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Governors’ Balloon Safaris

| Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
+254 20 2734000
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You MUST experience this!!

If you've always wanted to do a balloon ride, what better place than 50 feet above the Masai Mara... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
jacquikaye
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Stafford, United Kingdom
A breathtaking experience not to be missed.

I was reluctant to take this balloon trip having concerns about the standards of health and safety... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rebecca B
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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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 3 days ago

If you've always wanted to do a balloon ride, what better place than 50 feet above the Masai Mara . This exceptional experience was not cheap, but worth every penny. You take off at little governors camp and travel for about an hour keeping just...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was reluctant to take this balloon trip having concerns about the standards of health and safety in Africa and following a rather disastrous experience in a balloon in the UK. However, after 2 days in a safari truck trying to find rhino to complete...More

1  Thank Rebecca B
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your balloon safari with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight and entrusted us to take you after your bad experience in the UK and that you saw a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a big lifetime experience doing a balloon safari in the Masai Mara. The pilot is very experienced and provides ample discussion of safety measures. It is very safe. Viewing the Masai Mara from the air and seeing all the animals is fantastic!!!More

1  Thank Rockdoc7
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear skvarose, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your balloon safari with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I will have to explain my title. And it all relates to David Charles Chipping our famous aviator who piloted the HAB over the Mara on 25 May! This was our first HAB ride that was highly recommended by Moyo our tour operator in NBO,...More

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

Dear Saxenaam, You promised us a review on and you did not disappoint. One of the great privileges of my job is meeting such pleasant and erudite people as yourselves ; the pleasure of vigorous debate over a leisurely breakfast as we survey the Mara...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second we have done and both were excellent. This time the pilot was even better. How they manage to control the balloon to skim just a few feet above the savanna or indeed the tops of the trees along the Mara River...More

1  Thank gam8le
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear skvarose, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your balloon safari with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an absolute must.. It never disappoints... A flight of a life time. The Mara is the most amazing place to visit, and to top it off the balloon is amazing. Something that really shouldn't be missed.. From the early start to the flight...More

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

Dear skvarose, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your balloon safari with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a hot air balloon ride with Captain David on May 31st. We originally were going to do it the morning of the 30th, however the weather was not cooperating, and the decision was made to not fly that day. I am so thankful...More

Thank noellep461
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Michael & Noel, We are delighted you managed to get up in the balloon despite it being cancelled the previous day. As you say it is very rare for us to have to cancel a flight but safety of our clients comes first and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The balloon trip through the sky of Mara (first time in my life) was an incredible experience. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the Savannah from the sky.

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

Dear Katherincasa We are delighted you were able to get up in the Balloon. We will pass this feedback onto the team. Best Wishes, The Governors Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a fabulous ride with Captain David - he was safe, smart, friendly, and pleasant. The views were gorgeous and the ride was enchanting. What a surprise to end with a hot breakfast in the bush! I highly recommend Governor's Balloon Safaris, especially Captain...More

Thank lacoapearnold
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear lacoapearnold, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your balloon safari. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight with us and we will pass this back onto Captain David and the Crew. Thank you again, and we look...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time ever to do hot air balloon ride- so much, fun we did it again the next day! Beautiful views, fun pilot & staff, great breakfast. Loved everything about Little Governors Camp, but balloon experience definitely a highlight. Everyone should experience!

1  Thank Karen M
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Karen, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your balloon safari. We are delighted you enjoyed your flight with us and your time with us at Little Governors Camp. Best Wishes, The Balloon Crew

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Patrick L
Are there many different sites for the hot air ballooning over the Mara
10 September 2016|
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Response from skvarose | Reviewed this property |
Yes... There are a lot of balloons around.. This one was where we were staying...
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Artisan1975
Hi we are a family of five and will be staying in Mara House - Nomadic Encounters in August. My children are 11, 9 and 8 years old. The 8 year old is 125cms (so just a little over the 1.2 hight restriction. Will she be able to see over the edge? How many people are put into each compartment? Will we all get a good position? In other words, I do not want my children to be wedged in between loads of adults so they are unable to see anything. Is this likely to happen?
2 August 2016|
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Response from Dirk v v | Reviewed this property |
We were with 4 adults in a compartment which was okay bit narrow though. Such small children I would not take them. I think there too small and perhaps will be pressed away a little. A marvelous experience if you do it
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