Guests can now experience the wilderness of Uganda in a new, unique way as they wake up early to catch the sunrise and silently fly over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park in a hot air balloon. Guests get to enjoy a bird’s eye view of herds of buffaloes, elephants, enjoy the serene tranquility of the African terrain and memorable photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife before landing and driving to a bush breakfast.
The ballons will be operated by professional pilots who have a flying experience of a minimum of 1000 hours in Turkey, Egypt and now Uganda.
The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology and is a class of aircraft known as Balloon aircraft. It was first established on November 21, 1783, when the first untethered manned flight was performed by Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois aurent d’Arlande in a hot air balloon created by the Montgolfier brothers. Hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air rather than just being pushed along by the wind are known as airships or, more specifically, thermal airships. A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule), which carries passengers and (usually) a source of heat, in most cases an open flame. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope.
The sensational activity, a favorite in the Masaai Mara has now become the newest activity to partake in Uganda at a rate of $380 per person for 1 hour everyday weather permitting. The take-off point is approximately 10 kms from the Mweya Safari Lodge, near one of the salt lakes. Maximum capacity will be 16 people to begin with, and a later addition of a 24 People capacity balloon will be added.
Book now and be one of the first guests to experience this new safari experience!