The best thing about being in a hot air balloon over the Kafue may well be its remoteness; not only are you the only balloon in the air, but the only vehicle you will spot below is the ground crew heading to meet you with a bottle of bubbly as you come in to land.
The plains of Kafue are vast, dotted with thick foliage allowing the pilot to rise and descend at any time granting a stunning 360 view of the surrounding area, as well as flitting inches above trees and skimming the remaining pools of water. One moment you are hundreds of feet up where everything looks tiny, the next you are almost eye level with a pod of hippos.
The serenity experienced whilst flying over one of Africa's most remote wilderness areas is unparalleled. As there are no other balloons when you fly – it's just the balloon and endless views as the sun starts rise.
Keep a close eye when passing nearby bushes, as zebra, wildebeest, sable and roan are a little shyer as they cross the open plains to the water pools. Lion are common on morning flights as they bask in the early morning sun to warm up after a cool evening. Jackal, hyena and oribi are seen in the taller grasses and even water mongoose and serval have been sighted regularly.
Just you, the balloon and 22,400 km² of game rich but unexplored National Park all to yourself.
FURTHER INFORMATION The hot air ballooning safari season runs from 1 August to 31 October wilderness-safaris.com
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