We share our favourite experiences in this magical east African nation
Kenya is a hugely popular destination, with bucket list activities and sights including Big Five game viewing and the stunning coast. But there’s even more to this destination than meets the eye, as our Desination Expert discovered on a recent trip.
Hot Air ballooning in the Maasai Mara
No first time trip to Kenya is complete without a hot air balloon safari. After an early morning start from your lodge, you will be driven to the departure site at Governors Balloon Safari, where a cup of tea or coffee awaits and the excitement is palpable. If you’re a nervous flyer, which I am, you needn’t worry as you will feel really secure in the basket, which comes with a cushioned bench to and seat belts to ensure you’re strapped in tight. The pilots are all incredibly experienced, with massive hours of flying time – they work wonders at allaying any fears. After a safety briefing, you’re asked to jump onboard, ready to set off. It’s amazing how quickly you find yourselves drifting over the tree canopy, gliding and floating towards the Mara River in search of game below. After an hour of flying, witnessing the majestic landscape and the animals that call it home, it’s time for an exciting landing on the Mara floor. Your game drive vehicle will be waiting patiently for your arrival, whereupon you will be whisked away for breakfast and a well-earned glass of bubbles.