Explore an unseen Africa
Be part of the first group to ever traverse the world’s most famous national park by hot air balloon and explore the hidden corners of the Serengeti.
Join the first-ever safari across the Serengeti to the shores of Lake Victoria by hot air balloon and experience the hidden magic of the Serengeti from the air, by 4x4 and on foot.
Serengeti Balloon Safaris are the oldest and most respected hot air balloon safari company in Tanzania. They have flown over 250,000 guests in their 30+ years of operating across Africa and have dreamt about flying this route.
Your journey will start in Arusha, Northern Tanzania, from which you will take a short internal flight into the Eastern Serengeti. From there you will stay in a private mobile safari camp which will travel ahead of you daily across the Serengeti tracking your flight path in the balloon.
Over the course of this unique adventure, you will be in the safest of hands being guided by Wayo Africa’s expert safari guides on the ground, and Serengeti Balloon Safari pilots in the air. Your journey will see you traverse the entire Serengeti flying by hot air balloon then landing on the Eastern shores of Lake Victoria. Each morning you will fly into a new location from which you can then explore the hidden safari landscape on foot or by 4x4. This is the ultimate way to slow down, enjoy a digital detox and reconnect with nature and its wildlife.
Dates: 1st - 7th November 2023
Small group: 8 people
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Day 1 - 1st November 2023: Arusha
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Transfer to Rivertrees Country Inn in Arusha. Afternoon activity choice of either Meru Waterfall walk or mountain biking excursion.
Day 2 - 2nd November 2023: Arrive in the Serengeti
Fly to Seronera airstrip in the Serengeti where you will transfer to your private Wayo Africa Safari Flycamp which will be your moving home for the next few nights allowing you to sleep under the stars. Here you will start to enjoy your first wildlife sightings either during an afternoon walking safari or 4x4 game drive. Overnight in Wayo Africa Fly Camp.
Day 3 - 3rd November 2023: First hot air balloon flight!
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. It is a magical feeling, floating above the plains as the sun peaks its head above the horizon casting everything in a golden glow. From here you will continue with your day either walking safari or in a vehicle. Overnight in Wayo Fly Camp
Day 4 - 4th November: Deeper into the Serengeti
Continuing your adventure you will fly further in your hot air balloon departing from Central Serengeti heading west. From the air you can appreciate the vastness of the Serengeti and gain a unique perspective as wildlife goes about their daily lives. Land for breakfast then either game driving or walking safari. Overnight in Wayo Africa fly camp.
Day 5 - 5th November: The wild West
Continue further west departing in the balloon from Mareo landing in Kirawira. Whilst this trip is all about the morning hot air balloon flights, a walking safari is always a real highlight giving you a chance to appreciate the smaller details of the bush and watch wildlife at their own level. Afternoon game driving and or walking safari, overnight in Wayo Africa Fly Camp
Day 6 - 6th November: Final balloon flight!
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 - 7th November 2023: Arusha & Onwards
Say goodbye to Rivertrees Country Inn and transfer to Arusha airport for onward connection.
Expedition Expert: Captain Abeid Soka
Captain Abeid Soka - The chief pilot at Serengeti Balloon Safaris who will be flying you on your adventure, started his career as a tour guide and is now one of the most respected ballooning pilots in Africa and Tanzania’s only ballooning examiner. He has also flown over Mount Kilimanjaro. He is expert at reading wildlife from the air along with his impeccable piloting skills.
Expedition Expert: Jean Du Plessis
Jean Du Plessis - Wayo Africa - Is one of Tanzania’s most respected safari guidesand anti-poaching experts. Jean owns Wayo Africa which is Tanzania’s leading walking safari company specialising in authentic safari camps located in exclusive areas. Jean has guided safaris across Africa for the past 25 years and has presented many TV series about Africa’s wildlife and biodiversity. Under Jean’s expert guidance your safari will be brought to life, you will effectively act as foot patrols into the hidden corners of the Serengeti sharing information and data with the National Parks Rangers and antipoaching teams.
Conservation Conquors: Frankfurt Zoological Society
As part of your journey, you will get the opportunity to help with live conservation efforts on the ground. You will meet the incredible de-snaring team from Frankfurt Zoological Society who work tirelessly across the Serengeti, particularly in the hidden corners which you will be exploring, to remove snares and help them in their mission.
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Tanzania, Africa
£7,995pp based on two people sharing a tent. Excludes international flights.
Single supplement: £960
Includes All transfers, all meals apart from lunch on arrival; 4 nights accommodation in an expedition camp; 2 nights accommodation at Rivertrees Inn; All drinks whilst on safari; 4 extended balloon flights; guided safari walks and drives in the Serengeti; guided activity on arrival in Arusha; 2 internal flights Arusha to Serengeti return.
Small group: 8 people.