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Well, the whole experience of being on safari in this amazing national park is absolutely full of wonder and couldn't be more highly recommended, but what if you've chosen to come on safari and you want to make the most of your time here?   Of course, I am going to tell you that you definitely won't regret choosing a balloon safari as one of your excursions, a quick scan of our TripAdvisor reviews should convince you of that; so many people say that it was the highlight of their safari. One of the things that isn't often explicitly mentioned is that  you get to see the area from above, and if you are anything like me and you like to situate yourself and know where you are, the perspective from the balloon will help you to know where you are amongst the surroundings of Serengeti for the rest of your stay.   The migration? Yes, that is why many people come - the sheer volume of biomass is humbling, the noises fill the air and it is an unforgettable spectacle.  But don't let it dominate your wildlife viewing in case you miss all the other extraordinary things that are there to be seen.   Cats!  Big and small, Serengeti is blessed with plenty of cats of all shapes and sizes, the majesty of the lions, elusiveness and beauty of the leopards, sheer elegance of the cheetah, incredible to be able to see them. Also there are the smaller members of the family, serval, caracal and the wild cats, which come in all manner of colours in the southern plains and Ndutu.   Hippo Pools. Whether in Central Serengeti, Western or Northern, the hippos are well worth a visit, in the Seronera, Grumeti or Mara rivers, stop and see, hear and smell them!   Picnic in the wilds. If you can take a picnic breakfast or lunch with you, it is worth it, ask your guide or camp manager to help arrange it and then stop in one of the many picnicing areas to enjoy the priviledge of filling your tummy and your senses at the same time.   The Scenery. Serengeti is gorgeous even without the animals!  Marvel at the short grass plains, fill your horizons with the hills and mesas of central and northern serengeti, enjoy the woodland of Ndutu or the forests of the Western Corridor and the acacia-studded plains and riverlines of North and Central Serengeti.   The Weather. No, I'm not being funny here, when you have skies as big as this, there's almost always some spectacular weather happening somewhere in sight, usually providing an awesome backdrop to your photos and views.   What have I missed? Soooo much but that will have to be for another post!", "listingText": "", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris Wins Awards", "urlTitle": "serengeti-balloon-safaris-wins-awards", "date": "10/09/20", "headerImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/final-01.jpg", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/final-01.jpg", "listingTitle": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris wins Tripadvisor and other Awards", "newsStoryDescription": "It has been a rewarding month for us at Serengeti Balloon Safaris, perhaps we should say 'awarding'... Firstly, in August, we were recognised by our partners; Tanzania National Parks as the leading Hot Air Balloon operator in National Parks for 2019-20, based on the contributions that we have made to conservation from our activities in that time. Next up is Tripadvisor, who, in recognition of the slew of excellent reveiws that we have received on their site, have awarded us the 2020 Travellers Choice Award, another wonderful accolade and thanks to the opinions of our lovely guests. “Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners' achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers as the world begins to venture out again.” Finally, we have been working with the Safer Tourism Seal to achieve their award for safe practices.  Today's travellers understand the relationship between safety, security, reputation, economic viability and health.  Each of these factors is essential in winning a Safer Tourism Seal and demonstrating that the awarded entity does everything reasonably possible in the way of tourism safety.  It is for this reason that the seal is called “safer tourism”.  It indicates that those of us awarded such a seal have established a dynamic programme that permits continual upgrades and realizes that new measures must be introduced as the situation warrants.", "listingText": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris wins recognition from Tanzania National Parks, Tripadvisor and Safer Tourism Seal", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "It’s wonderful to be flying in Serengeti", "urlTitle": "its-wonderful-to-be-flying-in-serengeti", "date": "05/08/20", "headerImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/ThomsonsOct-39.jpg", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/ThomsonsOct-39.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "", "listingText": "It has been wonderful to be flying again almost every day this week, mostly in Northern Serengeti, where the migrating herds are in full force, over to Capt Zumo for this morning's flight: "Hello Everyone, Another beautiful flight again here at Kogatende with light wind on take-off and 18 ° degrees of ambient temperature. Before we were airborne, we had a nice sunrise over Nyamalumbwa hills reflected over the Mara river and had awesome views, which were loved by all our guests. Then we flew over a first woodland and saw some impalas, vultures, eagles and few marabou storks around. As we continued with our flight and this time far south of the Mara river, we just enjoyed the panoramic scenery of the northern Serengeti and beautiful Meandering mara river. Then we ascended higher and reached 1,700 fees agl and stay there for while before descending slowly again to tree-top height that made us to see some few cape elands, few zebras, scattered different groups of wildebeest, three hyaenas, giraffes, and a male ostrich, all close enough for a picture. Afterwards we made a nice rotation of the basket of 360° degrees over hundreds of wildebeest mingled with few zebras here and there, which all passengers loved. Then back higher and enjoyed the last panoramic view before made our final stand up landing over mara mara road. All our guests were very happy and enjoyed the whole flight experience with Serengeti balloon Safaris." These are absolutely magical experiences to be had in Serengeti and we are delighted that we are able to share them with those who are able to travel. For those that aren't, I hope that this gives you a taste of what you may be able to enjoy soon.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "It’s time to prepare the relaunch!", "urlTitle": "its-time-to-prepare-the-relaunch", "date": "16/06/20", "headerImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/Our_Balloons_3.jpeg", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/header-image.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "This last 3 months has been the longest time that our pilots have not flown hot air balloons since they qualified as pilots, and some of them qualified a very long time ago!  