Wildlife viewing is an awesome activity to carry out in Uganda. Most of the times tourists opt for game drives around the park forgetting hot air ballooning has a far better experience. Exploring the wilderness from an aerial view is an experience you should enjoy at all costs. The Uganda balloon safaris below are crafted to offer you a remarkable hot air balloon activity in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park at the best prices. You will be able to get off track and explore some of the wildlife spots you can’t reach through game drives. You will have bush breakfast before your flight and toast a bottle of Champagne upon landing to celebrate your milestone. The companies we use are; Dream Balloons for Murchison Falls National Park and Balloon Tours Uganda Ltd for Queen Elizabeth National Park. The activity usually lasts for about 1 hour and is best done during the morning hours. So do you want to get a bird’s sight view of the wildlife herds in the respective safari parks? The hot air tour packages below feature at least one or two ballooning activities. Inquire with us and we shall send you a revised quotation for your request within 24 hours.
Balloon Tours Uganda
Upon your arrival at the take off point, you will be given a couple of safety instructions by your pilot regarding your activity along with the landing procedures that you ought to follow. You should be very attentive during this session and submissive when you are aboard. As the balloon gets unpacked by the ground crew, you can sip on a cup of coffee or tea or have a full breakfast meal if hungry. The balloon is inflated using two big petrol powered fans. The process can last a few minutes and when full, the crew will ask you to get aboard. Its size is overwhelming and you should see it the moment you get inside. The capacity of the balloon is approximately 300,000 cubic feet and can accommodate up to 16 persons. As you rise off the ground, you will also get to learn about the various ropes that are used to control the balloon.
Hot Air Ballooning in Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is apparently the largest national park in Uganda. It is quite hard to explore the whole park reason why we have only select areas for wildlife viewing. The safari park harbors the big five game animals. When you book a balloon safari in Murchison Falls National Park, you will enjoy a flight of up to 1000ft high. You will begin your ride at sunrise near the take off point in Paraa and get to see some of the stuff you can hardly see on ground. The bush breakfast is organized by professional chefs from Paraa Safari Lodge under the protection of Uganda Wildlife Rangers. The ride usually lasts between 45 – 60 minutes. When you land, you will toast a bottle of Champagne.
Hot Air Ballooning in Queen Elizabeth National Park
The Balloon safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park usually commences from the Kasenyi Gate at about 5:30am. This position is not fixed and often changes basing on the weather condition and wind. Your set off is about an hour after. The early drive in the dark will give you an opportunity to spot some of the animals that spend the rest of their day sleeping and only roam at night. You will have bush breakfast before and toast to your landing after.
The price of hot air ballooning in Queen is $380 per adult and $190 per child. The rates at Murchison Falls varies according to the package you want to book. The full package (foreign nationals) costs $380, the economy package (Foreign residents and budget foreigners) costs $300, the citizens package costs $250 whereas the VIP package costs $2000 per ride. The VIP package is designed for private trips and can be best for honeymooners, wedding proposals and more special arrangements. You will rent the whole balloon and occupy it with your loved ones. You can see the full packages and pricing here.
The minimum age for a Uganda ballooning safari experience is 6 under the guidance of an adult. Any child above this age will be eligible to take flight.
Best time for Balloon tours in Uganda
These balloons operate under the best weather condition. In case of bad weather, the activity is cancelled and full refunds are made to clients. The months with the best weather (driest season) in the Uganda are December, January and February. June to August is usually dry with occasional rainfall. It gets tricky and unpredictable some times.