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Governors’ Balloon Safaris

| Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
+254 20 2734000
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This was an amazing experience for someone like me who is afraid of heights. I had no fear at all... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
SherieD90
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Peterborough, Canada
Must do!!!

No words to describe how wonderful this experience was to me! I will never forget it!!! Sooooo... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Governors Balloon Safaris offer Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the Mara River, forests and plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors' Camp, and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you're off for a wildlife viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. What amazes most first-time balloonists is the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Masai Mara. Even if you've flown elsewhere, this is a unique experience. The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. Then your Kenyan Hot Air Balloon Safari finishes with a flourish. In the time honoured tradition of balloon flights the world over, you toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. The Balloon Safari ends with a transfer back to camp. We can collect from other nearby camps in the Masai Mara. Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious Wildlife Locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community and conservation at the heart of everything we do.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an amazing experience for someone like me who is afraid of heights. I had no fear at all, and the sights were beautiful, and a fun breakfast followed.

Thank SherieD90
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're glad we could help you forget your fears to enjoy an amazing experience! Thank you for a great review, we very much appreciate it. Best wishes from all of us, The Governors' Balloon Safaris Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

No words to describe how wonderful this experience was to me! I will never forget it!!! Sooooo worth every cent!!

1  Thank Sondos A
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for very lovely review - short and to the point! It was our pleasure to be able to help you have this wonderful experience. Warm wishes, The Ballooning Team

Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Disappointed. You're packed in like rats - 12 to a balloon. If wind blows wrong way or game not present, won't see much. Lame breakfast after touchdown is simply an excuse to sell you pictures. Vastly overpriced for what you get. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME...More

Thank farwest1
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear farwest1, We're sad to read that your hot air balloon experience didn't meet your expectations. The point you raise on "excuse to sell you pictures" makes us wonder if it was, in fact, Governors' Balloon Safaris that you flew with, as we have always...More

Reviewed 8 November 2017

Yes, you do have to get up early to go for the balloon ride, but it is absolutely worthwhile and more. Just to take off as the sun rises it absolutely breathtaking. The smoothness of the ride (we had never tried it before) was an...More

Thank TorbenG1905
Musiara, General Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We love to hear how much people enjoy the unreal experience of being in a hot air balloon over the Masai Mara. Our pilots fly almost every day, and it still gives them a thrill every time. Warm wishes, The Ballooning Team

Reviewed 27 October 2017

This was an experience worth getting up at 4.00am to see! Drifting across the Mara river with Hippos and Croc's swimming in it. All the wildlife you can see close up. Watching the sun rise - superb. Breakfast on landing on the Masai Mara what...More

Thank jredtye1
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for a wonderful review, and so glad you enjoyed this unique and unforgettable way to start your day. If only we could all balloon to work everyday (well, our pilots do get to!) Best wishes, The Ballooning Team

Reviewed 23 October 2017

Being from Albuquerque I've seen many balloons go up in this area.....going up in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, gliding a couple hundred feet over the Mara River and the plains, seeing the wildlife below......nothing can top it. Unless you include the fabulous...More

Thank Edmundo_de_ABQ
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're thrilled you enjoyed your balloon ride. It certainly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have on safari. Warm wishes, The Ballooning Team

Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Amazing Balloon Ride early in the morning over the wide open plain of the Masai Mara. No words can describe this breath taking ride over the plains with the animals 20-40 feet below. And a wonderful bush breakfast following the ride. I felt totally safe....More

Thank mckeem1951
Musiara, General Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for taking the time to write this review! It's always wonderful to hear how much everyone enjoys their balloon experience. Warm wishes, The Ballooning Team.

Reviewed 16 October 2017

This trip was for our 10th wedding anniversary and it was unforgettable. We saw a pair of Rhinos as soon as we ascended and that was one of the highlights of our trip as we didn't expect to see these majestic animals. The balloon was...More

Thank bajan-chic
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your lovely review! We are so glad to have shared your 10th wedding anniversary with you! Best wishes for all your next anniversaries! The Ballooning Team

Reviewed 10 October 2017

I visited Little Governors camp back in May and enjoyed a fantastic experience on the Balloon Safari. After an early morning wake-up call, you will enjoy a unique and fantastic view of the plains that will stick with you forever. David, the pilot and the...More

Thank nicholasjenkinssmith
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and recommending a balloon safari. We're so glad you enjoyed it. Best wishes, The Balloon Team

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

It cost me 450 USD, not a small amount, and I'm so glad I decided to make that investment for myself. You get to fly over the plains as the rising sun gives everything a golden color. You get to listen to the quietness of...More

Thank SH L
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're glad you enjoyed your balloon safari experience! Thank you for taking the time to write this nice review. Best wishes, The Balloon Team

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Meenat C
2 November 2017|
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Response from Simisingh | Reviewed this property |
It costs about $500 a head.
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L S
24 June 2017|
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Response from Liz S | Reviewed this property |
I think it was about $500 each which is all inclusive...ride, breakfast, etc...but I have to admit I don't remember the exact cost. It was worth it!
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Patrick L
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Mara balloons operations are basically divided into East and West Mara, in the Eastern Mara serving the lodges on that side there is Hot Air Safaris & Balloon Safaris ltd, both reputable operators; on the Western side... More
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