Best Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Africa

Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Africa

Ballooning takes place at sunrise, which means a pre-dawn wake up with steaming coffee and a chilly drive to the launch. The sense of excitement ripples through you as the great balloons slowly fill with hot air, rising up ponderously above their tethered baskets. Take-off is a noisy, bumpy affair, which adds to the thrill and enhances the sudden serenity when you reach cruising altitude. The noise of the heating flame punctuates the quiet along with the soft whistle of air currents and occasional ‘ooohs’ from your fellow adventurers. Wrap up warmly – it’s cold up there!

The land below you is quiet in the peace of dawn as sunrise unfurls in bright colours on the eastern horizon. As the earth warms up, wildlife starts to move – the cool of early morning is the best time of day for game viewing, and a hot air balloon gives you an especially superb view of the plains. The balloon can fly relatively low over big herds (unlike helicopters and light aircraft), making this one of the best ways to see the full splendor of the Great Wildebeest Migration.

When you touch down on solid earth again, a glorious champagne brunch awaits you, prepared and served on the savannah – the perfect end to an extraordinary and serene safari experience.

Balloon Safaris & Tours

Historian's Cape Town, Victoria Falls & Kenya

From $12,960 per person sharing
14 days
Entrance to the Mount Nelson. Looking up at Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront | Go2Africa Frolic in the water of Blue Flag beaches in Cape Town. Departure day at Rovos Rail station. The exterior of The Victoria Falls Hotel. View of the Victoria Falls sprays from the Victoria Falls Hotel as you enjoy their famous high tea. Victoria Falls at sunset. Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages in Nairobi.
Highlights

Private day tour of the Cape Winelands. Private tour of Robben Island and Cape Town city.

Destinations visited
Cape Town Johannesburg Kenya Masai Mara Nairobi
14 days
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Highlights

See the extraordinary Wildebeest Migration in season. Seek out Big 5 game viewing.

Destinations visited
Arusha Kenya Masai Mara Nairobi Ngorongoro Crater

Namibia Wildlife, Himbas & Dunes

From $13,445 per person sharing
10 days
Onguma The Fort. The lodge looks out onto a waterhole for a superb armchair safari. Mowani Mountain Camp superior room. The deck at the Mowani Mountain Camp. Uniquely-designed Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, an oasis in the desert. Cool off in the pool during the hotter hours of the day. After a day exploring the landscape, visiting local rock art sights and enjoying safari walks, settle down to a romantic sundowner setup. Deep in the Hartmann Valley of the northern part of Namibia.
Highlights

Visit a traditional Himba village. See the ‘fairy circles’ of Marianfluss.

Destinations visited
Damaraland Etosha Namibia Sossusvlei Windhoek

Namibia Family Self-Drive

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10 days
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Highlights

Self-drive Namibia at your own pace. Marvel at millions of stars in Damaraland.

Destinations visited
Damaraland Etosha Namibia Sossusvlei Swakopmund
9 days
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Highlights

Tanzania's top safari destinations. Excellent year-round game viewing.

Destinations visited
Lake Manyara Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti Tanzania

East Africa's Migration, Safari & Highlands

From $12,010 per person sharing
13 days
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Highlights

Visit iconic destinations in Kenya & Tanzania. Fantastic wildlife & excellent guiding.

Destinations visited
Amboseli National Park Kenya Masai Mara Ngorongoro Crater Serengeti

Kenya's Amboseli, Samburu & Mara (Fly-In)

From $5,565 per person sharing
9 days
Luxury safari accommodation. Cultural immersions with the local Masaai. Pamperings in the bush. Delicious cuisine. Explore the landscape with locals. Revel in sublime African sunsets. Spend your evenings sharing tales of the day. Exceptional wildlife encounters.
Highlights

Learn about Samburu & Masaai culture. Exceptional Big Five game viewing.

Destinations visited
Amboseli National Park Kenya Masai Mara Nairobi Samburu

Family Kenya & Seychelles

From $7,970 per person sharing
12 days
Ololo-Safari-Lodge-Swimming-pool Ololo-Safari-Lodge-Nairobi-National-Park Ololo-Safari-Lodge-The-Tower-Suite Exceptional wildlife sightings at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp. Fly into the famed Masai Mara. Exceptional service and luxury at Kichwa. Engaging cultural encounters. ephelia-seychelles-kayaking
Highlights

A classic safari-and-island getaway combination. Perfect family itinerary.

Destinations visited
Kenya Mahe Island Masai Mara Seychelles