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Governors’ Balloon Safaris

| Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
+254 20 2734000
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Fly with Sanjay, you won't be disappointed!

I visited Kenya with a large group and many wanted to take the Governors' Balloon Safari. I was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Waco D
Don't miss this amazing way to see the Masai Mara

We had a fantastic flight with Sanjay as our captain. We were the first balloon away out of the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Edinburgh, 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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| Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
+254 20 2734000
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited Kenya with a large group and many wanted to take the Governors' Balloon Safari. I was not all that interested but figured i might as well go with most of the group while we were there, and I am sure happy I did....More

Thank Waco D
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a fantastic flight with Sanjay as our captain. We were the first balloon away out of the five flying that day and got some great pics of the other balloons flying behind us as well as interesting shots from above the animals, birds...More

Thank JaniceM2011
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a spectacular way to see the Mara Reserve! Mike, from Alaska, was our pilot and he was outstanding. He was able to expertly maneuver his balloon high over the tall trees or just barely over the Mara River. He also knows the facts about...More

Thank Dana M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was worth every penny! Sanjay the pilot done a amazing job. We where expecting a bumpy landing but luckily we had it pretty easy. The breakfast after was also enjoyable.

Thank Rene B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a spectacular balloon flight over the Masai Mara. Our pilot, Graham, was thorough in his safety briefing, friendly as well as very competent, giving us a perfect landing. After the balloon flight we had champagne breakfast on the savannah. It's a very early...More

Thank MarianneAlwaysWright
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing way to see the Mara. Spectacular views up high and down close for animal spotting. David, the pilot was excellent and the champagne breakfast on the plains just a perfect way to end the morning. The company is very professional and provides...More

Thank Su62
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a short walk from Little Governors camp after signing the waiver we had tea/ coffee before our safety briefing, they then start inflating the ballon, lovely to watch as dawn breaks. Not the easiest of climbing into the basket especially after it had...More

Thank The_hammonds_11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very unique experience starting from how the balloon is inflated, then the entire sailing experience watching wildlife (who at times were quite annoyed with the sound the balloon makes) underneath and finally landing which at times is quite not the best (as in our case),...More

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

Dear Anindya M, Thank you for your lovely review - even mentioning some of the more "adventurous" parts of ballooning! We're so glad you had a "unique and amazing experience," which we believe it truly is. There's just nothing quite like gliding over the Masai...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the hot air balloon safari on our penultimate day of our stay at Little Governors Camp and wow, what an experience! It was well worth the 5am start - we were greeted by friendly staff and tea & biscuits, given a full safety...More

Thank JCN49
Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wishing you guys a wonderful married life together! Thank you for taking the time to share your ballooning experience with everyone - so happy to hear it was a highlight of your honeymoon. Best wishes for a wonderful future, David and the Governors' Ballooning Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful time! What a magnificent flight! We would like to thank one of the balloon pilots, Sanjay Gupta - it couldn't have been better!

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

Thank you so much for this lovely feedback and mention of Sanjay. We are delighted you had such a lovely flight with us in the Mara.

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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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10 September 2016|
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Response from Ian P | Reviewed this property |
I think I counted 23 balloons when we were in the air so there must be a number of operators. However we were staying in Little Governors (just wonderful) so Governors Ballooning was the logical choice. A couple in our... More
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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