our friends for sure. Thank you(^^)
Excellent experience. Our pilot was able to maneuver along the river and very low, so we were able to see things very closely. The sight of wildebeest running in a group is truly amazing. Shout out to Paddy, our pilot was not only highly skilled but highly entertaining. He was very energetic, lively and made our experience unfrgettable.
Paddii is so passionate about his craft. Awesome experience to spot animals over the Serengeti! Entire crew were kind and welcoming. Give it a try, you’ll thank me later.
What a delightful adventure! Paddy was a FANTASTIC pilot, and we had a spectacular trip - gliding over the Serengeti in the early morning. Amazingly enough, we flew right over our camp - Maura under Canvas, so all of our travel companions were able to come out and see us! They surprised us with a Happy Anniversary cake because they found out is was our 45th anniversary trip. It was absolutely delightful and worth every penny. The photos they sent us we fantastic. We can't wait to do it again!
This company has high quality tours with well-trained pilots. They are very good with their safety procedures. We had a balloon Safari with them over the Serengeti, followed by a bush breakfast, and it was a magical experience. This was my first time riding a hot air balloon and I was sort of skittish, but I was reassured to know that our pilot, David, had 30+ years of flying experience and definitely knew what he was doing. David was great at explaining the take off and landing procedures to us, so that we knew exactly what to expect. David operated our balloon so that it flew at the perfect height — high enough to get good panoramas while not too high to lose the details on the ground. In August over the northern Serengeti, we were able to see many wild animals during our flight including wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, impalas, hyenas, and a warthog darting out of its hole. David was very warm and we enjoyed his British humor. The take-off and landing was very smooth. The staff had hot chocolate, tea, coffee and cookies for us at the launch site which was great for waking us up in the chilly morning, and a champagne toast at the end. The bush breakfast was in beautiful surroundings and had impeccable service. The entire staff was very warm, friendly, and professional. The experience with Miracle Tours was a splurge for us but it was worth it. The view of the African plains while floating in the sky is breathtaking and you just can’t get that experience in any other way.
What an Fabulous experience this was , our pilot Nicola explained everything we needed to do at take off and landing and made the whole experience magical. This was our first balloon trip and the whole experience was well organised and we felt safe and prepared. During the flight we saw lots of animals and seeing the sunrise from the balloon was amazing. Afterwards breakfast was a lot of fun all the staff made our day very special, and the loo with a view was a bonus.
I would recommend this trip very highly.
Fantastic experience from start to finish - on time pickup at lodge, excellent welcome - hot coffee and biscuits, experienced and fun captain Matthew, amazing ride over Serengeti and delicious bush breakfast. A 10/10 experience.
Everything about this balloon ride experience was wonderful. Capt Marc expertly piloted us over Serengeti terrain and helped us spot wildlife as we glided through the air. The extensive bush breakfast menu (served by waiters using china) was an awesome finish to a great and memorable time. We were each presented with nicely framed certificates to commorate our "miracle" experience. I highly recommend this company.
We had a fantastic and memorable experience and Matthew our pilot was an absolute delight. The views over the Mara river and Northern Serengeti at sunrise are absolutely sunblime. The crew was professional, joyous and good fun and the breakfast was wonderful!! (Little fun fact: I enjoyed the Loo with a View! - not just a normal run of the mill toilet).
The experience was amazing! The balloon was flying low so that we could have better views of the animals. Captain Paddy was awesome! He gave us a thorough safety briefing which made me feel very safe. He is also very attentive and caring. I was a solo traveler and he took good care of me. His energy and humor made the experience much better! Highly recommend!
Breathtaking! My first ever balloon ride, and what better place to do it. Over the stunning Mara river in the Serengeti. Very impressed with the professional arrangements. Really enjoyed the whole experience - made all the better by the enthusiasm of our pilot guide - Paddy. A day we will never forget! (And the breakfast was an unexpected bonus too - excellent all round)
Very well organized and stunning ballooning experience in Tarangire National Park.
Yet another highlight adding to this wonderful Safari.
It was absolutly worth getting up at 3:15 am for this adventure.
Extremely knowlegable pilot and a wonderful crew. Lovely breakfast in the bush and the best "loo with a view" one can imagine!
What a joyous flight! It was fantastic, flying with Captain Pradeep (Paddy)!
He was so funny, told stories, went high and low with the balloon and even did a 360! Paddy made the balloon safari the highlight of our honeymoon (and the cake at breakfast had a big part in that too!)! The breakfast was lovely, incredible nice staff! Well done Miracle Experience!
A hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti was a great finish to our safari! Our pilot was Captain Baris and we couldn't have asked for more. We flew enough at lower altitudes which allowed for lots of wildlife sightings, giraffes, hippos, gazelles... and fantastic views all around. Highly recommended!
Unique, one-life experience to complete this flight in Serengeti Park. Don't miss this event in your life