“A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view” is the catchy chorus lines from Disneys Aladdin when the protagonist takes Jasmine on a roundtrip carpet ride.
The view from above is dazzling indeed.
Imagine being suspended above the African continent, with nothing but the horizon in sight. You have the most uninterrupted view of Africa without being obstructed by power lines, roads or borders. It’s just you, the hot air balloon and the landscape.
Breathtaking hot air balloon safaris are on offer in the Serengeti. It offers great wildlife viewing and unique photographic opportunities.
The earliest lift off is at dawn. Watch the sun’s first light butter the landscape from a couple of hundred feet in the air. As the balloon rises, details of the Serengeti slowly leaf out beneath you… the lodge you’re staying at, the local animal watering hole, a herd of grazing zebra. The world lies still, unperturbed by your presence. And you get to watch it wake up.
The balloon ride lasts around an hour. Each trip depends on the wind, so no two balloon trips can be the same. The wind will take you where it will. Upon your return, a champagne breakfast awaits you in the bush. Babble about the delight of your tour over a fresh breakfast on fine china and Sheffield cutlery.
The hot air balloon safaris take off over several locations on the Serengeti. The Serengeti is one of the most famous National Parks in the world. It is designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site and covers 14,763 square km. It is so wildly popular because it is one of the few places left where mass wildlife migration takes place.
Each year 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join a massive herd of Wildebeest and migrate across the Serengeti plains. This massive congregation invites action – there are always lions on the prowl waiting to prey on the young and the weak.
From a birds eye point of view, you can watch nature take its course while narrating David Attenborough style about the Circle of Life. Then pause, take a breath and turn to the infinite horizon appreciate how peculiar and precious life is.