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“Unforgetable Experience”

Governors’ Balloon Safaris
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Owner description: Governors Balloon Safaris offer Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the Mara River, forests and plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors' Camp, and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you're off for a wildlife viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. What amazes most first-time balloonists is the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Masai Mara. Even if you've flown elsewhere, this is a unique experience. The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. Then your Kenyan Hot Air Balloon Safari finishes with a flourish. In the time honoured tradition of balloon flights the world over, you toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. The Balloon Safari ends with a transfer back to camp. We can collect from other nearby camps in the Masai Mara. Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious Wildlife Locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community and conservation at the heart of everything we do.
Reviewed 21 May 2014

I work as a reservationist at New African Territories, booking office for Serian Camps and as a familiarization trip, I had the great privilege of spending 2 nights at Serian Mara Camp and a chance of a lifetime to ride on Governors Balloon, though back in 2010 but the experience is still fresh in my mind.

The adventure started very early morning so as to drive from Serian Camp to balloon launch site. Arrived among first clients, checked and and keenly followed all start-up procedures. Finally we got into the basket and started our floating journey ,very unique experience. The flight took us over the diverse habitats of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve ie; the great Mara River, swamps, forests, wildlife views and the entire savannah view. The scenery is unforgettable. The flight lasted about an hour and experience was crowned by sumptuous champagne bush breakfast, freshly prepared where we landed, spoilt for choice. Our Serian Camp driver was waiting on the spot and after, we drove out from the area with a game drive.

Shiru and team, thank you and another comp is always welcome.

Thank 569Ruth569
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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued.

We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. We will pass this feedback onto the team, it is highly appreciated. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try, every day, to provide that quality customer service, that our guests expect we are so glad they achieved this for you during your stay.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

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Reviewed 9 May 2014

This was my first balloon safari after 10 years in Kenya and it did not disappoint! Elephants had wondered into the camp on the morning of the balloon ride - so we were a bit late starting - but it only added to the excitement! The ride was low enough that we saw the Mara up close and from a very different angle. The basket tipped over upon landing - gently and the pilot had warned us about it. But things are arranged in such a way that people don't fall upon each other when this happens - I actually enjoyed it and fully intend to be dining out on this story for months to come. I was sorry when we had to land - would have happily stayed in the air for longer. Try a balloon safari and try it at this camp.
P.S. We got a substantial discount from Governors Aviation because we flew into the camp from Nairobi on one of their flights.

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued.

We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. We will pass this feedback onto the team, it is highly appreciated. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try, every day, to provide that quality customer service, that our guests expect we are so glad they achieved this for you during your stay.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

I had already done a balloon safari in the Mara, so hesitated to do it again, but I'm so glad I did! It was really like something out of a dream to fly just above the tree level - we were low enough to be able to see the animals really well. I imagine it takes considerable skill to maintain the correct height, and indeed I couldn't speak highly enough of the pilot and crew. They were extremely professional, explaining exactly what would happen at each point, so even the most nervous guest would feel reassured. It was extremely smooth, not at all alarming even when the basket tipped on landing. The trip itself was followed by an excellent breakfast and a game drive, and was preceded by a short river crossing which was already a delight. The excursion isn't cheap, but I really think it was worth every shilling - I couldn't fault it.

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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued.

We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. We will pass this feedback onto the team, it is highly appreciated. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try, every day, to provide that quality customer service, that our guests expect we are so glad they achieved this for you during your stay.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Early start, but well worth it as you rise into the skies to witness sunrise over the Masai Mara. An hours peaceful flight, varying in hight from just above treetops to soaring above the plains, watching the animals in the morning light, is truly magical. Peter, our pilot was knowledgeable, professional and good fun. A gentle landing followed by a 'gala breakfast ' on the banks of the Mara rounded off the flight. Then follows a two hour game drive back to camp in comfortable 4 wheel jeeps. Although this is not the cheapest excursion, I think it is worth every penny, and an experience, if you are in this part of the world, you cannot afford to miss. Thanks you Peter and the Ballon team .

Thank David H
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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued.

We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. We will pass this feedback onto the team, it is highly appreciated. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try, every day, to provide that quality customer service, that our guests expect we are so glad they achieved this for you during your stay.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

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Reviewed 9 April 2014

What a fabulous experience and a totally unique way to see the best of the Masai Mara. Thoroughly recommended and definitely worth the incremental cost. A lovely breakfast afterwards and a safari drive completed a highly memorable morning.

Thank Squirrellina
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Musiara, Manager at Governors’ Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued.

We really appreciate your comments regarding our customer service. We will pass this feedback onto the team, it is highly appreciated. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try, every day, to provide that quality customer service, that our guests expect we are so glad they achieved this for you during your stay.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

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