Once the preserve of wealthy hunters like Ernest Hemingway and Theodore Roosevelt, Kenya is the birthplace of the safari. Indeed, the word “safari” is originally a Swahili word that means “long journey”. Kenya is the iconic African safari adventure where herds of migrating Wildebeest thunder across the grassy plains in their millions, where the red robes of the tall Masai tribesmen stand out in stark contrast to the lush green surrounds, where lakes are so thickly carpeted in so many flamingos as to appear pink rather than blue. The classic movie, Out of Africa, was fittingly filmed in Kenya and it perfectly captured the romance, thrill and excitement of the place. You will encounter forests, mountains, deserts, lakes and a staggering abundance of wildlife. But as incredible and unbeatable as a Kenyan safari is, Kenya offers much more than just wildlife. It is a wild country of contrasts from the sun drenched beached of the Indian Ocean to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya.
An East African safari is indeed a trip of a lifetime and if there is one thing that is not to be missed during this adventure is to go hot air ballooning. Arguably there can be no better way to take in the landscapes and uninterrupted views of the picturesque countryside than by seemingly floating above it in a bubble. An early morning start is required but it is well worth getting out of a warm bed in the dark once you have gently lifted off the ground and are leisurely floating along with the wind as the sun makes its first appearance. As the sun grows in height, the warm rays of first light spread their arms from horizon to horizon and Mother Nature is revealed in all her magnificent beauty, bathed in the gentle glow of the morning sun. All this while animals go about their business completely oblivious to your presence above them.