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Kichwa Tembo Camp Hot Air Balloon Masai Mara Safari

Masai Mara Game Reserve, KENYA

Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon From Kichwa Tembo Camp

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Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon is launched at the Skyship site not far from the Great Mara River; about ten minutes drive from the Kichwa Tembo Camp. The balloon flight is launched between 6:00 and 6:30am (sunrise).

The balloon travels 15 to 25 kilometers depending on wind conditions. The gentle and silent nature of the Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon flight allows the passengers to view the wildlife from a comfortable distance.

The big five; the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo can be seen frequently along with other animals such as hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, birds and many more.

The scenery from a hot air balloon is unforgettable due to its spectacular and breathtaking nature; the ultimate safari experience. The balloon flight takes you over the diverse habitats of the Masai Mara Reserve; the great Mara River, swamps, forests, wildlife and the African Savannah. The diversity of our flight trail enables passengers to experience a unique opportunity to be a part of the Masai Mara from the air.

Upon landing, a champagne breakfast is served in the open plains of the Masai Mara. Once breakfast is over the passengers are taken back to their lodges and camps en route a game drive.

Often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world, the Masai Mara is a place that has to be visited. Viewing it from above ground level is an experience of a lifetime that will truly be with you forever. It is a rare and precious adventure never to be forgotten.

Skyship Balloon Operation in Masai Mara
Skyship has 2 balloons: Lindstrand 180 (6 passengers) and Lindstrand 400 (16 passengers). Skyship Masai Mara balloons are ordered directly from the Lindstrand factory and are also fitted with seats.

Our hot air balloons are made specially for operation in the Masai Mara. Masai Mara Balloon flight by Skyship are launched from a campsite near Kichwa Tembo Camp at sunrise.

Large electric fans cold-inflate the balloon; the electric fans are operating silently so that the guests can hear animals in the serene atmosphere of the Mara.

When the balloon is inflated the pilot lights the gas burners and heats the balloon. The heat launches the balloon in to the air. As soon as the balloon is launched, the passengers step inside the basket and the pilot takes off.

The average flight duration is 1 Hour; traveling approximately 15 to 25 Kilometers depending the wind condition. On 95% of the days the wind goes south deep into the Masai Mara Reserve where the balloon lands.

Up on landing a luxurious Champagne breakfast is served followed by a game drive en route your journey back to you hotel, camp, or lodge.

Masai Mara Balloon Pilots
Skyship pilots are highly experienced balloon operators and have accumulated numerous hours in the profession. They have also spent a lot of time in the Masai Mara and this has provided them with excellent knowledge of the Masai Mara and made them good tour guides.

Day 1: Nairobi City Drive to Masai Mara National Reserve (1st Night)

Depart Nairobi and transfer to Mara Leisure Camp, Check in and serve your lunch, Explore the camp.

  • Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Accommodation: Kichwa Tembo
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included 1 Bottle Drinking water (Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian)


Day 2: Morning Hot Air Balloon and Return to the Camp

Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon  Safari :Balloon safaris are a romantic and evocative way of experiencing the wilderness of East Africa, as you gracefully and silently fly over the plains teeming with herds of wildlife in the early morning. 

Typically, a balloon safari begins at break of dawn, about 6 am, and lasts for around 2-3 hour, during which you will fly over parts of the vast Masai Mara plain, seeing the magnificent wildlife below, spread over several square kilometres of the reserve..

Balloon flights are available daily in Maasai Mara and take off from designated sites where the disturbance to animals is kept to a minimum. Your safari vehicle drops you off at the take off site and picks you up from your landing site. 
The flight is followed by a champagne breakfast “in the bush”, with a well laid out seating arrangement and waiters on hand, to give you a fitting finale to your memorable flight in the wild.

You will be woken up early in the morning,tranfered by our guide to the beginning point of this exciting ride. 
Keep cool.The balloons lift off just before sunrise when the breeze on the plains is still cold. Once airborne, the balloons are blown by the prevailing winds across the broad landscape. Apart from the hiss of the burners, the flight above the Masai Mara plains is magically silent. The pilot controls the height of the craft by regulating the flow of hot air into the balloon. Sometimes the balloon will descend over the plains for a close up view of the wildlife; on other occasions, it rises to clear a tree canopy and rise over the reverine forest.