So, in the name of safety, they are now in Serengeti, conducting what we call 'base checks'.  These are a re-examination of their flying skills and a test of their preparedness for all eventualities that may occur during a balloon flight, normally conducted every 6 months. All this under the beady eye of Captain Abeid Soka, our Director of Flying Operations and Chief Pilot. The maintenance team is thoroughly inspecting each envelope, basket, burner and fuel system this week too, it's an exciting prospect, to be able to start flying again soon. And let's not forget the rest of the team, polishing, painting and cleaning, in a Seronera that's full of wildebeest! So, when will we start? We do need to have sufficient guests to keep us busy enough and the enquiries are starting to come in, so we will be open for bookings from 15th July but we could easily open earlier if we have enough enquiries to make it viable. We have also implemented some biosafety protocols, to keep our guests and staff as safe as possible, these include: 1.    Staff temperature check at the start of each day. 2.    Hand Sanitisers available in each vehicle. 3.    All staff, including pilots, to wear facemasks. 4.    Guests to be issued with disposable facemasks if they don’t have their own. 5.    Vehicles to be disinfected after each day. 6.    Baskets to be disinfected before passengers board. 7.    Guest temperature check when met for transfer. 8.    All guests to have window seats in vehicles, no middle seat. 9.    More space per person at breakfast. 10.    Waiters to wash hands every 15 minutes during breakfast and Champagne toast. 11.    Hand washing stations available at Breakfast and Toast. For flights that take place before September 2020, we will reduce the number of guests per basket compartment, unless they are all from the same party, in order to provide some social distancing but it must be understood that, like all aviation, 1.5-2m social distancing will not be possible. We will monitor the situation and official advice from IATA and other authorities, where relevant, and will update you as to any changes. We can't wait to be able to enjoy the wonders of Serengeti from the air again!", "listingText": "", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "How is Serengeti Now?", "urlTitle": "how-is-serengeti-now", "date": "21/04/20", "headerImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/SerengetiMay2018-23.jpg", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/SerengetiMay2018-23.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Whilst Serengeti Balloon Safaris are not operating our wonderful balloon rides at this time, I decided to take my family from Arusha on safari to this special place to show them where we work and to add some wildlife to their home-schooling (learning to count is a little more fun when you can count to ten in lions). Wow, though I expected it, I was still shocked by how few cars there were, we literally saw about two per day (learning to count with cars didn't get far...) but otherwise everything was as it always is at this time of year; The mega-herds were still in the short grass plains with plenty of predators in attendance, the skies were fabulously dramatic with crystal-clear air in between the towering charlie bravos (thunderclouds - it's a pilot thing) and the grass was long and lush in Seronera. Despite that grass, we saw herds of elephant, plenty of lions and hyena and all the resident antelope. We stopped for a while and began to see the smaller carnivores like bat-eared foxes and dwarf mongooses, the odd crocodile lurking in the river, stacks of birds and even 3 different types of Roller within about 15 minutes. We strained our eyes into all the best leopard trees but came up short, though we did hear a leopard call quite close to our camp one evening, and we failed to see cheetah, I'm sticking with the grass-too-long excuse here. Having had the priviledge of doing most of my game viewing from a hot-air balloon in the last few years, I was reminded that earth-bound  visitors miss so much, whether it is the vegetation obscuring our view from the road, the myriad of channels and pools that are out of sight, or simply the location of the roads, I felt that we weren't getting the full story from our car. Graders had been out working on the roads, we saw a few new alignments, a lot of improvement and with so little traffic, they should be in great shape for a while. We are all worried about poachers whilst there are so few eyes and ears out there to see or hear them but I am pleased to say that Serengeti National Park have been very responsive to camp staff when they report suspicious activities. The wonderful Serengeti Desnaring Project continues its vital work and we noted aerial patrols taking off and landing from Seronera airstrip. It was good to catch up with the team at Balloon Base, who are repainting, renewing, repairing (and spending a lot of time in the gym by the size of some of those arms...) ready for when we start to receive guests again. I asked them if they felt a bit cut-off with Serengeti being so quiet but, on the contrary, they were very happy to be in what they thought might be the lowest-risk place to be in the whole world! John Corse - Managing Director", "listingText": "", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Updates from Serengeti", "urlTitle": "updates-from-serengeti", "date": "01/04/20", "headerImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/Balloons-6.jpg", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/Our_Balloons_2.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "", "listingText": "Well, it is amazingly quiet in the Serengeti now, but just because very few people are on safari these days, it doesn't mean that there aren't amazing natural spectacles taking place across the Serengeti all of the time, and they will be happening just as much when guests are able to return, which we hope to be soon. We will keep you updated with some of our favourite photos during this tricky time, when so few people can travel, just to allow us all to dream a little and enjoy this wonderful place through our screens. What are we up to during this unexpected lull? Most of our staff are at home, for many it is their normal leave time, as this is our low season. All of our junior staff will be receiving their full salaries for the next couple of months and those higher up in our team have agreed to some salary cuts in order to keep the company strong enough to return with the best, safest and most thoughtful Serengeti balloon safari experiences when our guests start to return. Our team in Seronera have been using this time to spruce up our equipment, to ensure that it is all in tip-top condition, painting, sewing, polishing and planning, so that we are perfectly prepared for when our guests are able to travel again.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "From the Archives - Tony Pascoe and David Shepherd", "urlTitle": "from-the-archives-tony-pascoe-and-david-shepherd", "date": "09/03/20", "headerImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/Pascoe_321966_copy.jpg", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/Pascoe_321966_copy.