Famed for offering dramatic scenes of the Wildebeest migration, Maasai Mara Game Reserve is probably the most popular hot air balloon safari destination in the world. During this annual wildlife wonder, over 1.2million Wildebeest and thousands of zebras roam Maasai Mara’s grassy plains in search of fresh grass, having exhausted the one in their other homeland, Serengeti National Park. As the balloon gently drifts over Maasai River, you will see thousands of wildlife queuing up while waiting for the perfect moment to dash across the river without landing in the unforgiving jaws of countless crocodiles that lay in wait. It is an unfishable dose of adrenaline rush that will leave you feeling like you are in the middle of a National Geographic documentary shoot. The best time to visit is July-August and in September.
How to get here:
Uganda Airlines will resume offering two direct flights from Entebbe to Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. From there, you can access Maasai Mara by both road and air depending on your budget. For a list of credible and registered tour operators, visit the Kenya Tourism Board website.