At the end of the flight, the passengers are treated to a champagne breakfast, complete with flowers. China and crystal are set out on the table that is placed under a convenient acacia tree. The finishing touch to the flight is a game drive back to Campsite. or camp, and the possibility of seeing the same pride of lions, or herd of elephants that had been viewed while ballooning. Over a dozen balloons depart from sites near six of Campsite.s and tented camps. Our customers are often able to view four of the ‘Big Five’ while ballooning. A flight certificate is issued on completion of the balloon safari. 

After Breakfast Check-out and drive back to Nairobi City

  • Main destination: Nairobi
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Transfer: Transfer to JKIA 2 hours before your flight back home
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast

– Transport under 4×4 Lancdruiser: US$ 250 per day

– Transport under 4WD Tour Van: US$ 130 per day

Accommodation at Kichwa Tembo Not included


Masai Mara Balloon Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should you bring with you?
Something warm to wear on top (fleece or a sweater), A hat, camera and binoculars – nothing too heavy.

2. What’s the duration of the flight?
The average flight duration is 1 hour traveling approximately 15 to 25 km depending on wind conditions.

3. What is the launch time and drive to the launch site?
Launch time is between 6:00 and 6:30am (sun rise), it is a 10 minute drive from Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp to our launch site.

4. How high do we fly?
We can fly from a few centimeters above the ground up to 12,500 ft above sea level, legally above 12500 feet A.G.L oxygen needed.

5. How do we get to the launch site and back to the hotel?
We provide transport to and from your hotel/lodge/camp. Upon your request we may take you on a game drive after the Champagne Breakfast.

6. Where do we land?
It all depends on the wind on any given day – 95% of days the wind takes us south, deep into the Masai Mara Reserve where we land.

7. How does the pilot control the balloon?
The pilot controls the vertical access by heating or cooling the balloon (envelope). If the pilot adds heat to the envelope the balloon goes up and if he lets the envelope cool, the balloon will go down. If the pilot wants to stay buoyant in equilibrium, he will keep the envelope at the same temperature.

The balloons fly by the wind. If there are winds of different direction in different heights the pilot can go up or down and steer the balloon according to the direction of the wind.


Package Includes:

  • Private Transfer to Masai Mara: at US$ 130 per day
  • 1 Night: Full Board Accommodation at Extra Cost
  • Champagne Breakfast
  • 1 bottle Mineral Water
  • Park / Conservasion Entry Fee
  • International medical insurance
  • Tourist entry visa
  • International flights
  • Tips and Gratitudes


Tour Rates Including Transport & Accommodation

03. Jan. 17 - 31. Mar. 17 US$ 500 US$ 500 US$ 500
01. Apr. 17 - 31. May. 17 US$ 470 US$ 470 US$ 470
01. Jun. 17 - 30. Jun. 17 US$ 470 US$ 470 US$ 470
01. Jul. 17 - 31. Oct. 17 US$ 500 US$ 500 US$ 500
01. Nov. 17 - 15. Dec. 17 US$ 500 US$ 500 US$ 500
16. Dec. 17 - 02. Jan. 18 US$ 500 US$ 500 US$ 500

About pricing

  • Children below 3 years of age not allowed
  • Children 4 - 11 apply 70% per Adult rate
  • Children 12 years of age and above full Adult rate applies.
  • All rates are quoted in USD per person sharing room
  • Easter & Xmas supplement may apply on the accommodation
  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Possible up to 7 people in one vehicle
  • Meal plan: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner, AL-all inclusive, N/A-not applicable

Payment policy

  • A deposit of 30% is required at the time of booking.
  • A deposit of 40% is required at 1 week to safari date
  • Balance payment shall be paid on the arrival date
  • Payment Method: Paypal, Bank Transfer, Mobile Money