Company history

Our mother company Sky Ballonvaarten was founded in 1984 by the passionate aviation man Henny van Loosbroek. What started as a hobby grew out to be a commercial hot air balloon company with 9 sponsored balloons in 2017. Currently Sky Ballonavaarten is managed by Henny’s sons Bram and Daan van Loosbroek who a both experience balloon pilots with over 22 years experience.

In 2012 Bram van Loosbroek and Adika Tour and Travel founded Abyssinia Ballooning. Abyssinia Ballooning now has 2 sponsored balloons (the 10-12 passenger Zemen Bank Balloon and a 2-5 passenger unbranded balloon). Abyssinia operates througout Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, Lalibela, Hawassa, Awash National Park and more) and organizes recreational balloon flights for over 1000 passengers per year (nationals, expats, companies, organizations, tourists and more). Abyssinia Ballooning is supported by the Dutch Government in the form of a matching grand (see

By 2018 we aim to have 3-4 passenger balloons operational, employ 25 balloon specialists and have branches in Addis Ababa, Lalibela and Hawassa.


The mission of Abyssinia Ballooning can be summarized as followed:

Abyssinia Ballooning offers recreational balloon flights in Ethiopia for a fair price. With a lot of enthusiasm and with a focus on guest friendliness we offer a high quality ballooning service. We are only satisfied when our customers are satisfied. Pleasure and a high dosis of humor is important for us. We believe that a healthy company can only arise from empathy towards the needs of sustomers and from empowerment of and trust in our team.


Our services are based on the following pilars:

  • Quality: we understand that our customers are about to engage a, for them, unique experience. We understand that they a significant amount of money for that and therefore we make sure that customers receive great value for money. We are happy to make an extra step to make our customers very satisfied.
  • Safety: we understand that our customers commence their balloon experience with a certain level of anxiety. We also understand that our customers put their full trust in us. We are trained well in our profession and will always make decisions based on the principal ‘safety first’.  We never take any risks with our passengers and will never let commercial preasure lead us.
  • Guest friendliness: we very much dislike customer unfriendliness in any way. We understand that customers provide our livelihood. We are very grateful to our customers and will alway show that in guest friendliness and by offering a high quality service.
  • Flexibiliteit: we like to adjust our services to the customer’s wishes. What is not possible, is not possible and we will not promise things that are not possible. Often there is a simple and pragmatic solution to a problem. We like to find solutions for and with our customers.
  • Team loyalty: we understand that the success of a balloon flight and our company is completely determined by the power and the happiness of our team. Our company is based on mutual trust and team empowerment. There is time for pleasure and fun. We believe motivation and hard work is partly based on that. Within our company there is a great co-worker atmosphere.
  • Honousty: we like to do business honoustly en we also expect this from our suppliers and customers. We are very proud of our beautiful services and believe that honousty and enthusiasm leads to business success.

Abyssinia Ballooning provides the following services:

  1. Combined passenger balloon flights, where you make a wonderful sunrise balloon flight together with other passengers from different take-off locations in Ethiopia.
  2. Private balloon flights, where you book a chartered flight for your own group (6-12 or 2-5 passengers) from a take-off location of your choice (if allowed by Ethiopian government and if the area is suitable for ballooning).
  3. Various special packages like Balloon & Lodge, Balloon & Spa, Balloon & Hike/Bike.
  4. Company services like company balloon flights, branded balloons and cold inflatable products.

The vison of Abyssinia Ballooning can be summarized as followed:

Abyssinia Ballooning strives to achieve a financially healthy company and to let people enjoy the wonderous world of hot air ballooning.

Achieved milestones

  1. Abyssinia Ballooning is the pioneer balloon company of Ethiopia
  2. We have organized a wonderful balloon experience in Ethiopia for over 2000 balloon passengers by April 2017
  3. By 2016 we have 2 hot air balloons operational
  4. We now employ 8 Ethiopians and 4 freelance Ethiopians


Total verdict
Balloon flight
Customer experience


  • "We went with our team and had an absolutely beautiful experience! The team of Abyssinia ballooning is professional and the whole program - including champagne, breakfast and transport - is organized very well. 100% Recommendation! "  

    Geert Bos Habesha Beer Ethiopia / Sales Support Manager
  • "I was invited by Abyssinia Ballooning on one of its first flights over Addis Ababa in February 2012. During the flight I saw Addis slowly passing by, I heard the sounds of the town waking up, we flew at only meters over small farms in the rural area and we were warmly welcomed by hundreds of people after landing in the area of Holetta. I was happily surprised about this amazing experience as a writer and photographer and advice anyone who can afford it to experience the magic of ballooning at least once in their lives."  

    Joël Labadie Freelance photographer
  • “Having a balloon flight in the early morning. You will see the sunrise from the air. Flying with a balloon is a very nice experience. We did these flight from Koka with some other neighbor families. Bram, owner and captain, is doing a good job and he explains everything in a professional way and he is a good host. After the flight: champagne and a nice prepared breakfast. ”  

    Bas Terlouw Dummen Red Fox Ethiopia / General Manager
  • Addis Ababa, 08 November 2016 LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION On 1st of November 2016, the entire staff or the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa - 29 persons in total - joined Bram and his staff for hot air balloon flights in the early morning in the outskirts of Addis Ababa. The flight was enjoyable, comfortable and professionally executed. I can recommend witnessing the sunrise, safely flying 50+ metres above the ground!  

    HE Andreas Gaarder Norwegian Embassy to Ethiopia / Ambassador
  • ''Abyssinia Ballooning offers a fascinating flight experience over the beautiful rural surroundings of Addis. Experience the slow and gracious motion motion as the hot-air balloon rises gently and follows the curves of the earth. Many thanks to the always energetic and enthusiastic team at Abyssinia Ballooning!.''

    Helaway Tadesse Zemen Bank / Senior Vice President

Links, our Dutch mother company, our matching grant provider, the tourism website of the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture & Tourism


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