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Passionate about wildlife and about Africa since he was a small boy, Serengeti Balloon Safaris co-founder Tony Pascoe originally came from his home in England to Kenya, where he worked as a camp manager in the 1970's. This led to him arranging and guiding safari groups, under the name of Tony Pascoe Safaris all over eastern and southern Africa for more than a decade in 1980s and 1990s.   Here's a photo that shows Tony on safari in Savuti, Botswana, with world renowned conservationist and wildlife artist David Shepherd.  That safari, escorted by Tony and David, raised substantial funds for The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation   Serengeti Balloon Safaris continues this legacy, contributing substantially to Tanzania National Parks by way of concession fees for conservation (paying USD 6.7m just since 2007) and by supporting the Frankfurt Zoological Society De- Snaring Project in Serengeti along with annual support to local schools, as well as the annual carbon offsetting through annual donations to Carbon Tanzania.", "listingText": "", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris offsets carbon", "urlTitle": "serengeti-balloon-safaris-offsets-carbon", "date": "06/02/20", "headerImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/balloon-fire.png", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "We've started offsetting our carbon", "newsStoryDescription": "As we all begin to understand our responsibilities for the environment that we depend on, we are developing ways to mitigate our activities. Here at Serengeti Balloon Safaris, we've been working on a Sustainability Policy, and though it isn't ready yet, one of the key elements is to offset the carbon that we consume. So we haven't wasted any time, we selected Carbon Tanzania (https://www.carbontanzania.com) as a well-respected, local organisation to provide the offsetting for us.   What is Carbon Offsetting about? Here’s what Carbon Tanzania’s Jo Anderson says about it; ‘Offsetting has received some high-profile attention recently, especially in the light of Greta Thunberg’s calls for actions to address climate change, and the demand for carbon offsets by both individuals and companies is soaring. The airline and oil and gas industries have committed to invest in nature-based solutions by buying or creating land-based offsets. If you want to find out more about the ins and outs of this issue, a recent blog from our friends at Ecosystem Marketplace is a good place to start:   "It is important to purchase offsets from reputable, high-quality projects that most importantly are internationally certified by a third-party verifier."   The main critique of offsetting is that is does not lead to genuine carbon emission reductions, or that it is hard to know where the money paid for the offset credit is being spent. It is true that not all projects that aim to reduce emissions, or to sequester carbon, are equal. So it is important to purchase offsets from reputable, high-quality projects that most importantly are internationally certified by a third-party verifier. There are a few very robust international standards these days that ensure that projects are having the effects and impacts that they claim to have, including the Gold Standard, Verra’s VCS-CCB and the Plan VivoFoundation. All are strongly founded in science and guarantee that the projects are monitored and measured in rigorous and accountable ways. The process of verifying a project is very thorough and means that the project developer is forced to scrutinise their plans and processes in detail, thereby promoting only those projects that are implementing well thought out activities that lead to genuine carbon reductions.   Reducing and replacing the carbon impacts from your lifestyle, or your company operations, is still very much the first and most crucial step in moving towards a low or zero-carbon economy. But in the meantime, offsetting these emission that we all make with impactful land-based projects is the best way to ensure that natural forests are a healthy carbon sink now and into the future, and can continue to play their critical role in stabilising the global climate and so providing a life-support system for all human societies.’   We are proud to announce that our entire carbon consumption for 2019 is now being offset by the Carbon Tanzania team, so that we can ensure that the offsetting is implemented, right here in Africa.   How are they going to do this? Over to Sarah Borman from Carbon Tanzania; 'You will provide the protection of 1,125Ha of the wildlife rich Hadza homelands and another 2,625Ha of natural habitat across the ecosystem. You will be keeping one local community forest scout in the field for a year and a half by paying their salary, and helping them to support their family as well as k eeping 675 beautiful umbrella thorn acacia trees in the ground for another year. Your support will also be paying for 300 residents of Yaeda Valley to receive regular (twice yearly) mobile health clinic screening and treatment for TB, trachoma and common ailments.’    So, to all our wonderful 2019 and future guests, you can rest assured that your activities with us are supporting this great work, as well as the national parks themselves and their surrounding communities.", "listingText": "As we all begin to understand our responsibilities for the environment that we depend on, we are developing ways to mitigate our activities. 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", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Hard Edge of the Migration", "urlTitle": "hard-edge-of-the-migration", "date": "19/07/19", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_8958.jpg", "listingTitle": "The Hard Edge of the Migration", "newsStoryDescription": "", "listingText": "It was the renowned wildlife photographer/filmmaker Baron Hugo van Lawick (one time husband of Jane Goodall the famous primatologist), who coined the term 'hard edge of the migration', saying that it was only from the air that you could see it (Hugo was a regular passenger with Serengeti Balloon Safaris). Have a look at this photo, taken in Kogatende this week, we completely agree.