The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
The word ‘serengeti’ means endless plains and it couldn’t be more apt, as the area enclosed by the national park covers 5,700 sq miles of largely rolling savannah. And that’s just what’s inside the national park boundaries. In this environment wildlife viewing by 4×4 is the principal way to see the animals which, especially during the annual migration, cover huge distances.
But after many hours on a game viewing vehicle, excitement calls and a balloon safari drifting above the huge herds has to be the way to experience this special part of Africa and give your bottom a rest!
Leaving your lodge or camp before dawn you travel to the launch site to watch your balloon being inflated and receive a safety briefing. The launch is shortly after first light. Generally you fly quite low but occasionally drift up to 1,000 feet, so your pilot can scan the area for the wildlife. A bush landing followed by a superb breakfast finishes your experience before you re-join your safari guide and return to your base.