F.A.Qs MOST ASKED QUESTIONS:

How big are the Balloons?

We have Balloons varying in size from 250,000 cuft to 425,000 cuft. Imagine one basketball is 1 cuft. We have baskets that hold 8, 12 or 16 persons. Our Balloons are especially designed Safari Balloons and are compartmentalized for passenger safety. Every balloon is designed the same. They all have 4 compartments for the passengers and a 'cockpit' for the pilot. We have thick cushions to sit on for landing

Medical Conditions

You must ensure that you are fit to fly. You must not fly if you are suffering from any significant medical condition, or have recently undergone surgery. It is necessary that you disclose any aspect of your medical condition, prior to boarding. Greater wind speeds on landing can affect your safety if you have a medical condition or are more than six months pregnant. We appreciate that medical conditions and pregnancies have different affects on people with different fitness levels so please consult with your pilot at your earliest contact.

How high will we go?

The altitude of the balloon will vary during the course of the flight. The pilot will increase or decrease the altitude in order to change the direction of the balloon. The weather conditions vary with each flight everyday, as well as during the course of each morning’s flight. This enables the passengers the experience of a truly awesome panorama while on high, as well as the experience of sweeping across the plains!

What animals will we see?

There is no way of telling which or how many animals we will see on the flight as the animals move around the 1500 km2 (580 mi2) of The Maasai Mara at will. Most flights however, do provide good opportunities to view animals, many in locations prohibited to vehicular movement.

How long will we fly for and where will we go?

We try to have a flight lasting approximately one hour. Sometimes due to the prevailing winds we land short of an hour, but most flights last a bit longer. The entire experience with the breakfast and game drive back lasts around 3 hours.
We launch 2 km from the Talek gate park entrance, inside the Masai Mara Reserve and we fly anywhere in the Mara Reserve, during the high-season. We generally fly towards the Mara River in a south westerly direction. The winds are quite variable from November - May. At these times we use temporary launchsites for the best flight opportunities

Is it safe to be out of the vehicle with all the wild animals around?

Before we arrive at the launch site and picnic site, which are predesignated and therefore familiar, the ground crew inspects the area. The animals do not find our presence attractive. We make noise and are not natural food sources. But we are still in a game reserve and caution is always prudent.

What kind of gas do you use?

We use butane, a commonly used gas for cooking. We combine this with CO2 to pressurize the tanks. This differs from the commonly used propane. Butane is safer to handle and is readily available in Kenya.

Is there any weather you cannot fly in?

On rare occasions the weather is unsuitable for ballooning, due to heavy rain or strong winds. The decision to fly or not fly lies solely with the pilot in command. At these times we will re-schedule you to fly at the next available time. If there is no available time to reschedule your flight you will be given a full refund.

Will we fly back to the launch site?

No. The balloon can only follow the direction of the wind.The balloon crew will follow the balloon and be there under the balloon to assist with the passengers and the equipment. Once landed we head to breakfast via 4WD Landrovers and then onto your game drive after breakfast.

Are there limitations on age?

There is no age limit, but the safety of all passengers is our primary concern. A child under 12 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult appointed by the parent(s) or guardian. If any passenger shows obvious distress we advise you to have a chat to your pilot to address your concerns. There is always an option to enjoy the chase and breakfast and game drive should you decide not to fly.

How far in advance do I need to book my flight?

Book as far forward as you can. During the high season spaces fill up fast. Book online early to ensure your place. Minimum 3 weeks during the high season

Can I fly with a disability?

We welcome the participation of people with disabilities to enjoy our experience, though we recognize that to be able to participate safely in a hot air balloon flight certain disabilities may present greater difficulties than others. We are committed to ensuring that customers with disabilities are given every opportunity to participate, so we require that you tell us about any disability, even if you do not consider that it is a disability. Such information is needed to allow us to respond to our duty of care for our passengers safety. This enables us to meet particular needs if possible. Contact us for more information

What do I wear for a balloon safari?

They same attire you wear during a normal vehicle safari. Sturdy shoes. A hat as the burners above the basket can generate radiant heat. Binoculars are a must for spotting animals

Is Ballooning Safe?

Ballooning is classed as 'soft adventure' in the tourist industry and involves the possibility of physical risks greater than those encountered in daily life, even though they are conducted under the supervision of commercial pilots who exercise all due precautions to ensure safety. By taking part in ballooning activities passengers are understood to be fully aware of these risks. All balloons are certified and regulated by the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority and all our pilots hold full Commercial Pilots Licenses

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