The Serengeti plains
and woodlands are world famous for the variety and sheer number of its
animal population. A Serengeti Balloon Safari however, is not merely a game
viewing experience, but rather an opportunity for an adventure and unique
perspective over outstanding quintessentially African landscapes.
Of course there can be no guarantee that you will see specific animals from
We have however seen some amazing wildlife from the balloon and witnessed
many incidents such as lion kills, cheetah stalking and killing, leopard
hunting and of course THE ANNUAL MILLION STRONG WILDEBEEST MIGRATION, one of
the natural wonders of the world.
Serengeti Balloon Safaris are acutely aware of their environmental
responsibilities and are proud of their ecological credentials. Serengeti
Balloon Safaris (SBS) pay a substantial royalty to Tanzania National Parks
for each passenger. These funds are used for conservation purposes in the
The colours of our balloons are acacia green and savannah gold and blend
with the colours of the Serengeti. The balloon burners are ‘stealth’ and
‘whisper’ burners and make less noise than standard burners. Wherever
possible, we land on a road, thereby saving the vegetation from damage by
Our pilots are all committed conservationists and will share their knowledge
of the area and wildlife with you. Naturally, wildlife have priority and
consideration is given to them when flying.
SBS have assisted in the funding and construction of a technical school in
Rubanda Village close to the boundary of Serengeti National Park. The object
is to teach income generating skills to the villagers offering an
alternative to poaching wildlife. SBS director Colin MacKinnon has been made
an elder of the local Wakoma tribe. SBS is also pleased to have sponsored
educational trips to the park for school children from surrounding villages.
am, Serengeti Balloon Safaris will collect you from your central
Serengeti lodge or camp, and transfer you by Landrover to our launch
site near Maasai Kopjes. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a
briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon.
At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever
direction the winds of the morning take us. Your pilot can precisely
control the altitude of your balloon: sometimes flying at treetop
height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great
photographic opportunities of the wildlife below.
At other times he will ascend to 1000' or more to see the enormity and
wonderful panorama of the Serengeti. From time to time the pilot must
put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In
between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds
The flight is for about one hour depending on conditions, on landing you
celebrate in the traditional manner with champagne (well, an excellent
sparkling wine), before sitting down to a full English breakfast
prepared and served in the bush in 'Out of Africa' style with bone
china, linen table cloths, King's silver etc.
After breakfast you receive your Serengeti Balloon certificate and we
drive you back to Seronera Lodge game viewing enroute. 9:30 am Arrive at
Seronera ready to continue your day's activities.
This adventure will fit in with all safari itineraries that include a
night in central Serengeti (Serena Lodge, Seronera Lodge or Sopa Lodge
or any of the central Serengeti camp sites)