Balloon tours feature among the newly and rare experiences that have been introduced by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). These unique experiences are conducted in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park and for any interested travelers; the two savanna grassland protected areas should be a must to include in your bucket list. Uganda balloon safaris are conducted by professional hot air balloon companies (for instance Dream Balloons) that are fully registered and certified by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, the National Environment Management Authority, Uganda Wildlife Authority as well as Uganda Communications Commission prior extending their service to the national parks of Uganda. The pilots also undergo through Ugandan and Egyptian Aviation Authorities for certification prior accepting him to run the balloons. The balloons come in reasonable sizes and can accommodate up to eight (8) people and children under six years aren’t allowed for this experience as the hot air balloon goes high up to 10000 feet above sea level and this might cause uncomfortable conditions for them.
In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will get up early in the morning ready to undertake this lifetime experience above the stunning plains of the park. You will enjoy clear views of the wildlife species like elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, antelopes and many others. For visitors on wildlife safaris to Murchison Falls National Park, the hot air balloon safaris should be a must in your bucket list. It offers you a great opportunity to catch a glimpse at variety of wildlife species as well as viewing the River Nile. Murchison Falls National Park is exceptionally Uganda’s largest conservation area and it is famous for its four of the big five game in Africa (lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes) and many other wildlife species.
The hot air balloons are done near Paraa lodge that features numerous wildlife species. You will be briefed on safety precautions, dos and don’ts and many other things to make your tour memorable. You will be in position to catch clear views of the savanna below with its incredible wildlife while on top of the trees. You may also get certificate of participation. You can decide to embark on sunset balloon flight which begins at 4:00pm though this may not come with bush meals after your adventure. However, you can set off early in the morning if you are interested in have bush breakfast in the wild.
The hot air balloon safari is one of a kind experience that you shouldn’t miss out especially for honeymooners, adrenaline junkies and visitors who are interested in lifetime experiences. It comes with amazing scenic views of the park itself, Lake Albert, wildlife along and off the roads, Lake Victoria Nile, fresh air and memorable experiences of lifetime and many more. This experience takes you about an hour and you will pay around $380 including bush breakfast in the wilderness. Children between six and twelve pay half the cost of the adults.
In conclusion, hot air balloon adventures feature among the most remarkable ways of catching a glimpse at the variety of wildlife in Uganda’s most stunning savanna grassland protected areas. It is a lifetime experience that you should miss out while on safari to Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park which features among the famous and largest savanna grassland protected areas.