Hot air balloon experiences give you a chance to see the world from a different view. These are the best hot air balloon experiences around the world.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Beginning in April, guests at Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura camps in Botswana will be able to witness the sunrise over the Okavango Delta and get a bird’s eye view of the diversity of wildlife that inhabit the private concession with a balloon safari. It’s sure to be one of the best hot air balloon experiences in the world, as it soars over dry river beds, gnarled trees, and across plains in search of Botswana’s secretive wetland species.
Experience the vastness of the Namib desert from a hot air balloon as the first light of day breaks across a sea of red dunes and the sun rises above the horizon. During that first hour of sunlight, there’s an incredibly rich contrast in the colors of the sand dunes, plains, and surrounding mountain ranges which makes for incredible photos.
Atacama Desert, Chile
Brand new to the international stage in 2016, a private sunrise flight over Chile’s Atacama Desert is a once in a lifetime experience that allows passengers to soar over the Moon Valley and the driest sands on earth, drifting above multi-colored rock formations and salt plains against a backdrop of distant snowcapped volcanoes. Cap it all off with a light champagne breakfast—yet one more romantic indulgence in this fascinating land of contrasts.
Just outside big city Limerick there exists a select few private estates where hot air balloon rides whisk guests over Ireland’s breathtakingly lush green lands. These are the only balloon flights to take off this far south in Ireland, and Ker & Downey has access to them, allowing guests to float peacefully over stunning French gardens and woodlands.
Coffee Triangle, Colombia
Colombia’s Coffee Triangle is one of those uncanny corners where the country’s green carpet of coffee plantations spread out uninterrupted along the horizon. The best way to fully experience it is to savor hot cups of Colombian coffee straight from the source and to capture a bird’s-eye view of its majesty during an early-morning hot air balloon journey, rising above the beautiful landscape that is Colombia’s famed coffee region.
Lake Geneva, Switzerland
The International Hot-Air Balloon Festival in Château-d’Oex is a sight for the imagination. Held annually at the end of January, the festival showcases nearly one hundred balloons from over twenty countries floating over the snowy valley. Highlights include the famous “night-glow” show when the balloons are exposed on the mountain, lit by their burners on the seventh day, and the tradition of Twinning, which takes place on the first Sunday of the festival and symbolizes the friendship between the regions of Bristol, Sint-Niklaas, Romorantin, and Château-d’Oex.
In Cappadocia, Ker & Downey guests receive an inside and “top-side” look at the famous rock-cut churches. These marvelous formations tower over the Cappadocian hills in clusters, making an almost lunar-like landscape completely unique from any other destination in the world. It is perhaps one of the top must-try hot air balloon experiences on the planet, as it allows travelers to witness the sweeping hillsides and valleys of the region in their incomparable glory.
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