Up at 4am. Woke Steve up and the three of us got ready by torchlight! Whilst we waited for our bus, we saw the beautiful African night sky, full of stars and even some shooting stars.
Bus journey in a high off the ground jeep – extremely bumpy and pitch black outside. Arrived at the Fig Tree Lodge to meet with the rest of the ballooners. Matt,
Steve and I were put with eleven other tourists in a 16 person balloon. Our captain Mike was from Bristol!
Steve and I approaching the 3 balloons - ours was the middle one
Loading the first balloon
Preparing to launch the Balloons
Very gentle take off – all had to sit in ‘landing position’ holding onto the rope handles with both hands.
Fig Tree Lodge, where we launched from
Looking down on a Giraffe, he's in the centre of the picture - honestly!
As the sun rose we had a photo taken by a digital camera that was suspended out on a wooden plank pretty much in mid air!
That's us on far right!
Another cheesy shot from the Balloon's camera!
During our flight we saw a pride of lions running, including cubs, zebra, elephants, giraffe, wildebeest, warthog, lizard, ostrich, hyena, small crocodile, lilac breasted lola and hippo in the Masai river.
The views from the basket
Had a very rough landing, bumping off some large termite mounds!
This was one hell of a landling - we're on the bottom left!
Team shot with all fellow ballooners and the set up team
Us with Steve
Mara River right next to where we landed - famed for the wildebeest crossing each year where the crocodiles lie in wait.
Day 4 Facts:
The Mara River
The Mara River flows through Kenya and Tanzania, and lies across the migration path of ungulates in the Serengeti/Masai Mara game reserves.
The river is a vital source to grazing animals nearby. Although during the dry season it may often appear shallow, it may swell to up to twice its normal size after heavy rainfall. This can create rapids in the river, which may lead to shortage of food for predators that cannot cross the river to hunt.