Do I need to book in advance?
We strongly recommend that you book in advance with your tour operator to secure your place. We have limited capacity and this exclusive adventure is frequently fully booked.
How much does it cost?
The price is US$499 pp + US$47.20 Tanzania National Parks Balloon Fee.
This is also the rate that you will pay if you book ‘stand by’ on a space available basis in Serengeti. This balloon safari is available from Tour Operators and Travel Agents worldwide and the price may vary due to exchange rates, local taxes and contract rates etc.
When is the best time of year for ballooning in Serengeti?
We are fortunate that the weather in the Serengeti is suitable for ballooning almost every day of the year.
What about the ‘rainy seasons’?
We prefer to call them the GREEN SEASONS. The ‘long rains’ (late March to early June) & the ‘short rains’ (November to mid December). The great migration passes through Central Serengeti during the green seasons. At these times it USUALLY rains late afternoon and during the night. Mornings are USUALLY bright and clear with gentle winds (ideal ballooning weather!). The landscape is lush, green and dust free (yes, your vehicle may get stuck in the mud – but our balloon won’t!)
Do you operate year round?
Yes, we operate daily throughout the year in central Serengeti. We operate seasonally in Serengeti South, from Christmas day to 15th March. We operate seasonally in the Western Corridor from beginning of June to the end of August.
Are there any restrictions?
Yes, we do not carry children under the age of 7 years. There is no upper age limit, however passengers must be reasonably mobile, fit to fly and prepared for an adventure. Ballooning is not suitable for pregnant ladies, people with mobility or health conditions (heart conditions, brittle bones, neck or back conditions). Passengers must be able to bend their knees, hold on to rope handles with both hands for take-off and landing and be able to climb into and out of the basket.
Balloon passenger weights are calculated at an average of 80 kgs. Passengers weighing 50% + more than this (i.e. 120kgs / 265lbs / 19 stone) may be charged for two places.
I am on an organised safari with a set itinerary. Can I do this?
Yes, providing you are staying at any of the central Serengeti lodges or camps or (seasonally) in any of the western corridor lodges / camps or (again seasonally) at any Serengeti South lodges or camps or those in the Ndutu area. We collect you before the flight from your lodge/camp early morning and return you to the rendezvous point at 9.45am to join the rest of your party & continue your day’s activities
What should I wear? What should I bring?
It can be cool in the early morning, but often warm later, therefore a jacket or sweater that can be removed later is a good idea. A hat is recommended (particularly for the ‘follically challenged) as radiant heat from the burners can be uncomfortable. We suggest long trousers, long sleeves, preferably in natural fibres and stout shoes. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars. You can bring a camera bag or small backpack with you in the balloon.
Why is ballooning expensive?
Our balloons each cost the same as a big Mercedes but only last a few hundreds hours. They use a significant amount of fuel per flight and involve a minimum crew of six men plus professional pilot to get it in the air plus a further ten employees behind the scenes for each balloon. In addition, there are the retrieving vehicles, logistics, back up etc. We operate in a remote area. There is a very substantial sum in the form of concession fees for every passenger to Tanzania National Parks towards conservation funds. Please see our Testimonials.