Hot Air Balloon safaris are not common in Uganda it is an activity that has recently been introduced by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). This activity can only be found at the Murchison Falls National Park and the Queen Elizabeth National Park and it is handled by the Dream Balloons who were registered and certified fully in 2011 by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, the National Environment Management Authority and the Uganda Communications Commission before they could to run this particular activity in Uganda’s National Parks.
The pilots have to go through the Ugandan and Egyptian Aviation Authorities for certification before they are accepted to operate these balloons. These balloon`s sizes do not matter mainly because the more it is filled up with air, the more the weight it can carry. However it is permitted to carry only 8 passengers. Children from the ages of 6 years and below are excluded because the Hot air balloon goes as high as 10000 ft. above sea level which is uncomfortable for them. For one opting for a safari at the Murchison Falls, the Hot air ballooning is one of the things you should not miss out on. The Murchison Falls National Park is the largest protected area that has so much to see when it comes to nature and all that which is around it, all kinds of wildlife can be seen in this area not forgetting the famous River Nile.
The launch site for the hot air balloons is near the Paraa Lodge which is on the Wildlife side of the park. While here, you will be able to watch them do last minute preparations like pumping air into the balloon before you could soar high. Hot air ballooning is the kind of activity perfect for those on honeymoon, the adrenaline junkies and those seeking a once in a lifetime adventure. The scenes up there are breathtaking and spectacular and the air refreshing and soothing. This is an experience of a life time made to provoke your memories.
With Hot Air Ballooning at the Murchison Falls National Park the tourist will experience the following itineraries;
-The general scenic view of the Murchison Falls Park,
-The Off-road animals hidden within the national park,
-The Nice views of Lake Albert and Victoria Nile views,
-The bush breakfast experience in the wild, the pickups from the different destinations,
-The participation certificates,
-Crossings by ferry and
-The ride on the hot air balloon that lasts an hour among many others.
The hot air balloon safari goes for $380 per person,
We different packages for hot air ballooning: