Uganda Balloon Safaris

Hot air balloon in Murchison falls national park

Uganda Balloon Safaris

Uganda hot air balloon safaris in Uganda are done in Murchison falls national park located in the northwestern part of the country as well as Queen Elizabeth national park in the western part of the country. The hot air balloon in these parks gives you great views of features like rivers, lakes, escarpments, wildlife like lions, buffaloes, elephants, zebras, different antelope species, bird species, and the natural vegetation cover. With a hot air balloon, you can enjoy a bush breakfast but at a fee.

Hot air balloons in Queen Elizabeth national park

Queen Elizabeth national park is the most visited national park in western Uganda and a place to see the rare tree-climbing lions that can not be seen anywhere in the country. The Park is home to over 95 mammals, 600 bird species, chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge, and the Kazinga channel which connects lake George to lake Edward.

Hot air balloon safaris in Queen Elizabeth national park start early in the morning at 5:30 where all clients are picked from their lodges and transferred to the starting point for a briefing by the pilots. During the briefing, you are always served a cup of coffee after which you get into your balloon to the sky. During the experience, you will have an aerial view of the rift valley floor, escarpments, vegetation cover, Rwenzori mountains, Kazinga channel, lake Edward, lake George, birds, wild animals like the elephants, hippos, topi, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthogs, leopards, and buffaloes among others. After the hot air balloon in queen Elizabeth national park, you land and get served bush breakfast in case you paid for it. later you get driven back to your lodges and if you have time you can do an afternoon game drive, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge, birding, or a boat cruise at Kazinga channel where you will get to spot some of the park animals.

Where to stay on a hot air balloon safari in queen Elizabeth national park?

There are several accommodation facilities in Queen Elizabeth national park but where to stay depends on your budget. They range from luxury to mid-range to budget and these include Mweya Safari Lodge, Park View Lodge, Katara Lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Ihamba Safari Lodge, Ishasha Jungle Lodge, Amaraga Rift Valley Lodge, Kasenyi Safari Camp, Enganzi Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Elephant Hub Lodge, Simba Lodge, Elephant Plains Lodge among others.

Hot air balloon in Murchison falls national park

This is one of the activities you shouldn’t miss out on on a safari to Murchison falls national park. It’s open the ways to discover the stunning things in the park from the air, offering a unique experience to have an aerial view of the beautiful river Nile, vegetation, Murchison falls, lake Albert, vegetation, birds, and its also the best way to see a variety of park animals such as elephants, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, lions, leopards, warthogs, Uganda kobs, wildebeest and so many others. The hot air balloon begins in the morning with a pick-up from your lodge to the briefing station. After the briefing, you enter the balloon for a tour around the park after which return to land for bush breakfast. After the bush breakfast, you head back to the lodge and from here you can do birding, chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest, sport fishing, boat cruise, game drive, or hike to the top of the falls.

Where to stay on a hot air balloon safari in Murchison falls national park

There are a lot of accommodation facilities in Murchison falls national park Uganda where you can have an overnight stay on your hot air balloon safari and these include Chobe safari lodge, Paraa safari lodge, baker’s lodge, Fort Murchison safari lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Pakuba safari lodge, Nile Safari Lodge, and Amuka Safari Lodge to mention but a few.

How much is a hot air balloon safari in Uganda?

Hot air balloon in Murchison falls national park and Queen Elizabeth national park cost $330 per person above the age of 12 and those below 12 years of age pay $190. This rate does not include breakfast in the bush but a ballooning certificate. You are advised to book your balloon ticket in advance most especially if you want to use it in the high season because the balloon carries a few people.

What is the best time for Uganda balloon safaris?

Uganda balloon safaris can be done at any time of the year unless if the weather condition is bad and cannot favor the flow of balloons in the sky but the best time we would recommend you is the dry season which happens in June to October and December to February when there is little or no rainfall, and the vegetation thin for clear views of wildlife and other features in the park.

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