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Fantastic Flights", "urlTitle": "fantastic-flights", "date": "12/07/19", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/Lion_and_Shadow.jpg", "listingTitle": "Fantastic Flights", "newsStoryDescription": "", "listingText": "We've had some cracking flights lately, here's Jonny's report from yesterday: Morning all, We had another wonderful flight here in central Serengeti and flying conditions were perfect. The balloons were airborne in time for a beautiful sunrise and flew low level towards Sangers Dam, keeping the low level right paid-off and we were treated to incredible sightings of 30+lions, hippo (in and out of water) elephant, topi, hyena, thousands of gazelle, vultures, crocodiles, monkeys, bat eared fox, fish eagles, hartebeest, impala, warthogs and a good number of zebra. The balloons made smooth landings in the Water Pump plains and the passengers were thrilled. Regards, Jonny", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "New Website Goes Live", "urlTitle": "new-website-goes-live", "date": "12/06/19", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_8801.jpg", "listingTitle": "New Website goes live", "newsStoryDescription": "", "listingText": "Like one of your first safari cars, or even balloons, our trusted old website has done us so well, but it is time to upgrade to a newer model. After months of work we can finally announce that our new website is live, you are looking at it now. In this picture, Redempta, Huvira, Glory and Oliver from our Arusha office are looking at it and marvelling at some of the old pictures in the Our Story section. What I would hear most was much laughter about how young everyone looked!", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Always Improving", "urlTitle": "always-improving", "date": "12/06/19", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/Untitled.jpg", "listingTitle": "Always Improving", "newsStoryDescription": "", "listingText": "We are always working with our manufacturers to improve our equipment. Here you can see a visit earlier this year of the team from Ultramagic Globos working with us on our newest N-425 to improve some of the pulleys and rope networks to attain more responsive performance. Now these balloons are even more accurate to fly!", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris Goes Solar!", "urlTitle": "serengeti-balloon-safaris-goes-solar", "date": "12/02/19", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_7737.jpg", "listingTitle": "New Solar Power System", "newsStoryDescription": "", "listingText": "In 2018, we installed a completely new power system at our base in Seronera. Gone is the row of smelly, harmful generators, replaced with 150 solar panels and these 7 little batteries. Plus a lot of waiting and some clever boxes. This means that we can save over 30,000 litres of diesel per year and all of the associated carbon and other particles that were being produced. Those batteries can keep us going through the night with only the occasional top up from one modern generator, when loads require.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "The game viewing from our balloons in Serengeti South has been absolutely breathtaking!", "urlTitle": "the-game-viewing-from-our-balloons-in-serengeti-south-has-been-absolutely-b", "date": "24/01/18", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/wildebeast-serengeti-balloon-1024x683.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Jonathan’s flight report from today (24 Jan 18) Heavy overnight rain cleared and we had perfect flying conditions in Ndutu this morning. We were airborne in time for a spectacular sunrise and flew over the plains towards Hidden Valley with incredible sightings of thousands of wildebeest and zebra, hundreds of eland, hartebeest, topi, ostrich, jackals, 20+ hyena, vultures, eagles, gazelle and a beautiful lion just before landing. The views of the Serengeti and migration were stunning and our passengers absolutely loved the experience. We made a smooth stand up landing and then a had a wonderful bush breakfast surrounded by wildlife. Book your seats now for a truly unforgettable experience!", "listingText": "Jonathan’s flight report from today (24 Jan 18)", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Serengeti South Flight Report 08/01/2018", "urlTitle": "serengeti-south-flight-report-08-01-2018", "date": "09/01/18", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Jambo All, We had a wonderful flight in Serengeti South this morning with a gentle take off at 6:40 with 10 passengers on board. We flew over the top of the Ngorongoro triangle with wonderful wildlife sightings including two honey badgers, a huge python sitting in a birds nest on top of a tree, gigantic herds of wildebeest and zebra, Thompson, grants, hyena on a chase, three giraffe, and a very large male elephant at the breakfast site with tusk so long they were nearly touching the ground. We landed in the Serengeti Park at 7:40. All of the passengers, who were in a group together, thoroughly enjoyed their flight.", "listingText": "We had a wonderful flight in Serengeti South this morning with a gentle take off at 6:40 with 10 passengers on board. We flew over the top of the Ngorongoro triangle with wonderful wildlife sightings including two honey badgers, a huge python sitting in a birds nest on top of a tree, gigantic herds of wildebeest and zebra, Thompson, grants, hyena on a chase, three giraffe, and a very large male elephant at the breakfast site with tusk so long they were nearly touching the ground.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris help fund de-snaring / anti poaching programme in Serengeti National Park", "urlTitle": "serengeti-balloon-safaris-help-fund-de-snaring-anti-poaching-programme-in-serengeti-national-park", "date": "20/12/17", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "Serengeti Anti Poaching Programme", "newsStoryDescription": "https://fzs.org/en/projects/serengeti-conservation/serengeti-de-snaring-programme", "listingText": "", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "GOOD GNUS!", "urlTitle": "good-gnus", "date": "21/10/17", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/20141119_071049_2.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "GOOD GNUS! The great Wildebeest migration has arrived in the Seronera Valley in Central Serengeti.  Serengeti Balloon Safaris passengers are experiencing some wonderful flights here floating over huge herds.", "listingText": "The great Wildebeest migration has arrived in the Seronera Valley in Central Serengeti.  Serengeti Balloon Safaris passengers are experiencing some wonderful flights here floating over huge herds.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "urlTitle": "fresh-prince-of-bel-air", "date": "03/04/17", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/Will-Smith-8th-March-2017-1024x1024.jpeg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith flies with Serengeti Balloon Safaris. ", "listingText": "Will Smith flies with Serengeti Balloon Safaris.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Wildebeest Calving Season Begins", "urlTitle": "wildebeest-calving-season-begins", "date": "03/02/17", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "The Great Wildebeest Migration have arrived on the short grass plains of South Serengeti National Park.  The vast herds today stretch from Naabi Hill to Kusini and south towards Maswa.  Bang on que, it being the first week of February, the females have begun to drop their calves.  An incredible 8,000 calves may be born each day over the next weeks.  This provides a bonanza for predators with lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena making the most of opportunities.  The synchronising of so many females giving birth over the same period however boosts the survival chances of individual young calves. Todays Serengeti Balloon Safari in Serengeti South started with soft winds and a beautiful sunrise.   The flight was for an hour and twelve minutes, floating over the amazing wildlife spectacle of countless wildebeest and new-born calves for the entire duration of the flight.  