How Safe are Hot Air Balloon Flights?

July 30, 2020 | 4 Min read

Since the invention of the first hot air balloon in 1783, significant breakthroughs have been made in creating safer balloons with controlled altitude, duration, and buoyancy. Propane burners, specialized materials and years of practice have brought the hot air balloon to the top of the list of the safest means of aerial travel in the world.

If you are unfamiliar with the basic working of a hot air balloon, then the prospect of your first flight might seem intimidating. However, we are here to assure you that there is absolutely no reason to feel frightened. A hot air balloon is essentially a large nylon bag securely attached atop a wicker basket. A steel propane burner blows hot air into the envelope causing it to inflate and eventually gain altitude. Similarly, as the air in the balloon cools down, the basket gradually loses altitude. 

Following this simple principle, your pilot can adjust the vertical course of your balloon to bring you above the clouds to witness the sunrise over the Serengeti, or closer to the ground to spot its thriving flora and fauna. Often referred to as floating like a feather, a flight in a hot air balloon is a smooth and serene adventure. The direction of the wind gently guides your basket over the endless plains of the Serengeti with its prospering grassland, curving rivers, ancient kopjes, and its vibrant wildlife.

While road safaris are enjoyable tours, the perspective and views offered by a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti remain unparalleled. You will get the chance to witness the various types of animals which make up the prized ecosystem of the National Park in all their splendor while maintaining an unobstructive distance ensuring your presence is not disturbing to its wildlife.

Dipping close to the ground, you will get the chance to follow the trails of the migrating wildebeests following the rains in search of green pastures, and perhaps even spot  prides of lions hunting in the savanna or lounging on the breezy kopjes, or cheetahs resting on a low branch.

As the end of your tour nears, your pilot will gently and gradually steer the balloon to a secure location in the park. Depending on the wind, your basket can either land effortlessly upright or experience a slight drag and tip over before immobilizing. However, both landing techniques are extremely common and have been performed by our trained pilots on countless occasions. You will be previously walked through the process, as well as the position to adopt for landing.

At Miracle Experience, the safety and wellbeing of our passengers and staff members remains at the heart of our work. All our equipment is inspected and maintained following requirements set by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority guaranteeing checks are performed after every 100 hours of flight or on an annual basis.

Our pilots are also highly experienced and commercially certified, cumulating over 15,000 hours of safe flight. They demonstrate top-class skills in first aid, professional safety assurance, and fire training.  With their expertise, they will guide you through the different safety measures and rules to respect for a peaceful ride.

By topping failsafe equipment with years of experience and training, we guarantee that your Hot Air Balloon safari in the wild will be a smooth and safe ride, giving you all the time to appreciate and contemplate the wonders of the Serengeti in the most relaxed and serene environment.

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