Balloon Safaris in Serengeti and Tarangire
A popular addition to your stay in the Serengeti National Park is a balloon safari, a lifetime experience not to be missed. Launching at dawn, your balloon rises as the sun rises. Floating gently over the plains and wildlife of the Serengeti national park, the flight is for about one hour. After landing, enjoy a traditional champagne celebration and an out of Africa breakfast prepared and served in the brush. Return transfer to Seronera arriving at 09:30hrs ready to continue with the days planned activities. This adventure is available to visitors staying at any central or western Serengeti lodge or camp.
In Tarangire, Aloft balloon safaris started operating flights over the national park in August 2010. Balloon flights typically take off at 06h30 by sunrise, but passengers start early from their respective lodges arriving in time to watch the balloon inflation. The flight is for one hour. The balloon takes its path following the prevailing winds, floating over the spectacular Tarangire national park and offering passengers a bird’s eye view of the wildlife in the game park. On landing, the balloon crew set up a champagne breakfast just before the Tarangire river or past the Tarangire river, followed by a game drive en route to the lodge or to the drop off point as agreed by the tour guide.
Domestic Air Transport
There are daily scheduled flights linking key tourist gateways to various destinations and popular locations in Tanzania, including the game parks and the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. Leopard tours has agreements with local air transportation companies, operating charter and scheduled flights, to guard against unnecessary price fluctuations. Most game parks and towns have air strips accessible by smaller planes.
Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO), the closest airport to Arusha in northern Tanzania, is served by international carries including KLM royal Dutch airlines and Ethiopian airlines which also fly to Dar es salaam. Visitors to the southern parks, the beaches and Zanzibar may use a number of international airlines that service Julius Nyerere international airport (JNIA) formerly Dar es salaam international airport. Zanzibar is now a major destination and is also served by international air carriers. Visitors combining Kenya and Tanzania and arriving via Nairobi may use Jomo Kenyatta international airport (JKIA) where there are daily flights connecting to Kilimanjaro (JRO), Dar es salaam (JNIA) and Zanzibar. And for visitors preferring to travel overland from Nairobi to northern Tanzania game parks, leopard tours would be pleased to arrange a suitable road transfer for them.