Activities in Serengeti National Park
Short (two-to three-hour) walks outside the park and Maasai cultural activities can be arranged through lodges based in border areas.
Balloon trips – about an hour floating over the plains at dawn, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush under the acacia trees, complete with linen tablecloths – are offered by Serengeti Balloon Safaris for US$479 per person. The flight route varies depending on the winds, but often follows a stretch of the Grumeti River. The captains try to stay between 500m and 1000m above ground, weather and wind permitting, which means that if animals are there, you’ll be able to see them. Bookings can be made directly, or through any of the central Serengeti lodges.