Camping Safaris

Hot Air Balloons at Laikipia

Situated 70 kms north of Mount Kenya, on the edge of the Laikipia plateau, is Loisaba Wilderness - a 60,000 acre private wildlife conservancy and working cattle ranch. Located here is the new Tropic Air / Loisaba hot air balloon. The balloon has a deluxe basket and carries 6 passengers in total comfort.

Balloons are the earliest form of flight, and the balloon, registered as "5Y-POP," is the first and only balloon operating in Northern Kenya. Each and every trip is unforgettable... and typically we take off into the sky at day-break, float over the stunning and dramatic landscape where herds of elephant, zebra and giraffe can be spotted, and we are met on landing with the ultimate champagne breakfast – hence the name 5Y-POP! It is a completely overwhelming experience and definitely doesn't get better than this! Tropic Air is Kenya's only air company to operate airplanes, helicopters and balloons under one license. The pilot, Mike McGrath from Chicago, has over 3,500 balloon flying hours in 17 countries, including 2 round-the-world attempts, and he has over 15 years experience in Kenya.