Pilots | Balloon Adventure Over The Maasai Mara, Kenya

Balloon Adventure offers balloon flights in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. The Mara is the northernmost part of the spectacular Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, home to the “Great Migration” and scores of other wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, hippos, and crocodiles.

Our balloon is made in Bristol, England, by Cameron balloons. Cameron is the most experienced builder of “safari ride” balloons in the world, having placed balloons in Africa for over 30 years. We operate one “A415” balloons and its envelope holds 415,000 cubic feet of air. To heat the air inside the envelope, we use state-of-the-art “shadow and stealth” burners, which are designed to make as little noise as possible, thus decreasing our impact on the environment.

Our baskets are specially designed and have been modified over the years to accommodate the particular demands of safari-flying. The baskets are divided into 4 compartments, each able to accommodate up to 4 people. For safety and comfort, the sides of the baskets are relatively high and well padded. There are also well-cushioned seats and secure handles made of rope for use during take-off and landing.

Our Pilots

Our pilots hold commercial pilot licenses and undergo stringent annual checks by experienced examiners, as required by Kenyan law.

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Captain Joyce Smiles Beckwith

Captain Joyce has been flying since 2019. `Keekorok plains in Masai Mara is certainly the best place for a the Hot air balloon Balloon Safari.‘

The balloon adventures starts with Extraordinary Sunrise and Maa‘gical Flora & Fauna on the ground is a Bonus to the whole experience. 

Captain Smiles is Kenyan and she made history by becoming the 1st African Female licensed Hot air balloon Pilot. 

Come fly with us.

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Captain Janine Fraser

Born in South Africa 1980, Captain Janine started Adventure in life in South Africa in 1998 when she was just 18 years of age as a Game Ranger, Field Guide & Trails Guide, she Guided Clients on Safari Drives and Walking Safaris in Big 5 Country

Captain Janine got her Commercial Pilots License for Hot Air Balloons in June 2018 in the USA. She Built her big balloon hours in Southern California for 3 years and came back to Kenya to fulfil her dream of flying over the Masai Mara