Experience the beauty of the Masai Mara on a hot air balloon flight. Take off at dawn and float in whichever direction the morning winds take you. Your altitude may vary from treetop height or lower, which offers a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities, to 300 metres ( 1 000 feet), showcasing the vastness of the panorama. From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below.

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Experience the beauty of the Masai Mara on a hot air balloon flight. Take off at dawn and float in whichever direction the morning winds take you. Your altitude may vary from treetop height or lower, which offers a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities, to 300 metres ( 1 000 feet), showcasing the vastness of the panorama. From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below.

Sweep your eyes across the panoramic plains and discover the fantastic features unfolding before you, with an abundance of gentle undulating hills, sparkling rivers and verdant grasslands. Dotted in between this lush terrain you can spot the heads of gentle giraffe foraging from the top of leafy trees, slumbering elephants swaying in the cool breeze, graceful gazelles leaping through the vast expanse and pods of hippos splashing in the water. Probe further and you may see prowling predators stalking across the savanna.

As you sail above the reserve, you are privy to the daily rituals of the wild things in their natural habitat. It is a beautiful experience to witness the intricacies of the Mara ecosystem and the harmonious coexistence of the vibrant flora and fascinating fauna.

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FLIGHT TO MARA

Flying is the quickest way to get to Mara. There are daily flights to the Mara from Wilson Airport provided by companies such as SafariLink and Air Kenya. A flight to Mara takes around 45 minutes. On arrival, the aircraft will land on an airstrip nearest to your camp.

DRIVE TO MARA

The Maasai Mara is about 280 km. west from Nairobi City. A drive to Masai Mara takes about 5-6 hours. While driving you will enjoy breathtaking views including that of the Great Rift Valley and also Mount Suswa and Mount Longonot. The road from Narok to the reserve is quite rough and it is advisable to use a 4×4 vehicle as this will make your ride a bit smoother. Once you get to Masai Mara there are a number of entry gates such as Sand River, Musiara, Talek, Sekenani or Oloololo Gate.

There are tour guides that will help you get around the park.

Choosing when to go to the Masai Mara is something that needs to be carefully considered in order to meet your expectations. For general game viewing there is no real best time to go; thanks to its abundant resident wildlife and temperate climate, the Masai Mara is widely regarded as a year-round safari destination.

However, many visitors come for the wildebeest migration and the best time to visit the Masai Mara for this famous spectacle is between July/early August and the end of November although due to varying rainfall patterns, the exact timing varies from year to year.

The clothing and other personal gear you bring for your tour in Kenya depends on the purpose of your trip and the activities you have planned. If you are in Kenya on a safari, you will need clothing that is loose and comfortable, and this will allow you to enjoy your wildlife viewing and related safari activities consistently well. Also bring clothing that is suitable for the weather and that can last you a few days if laundry services are not immediately available. Some accommodations offer next day laundry subject to the weather conditions.

Try to carry items that are lightweight so you do not exceed your baggage allowance. It is advisable to avoid wearing bright-colored attire on your safari in Kenya; instead, carry clothing of neutral colors that blends in with the bush. Since there is a probability of mosquitoes and other insects, you need to carry repellents and also apparel that covers the maximum area of your skin like long-sleeved shirts, trouser pants, shoes and socks.

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