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“GREAT balloon ride”

Balloon Safaris Ltd.
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Owner description: The ORIGINAL Hot Air Ballooning Company. Flying over the world famous Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya since 1976.
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Although expensive, it was absolutely worth the cost. The one hour early morning balloon ride over the Maasai Mara Preserve was outstanding. One could see the vast numbers of wildlife from a great perspective. The balloon both hovered just above the wildlife and was up at hundreds if feet. Don't miss this!

Thank Harvey L
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Every day was different and remarkable, one day its a herd of young elephants that had been orphaned and watch them feed. Or giraffes eating out of your hand next. On to hippos in the river, with a crocodile hanging out with them. Balloon ride was a site to see, 16 of us in the basket gliding over the landscape. With good winds we made good time and the trip ended too soon in my opinion, would have liked more time in the air.

Thank dudobo
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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Picked up at camp by Balloon Safaris, driver seemed lost heading back to balloon launch, going through heavy brush. While driving through fast moving stream jeep became stuck in the middle, where we saw hippopotamus just before. Driver asked all 8 of us to exit jeep, stand at riverbank at 5 a.m. before sunrise. Dark & Scary!!
Driver also asked us if we had our camp's phone #. Camp sent rescue jeeps that finally took us to balloon launch. unfortunately, due to the delay, not a fault of ours, Balloon ride was only about 45 minutes long. We were told by Peter, our pilot, it would be over an hour. We missed the sunrise, which was a main selling point of the early morning ride. The scenery was beautiful, however the loud sound of the "chase tractor" right below us took away from the peacefulness. Overall the $450/per person ride was way over priced.

2  Thank inFlightFun
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

What a perfect experience. Ellie, our pilot was fantastic, her safety talk was great! She made sure we saw so many animals, the migration was underway and we saw so much. It's an amazing feeling, flying low over the Mara on a beautiful morning. The sunrise was awe inspiring. Afterwards, the breakfast on the Mara with wilder beast passing by fantastic. You weren't rushed...5 glasses of champagne later we made a move! Great service by everyone. Our driver made sure we saw lots of animals as well. Nothing was rushed and this was worth every penny. Highly recommended.

Thank Rlglenn652
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

it was a last minute decision to do the balloon ride and I am so pleased we did. Elli our pilot was amazing and kept us safe, informed and entertained. After loading ourselves in sideways, which non of us were expecting, we were off. it was so gently and peaceful for the entire hr or so ride. being in tbe sky gave a totally diffetent perspective and We saw the most amazing sunrise, millions of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and hippos. Our landing was really smooth. After unloading and a short drive we were greated with champagne and a huge breakfast. overall this is not a cheap activity but deffinately worth it to complete the amazing Masai Mara experience especially during migration season.

2  Thank nina c
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