Other sightings from the balloon today included eland, giraffe, ostrich, grants gazelle and many bird species.  We eventually landed close to Kusini Camp.   Our guests were delighted.", "listingText": "The Great Wildebeest Migration have arrived on the short grass plains of South Serengeti National Park. The vast herds today stretch from Naabi Hill to Kusini and south towards Maswa. Bang on que, it being the first week of February, the females have begun to drop their calves. An incredible 8,000 calves may be born each day over the next weeks. This provides a bonanza for predators with lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena making the most of opportunities. The synchronising of so many females giving birth over the same period however boosts the survival chances of individual young calves.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "THESE BEESTS ARE REALLY WILD!", "urlTitle": "these-beests-are-really-wild", "date": "21/01/17", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "News from Serengeti The great wildebeest migration ‘should’ be in the Serengeti South/Ndutu area at this time of year according to historical data. However the massive herds are some 60 kms away in Central Serengeti at the moment.  As a consequence, Serengeti Balloon Safaris passengers flying with us in the Seronera Valley are enjoying memorable flights over the great herds and the attendant predators. Wildlife movements are impossible to accurately predict.  This is another reason why nature is so exciting.", "listingText": "The great wildebeest migration ‘should’ be in the Serengeti South/Ndutu area at this time of year according to historical data. However the massive herds are some 60 kms away in Central Serengeti at the moment.  As a consequence, Serengeti Balloon Safaris passengers flying with us in the Seronera Valley are enjoying memorable flights over the great herds and the attendant predators.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "World’s Best Balloon Rides", "urlTitle": "worlds-best-balloon-rides", "date": "25/04/16", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris has been noted as one of the best places for a hot air balloon ride in the world. From Holidaylettings.co.uk – a TripAdvisor company. We have recently published a travel feature on World’s Best Places for Hot Air Balloon Rideswhere we have named fifteen places in the world which are best for capturing serene views from the top. I am pleased to notify you that Balloon Safaris has been featured on this article as the best hot air balloon operating company for the region of Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. See what we have said about your company here: https://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/blog/worlds-best-balloon-rides/", "listingText": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris has been noted as one of the best places for a hot air balloon ride in the world.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Balloon reaching new heights", "urlTitle": "balloon-reaching-new-heights", "date": "17/02/16", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "", "listingText": "", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "https://nypost.com/2016/02/16/safaris-by-balloon-are-reaching-new-heights/" }, { "title": "Wildebeest Migration", "urlTitle": "wildebeest-migration", "date": "05/02/16", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "SERENGETI SOUTH FLIGHT REPORT 4th February 2016 Jambo all We had an amazing flight this morning with 15 passengers aboard. The weather was excellent this morning and we flew for 1.1 hours and landed with 8 Knots after the triangle. We flew right over the Wildebeest Migration herd throughout the flight. We started half way through the great herd and we could not see their end. For sure wildebeests are here in Millions not in thousands. Also we saw many Hyenas with a kill while some were chasing baby Wildebeests.  In addition there were a lot of Grant Gazelles, Zebra migration herd, Thomson Gazelles , Jackals, Elands and African hares. Our guests were in awe of this spectacle of nature from an exciting perspective. Regards Capt Jones", "listingText": "The weather was excellent this morning and we flew for 1.1 hours and landed with 8 Knots after the triangle. We flew right over the Wildebeest Migration herd throughout the flight. We started half way through the great herd and we could not see their end. For sure wildebeests are here in Millions not in thousands. Also we saw many Hyenas with a kill while some were chasing baby Wildebeests.  In addition there were a lot of Grant Gazelles, Zebra migration herd, Thomson Gazelles , Jackals, Elands and African hares.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Ndutu Flight Report: 23-12-2015 Great Migration", "urlTitle": "ndutu-flight-report-23-12-2015-great-migration", "date": "23/12/15", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Jambo all, A misty morning made for a short delay in launching. This mist cleared at sunrise and both balloons calmly lifted off in the direction of Naabi hill taking us directly over the great migration which extended from the hill and west as far as the eye could see.  All of our guests were in awe.  Our flights lasted one hour and five minutes with both balloons making smooth drag landing amongst a sea of Wildebeest and Zebra. Other wildlife sightings included Bat-eared fox, Gazelles, Africa hares, Ostrich, many Hyena and one very large male Lion. All of our guests had an unforgettable experience with Serengeti Balloon Safaris. Capt. Frank", "listingText": "A misty morning made for a short delay in launching. This mist cleared at sunrise and both balloons calmly lifted off in the direction of Naabi hill taking us directly over the great migration which extended from the hill and west as far as the eye could see.  All of our guests were in awe.  Our flights lasted one hour and five minutes with both balloons making smooth drag landing amongst a sea of Wildebeest and Zebra.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "LION HONEYMOON AND FEAST", "urlTitle": "lion-honeymoon-and-feast", "date": "26/10/15", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "October 8th 2015 Serengeti Balloon Safaris passengers this morning were excited to float over a lion honeymoon couple. The balloon passing directly over their love nest did not distract the magnificent maned male or his lovely bride. A little later on the same flight, a pride of five lion brought down and killed a zebra right below the balloon. Other wildlife sightings this morning included hartebeests, Hippos, Thompson Gazelles and Warthogs. Our passengers were all delighted with their adventure with us. Capt. Frank Bellantoni", "listingText": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris passengers this morning were excited to float over a lion honeymoon couple. The balloon passing directly over their love nest did not distract the magnificent maned male or his lovely bride. A little later on the same flight, a pride of five lion brought down and killed a zebra right below the balloon. Other wildlife sightings this morning included hartebeests, Hippos, Thompson Gazelles and Warthogs. ", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Flight Report", "urlTitle": "flight-report", "date": "29/07/15", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Flight Report 27th July 2015 Capt. Shawn Kingsley Glover Jambo all, We had a wonderful flight in the Seronera region this morning with Shawn, Moses and Mohamed as pilots. Wildlife sightings from the balloons included 4 lions taking down an Eland along the Seronera river to the amazement of our passengers! We also saw many hippo, zebra, Thompson gazelles, several tawny eagles, and a hyena chasing s gazelle amongst other sightings. Breakfast was served beneath tree one and the entire Serengeti Balloon Safaris experience was enjoyed by all. Launch: River Landing: Salad Bowl", "listingText": "We had a wonderful flight in the Seronera region this morning with Shawn, Moses and Mohamed as pilots.