Balloon safari in Masai Mara

Baloon Safari in Masai Mara

Taking off before the dawn

The Masai Mara national park is one of the most famous parks in whole Kenya. It is bordering with the well-known Serengeti in Tanzania and is a place of an annual natural wonder – giant migration of wild animals. These would be mainly wild beast (in polish antylopy gnu) topi and zebra. Between the two parks there is a Mara river, where all the crocodiles wait impatiently for the migration to start. Animals have to migrate to other side of the river, simply in search for food. So once they eat all the grass in one park, they migrate to the other, where it had time to grow during the rainy season. This part of the year animals migrate from Serengeti to the north and settle for a while in Masai Mara, Kenya. When we arrived most of them were already in Masai Mara, but you could easily see the signs of migration. It was not hard to spot dead bodies of wild beast in the Mara river and it was simply impossible not to notice the horrible smell of rotten meat. Vultures, Marabuths and other scavengers were present wherever your sight could go and crocodiles were relaxing on the beach, not even thinking of eating anything more after this enormous feast. 1.500000 wild beast migrate and when you drive through the park you cannot believe that such high abundance of animals in nature is possible. Nowhere else have we seen so many lions, lying down near the acacia trees. They are calm and beautiful, yet so powerful at the same time. Such an amazing creatures.

Zebra seen from the above
Wild beast migration

Thus no wonder why it is said to be the most beautiful balloon flight in the world and the ultimate African safari experience, right there in Serengeti and Masai Mara. I was not so sure whether it is worth such money to spend an hour in the air, but dad was really excited about that. I knew that this was also my mu

m’s dream. We woke up 4.45 and by 5.10 we were already in the car having a first night game drive. Incredible how many eyes reflecting the light from car lights you can see in the bush at night. If it wasn’t a four wheel drive safari car, I would actually be afraid of all those animals in the bush. Wild beasts (yes, now I can understand why they have this name) looked frightening, all those thousands of eyes looking at us as we passed by in a hurry. And there was a reason to hurry. We all wanted to see a sunrise from the balloon and for this we had to take off around 6 am. Jeff, the British pilot gave us a briefing about the safety instructions and we began slowly to ascend as the hot air was blown to the half-full with cold air balloon. The ground crew and cars became smaller and smaller and soon disappeared, because the wind gave us pretty fast speed over ground – about 27km/h. The view from above was marvelous and the Sun raising from behind the mountains something I will never forget. We’ve seen many animals, including the herds of wild beasts, antelopes, gazelles, something furry with super long tail and a wild rabbit. As soon as we landed safely on the ground, we only had to walk a little bit through the muddy terrain (there were lion footsteps there!) and the crew was waiting for us with a delicious breakfast served with a champagne.  Hurrray!

with Jeff, our pilot, right after we landed

migration seen from the above


About Zofia Drapella

I always seek adventures, but want them to be meaningful (usually related to science, marine biology, teaching). I so often find myself in the most amazing circumstances and incredible places with inspiring people. I genuinely consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world... I love nature, oceans, mountains, jungles. I try my best to capture what I have the privilege to see/experience and share it with others.
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2 Responses to Balloon safari in Masai Mara

  1. Florence Beffa says:

    You left me dead with words…!

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