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Things to do in Kenya

The Maasai Mara balloon safari

You’ll take off around 6am as the sun rises over the plains, bringing the Mara to life…

By Christine Macharia
Sales & Marketing Executive at GoVacation, Alfred&’s partner in Kenya

The balloon safari begins just before dawn, when you’ll enjoy a hot drink while watching the balloon slowly inflate at the launch site. Take off is around 6am as the sun rises over the plains, bringing the landscape to life. The aerial views over the Maasai Mara are just magical. I remember seeing large herds of elephants, buffalo and gazelles from above, as well as giraffes and zebras wandering the plains.

I was just amazed by how vast the savannah looked from that elevated angle, it’s a totally different perspective from a game drive in the Maasai Mara. I loved being up in the air appreciating the wild, unspoilt views and watching animals run around below us. You really have to experience the balloon safari for yourself to understand how incredible it feels – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Then of course, when you land there’s a table all set up for you with camp chairs and a tablecloth for the bush breakfast. The first thing you’ll get is a glass of champagne – who doesn’t want some bubbly in the middle of the Maasai Mara? Then you sit back and enjoy a hot and cold breakfast spread. The pilot is there too, so you can ask him questions or just sit back and take in views of the Maasai Mara as it wakes for the day.

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Alfred & Christine Macharia

Christine Macharia was born in Laikipia, Kenya. After working in hospitality, Christine transitioned to the tourism industry in 2018 and currently works as a Sales and Marketing Executive at GoVacation. She loves showing off all the wonderful destinations East Africa has to offer and is passionate about offering outstanding tour experiences that touch the soul.
Christine Macharia, Sales Executive, Sense of Africa

Alfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Annette, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.

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