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Migration Update July 2015", "urlTitle": "migration-update-july-2015", "date": "02/07/15", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Flight Report: SERONERA 2nd July 2015 Jambo all We had a wonderful flight in the Seronera region this morning. Flight duration was 0.9 HRS with smooth drag landing in the Hyena Gorge area. Wildlife sightings were bountiful including huge herds of zebra and wildebeest, topi, a lion striking a wildebeest which got away, as well as the rest of the pride of 20 lions, two secretary birds on a nest and many others. It is great to be flying over the great migration again. Our passengers were enthralled. Launch: River Launch site Landing: Hyena Gorge Capt. Shawn Kingsley-Glover", "listingText": "We had a wonderful flight in the Seronera region this morning. Flight duration was 0.9 HRS with smooth drag landing in the Hyena Gorge area. Wildlife sightings were bountiful including huge herds of zebra and wildebeest, topi, a lion striking a wildebeest which got away, as well as the rest of the pride of 20 lions, two secretary birds on a nest and many others.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence ", "urlTitle": "serengeti-balloon-safaris-tripadvisor-certificate-of-excellence", "date": "10/06/15", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris are delighted to have been once again awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. We take this opportunity to thank all of our passengers for their support and kind comments. ", "listingText": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris are delighted to have been once again awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. We take this opportunity to thank all of our passengers for their support and kind comments.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Wildebeest Migration Update", "urlTitle": "wildebeest-migration-update", "date": "10/06/15", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/serengeti_balloon_migration.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "MARCH 2015 SERONERA. The vast herds of migrating wildebeest have arrived in Central Serengeti early this year. In March, the herds would normally be in Serengeti South and expected in the Seronera Valley area in late May / early June. However in mid-March 2015 Serengeti Balloon Safaris passengers were treated to wonderful views of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest crossing the Seronera River. KIRAWIRA. By late March, the great herds arrived in the Western Corridor of Serengeti. Serengeti Balloon Safaris were delighted to fly a BBC film crew with a celebrity presenter on 22nd March. Their Serengeti Balloon Safari exceeded expectations as their balloon floated over thousands and thousands of wildebeest and witnessed many crossing of the crocodile infested Grumeti River. The program will be broadcast in 2016.", "listingText": "SERONERA. The vast herds of migrating wildebeest have arrived in Central Serengeti early this year. In March, the herds would normally be in Serengeti South and expected in the Seronera Valley area in late May / early June. However in mid-March 2015 Serengeti Balloon Safaris passengers were treated to wonderful views of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest crossing the Seronera River.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "The Great Migration of Wildebeest", "urlTitle": "the-great-migration-of-wildebeest", "date": "01/02/15", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/wildebeestmigration2015.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "he Great Migration of Wildebeest and Zebra are in our flying area of Serengeti South. Our passengers are daily experiencing extraordinary balloon flights floating over the huge herds and the attendant predators. The wildebeest females are expected to calve mid-February and are likely to still be in this area of the short grass plains until the end of March.", "listingText": "", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Balloo The Lion", "urlTitle": "balloo-the-lion", "date": "13/09/14", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/Balloo_Lion_Serengeti.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Balloo was ‘adopted’ as a cub by Serengeti Balloon Safaris in 2012 through a financial contribution to The Serengeti Lion Project. (follow the story of Balloo from the beginning). Being almost three years old Balloo, is reaching a critical age as a lioness. We will soon find out if she will be allowed to stay with her mother pride or if she will have to start a new pride. Normally, if the mother pride is already too big to host more lions, the young females in a pride have to start a new pride. But, Balloo is the only female in her cohort of cubs. The ten others born in the pride at the same time are all males. All the males will eventually have to move away completely from the pride to prevent inbreeding. Maybe the fact that Balloo is the only female in her cohort will increase her chances of being able to stay with her parents, after all, it’s just one more lion to accept in the pride. When Balloo was just over two years old, in march 2014, she started to be seen more and more away from her mother pride together with six of her male brothers and cousins. This is normal in a young lion’s life. As youngsters lions usually take off to live on their own for a while. The males will never come back to the pride. But, as mentioned above, the females might. The area these seven lions have been seen is generally between the Serengeti Balloon Safari’s launch site and the hippo pool by the main road to the Naabi Gate. At times they have been seen together with a few of the older females in the pride.", "listingText": "Balloo was ‘adopted’ as a cub by Serengeti Balloon Safaris in 2012 through a financial contribution to The Serengeti Lion Project.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "CNN ELITE ESCAPES", "urlTitle": "cnn-elite-escapes", "date": "28/08/14", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "CNN Discusses 19 greatest bonus-busting vacation experiences http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/27/travel/best-experiences-world/index.html", "listingText": "CNN Discusses 19 greatest bonus-busting vacation experiences", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "MIGRATION UPDATE JULY 2014", "urlTitle": "migration-update-july-2014", "date": "28/07/14", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/IMG_3302.