Rwanda Hot air balloon safari

Rwanda Hot air balloon safari in Akagera National Park is one of the recent additions to the already beautiful and incredibly endowed country, dubbed the “land of a thousand hills”. It is an out-of-this-world experience operated by Royal Balloon Rwanda and makes it possible for travellers to have aerial views of savannah-dominated Akagera National Park as well as its wide array of animals and landscapes. Launched in January 2022, the activity has slowly become many travellers’ bucket-list experience when exploring Rwanda’s big five home.

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With diversely tested and proven experience of operating unmatched hot air balloon tours in Turkey, Royal Balloon has decided to spread its wings and bring the experience to travellers in Rwanda who wish to watch animals and admire the beauty of the natural landscapes, It would be interesting to know that the Pilots that conduct these hot air balloon tours boat of diverse knowledge in different countries and more than 1500 flight hours.

The hot air balloon within Akagera National Park accommodates a total of 6 persons and therefore prior booking is emphasized to avoid missing out on this indescribable adventure. The hot air balloon tour usually starts with a briefing of travellers at the starting point in Kayitaba (approximately a 5-minute drive from Akagera National Park’s southern entrance gate). Visitors are expected at the starting point by 5:00 am, much as take-off time is subject to changes dictated by prevailing weather Travellers are taken through the safety guidelines by the flying crew then off you start the adventure of a lifetime. There is an opportunity of seeing how the hot air balloon is prepared before it begins to slowly and majestically float in the air. Like its name, the balloon is prepared for hot and cold inflammation.

As visitors are treated to a cup of hot beverage (coffee or tea) and rusks, the experienced Pilot inflates the hot air balloon followed by the unmatched opportunity that you have been patiently waiting for. Travellers are then invited to the basket and later begin the flight, during which lots of animals especially Elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, Masai giraffes, warthogs and others as well as magnificent views of Akagera National Park are offered. The most unforgettable part of this adventure is flying over the beautiful Lake Ihema, home to Hippos, and Nile crocodiles and visiting elephants as well as Buffaloes.

The hot air balloon tour over Akagera’s sweeping savannah plains and other ecosystems takes about one hour and is followed by the popping of Champagne and then receiving a flight certificate by the expert pilots. This is one of the many things you won’t forget in the longest time.

Best time for the hot air balloon safari in Akagera

Hot air balloon safaris in Akagera are enjoyed throughout the year but the chances of getting delayed or getting rescheduled due to bad weather is common during the wet season-March to May and October to November. Therefore, the perfect season for this adventure is the dry season-June to September and December to February.

What to carry for the Rwanda Hot air balloon safari

Some of the must-have items for the hot air balloon safari include a warm sweater, for the cold morning’s comfortable covered shores, sunglasses, a good camera, scarf, a backpack, a pair of binoculars, a safari hat, a rain jacket and many others.

With the introduction of hot air balloon safaris in Akagera National Park by Royal Balloon, Rwanda will be joining the short list of countries in Africa offering this once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are high chances of seeing big five game (buffaloes, lions, leopards, elephants and Rhinos), the waterbucks, giant elands, Masai giraffes, zebras, and Hippos, as well as diverse landscapes that range from forests, woodlands, savannah grasslands, swamps to Lakes.  Rwanda is a small country and home to a huge number of primates, the mountain gorillas and the golden monkeys found in Volcanoes National Park. The Chimpanzees and the Colobus monkeys are found in Nyungwe National Park. Do not miss out on a chance to combine your balloon flight safari in Rwanda with the primates. Talk to our safari planning team now for options on how to visit the best attractions and places in Rwanda.