SERENGETI BALLOON SAFARIS
Serengeti balloon safaris : Serengeti national park is a popular wildlife viewing destination which is located in the northern part of Tanzania. The national park is visited at different times of the year and Serengeti national park has different wildlife species. During safaris, tourists explore the vast savannah plains and woodlands in search of wildlife species.
Hot air balloon safaris are among the activities which are carried out during wildlife viewing experiences around Serengeti national park. The activity is carried out in different parts of the national park such as in the central Serengeti, western Serengeti, and northern Serengeti and also in Ndutu.
The hot air balloon experience in Serengeti national park can be carried out all through the year in some parts of the national park and it is operated from June to October in the western and northern Serengeti, and from December to March in the Ndutu area.
Serengeti balloon safaris offer an all-inclusive balloon experience in Serengeti national park with pick up from your camp or lodge in the national park, drive to the launch site.
During the hot air balloon activity in Serengeti national park, the tourists or passengers enjoy an aerial view of the national park and also see wildlife species in the open savannah at the destination.
After the hot air balloon activity in Serengeti national park, champagne or sparkling wine is shared by the passengers as well as an English breakfast under the shade of the acacia trees. Following the completion of the activity, tourists meet their guides and continue with the rest of their safaris.
The hot air balloon activity in Serengeti national park costs about 599 USD per person for adults and is 545 USD for children. The direction which the hot air balloon takes on a given day will depend on the winds.
The fee for the hot air balloon experience in Serengeti national park includes transport from the camp to the launch site of the hot air balloon, full English breakfast, and a return transfer after the balloon activity.
The pilot of the hot air balloons in Serengeti national park can fly as close to the treetops during the activity or higher. The hot air balloon experience takes about one hour and starts as early as dawn.
Pick up of the clients interested in engaging in the hot air balloon experience in Serengeti national park can be from their lodges around the northern, western, central region or the Ndutu area.
Park entry fees for Serengeti national park
For hot air balloon safaris in Serengeti national park, the fee which is charged for the activity does not include park entry fee for the national park.
Park entrance fees for Serengeti national park are among the requirements which tourists on safari in Serengeti national park are expected to fulfill. The entry fee for nonresidents visiting Serengeti national park is 82 USD in the peak season, 71 USD for non-residents in the low season.
East African residents above the age of 16 years are charged park entry fee for Serengeti national park of 10,000 TSH in the peak season and in the low season exclusive of 18% tax.
Children visiting Serengeti national park on safari are charged park entry fee of 23.6 USD for Nonresidents, and 2000 TSH (minus tax)for east Africans. East Africans are nationals from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and South Sudan.
Other fees which are paid during safaris to Serengeti national park include concession fees which are paid by tourists staying inside the national park.
The different parts of Serengeti national park where hot air balloon safaris are carried out during wildlife viewing experiences include;
- Central Serengeti
The central part of Serengeti national park is home to many wildlife species and during hot air balloon safaris, the balloon glides over the plains where the passengers can also enjoy seeing attractions like the Seronera river.
All year round, the central part of Serengeti national park has amazing wildlife viewing. The wildebeest migration can also be seen in this part of the national park during the months of June to October.
Watching the wildebeest migration in the central part of Serengeti national park while on a hot air balloon excursion is a memorable experience and other wildlife species like hippos, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, gazelles, lions among others can also be seen in central Serengeti which is also referred to as Seronera area.
- Northern Serengeti
The remote plains of northern Serengeti during a hot air balloon experience in Serengeti national park are also unforgettable. This part of the national park is found close to the border of Kenya.
The wildebeest migration which involves movement of over 1.5 million wildebeests can be seen in the northern plains of Serengeti national park during the months of July and July when the river crossings on the Mara river take place.
Other wildlife species like lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas can also be seen during a safari in the northern part of Serengeti national park. The northern plains of the national park are a perfect get away from the crowds of tourists visiting Serengeti at different times of the year.
- Western Serengeti
Watching the river crossings on Grumeti river during the wildebeest migration from a hot air balloon in Serengeti national park is another unforgettable experience on safari at this destination.
The river crossings can be seen during the months of May to July as the hot air balloon glides over the western part of Serengeti national park where wildlife species like elephants, lions, topi giraffes among others can be seen.
- Southern Serengeti
A hot air balloon experience in the southern part of Serengeti national park takes place in the Ndutu area.
Ndutu is known for its short grass plains and the wildebeest migration can also be seen from this part of Serengeti national park while enjoying a hot air balloon activity. Other wildlife species like lions, leopards, cheetahs among others as well as different bird species can be spotted while exploring the southern plains of the national park.
Other activities which are carried out in Serengeti national park during safaris include game drives, guided nature walks and also bird watching.
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