Where Does Our Hot Air Balloon Fly in the Serengeti?

November 6, 2020 | 4 Min read

Looking to book your first hot air balloon flight but still unsure of where and when to go? All our flights are unique and offer marvelous insight into the best areas of the Serengeti. However, knowing what to expect might help you pick the destination which best fits your liking. 

Here are some of the highlights of our different flight routes: 

Seronera

Forming the central part of the Serengeti, the Seronera region offers a year-round game viewing opportunity. Well known for its abundance of lions, leopards and cheetahs, the Seronera Valley is sometimes known as the Big Cat Capital.

While lions can often be spotted around the indigenous kopjes scattered around the grassland, cheetahs and leopards have chosen the territory of the Seronera River banks as a source of fresh water and a rallying point for many animals in the area. The vast plains of the central Serengeti and its rivers and swamps are also home to a wide fauna, such as elephants, buffaloes, impalas and more, which travel and thrive among the tall grass.

Kogatende

From June to November, flying over the Mara River and the Northern Serengeti gives the perfect opportunity to witness the famous wildebeest crossing. Every year, thousands of wildebeests attempt to make their way across the river during their migration in search of greener pastures.

This spectacle has been known as one of the most extraordinary sightings one might spot through the Great Migration. The herds often fall prey to the basks of crocodiles living along the Mara River. While this may not be a sight for sensitive eyes, this show of nature is undoubtedly one of the memorable scenes of a flight over Kogatende.

Ndutu

Back to the Southern region of the Serengeti, December to March usually marks the return of the wildebeests. Moving back to the low grass plains of the Ndutu Region, the wildebeests and other animals need the nutrient-rich pastures for the calving season. Yet again, another awe-inspiring scene of the Serengeti and its plains, lakes and woodlands, flying over thousands of animals and their newly born calves is a sight you won’t forget. For those interested in a little more action, the calving season also means a lot of hunting opportunities for the cheetahs, leopards and lions which hunt in these regions.

Kirawira

The Grumeti River can be found along the Western corridor of the Serengeti. The Great Migration will usually reach this region around June and begin the perilous crossing of the river. Their progression is slowed and sometimes even halted at this point due to the specially large crocodiles and other predators living along the river and its banks which take a toll on the herds. Flying over this area offers a close and unique encounter with the wildebeests.

COMING SOON!

Tarangire

Miracle Experience is glad to announce that we will be adding an all-year flight to Tarangire to our list of destinations as from June 2021. You’ll get to enjoy a serene flight over this majestic national park and gaze at its ancient 100ft Baobab trees, herds of elephants, water holes and more

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