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Float silently over the vast plains and wetlands of Africa in a hot air balloon, commanding unparalleled views of the landscape and wildlife below. Spot birds roosting in the treetops, pods of hippos in the lakes and the patterns of herds grazing on the plains.

The countries where balloon flights are most popular include Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Namibia.

The flight

You will be woken before dawn (usually around 4 am) and taken from your camp to the hot air ballooning starting point.

On arrival at the site you can enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the balloons inflating. When they are ready you climb into the basket and your pilot will give you a short briefing. Then, as the sun rises, so does your balloon.

The direction you take will depend on the wind, so you may float over forest, plains or rivers. Your pilot will point out the game below and there are ample opportunities for photography.

After about an hour you will land on the plains, possibly with a bump, and certainly ready for breakfast.

Champagne breakfast

When you land, breakfast will be set up and served for you in the middle of the game park you are in. You can enjoy a glass of champagne while the table is laid and your meal cooked for you.

Sitting on a camp stool, enjoying breakfast and watching the birds soar overhead is a magical experience.

After breakfast you climb into your safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive back to camp.

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