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7 Days Balloon and Road safari - Maasai Mara - L. Nakuru - Mt.Kenya - Samburu

A Balloon safari is basically a ride in a hot air balloon as you view the wild game and landscape from an aerial perspective. Maasai Mara Game reserve is popular for these safaris.

Day 1: Nairobi - Maasai Mara National Reserve
You will be picked up by Sure Connections Safaris (K) Ltd. representative from your point of arrival in Nairobi and drive towards the Great Rift Valley arriving in Mara in time for lunch at Mara Safari Lodge. Afternoon game drives through the rolling grasslands of Mara in hunt for the "Big Five". We return in the evening for dinner and overnight at a Mara Safari Lodge.

Day 2: Maasai Mara Balloon safari
After early breakfast prepare to drive towards the balloon and your subsequent take-off where you get to view the game from the air. Flight takes approximately 1 hour and provides a wonderful game viewing and photographic opportunity. Celebrate your landing with a champagne breakfast then you will drive back to Mara safari lodge in time for lunch, relax and prepare for the late afternoon game drive. Dinner will be served in the Lodge.

Day 3: Maasai Mara - lake Nakuru
After breakfast, you will do a morning game drive. After lunch depart to Lake Nakuru and check in at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Sample the wonderful scenery covered with flamingoes and other birds.
You could also get the opportunity to meet the endangered Black Rhino and the Rothschild Giraffe.
Dinner and Overnight stay at the same Lodge.

Day 4:Lake Nakuru - Mount Kenya
Take an early morning game drive then return for breakfast, then proceed to Mt. Kenya Safari Club, check in and eat your lunch. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the superb facilities of the Club immaculately manicured gardens nestles on the forested slopes of the mountain. Afternoon enjoy the numerous optional facilities of the club which includes horseback riding, tennis, golf and swimming. Dinner and Overnight at Mt. Kenya Safari Club.

Day 5: Mount Kenya - Samburu National Park
After breakfast, depart to Samburu and explore the Northern Kenya. View Mt. Kenya en-route, arriving in time for lunch at a Samburu Serena Lodge. After lunch, you do a game drive in Samburu National Park where you get to see the rare Gravy's Zebra, the reticulated Giraffe, the gerenuk and the nocturnal Leopard. Dinner and Overnight at Samburu Serena Lodge.

Day 6: Samburu Game Park
Full day in Samburu National Park with morning and afternoon game drives. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at Samburu Serena Lodge.

Day 7: Samburu-Nairobi
Early morning game drive then return in time for breakfast. Prepare to drive back to Nairobi arriving by noon in time for lunch in the city.

Hot air balloon fitness and medical requirements
Basically, anyone who can climb in and out of the basket and able to hold the rope with both hand should be fit enough to ride in it. Clients who suffer from brittle bones or recent bone fracture, back and neck problem, pregnant women, and those under the influence of alcohol should avoid the balloon. While there is no maximum age limit for clients, children under the age of 7 years are not permitted on the hot air balloon. Reason being at this age they are not able to see from the edge of the hot air balloon basket. Their attention span is also very short and may get restless during the flight.

Important information about flying hot air balloons (F.A.Qs)

How long and high does a balloon fly?
Wind direction, typically determines the direction of the flight as the pilots takes advantage of the wind to improve your flight. On average a hot air balloon can fly at approximately one hour and approximately 20 kilometers in distance. Most of the time flying below 500 feet at a height is good for game viewing while up to 1000 or even 2000 feet will give you a panoramic view. A light wind is good for a hot air balloon.

How many people can fly in a hot air balloon?
Since different hot air balloons come with different sizes of baskets, the number of passengers will be determined by the basket, six, eight, twelve or sixteen passengers at one time in the hot air balloon is common. Baskets can be partitioned so that you have different compartments for passengers in each section and the pilot in the middle compartment.
A champagne breakfast in the bush after the hot air balloon lands, adds to the buzz you will get from the early morning air and the sights and sounds that only an eagle ever sees.
Early morning is the ideal time to see wild animals on the plains. In the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya it is an experience you will never forget viewing animals from the Hot air balloon.

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