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Is the balloon ride worth it

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Is the balloon ride worth it

Really this is just aimed at people who have taken a balloon ride at any stage. We are all booked up for a very special birthday (mine) and this is a one in a lifetime 2 week safari. Hubbie has suggested to make it extra special to take a balloon ride. I know its very expensive for just a one hour trip with breakfast but will I ever have the opportunity again? Probably not. Really looking for confirmation that it was worth the money before i decide, thanks Jan

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1. Re: Is the balloon ride worth it

Expensive yes but worth it YES, YES, YES. I haven't met anyone who didn't think it was worth it. It's a completely different experiience.

You don't mention where or when you will be on safari but I guess if it is a 2 week one you will be all over.

Have a fabulous time and a very special birthday.

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"I haven't met anyone who didn't think it was worth it."

I know of one - but he and I are renowned for our differences of opinion on this particular subject lol ;-)

rosieandjan - another fan of balloon rides here. Game or no game, still an amazing experience drifting over one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. I live here and can't get enough of them :-)

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We did a balloon ride in 2010 over the mara, didn't see loads of animals but the landscape and views were stunning.

Worth the money................................For me,definately!

Have a wonderful time.

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We enjoyed it immensely but consider it to be a once in a lifetime experience.

Just in case, make sure that you are insured. Your day to day travel insurance policy almost certainly will not cover you in the unlikely event of an accident.

Enjoy the flight, it's worth the early start.

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thank you for that wonderful description, you have us daydreaming now...

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❝In the crisp air of dawn, the passengers drink coffee while the crew partially inflates the balloon with enormous fans. The gas burners are then ignited and the balloon fills with hot air slowly raising the baskets. Before departing, finalized checks are made, and the passengers then climb into the balloon basket for a take off ......❞

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As the others have said, yes it may be expensive but it is so worth it.

We took a ride over the Mara and even if we had not seen any animals the view of the sun rising over the landscape was amazing and so memorable.

Our pilot was really good at spotting animals-he even managed to spot a pride of lions with a kill partly hidden amongst trees and reported their location to the ground support crew so that after landing and on the way back to breakfast they took us right to them.

Make sure you take your camera and binoculars and have a great time.

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Perish the thought!

So what has today brought us? An 18 hole Golf Resort next to the Maasai Mara, A festival of some sort up around the Jade Sea and a noisy balloon lifting in the crisp dawn followed by a Champagne breakfast.

That is no coincidence. It is market(ing) forces at work.

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10. Re: Is the balloon ride worth it

The OP aimed this question to those who have taken the balloon ride during the safari, so I'm not qualified to answer here, but couldn't resist asking this question: after shelling out 400-odd usd for an 1-hour trip, is it easy to give an objective feedback?