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Governors’ Balloon Safaris

| Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
+254 20 2734000
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Amazing

I was nervous, I had never been in a balloon before, but these guys are amazing and instantly was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
ThomasRedgrove
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Amazing addition to a safari holiday

We weren't originally planning to do this but were convinced by everyone staying at Governors' Camp... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ian M
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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 yesterday via mobile

I was nervous, I had never been in a balloon before, but these guys are amazing and instantly was filled with confidence by our pilot. Flight was perfect. Landing was fun! Breakfast was incredible!

Thank ThomasRedgrove
Reviewed yesterday

We weren't originally planning to do this but were convinced by everyone staying at Governors' Camp who had done been in the balloon and said how amazing it is. Quite pricey at around 400 USD per person but well worth saving for / including in...More

1  Thank Ian M
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a truly magical experience? At first I thought that this experience was a bit pricey but it ended up being worth every penny. Gliding over the treetops and observing the wildlife and scenery of the Masai Mara from a hot air balloon was...More

Thank 1963Ian
Reviewed 5 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 6 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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

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L S
Hi, could you please tell me the cost of a hot air balloon ride over masai for two people
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
Are there many different sites for the hot air ballooning over the Mara
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
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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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