You would have heard of wildlife safaris by jeep or a bus or even by boat. Ever heard of one in a hot air balloon? Well, you can be a part of such an unforgettable adventure in one of the jungles of Maasai Mara, Kenya.
Hot air balloon rides in Kenya fly over the Maasai Mara National Reserve in the Great Rift Valley thereby making it possible for you to soar over herds of wild animals including lions, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, rhinoceros, hippopotamuses and crocodiles. The one-hour flight overlooking the large patches of forest land give you bird’s eye view of the best wildlife East Africa has to offer. A few hundred feet above the ground, you can see elephants wander about the green fields. Best time to spot wild animals is early morning and thus sunrise ballooning is available so that you can make the most of your adventurous ride over the jungles of Maasai Mara.
Traditionally a champagne breakfast is served which is usually a full English breakfast as flying certificates are handed out. The support team then load the balloon while the guests enjoy a game drive back to the lodge in another vehicle.
A Game Drive is essential to complete your Maasai Mara experience and let you have a closer look at the wild animals in their natural habitat. You are accompanied by local driver/ guides on such drives who are familiar with the area and the animals including where can you find them and how should you approach them. Best game drives are the ones that start right in the morning when you have the maximum chance of spotting the wild beasts who would be out hunting. You may just be able to see them make a kill right in front your eyes too.
Maasai Mara Migration: Masai Mara provides you an interesting opportunity to witness one of the best natural miracles- the miracle of migration. You can see herds of zebras along with other wild beasts crossing rivers to run away to safer territories. The predators on the other hand do not miss any chance to attack the weak, small and old among these. It is indeed a fascinating sight at Maasai Mara and the best time to witness migration is from July to November.
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