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Today on the lovely Singita Grumeti Reserve adjoining Serengeti National Park, we flew over enormous herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra. It appears that the great herds have turned back south west again. Passengers were delighted to also see more than 150 elephants today from their balloon in addition to buffaloes, Topis, Hyenas, Ostriches and Thomson gazelles.", "listingText": "Today on the lovely Singita Grumeti Reserve adjoining Serengeti National Park, we flew over enormous herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra. It appears that the great herds have turned back south west again.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014", "urlTitle": "serengeti-balloon-safaris-awarded-tripadvisor-certificate-of-excellence-2014", "date": "31/05/14", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014", "newsStoryDescription": " We are proud to announce that Serengeti Balloon Safaris have been awarded a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for another year.", "listingText": "We are proud to announce that Serengeti Balloon Safaris have been awarded a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for another year.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "CNN: One of the best balloon experiences in the world", "urlTitle": "cnn-one-of-the-best-balloon-experiences-in-the-world", "date": "12/05/14", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "CNN TRAVEL+LEISURE Serengeti Balloon Safaris is featured as one of the best balloon experiences in the world. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/06/travel/best-hot-air-balloon-rides/", "listingText": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris is featured as one of the best balloon experiences in the world.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris Wildlife", "urlTitle": "serengeti-balloon-safaris-wildlife", "date": "26/02/14", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "SERENGETI SOUTH.  Serengeti Balloon Safaris passengers have been thrilled with some amazing flights in Serengeti South over the migration.  The majority of female wildebeest have now given birth to their calves on the short grass plains.  The attraction of many thousands of young calves has resulted in increased predator activity with Cheetah, lions and hyena taking full advantage of this bonanza.  Balloon passengers have witnessed some amazing predator hunting activity from a unique perspective. CENTRAL SERENGETI.  The Seronera River Valley is green and beautiful at this time.  Regular sightings from the balloon include leopard, lions, Serval,  breeding herds of elephant and a large herd of buffalo numbering some 500 or so animals in addition to many other species.", "listingText": "SERENGETI SOUTH. Serengeti Balloon Safaris passengers have been thrilled with some amazing flights in Serengeti South over the migration. The majority of female wildebeest have now given birth to their calves on the short grass plains. The attraction of many thousands of young calves has resulted in increased predator activity with Cheetah, lions and hyena taking full advantage of this bonanza. Balloon passengers have witnessed some amazing predator hunting activity from a unique perspective.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "The Great Migration", "urlTitle": "the-great-migration", "date": "20/12/13", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris conducted their first balloon safari of this season in Serengeti South this morning. The Great Migration is well and truly here. Some 90% of the flight today was over the vast herds of wildebeest and zebra.  Apart from the countless migrating wildebeest and zebra, other sightings from the balloon today were lions, cheetah, hyena, buffalo and Grant’s gazelles. Serengeti Balloon Safaris operate in Serengeti South from December 25th 2013 through to end of March 2014 providing guests staying in Serengeti South / Ndutu area with an unforgettable experience in this stunning area.", "listingText": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris conducted their first balloon safari of this season in Serengeti South this morning.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Serengeti Lion Project – adopted cub", "urlTitle": "serengeti-lion-project-adopted-cub", "date": "14/08/13", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/Balloo_Lion_Serengeti-1024x683.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "*** update *** Now one-and-a-half years old, Balloo is healthy and strong – despite growing up with nine brothers! The Mukoma Gypsies pride that Balloo belongs to has been difficult to find lately, having wandered far from their normal home near the hippo pool. In May, Lion Research Project researcher, Daniel Rosengren flew with FZS in search of the pride. He found them following the migration on the open plains between Moru and Naabi. Although they’ve since returned to their normal territory, they’ve apparently been tricky to find still. They may be hiding because new males have been seen in the area. Nisse, from the Mukoma Hill pride, and Sotis, from Tower Hill, teamed up to form a coalition and are on the prowl to take over a pride of their own. They seem to have their eyes set on the Mukoma Gypsies pride, and some of the Mukoma Gypsies females have been seen together with them. For Balloo and her brothers, socializing with Nisse and Sotis could prove mortal, so for the time being, Balloo, her brothers, and their moms are laying low and keeping their distance.", "listingText": "Now one-and-a-half years old, Balloo is healthy and strong – despite growing up with nine brothers!", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Oprah Winfrey ‘favorite experience", "urlTitle": "oprah-winfrey-favorite-experience", "date": "01/08/13", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "", "listingText": "", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2380534/Oprah-Winfrey-enjoys-outdoor-meal-right-middle-Serengeti-Plains-African-safari.html" }, { "title": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris awarded TripAdvisor award", "urlTitle": "serengeti-balloon-safaris-awarded-tripadvisor-award", "date": "23/07/13", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "We are proud to announce that Serengeti Balloon Safaris have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.", "listingText": "We are proud to announce that Serengeti Balloon Safaris have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Serengeti Balloon Safari Extract from THE TIMES newspaper", "urlTitle": "serengeti-balloon-safari-extract-from-the-times-newspaper", "date": "23/07/13", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "(Extract from THE TIMES newspaper written by travel journalist Jane Knight) “Too soon, our last full day rolled around and we were awakened at 4am for a balloon safari. We drifted to the click of the wicker