Float Over the Mara

Enjoy an iconic African experience: a hot-air balloon safari over the Maasai Mara. See the Mara from a different perspective, spot wildlife from above and enjoy the beautiful sunrise all from the basket of a balloon in the sky.


  • Gently wake before dawn with freshly-brewed tea or coffee delivered to your tented suite
  • Enjoy the fresh, early morning air on a drive through the Mara to the launch site
  • Watch the awe-inspiring sight of the enormous balloons filling with fired air
  • A quick pre-flight briefing, and before you know it, you’re in the basket, floating effortlessly above the Mara
  • Once you’ve settled back to earth, toastwith a celebratory champagne breakfast under a tree, somewhere in the middle of nowhere


Hot-Air Ballooning Info

Everything you need to know about hot-air ballooning: pricing, balloon operators and safety information


The balloon operator used will depend on where you are staying. For Angama Mara guests, we work with Governors’ Balloon Safaris and for Angama Safari Camp we also work with Serena depending on campsite. All have impeccable safety records.


Hot-air ballooning is available to guests staying at Angama Mara and Angama Safari Camp. The early morning drive to the launch site is about 45 minutes from Angama Mara, Angama Safari Camp can be less but dependant on the campsite. Governors’ Balloon Safaris launches from Little Governors’ Camp, while Serena departs from Mara Serena Safari Lodge.


A hot breakfast complete with bubbles is served wherever you land. This is a shared, festive affair with platters of breakfast favourites such as bacon, eggs and pancakes. For guests who would prefer a more private experience, we can arrange for a picnic breakfast to be enjoyed without a soul in sight.


Shared baskets are priced at US$470 per adult in Standard Season and US$490 per adult in Peak Season. For children aged 8 – 15 years, the price is US$300 per child for both Standard and Peak Season. Pricing is valid for 2022 and is subject to change.


Shared baskets accommodate between 6 and 16 guests. Private baskets can be arranged at US$4 620 per basket for up to 6 guests and US$11 200 for up to 16 guests in both Standard and Peak Season. Pricing is valid for 2022 and is subject to change.


All of the hot-air ballooning operators we work with have impeccable safety records. A minimum height requirement of 1.2 metres applies, along with no children under the age of 8 and regrettably, no expectant mothers. The landing can be bumpy, so elderly guests or those with injuries should factor in this unpredictable possibility.


Flight time may vary depending on the weather conditions, but usually lasts approximately one hour.


In order to complete the quick paperwork, watch the inflating of the balloons and take to the air at sunrise, guests will be awoken at 04h30 am, with a cup of tea or coffee delivered to their tent.

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