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Governors’ Balloon Safaris

| Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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A must!

Early wake up to launch before daybreak. 16 in our basket, 8 people per side. Pack light and you... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
wherewevebeen
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Pensacola, Florida
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A great experience

Off just before dawn, and watched the sunrise. Floating over the Mara River, and then over open... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2018
Lzrdoc
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Phoenix, Arizona
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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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Early wake up to launch before daybreak. 16 in our basket, 8 people per side. Pack light and you will go through security. Must be able to climb into the basket.

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Off just before dawn, and watched the sunrise. Floating over the Mara River, and then over open areas. All the animals from the air. Truly a great way to experience the Masai Mara. I would love to do it again.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

A really well drilled and experienced crew who do all they can to provide a safe and enjoyable excursion. As with all balloon rides and anything involving wild animals, where you go and what you may see is at nature's will. Early before dawn start,...More

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Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

Any words I could use to describe the experience will not do Governors’ balloon safari justice. Do not be put off by the price! Like us, you will see that the effort that goes into the preparation and the whole experience will be well worth...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

What can you say everyone has to do a balloon ride when on a safari, it may be a little bit expensive but when will you ever get that chance to have that experience again. It was amazing, spectacular and just so fantastic. The hour...More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

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.

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

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

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

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

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

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

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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

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

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

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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

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Musiara, General Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

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

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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

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

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

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2 November 2017|
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Response from Simisingh | Reviewed this property |
It costs about $500 a head.
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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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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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