Is Ballooning for All Age Groups?

July 20, 2020 | 4 Min read

A hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti is a once in a lifetime experience which should be shared with your loved ones. Whether you are an adept rider or a first-time flyer, living this dream with your children, friends and family is a memory you will share and cherish forever.

If you are looking for something fun, enriching and out of the ordinary to celebrate an anniversary, a special occasion or simply a group trip to admire the wonders of the world, balloon safaris can now easily accommodate groups of friends and families for an unforgettable time together.

If you are planning to travel to Tanzania on a family holiday or an adventure with a group of all ages, then you must be wondering about the limitations for certain attractions offered in the area. 

Although there is no fixed age for ballooning, there are certain recommendations to follow to ensure the safety of your loved ones and guarantee you will all enjoy the trip to the maximum. 

1. Children

While you may feel concerned about bringing your children on a hot air balloon safari, we can assure you that it is totally safe. During your booking, you will be asked a few questions about the general age, weight, and height of your child to determine if it is possible to take them with you on this adventure.

This will ensure that you will be informed well in advance of the feasibility of the trip to avoid unnecessary expenses, stress, and disappointment. We, however, recommend that your child be a little over four feet tall to guarantee they can see over the edge of the wicker basket and enjoy the view of Serengeti and its wildlife.

A hot air balloon experience is sure to be enriching and fun for a child. You will be able to share this extraordinary moment as a family and spot herds of wild animals galloping or simply lounging around the fields. It is also the perfect occasion to initiate your child to the joys of flying free as a bird in a safe and controlled environment.

2. Adults and the Elderly

Adults and the elderly are usually our most common clientele and are gladly welcomed aboard. While there is no typical age or height restrictions for this age group, the riders should, as far as possible, withstand remaining on their feet for the duration of the flight as well as have a minimum sense of mobility to climb into the basket.

Once again, you will be asked about health and possible disabilities during your booking to ensure special needs be considered for the smooth running of the trip. Furthermore, all our pilots and staff are trained in First Aid and Safety Assurance for a secure balloon safari.

You will have the opportunity to fulfil one of the unattainable dreams of many people; Flying in a hot air balloon offers you a sensation of floating and weightlessness which is sure to leave you breathless. You will also get to enjoy the serenity of the ride, watching the sunrise over the Serengeti and all its treasures in peace and quiet.

Once your family and friends have cleared all the security requirements, it is time to embark on this eye-opening adventure. At our launch site, our pilot will walk you through the different safety precautions and rules to guarantee a trouble-free ride during the hot air balloon safari. You will then glide freely over the bush, rivers, and kopjes while our expert guide helps you spot the various species of animals and plants which are the jewels of the Serengeti.

No matter your age, a hot air balloon safari ride over the endless plains of the Serengeti is an enchanting experience and an opportunity to connect with nature and the local history.  Sharing this peaceful and thrilling moment with your children or loved ones is a gift and a memory which you will carry with you forever. 

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