Monday, December 24, 2012

Hot air Balloon at Masai Mara

Taking a balloon safari is one of the most thrilling events one can experience while on safari. In Kenya, some of the places one can enjoy this spectacular event is in the Masai Mara as well as the Soysambu ranch.
The safari is conducted in the morning. There is a wake up call in the lodge or camp. The balloon company will usually organize the pick up where by a driver comes for you in the lodge usually in a land rover and takes you to the launch site. This will usually be at around 5am. One then meets with the balloon’s pilot, where a briefing is conducted. Here, one also gets to watch the balloon getting inflated and prepared.
At dawn, the take off takes place. This will usually be around 6am. As the balloon rises, you get the sensation that you are rising simultaneously with the sun. The feeling is amazing as one feels as if he/she is floating. The beauty of the morning and the light in the horizon make this a magnificent moment. It is appropriate to have proper clothing, usually cotton. A sweater may also be instrumental as it will protect incase it is windy. Most balloons are designed to take around 15 persons. 

The balloon follows the direction of the wind as it rises. Altitude is adjusted by temperature. The pilot will alternate from low altitudes to high up to fit different situations. He/she may lower the balloon to enable you have a fine view of the animals below at closer quarters. This presents an ideal chance for you to take classic photos. He/she will then make the balloon float on high altitudes for you to have the splendid view of the vast plains and into the horizon. It is quite fascinating to have a bird’s view of the earth below. It is practically viewing in 3 dimensions. What makes it even more thrilling is viewing the animals below. From the distance, even a herd of elephants can look like colony of ants.

The ride takes around 1 hour. The balloon will then land, upon which most balloon companies organize some champagne and wine opening and drinking. Bush breakfast is also done, which climaxes the ultimate African safari. 

Hot air balloon rides in Soysambu Ranch are a bit cheaper than in The Mara. This is near the Lake Elementaita. The ride can go up to an altitude of 4000m above sea level, from where one gate a view of Lake Elementaita, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate Park and mount Kenya in the distance, all at once, depending on the weather. One gets to watch the flamingoes in Lake Nakuru and Elementaita taking off and landing as well as herds of giraffes and buffaloes in The Soysambu conservancy. The ride takes approximately one hour. Upon landing, there is a photo session, wine taking and a sumptuous breakfast.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Traveling to India Easier with Cheap Flight Tickets

Today many airlines offer cheap flight tickets and this has made traveling a lot simpler. There has been a tremendous increase in international travel. And the good news is air travel both domestic and international is as not as expensive as it was a few years ago. This is because there has also been an increase in the number of airlines operating within the same sector. Now, with so many airlines operating within the same sector, they go out all out to woo passengers. The best way to do this is to offer low air fares. 

International travel to India has also been increasing steadily. Today there are many Indian families settled in the US, Canada and other European nations. The frequency of their travel from and to India has also increased because cheap flights to India are available today easily.

India has also become one of the favored international tourist destinations. The tourism industry in India has gone all out to attract international tourists and make their stay welcome, comfortable and an exhilarating experience. International tourists desiring to tour India can now not only take advantage of the cheap air travel deals but also make all the hotel accommodation arrangements suitable to their budget through websites like

Even when one chooses to travel by air, it would make sense to look for a good bargain offer for the said travel. In a country like India, privatization of airlines has thrown the door open to many airline companies to operate here. Many domestic carriers in India also operate internationally to favored or most frequented destinations like the US, Canada, countries in the Middle East.  

The competition between the airlines too is stiff and one way of attracting passengers is by offering a good bargain. Online travel sites like consolidate information from all airlines operating in all sectors and they not only provide information to the traveler with regard to low flight tickets available, but also facilitate booking tickets. Gone are the days when one has to go the airports or get hold of travel agents to take care of ticketing.