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Balloon safari and tips for a young family

How good are the balloon safaris in Masai Mara?
15 years ago, December 4th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #56514  
I am taking my wife and two young children to Kenya for a short holiday in December. I would be interested in the experience any people might have had with Suntrek Safaris. I would also be keen to hear from people who have done a balloon safari over the Masai Mara (including what they cost) before I decide on booking one. Lastly, I would welcome any tips people might have for taking children (9 and 11) to Kenya. Reply to this

15 years ago, December 5th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #56546  
Hi Paul,

I did the balloon, but in Tanzania over the Serengeti. It's around 500usd per head, not cheap for a one hour flight. I think if there is a place to do a balloon flight, the safari is THE place to do it...after that it's all depend one your luck for the one hour...depend on the wind, and if the animals are around.

Would be too worry for kids. 9 and 11 is perfect...in few years time they will lose interest. You need to prepare them to the fact that they will wake up early every morning...you don't want to miss the morning drive. Most of the people I chat with say all the same thing, 4 days of safari in a row is a max for kids...after that they tend t get bored.

Hope this help, I also love travelling with my little ones, but they are 6 and 8 so waiting 2 more years for the safari experience with them. But doesn't stop us to go around, check my blog...

Have fun!

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14 years ago, April 20th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #70217  
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Travel to Kenya with your children is highly recommended. I must say that a balloon safari over the maasai mara is an absolutely out of this world experience. You will have a birds eye view of the wildlife and the scenery views is breathtaking.

Once you arrive in the country you should be booked into an hotel that comes with all modern amenities like internet and television so that the kids don't get bored. Reply to this

14 years ago, August 13th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #83037  
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balon is fantastic and esp the view,we have done it twice now and the cost we paid was 430usd per person and it took us 2 hrs but the wind was strong we delied to take off.the children bellow 12 years normaly is 75%!o(MISSING)f the adults.our plan was done by and they were competent but for the kids dont know if they can be allowed to do the ballon am not sure maybe you can ask them.
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14 years ago, August 17th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #83397  
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Masai Mara again is the destination for most tourists since it has a variety of wild animals. Balloon safari is the most hillarious thing you will do for your family especially the little ones/young ones. Balloon safari in Kenya is dependant on the fact that which season, High season is the best time to travel but expensive the other low season can be cheap but not much wild animals you will see. Drop at any Kenyan airport book your-self to a well modern rooms/hotel of your choice and the rest will be fun.
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14 years ago, September 28th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #87579  
Hi Paul,
We have just returned from the Mara and had a fantastic time in a baloon. It cost us $435 per head and we booked with:
Phoenix Safaris (K) Ltd.

On thr flight we went over a pride of Lions that were watching some Wildebeast.
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13 years ago, September 22nd 2010 No: 7 Msg: #119503  
Hi Paul
Has any of you fellow traveler got any nice images from your hot air balloon safaris, which you are ready to share with me on and .
Thanking you in advance.
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13 years ago, September 27th 2010 No: 8 Msg: #119801  
Hi Paul,

Had a balloon safari with Safaris in August 2008 and experienced the breath taking flight watching the wildebeest and the carnivores especially the lions in the park. The scenery was amazing. We were charged US $ 435 per person
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13 years ago, September 29th 2010 No: 9 Msg: #119959  

I had experience of balloon safari last year and it was a pleasant experience even though it was quite expensive.I have no doubt that balloon safari over the Serengeti would be worth while experience.

African safari

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13 years ago, November 8th 2010 No: 10 Msg: #122580  
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Try gobalooning,you may book through corpexsafaris of Nairobi,they have nice deals too.went with some kenyan pals while there Reply to this

12 years ago, January 4th 2011 No: 11 Msg: #125843  
The perfection of a safari to Masai Mara can be witnessed in a hot hair balloon while you fly over Masai Mara with a champagne breakfast upon landing As you first take to the skies on Kenya balloon safaris, you might feel a bit anxious about the whole thing, even nervous. <snip>
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