Seven Reasons Why You Should Fall in Love with Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Serengeti Balloon Safaris

A Serengeti Balloon Safari is most likely the ultimate African safari experience and a serious bucket-list item for most adventurous travellers.

All your dreams will come true as you explore the sights and sounds of a real African safari from the sky and enjoy unparalleled views of rare animals that have been shaped by millennia of migration.

Serengeti National Park is an international tourist attraction best known as Home of the Migration.

Just imagine the sight of around 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and several other animals (depending on the time of the year) moving as a single herd, in groups and clusters across vast open plains, from Tanzania in the north to Kenya’s Maasai Mara in the south!

Zaritha van Wyngaardt and Ingrid de Loor recently had a phenomenal hot air balloon experience across the Serengeti and they were completely blown away by the whole experience.

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Ingrid de Loor (left) and Zaritha van Wyngaardt (right) at Serengeti Balloon Safaris, Tanzania. (Image credit: African School of Storytelling).

There are many options for hot air balloon safaris in the Serengeti, but for a lifetime experience like this, Serengeti Balloon Safaris is without a doubt the best.

Here are seven reasons why you should fall in love with Serengeti Balloon Safaris:

1. Experience the adventure of a lifetime

Some things are worth getting up early for, and this is definitely one of them. Your adventure will start at 4am with a game drive transfer to the launch site. At the launch site, your pilot will go over the safety briefing ahead of your flight while the crew inflates the balloon – an eye-catching envelope of savannah gold and acacia green lit by the flames of the burners. You will then climb into the basket and prepare to lift off.

What happens next is guaranteed to be an experience you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.

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Taking off into the Serengeti sky

2. Witness Serengeti from the sky

By the time the sun rises, you will find yourself in the African sky, which is painted with a palette of colors that can’t be seen anywhere else. The flight itself lasts for about an hour, during which you will see one of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth from a different perspective!

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Witness the Serengeti from the sky with Serengeti Balloon Safaris (Image credit: Ingrid de Loor).

3. It’s a spectacular sightseeing experience

You will witness herds of zebras and wildebeest, as well as elephants and giraffes roaming free in their natural habitat. The wildlife views are simply spectacular as they come out to feed and drink. Serengeti National Park is home to over 3000 lions which is said to be the largest population of lions in Africa. Will you see a lion strike? Who knows? Only your experience will tell.

4. Your breakfast is an ‘Out of Africa’ fine-dining experience in the bush

The best part about your breakfast in the African bush will be the location. Depending on the winds of the day, your pilot will take flight and land wherever he thinks the conditions seem fit… and that can be anywhere.

Once you’ve landed, your flight will be celebrated with a glass of bubbly and an opportunity to wash your hands from jugs of fresh water before you eat.


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(Image credit: African School of Storytelling).

Your breakfast will be served at a table beautifully set up in ‘Out of Africa’ style under a tree, complete with fresh linen, Sheffield cutlery and bone china.

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Breakfast in the Serengeti bush (Image credit: Zaritha van Wyngaardt).

Your meal is cooked right there in the bush, so the food, with ingredients sourced locally, is as fresh as it can be. Any dietary requirements? No problem! Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.

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An ‘Out-of-Africa’ style breakfast is served to guests. (Image credit: African School of Storytelling).


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Zaritha gets rewarded with a Serengeti Balloon Safari certificate after her flight. (Image credit: African School of Storytelling).

5. Sustainable tourism at its best since the 1970’s

Serengeti Balloon Safaris not only talks, but walks the talk, when it comes to sustainability.

Here’s how they do it:

  • They contribute to the development of conservation

  • They consciously look for ways to increase their positive impact within the communities whose livelihoods are reliant on the Parks

  • They pledge $30,000 a year to carefully selected community and conservation projects

  • All fruit and veg are sourced from communities around the Parks

  • They have recently invested US $250,000 in a huge solar array to run their base and heat their fuel, instead of using diesel generators

6. They recycle!

After approximately 850 flights, Serengeti Balloon Safaris retire their balloon envelopes from service. These envelopes are recycled so they can continue to serve the community. They are often turned into clothes, jacket linings and bags for equipment.

Retired wicker baskets are used as poultry houses, or for activities in school playgrounds.

As for waste, that gets recycled wherever possible, and that which can’t be recycled, they remove from the park and dispose of properly.

7. You get to empower the next generation of storytellers in Africa

By flying with Serengeti Balloon Safaris, you are empowering the next generation of storytellers in Africa.

Serengeti Balloon Safaris proudly supports the African School of Storytelling’s (AFRISOS) Wildlife Filmmaking Mentorship Programme.

AFRISOS is an NGO registered in 2020 that provides all-expenses-paid opportunities to aspiring filmmakers and photographers in Africa through hands-on mentorship programs, online tutorials, and storytelling grants.

Learners get to spend 2 months in the Serengeti flying on a hot air balloon, getting unique aerial perspectives. They also go on game drives looking for the most beautiful animal interactions while being mentored by a professional wildlife filmmaker.

Here is more info on AFRISOS.

Why Live Your Life Without Seeing the World?

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