Trans Serengeti Balloon Safari

June 30th 2023  |   Unique Experiences, Miscellaneous, Tanzania  |  by   Katy Duncan
Trans Serengeti Balloon Safari

This six-day safari from 1st to 7th November 2023 offers a unique and immersive experience in the Serengeti region of Tanzania beginning and ending in Arusha, a city located in the foothills of Mount Meru. The itinerary includes four nights of fly-camping, giving guests the opportunity to sleep under the starry skies in specially designed star tents.

Each morning, you will be treated to a breathtaking hot air balloon ride over the iconic Serengeti landscape. Soaring at an altitude of 2,000 feet, you will have panoramic views of the vast plains, teeming with wildlife. This exhilarating experience allows for incredible photo opportunities and a different perspective of Serengeti’s beauty.

View zebra from the hot air balloon

After the balloon ride, you travel to a new wilderness location where you can explore on intrepid walking safaris and traditional wildlife drives. Accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable guides, you’ll have the chance to discover hidden corners of the Serengeti and encounter its diverse wildlife up close.

One of the highlights of this safari is the opportunity to participate in the conservation efforts of the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s anti-poaching efforts. You’ll have a hands-on experience with the team, working to protect wildlife from poachers and other threats.

Hot air balloon and Serengeti

Beginning the safari in the Gol Kopjes area, known for its cheetah population, presents a unique chance to observe these magnificent big cats in their natural habitat. This trip is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the simplicity and serenity of the traditional safari experience, letting you reconnect with nature and create lasting memories in the heart of the Serengeti.


Day 1:

Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport from Qatar Airways flight, 07:40. Transfer to Rivertrees Country Inn in Arusha. Afternoon activity choice of either Meru Waterfall walk or mountain biking excursion.

Day 2:

Fly to Seronera airstrip in the Serengeti where you will transfer to your private Wayo Africa Safari Fly Camp. Here you will start to enjoy your first wildlife sightings either during an afternoon walking safari or 4×4 wildlife drive. Overnight in Wayo Africa Fly Camp.

Day 3:

Early morning departure for your first leg of your Trans- Serengeti ballooning adventure from Gol Kopjes. You will take off just as the sun is rising and fly for around 1-1.5 hours westward landing in time for breakfast. From here you will continue with your day either walking safari or in a vehicle. Overnight in Wayo Fly Camp.

Day 4:

Continuing your adventure you will fly further in your hot air balloon departing from Central Serengeti heading west. Land for breakfast then either a  driving or walking safari. Overnight in Wayo Africa Fly Camp.

Walking Safari Serengeti

Day 5:

Fly further west departing in the balloon from Mareo and landing in Kirawira. Afternoon wildlife driving and or walking safari, overnight in Wayo Africa Fly Camp.

Day 6:

A final balloon flight from Kirawira to the shores of Lake Victoria where you will do your final landing in a community which will not have even seen a balloon before. Transfer to airstrip for flight back to Arusha. Overnight Rivertrees Country Inn.

Day 7:

Transfer to the airport and return travel home.

Expedition Safari Camping In Style

The Expedition Safari offers an authentic traditional camping experience in the Serengeti. The focus is on immersing oneself in nature, away from crowds, and under the expansive night sky, sleeping in specially designed fly camps that provide a unique and comfortable camping experience.

Fly camping Serengeti

The accommodation is in cocoon star-tents, which allow you to sleep under the open sky while still providing protection from the elements with a fly sheet overhead. These tents offer a sense of connection with the natural surroundings, so you can fall asleep with the night sky above you.

The camp has “bush bathrooms” in nearby canvas enclosures, with refreshing bucket showers and safari loos. Dining takes place around a campfire every night, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere where you can share stories and experiences with fellow travellers.

Cocoon tent fly camp Serengeti

One of the advantages of this trip is that by travelling by hot air balloon we can reach areas of the Serengeti that are typically untouched by other tourists, providing a sense of exclusivity and the opportunity to explore hidden corners of this remarkable landscape.

What next?

We would be delighted to help you plan a safari encompassing any of the exclusive stays and trips mentioned here. Our team of experts has travelled widely throughout Africa and can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris. Do get in touch – chatting to people by phone or email is what we do best. We listen, we explain, we answer all sorts of questions even those you didn’t know to ask, and finally we make suggestions. If this is your first time to Africa or your twenty first, we have a team standing by to help make the planning easy and the journey the best ever. Please get in touch whatever stage you’re at.

8 responses to “Trans Serengeti Balloon Safari”

  1. Jinx Glanville says:

    please will you kindly advise the maximum number of people and the rates
    many thanks Jinx Sea-Jay Travel

    • Katy Duncan says:

      Hi Jinx, thank you for your e-mail. The price per person for this fantastic adventure is £7995 + £900 single supplement. The maximum number of people is 12 and there is no minimum number as we only have a couple of spaces left. I will e-mail you direct. Many thanks, Katy

  2. john addison says:

    great idea , tell us more please , rates etc

  3. Alexa Easterby says:

    I would like to know if there is availability for this trans Serengeti ballon safari please for 2 people.
    Thank you

    Alexa Easterby

    • Katy Duncan says:

      Hi Alexa, thank you for getting in touch. I have passed your request on to our team and they will be back in touch with some further information. All the best, Katy

  4. Zaida says:

    Good morning I just can across this and I’m very much interested do u have anything available around April ? I already planned my holidays for this year but I’d like to do this trip if u have dates then. Regards Zaida

    • Katy Duncan says:

      Good morning Zaida, as it sits this particular itinerary is scheduled for November only. However, most of the safaris we offer can include a hot air balloon ride and we would be delighted to help you plan your ideal holiday. One of our team will be in touch via e-mail very soon. All the best, Katy

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