Amazing flight today crossing Chwaka Bay. Even though we’ve spent all day with preparations we could still enjoy a swim in the ocean.
7 balloons have taken off at the beach and have crossed the bay in a 30 minutes flight. Some have landed in the beach on the other side and some have gone a bit further inland. The retrieve has been smooth with no complications. The views of the balloons over the blue, shallow waters were spectacular.
What an exciting day!! The flight preparations went on all day: refueling, getting the balloons ready, and confirming the permit with the authorities.
Finally at 17.45 we’ve had the go to fly from Kidimni. The take off has been a bit stressful but all balloons have been able to fly. A very intense, 15 minutes flight, heading west over the palm trees.
The retrieve has taken more time than expected and we have finished at midnight. Nevertheless it has been a very good experience, using oxcarts as our retrieve vehicles and enjoying the sunset in the beautiful landing area.
We have arrived to Stonetown, capital of Zanzibar. We are staying in a very nice hotel in downtown, surrounded by little shops and one street away from the beach. It is the perfect place to relax on our free time.
The 2nd flight in Ngorongoro has been very different. We have taken off at 6am from the east side of the crater and have landed in the west rim. The way down to the crater flying over the bushes has amazed everybody.
The light was spectacular, the sky was clear and there was a thin layer of fog falling down to the crater. All 13 balloons could fly together and it was a perfect day for taking pictures.
The balloons have been loaded to the trucks to be sent to Zanzibar. Tomorrow we go to Manyara and relax for a couple of days before the next flight.
The day has started with a game drive in Ngorongoro crater. We have been lucky to see many animals in all different landscapes this very special national park has to offer.
After many efforts and with the cooperation of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area director and also the help of tanzanian pilot Abeid Soka, we have been able to carry the balloons down to the take-off site.
The balloons are ready for what is to be the first flight ever out of Ngorongoro crater!
The group has arrived in Marangu, near the take-off area for the Kilimanjaro flight. After a nice meal we have moved to the take-off site to start preparing the balloons. The gas and the oxygen are on site, and one container has arrived.
The second container is still on its way, and since the weather forecast is favorable for Monday it has been decided to finish the preparations tomorrow morning. Now is time to rest and get ready for the Kilimanjaro flight on Monday!
We have landed in Nairobi early in the morning and have been picked up by Savanna Expeditions. After having a nice breakfast we have crossed the border to Tanzania and we have finally arrived to Two Mountains Lodge in Arusha by lunchtime.
In the afternoon we have had the first briefing: there are several possible take-off fields for the Kilimanjaro flight and the balloons are expected to arrive in Arusha tomorrow.
We are all very excited to have arrived to Tanzania, for this was the first challenge. Also very happy to meet each other in such a lovely country!
Already in Marangu with the final preparations and excited to meet the group on Friday. Looking for take-off fields for the Kilimanjaro flight, finalising the arrangements to fly in Ngorongoro area, and still some work to do like preparing the balloons.
Many thanks to Peter Chaga from Savanna Expeditions and all his team, to our good friend Jimmy Mkwawa, and also to the Authorities for their cooperation in what we are sure will be a successful event.