Flying over the Serengeti was on our bucket list and one we were very fortunate to fulfill. We were picked up very early in the morning before sunrise by a representative from Serengeti Balloon Safaris, one of the top balloon companies in the world, and driven to their take-off location where we joined many other safari goers who shared the same dream. While the staff filled the balloons, we received our safety briefing from our pilot Mohamed Masudi, who was the first Tanzanian commercial hot-air balloon pilot.
As the sun rose over the plains, so did we and the breathtaking beauty of the Serengeti was laid out before us. From our birds-eye view, we could see the striped zebras moving across the plains, warthogs foraging for food, hyenas scavenging for leftovers and antelope and wildebeest grazing while on high alert as a lion stalked them.
Two hours literally flew by, and after we touched down out on the plain we were picked up by the chase vehicles who took us to another meeting point for the customary champagne to celebrate the successful flight. After a glass of bubbly, we were whisked off to enjoy a Serengeti breakfast laid out on the plains
As the saying goes, some things are worth getting up early for and this was definitely it!