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Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Maasai Kopjes | Serengeti National Park, Tanzania | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing, Tours
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 2.5 (2.5)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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Not all safaris require four-wheel drive; in fact, one of the most popular safaris requires no wheels at all. Since 1989, Serengeti Balloon Safaris has been inspiring park visitors to skip traveling on all fours and to take to the skies instead. The fleet of six hot-air balloons carries passengers across Central Serengeti and the Western Corridor (and sometimes the Southern Serengeti, depending on the season) as they get a birds-eye view of the park. The safari guide collects visitors at 5 a.m. so that they can rise alongside the sun. The flight lasts about an hour, after which passengers gather round a table, surrounded by the park's lush plains, for an "Out of Africa" English-style breakfast.

Some recent travelers complain about the balloon safari's high price tag, but others say that the experience is worth it. According to one TripAdvisor user, "You rise with the sun, the photo opts are unlimited. There are no words that can do the experience of floating over the Serengeti justice."

The one-hour ride and breakfast costs $499 USD per person; travelers recommend booking your spot as far in advance as possible. You can reserve a balloon safari through your tour provider or at one of the park's lodges. For more information, visit Serengeti Balloon Safaris official website.

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