The Ultimate Experience: Balloon Safari Rides in The Serengeti

April 30, 2019 | 9 Min read

The Serengeti is one of the seven natural wonders of Africa and one of the ten natural wonders of the world. Covering at least 30,000 square kilometres, it boasts an impressive population and a wide range of wildlife and stunning lakes, often considered the Jewel of Africa!

If you haven’t already, you definitely should make it a point to visit the Serengeti at least once in your lifetime. The endless plains of the Serengeti also host the largest land Migration in the world where millions of wildebeest and zebras are on a constant move. It’s no wonder this stunning landmark is at the top of many travellers’ to-go list.

With this once in a lifetime opportunity, you need to make sure that you are making the most of it, and how best to do it than to go on a hot air balloon safari in the Serengeti.

Enjoy an incredible safari from the sky flying over the Serengeti National Park, boasting enchanting scenery and uninterrupted views on an unforgettable, extraordinary adventure. You will be amazed by unprecedented opportunities for stunning photographic moments on this miraculous glide over the Serengeti Ecosystem.

There is no better or more exhilarating way to experience the wildlife and landscapes of the Serengeti.

Our hot air balloons allow you to experience a safari from the ultimate vantage point to see the giraffes, wildebeest, and prides of lions only a few meters below. Best of all, balloon safaris are the perfect way to observe the fauna in its natural habitat without disturbing or interfering with their routines, it’s a win-win situation.

With a Serengeti hot air balloon safari, you get to relish a bird’s eye view of the plains below, a view that you’ll never forget.

Miracel experience hot air balloon safari in the serengeti pre take off

HOW DOES THE BALLOON SAFARI WORK?

While the market is filled with different balloon safari companies, we advise you to pre-book before embarking on this amazing journey. Hot air balloon are dependent on the weather conditions at the time, hence a bit too much wind or rain could result in a cancellation of your flight.

Due to this reliance and for your safety, a balloon safari is not an activity which can be scheduled and organized at the last minute. For similar reasons, balloon safaris aren’t all available throughout the year. Only few companies offer their services all year round.

Make sure you let your agent know to book you as far in advance as possible. This will help ensure that you get the best experience.

Balloon safaris over the Serengeti are safe with little to no risks at all. In order to keep them so, a large team of experienced professionals is always required to make the experience happen through regular servicing and maintenance.

While the price of a balloon safari can seem expensive, it includes a champagne toast after landing, a 5-star breakfast in the bush, transport to and from the launch site, expert guides, and an unprecedented view over the Serengeti. It takes a lot to make a “miracle experience”.

Miracle experience safety is a priority; Happy customers

SAFETY IN A HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI

While some people may have a fear of heights, it is not a bad thing as it keeps you alert and makes sure that safety is a priority at all times. We can’t speak for other companies, but here at Miracle Experience, we take safety very seriously.

GROUND CREW AND PILOTS

For starters, our pilots are highly experienced in their trade with over 6000 hours of flight time between them. They are also commercially certified and have safety, first aid and fire training under their belts.

Our ground crew also have the same training and are familiar with balloon handling operations. We have compiled a list of pre-flight inspections catering to our balloons that are followed by our ground crew before every flight to ensure the smooth running of the process.

EQUIPMENT

We use state of the art, custom made balloons that are inspected in accordance with the TCAA requirements at either 100-hour intervals and annually. We have also placed insurance on all our balloons and vehicles against the likelihood event of injury.

We keep everyone in mind as we fly. From the passengers to the ground crew and the vehicles. You can learn more about our safety procedures here.

balloon safari during the dry season

WHEN TO GO FOR A HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI IN THE SERENGETI?

As stated earlier, hot air balloon safaris require favorable weather conditions. The company will refund your money in the unlikely event of a cancellation. They might also ask you to reschedule to a different date if you still have enough time on your holiday.

We’d advise you to take this Safari during the dry season (June to October). Not only will you get a trip guaranteed during this time, but also witness the great migration. There is no better time to experience the great migration, floating silently above this amazing spectacle.

WHAT TO PACK FOR THE TRIP

Since the view of the Serengeti promised is sure to be stunning and breathtaking, a good start could be to bring along a pair of binoculars and a DSLR camera or any camera of your choice. Be sure to pack all necessary equipment such as spare batteries to make sure that you don’t miss out. As we love nature and strive to leave it undisturbed by our presence, we are cautious about things being dropped from the balloon. To avoid this, please bring safety straps with your electronics as well.

In terms of clothing, we’d advise you to wrap up in a few extra layers as it does get chilly before and during the ride.

You should also consider bringing a hat during the trip. A hat/cap can protect you from the sun, but also protects the person sitting next to you from your hair accidentally whipping them.

Some few extra helpful tips that we can provide you is to go to the bathroom before the trip. Avoid taking too much liquid before the balloon safari as you’ll be up in the sky for an hour with no toilet. You want to make sure that you enjoy the experience.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Our flights are divided into three separate stages; the pre-dawn departure, the flight itself and the breakfast & Celebration. Let’s delve further into these 3:

Pre dawn preparation before balloon safari

1. PRE-DAWN DEPARTURE

Once you book with us, your booking confirmation and ticket should display the pick-up time. We normally make special arrangementts to have you picked up at your accommodation before dawn to make sure that you get the best experience possible.

Once you have been picked up and taken to the launch site, you’ll meet your pilot of the day. The pilots that fly our balloons have years of experienced and are familiar with the necessary safety procedures. At this time, the pilot will explain all the necessary safety information including the boarding and sitting positions for take-off and landing.

You’ll also get to witness your balloon being inflated ready for the safari from the sky. Our staff will also offer you some treats, coffee, tea, and biscuits before take-off. Photos can also be taken at this point.

Miracle experience balloon taking off for a safari over the Serengeti


2. TAKE OFF AND FLIGHT

We plan to take off at dawn around 6 am. This is not always a constant as the weather during the day might delay the flight. The flight time is normally an hour. As you get to fly over the Serengeti, the “miracle experience” truly begins. Have your cameras ready as you get a rare bird’s eye view of the Serengeti plains.

Don’t expect to get too close to the animals due to ecological disturbance and safety factors. With that said, our pilots will provide you with the best experience possible, so you might find yourself hanging low to the Serengeti floor or at 1000 feet in the air. No one balloon safari is ever the same.

Breakfast and Celebration with Miracle Experience

3. BREAKFAST AND CELEBRATION

We wouldn’t like to just call it a landing as you have gone through a lifetime experience, you should be celebrating.

This is what we emphasize as your trip comes to a stop. During the landing, the basket might land upright or tip over. Better yet, it might drag along for a bit before coming to a rest.

Don’t be worried as it’s how balloons have landed all the time. Plus, it’s all part of the fun. Our balloons are also specially designed for safety and comfort, so relax and enjoy! After the landing is nailed, our ground team will lead you to the breakfast area that is set up to immerse you in the wild plains of the Serengeti.

Our staff will also come in song (all part of the celebration) to serve you with your hearty meal to commemorate this special event. We also do accommodate special meal requests and pre-planned surprises.

FINALLY:

Staff group photo with customer after balloon safari over Serengeti is complete

A hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti is the best way for you to experience these great plains. Viewing the Serengeti over the year, will make what is a once in a lifetime experience.

Miracle Experience offers you a Safari from the Sky, we make sure that your trip is one to remember. You can book with us online, contact us via call or email or visit our offices whatever works best for you.

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