The Green Machine
SBS pay a substantial sum from every passenger to Tanzania National Parks as concession fees. In the year 2011 alone, the company contributed more than US$550,000 towards conservation funds, making Serengeti Balloon Safaris the highest single investor contributor in any park in Tanzania.
We are pleased also to support wildlife research in Serengeti. Serengeti Balloon Safaris have donated funds to The Serengeti Lion Project supporting an initiative placing 1000’s of camera traps in the park to assist the study and movements of lions, their prey and other predators and how they coexist. http://www.snapshotserengeti.org/
Employing local people in Tanzania
SBS have trained the first Tanzanian commercial pilots in the world and continue their policy of training and promoting employees from within the company.
Serengeti Balloon Safaris employ eighty staff. It is recognised that employed people in Tanzania support on average 10 dependents each.
Investing the in the Local Community
SBS support local communities neighbouring the park and have paid for, built, furnished and equipped a classroom at Ikoma Secondary school. SBS also helped to build the head master’s house.
In addition we built the Headmasters house at Robanda Village School. We also sponsor local school children’s trips to the National Park.
Our balloons are coloured acacia green & savannah gold to blend sensitively with colours of Serengeti.
We land on roads wherever possible to minimise environmental impact. Our retrieve vehicles utilise roads and established tracks when chasing the balloon.
Balloons are made of recyclable materials. Baskets are still made in the traditional manner from bamboo, cane, leather, rawhide and ash timber runners with stainless steel frame. Old baskets have found a new life in local schools for their playground. One old basket is now a chicken house. Old balloon fabric has been used to make photographic hides for a well-known wildlife photographer.
Even our champagne bottles are recycled and delivered to a project in Arusha where deaf and mute Tanzanians support themselves making wonderful glass bead jewellery http://www.shanga.org/ Do visit when you are in Arusha.
We source local materials and supplies locally wherever possible and buy all of our breakfast ingredients from local markets and villagers.
Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is the fuel used on a hot air balloon. LPG is produced as a by-product in both the extraction and refining stages of oil production. LPG is considered a ‘green’ fuel.