basket and the blare of gas over hyenas, a serval, giraffe, wallowing hippo and wildebeest; not perhaps the wall-to-wall carpet of them I’d expected in the migration, but enough. It was exciting and exhilarating, with every care taken on safety — this was the Rolls-Royce of hot-air balloons. But the early start meant that on our return, we were in need of some wallowing of our own by the pool. Before that, though, there was one more thing to do — it was time to check the remote cameras with Oli again.” Need to know Jane Knight was a guest of Expert Africa (020-8232 9777,expertafrica.com), which has five nights at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge from £2,891 per adult and £1,801 per child over the age of 8 sharing with two adults, including flights from London on Kenya Airways, onward flights to Tanzania, transfers, park fees, and full board in the Four Seasons, including most drinks. Game drives cost an extra $150pp half day or $300pp full day in a shared vehicle or $500 per vehicle half day and $1,000 full day. The kids club operates 10-6pm and is complimentary. Serengeti balloon safaris (balloonsafaris.com) cost $500pp plus an $80 transfer.", "listingText": "", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "7 Natural Wonders of Africa: Serengeti Migration", "urlTitle": "7-natural-wonders-of-africa-serengeti-migration", "date": "25/03/13", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "The Serengeti Migration was officially declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa February 11, 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. Votes were cast by experts from around the world who noted the key statistical significance. The Serengeti Migration is a wonder of nature shared between Tanzania and Kenya. The Serengeti Migration received the most votes along with the most #1 votes making it the most recognized wonder of nature. “The Serengeti is home to the largest land migration in the world. One of the most exciting ways to experience the home to Africa’s leading wonder of nature is from the skies above in a balloon safari.” Phillip Imler, Ph.D. President, Seven Natural Wonders.", "listingText": "The Serengeti Migration was officially declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa February 11, 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. Votes were cast by experts from around the world who noted the key statistical significance.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Good News from Serengeti!", "urlTitle": "good-news-from-serengeti", "date": "07/02/13", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/wild-dogs-serengeti.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "After an absence of some twenty years, it is wonderful to see wild dogs in Serengeti again. This pack of 11 healthy individuals was photographed in the Seronera area by Ivan Pascoe of Serengeti Balloon Safaris in December 2012.", "listingText": "After an absence of some twenty years, it is wonderful to see wild dogs in Serengeti again.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris support lion research and adopt a lion cub.", "urlTitle": "serengeti-balloon-safaris-support-lion-research-and-adopt-a-lion-cub", "date": "22/11/12", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/lion-cub.jpg", "listingTitle": "", "newsStoryDescription": "Balloo was born in January of 2012 into the Mukoma Gypsies Pride. Because mothers become very secretive when they have cubs, Balloo was about two months old when we first saw her. She has nine brothers, and cousins all born around the same time. Surprisingly, she’s the only female in her cohort! We think she’ll grow up to be pretty tough, having to fight off so many brothers for food. Because female lions tend to have cubs at the same time, and nurse each other’s cubs, we’re not certain who Balloo’s mother is. We are pretty sure it is either Little My or Snork, who you can easily recognize by the large cut on her nose. Balloo’s father is one of the males in the Lohay Trio coalition. This trio, named after a former field assistant, is made up of Baha, Tarmo, and Uo – all born ~ 2006. Males band together to form coalitions, and then working in their coalitions they try to take over as many prides as they can. Because all males in the coalition tend to mate, it’s really hard for us to know the exact parentage. The Mukoma Gypsies pride originated in 2004, when five females left the Mukoma Hill pride and established their own territory. Most female cubs grow up and stay in their natal pride – the pride they were born into. But sometimes, when the pride gets too big and food starts getting tight, a group of sisters will leave and establish their own pride. Mukoma Gypsies has done well — there are currently 7 adult females, and 10 cubs. Life is really tough as a cub – that’s why we only name them after they have reached their first birthday. At this time, we also make them their own unique ID card. You can see a picture of this ID card – notice the notches we have drawn into the ear, the spots in her eyes, and the unique pattern of “whisker-spots.” Every lion has a unique pattern of whisker spots that we use to tell them all apart – but flecks of color in their eyes (“eye spots”) and the ear notches that they collect over their lifetime help us to ID them. Balloo’s whisker spots are not especially clear, but being the only female cub, she’s still easy to see! She also has a very distinctive spot in her eye, but that’s hard to see unless you are right up close. The Mukoma Gypsies Pride lives right in the heart of Seronera. They normally hang around the Seronera River anywhere from Downey’s Dam to the Seronera Wildlife Lodge. Sometimes they venture out on the plains near the Serengeti Balloon Safari’s breakfast trees, so keep your eyes open when you’re on safari, and you just might get a close-up of SBS’s very own Balloo!", "listingText": "Balloo was born in January of 2012 into the Mukoma Gypsies Pride. Because mothers become very secretive when they have cubs, Balloo was about two months old when we first saw her. She has nine brothers, and cousins all born around the same time. Surprisingly, she’s the only female in her cohort! We think she’ll grow up to be pretty tough, having to fight off so many brothers for food.", "headerNewsStory": "Serengeti Balloon Safaris support lion research and adopt a lion cub.", "newsLink": "" }, { "title": "Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel take Balloon Safari in Tanzania", "urlTitle": "justin-timberlake-and-jessica-biel-take-balloon-safari-in-tanzania", "date": "22/11/12", "headerImage": "", "listingImage": "https://www.balloonsafaris.com/assets/uploads/images/article-2221265-158D4FF7000005DC-761_634x884.jpg", "listingTitle": "Justin Timberlake | Jessica Biel | Tanzania", "newsStoryDescription": "Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have taken a Serengeti Balloon Safari as part of their romantic luxurious Safari getaway in Tanzania.", "listingText": "Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have taken a Serengeti Balloon Safari as part of their romantic luxurious Safari getaway in Tanzania.", "headerNewsStory": "", "newsLink": "" } ] }