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Aerial view of Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp surrounded by forest


 A balloon safari is an excursion unlike any other. Drift in silence above the Serengeti plains, dip down to visit the hippo pools of the Grumeti River and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the wildlife theatre as it is enacted below you. After a cup of tea around 5:30 am, you will be driven to the balloon take-off point, where a team inflates the vast rainbow-coloured balloon. A typical balloon carries around eight passengers and is equipped with seats and safety belts. At dawn, the sandbags are cast off, and the balloon rises majestically into the cool of the morning air, helmed by a fully qualified pilot. The balloon will fly for a period of around 45 minutes, trailed by a team of ground vehicles, before making a gentle controlled-landing on the plains. Enjoy a glass of chilled champagne before sitting down to a full English breakfast, which is traditionally cooked on the burners of the balloon. After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely game drive back to the camp.