5-day Hot Air Balloon Safari

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A 5-day hot air balloon safari in Tanzania offers an extraordinary adventure, combining the thrill of a hot air balloon ride with wildlife viewing in some of Africa’s most iconic national parks. Here’s a detailed description of what you can expect during this unforgettable journey:

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Arusha

Your incredible hot air balloon safari adventure commences as you touch down at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Airport, depending on your flight arrangements. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted by your safari guide and transferred to your luxurious accommodation in Arusha.

After settling in, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your experienced safari guide to discuss the upcoming adventure, fine-tune the itinerary, and answer any questions you may have. The guide will provide insights into the remarkable wildlife you’re about to encounter and offer suggestions for optimizing your safari experience.

With the day at your leisure, you can explore Arusha’s vibrant local markets, soak in the rich culture, or simply relax and recover from your journey. As the sun sets over the beautiful landscapes of Tanzania, you’ll savor a sumptuous dinner at your accommodation’s restaurant, featuring a diverse menu of local and international dishes.

Day 2Tarangire National Park

The second day heralds the commencement of your safari adventure. You’ll rise early and set off for Tarangire National Park after enjoying a hearty breakfast at your Arusha lodge.

Tarangire is celebrated for its striking landscapes adorned with ancient baobab trees and the sheer abundance of elephants that call the park home. As you venture deeper into the park, your game drives will bring you face-to-face with the park’s diverse wildlife, including the iconic Big Five, giraffes, zebras, and myriad bird species.

Lunchtime offers the opportunity for a delightful picnic within the park, surrounded by the serene beauty of Tarangire. As the sun dips below the horizon, you’ll return to your selected Tarangire lodge or camp for a night of rest amid the wild.

Day 3Serengeti National Park

With the rising sun, you’ll start the day with a nourishing breakfast at your Tarangire accommodation. Your journey continues towards the legendary Serengeti National Park, with a pause at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to savor panoramic views from a stunning viewpoint.

Upon your arrival in the Serengeti, the adventure accelerates with an afternoon game drive. The Serengeti, renowned for its captivating wildlife and the Great Migration, provides an opportunity to witness a symphony of nature. You may encounter a multitude of wildebeest, zebras, lions, leopards, and other remarkable creatures.

As the day comes to a close, you’ll check in to your chosen Serengeti lodge or camp, a sanctuary nestled within the park’s heart. Here, you’ll enjoy the evening breeze and the evocative sounds of the African night, surrounded by nature’s splendor

Day 4Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Safari

Day 4 is the apex of your safari adventure—an unforgettable hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti. You’ll wake before dawn and make your way to the launch site where your balloon awaits. As the sun begins to ascend, you’ll be captivated by the inflation of the grand balloon against the backdrop of the Serengeti’s morning hues.

Once aboard the balloon basket, you’ll ascend gracefully into the sky, treated to awe-inspiring views of the Serengeti’s enchanting landscapes and the vibrant wildlife below. Your experienced pilot will share insights into the ecosystem as you float serenely above the savannah.

Following an approximately hour-long flight, you’ll descend gently to Earth, landing in the midst of the Serengeti. Here, you’ll be welcomed with a champagne breakfast set amidst the wilderness—a truly magical experience to celebrate your hot air balloon adventure.

After this remarkable experience, you’ll embark on a full day of game drives, delving deeper into the Serengeti’s vast wilderness to witness its diverse and abundant wildlife. Whether it’s the Big Five, cheetahs, leopards, or graceful gazelles, the Serengeti has much to offer.

As the day winds down, you’ll return to your lodge or camp in the Serengeti for a second memorable night under the stars.

Day 5Serengeti Game Drive and Departure

Your final day of the safari begins with an early morning game drive, offering one last opportunity to spot wildlife and savor the breathtaking scenery. As the sun casts its golden rays over the savannah, you may encounter animals at their most active.

Upon concluding the game drive, you’ll return to your accommodation for a hearty breakfast and check-out. Depending on your departure plans, you may journey back to Arusha by road, allowing you to relish the changing landscapes once more. Alternatively, you may transfer to the Seronera Airstrip for a domestic flight to your next destination.

As you bid farewell to the Serengeti, you’ll carry with you the memories of this extraordinary hot air balloon safari—a journey that blended adventure, luxury, and the wonders of the natural world. Your safari guide and the landscapes of Tanzania will remain etched in your heart long after you’ve left the savannah behind.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation: Lodging as per the itinerary in selected lodges or camps within or near the national parks, ensuring a comfortable stay during your safari.
  • Transportation: Transport in a safari-equipped 4x4 vehicle with a pop-up roof designed for optimal game viewing.
  • Professional Guide: Services of a professional English-speaking driver-guide who is well-versed in the local wildlife and ecosystems.
  • Game Drives: All game drives as specified in the itinerary, providing you with ample opportunities to spot wildlife.
  • Meals: Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as outlined in the itinerary, allowing you to savor a variety of cuisines while on safari.
  • Park Fees: All park entrance fees, crater service fees, and conservation fees where applicable, ensuring access to the national parks and conservation areas you visit.
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari: The hot air balloon experience, including the flight itself, a champagne breakfast, and any associated fees.
  • Airport Transfers: Transfers to and from the airport upon your arrival and departure in Tanzania.
  • Drinking Water: Bottled water to keep you hydrated during game drives and activities.

Price Excludes

  • International Flights: The cost of international flights to and from Tanzania is usually not included in the safari package.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance, including trip cancellation, medical coverage, and evacuation insurance, is often not included but highly recommended.
  • Visa Fees: Any fees associated with obtaining a visa for entry into Tanzania are typically not included.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic drinks and beverages beyond water are usually not included and may incur an extra cost.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses for souvenirs, personal items, laundry, and additional activities outside of the specified itinerary are not typically covered.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tipping for safari guides, drivers, and lodge or camp staff is customary and appreciated but is generally not included in the package cost.
  • Optional Activities: Any optional activities or excursions not specified in the itinerary may come at an additional cost.
  • Additional Meals: Meals outside of the specified itinerary, such as lunches on travel days, may not be included.