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IT’S NOW OFFICIAL: Serengeti Balloon Safaris extends its wings to Tarangire National Park

Ballooning gives enthusiasts room to navigate the ecosystem as they sample the landscape to reveal hidden treasures of the wilderness.

MONDAY June 24, 2024

Taking off just after sunrise, two balloons ascended to 800 feet, granting passengers sweeping views of the expansive woodlands and potential landing spots within Tarangire National Park. PHOTOS | COURTESY

By Adam Ihucha

The Tranquility News Correspondent, Tanzania

Serengeti Balloon Safaris has in a thrilling milestone effectively flown its maiden flight over the breathtaking Tarangire, marking an official extension of its footprint into the key national park.

Spanning an illustrious landscape, this recent inaugural event saw 22 guests gliding in two hot air balloons from the northwestern Silale Swamp, eventually touching down in the lush Tarangire valley.

Taking off just after sunrise, the balloons ascended to 800 feet, granting passengers sweeping views of the expansive woodlands and potential landing spots.

This airborne voyage provided an unparalleled glimpse of Tarangire’s diverse wildlife, including sightings of elephants, buffalo, porcupines, waterbucks, bushbucks, white-headed vultures, hornbills, African green parrots, and reedbucks.

“The journey culminated with gentle landings near the scenic Tarangire River, where we enjoyed a lavish out of Africa breakfast under an acacia tree,” explained one of the first adventurer, Ms Claire Warner.

The journey culminated with gentle landings near the scenic Tarangire River.

“Both balloons launched just after sunrise from the northern end of Silale Swamp and climbed to around 800 feet over a large expanse of woodland to gain some speed and the far-reaching views whilst traversing the ridge,” Ms. Warner explained.

Upon descending over the woodland canopy on the western side of the ridge, she said, they had some good sightings and headed past Tarangire Sopa Lodge to the open areas close to the Tarangire River.

Tarangire National Park, with its vibrant ecosystem and rich avian life, offers a unique alternative to the tried-and-true Serengeti flights.

This successful initial flight underscores the Serengeti Balloon Safaris’ commitment to enhancing customer experiences across Tanzania.

“Tarangire marks the fourth national park added to their impressive roster, joining the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), and Ruaha,” the Serengeti Balloon Safaris Marketing Manager, Mr Pascal Kirigiti, said.

With a huge variety of wildlife, biodiversity, and geology, Tarangire offers an unforgettable experience from the sky.

Serengeti Balloon Safaris’ Managing Director, Mr John Corse, shared his enthusiasm: “Tarangire is such a stunning landscape to enjoy from the air and we are thrilled to now be welcoming guests from June to March.”

He added: “With a huge variety of wildlife, biodiversity, and geology to enjoy, it is one of my favourite places to fly, and we look forward to sharing it with our guests.”

As Tarangire attracts more safari goers, Serengeti Balloon Safaris ensures the magic of ballooning is accessible year-round from June to March, offering yet another reason for adventurers to explore Tanzania’s incredible wilderness from the skies.

The pioneer of hot air balloon in the country, whose service was for the past three decades confined in Serengeti National Park alone, decided to test the new breathtaking tourism product, as part of its mission to add adventure activities for nature lovers.

The product gives enthusiasts room to navigate the entire Tarangire ecosystem as they sample the landscape of the wilderness and reveal hidden treasures of the 54-year old national parkΩ

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