Trusted Provider of Masai Mara Balloon Safaris since 2006
Located on the western bank of the Mara River, our camp is only a 10 minute drive from Kichwa Tembo, Bateleur, and Olonana Tented Camps, and a 15 minute drive from Oloololo Gate (the North West Gate of the Masai Mara Reserve).
We have 3 balloons – a Lindstrand 210 that holds an exclusive 8 passengers, and 2 Lindstrand 400’s, which hold up to 18 passengers each.
Our balloons come to us directly from the Lindstrand factory, fitted with comfortable seats for our passengers. They are also specifically manufactured for use in the Masai Mara.
Lindstrand Balloons – One of the Best Balloon Manufacturers in the World
How they operate:
We launch our Lindstrand balloons from our camp at sun rise. Large electric fans cold-inflate the balloon; the electric fans are operating silently so that the guests can hear animals in the serene atmosphere of the Mara. When the balloon is inflated the pilot lights the gas burners and heats the balloon. The heat launches the balloon in to the air. As soon as the balloon is launched, the passengers step inside the basket and the pilot takes off.
The average flight duration is 1hr; traveling approximately 15 to 25 Km depending on the wind condition. On 95% of the days the wind takes us south, deep into the Masai Mara Reserve where we land.
Upon landing a luxurious Champagne breakfast is served, followed by a game drive en route your journey back to you hotel, camp, or lodge.
Experienced, Knowledgeable Pilots
Our pilots are highly experienced balloon operators and have accumulated numerous hours in the profession. They have also spent a lot of time in the Masai Mara and this has provided them with excellent knowledge of the Masai Mara and made them good tour guides.
Mr. Gelbart Shachar is our Director of Operations and Chief Pilot. He is qualified on both a fixed wing aircraft as well as commercial balloons. He has flown in Canada, America and Kenya. He has been in Kenya since 1993.
Mr Peter Tanguay is originally from the USA and has been flying in the Masai Mara Kenya since 1993. Peter has thousands of hours experience and has been flying in many destinations around the world.
Mr Christian Wordsworth from England has been flying with us since 2013. He has been flying in the USA prior to that. His Passion is flying balloons in the wilderness of Africa.