What is the balloon program like?

Balloon flight program

Ballooning in Ethiopia is magnificent. However, balloons can only fly early morning in Ethiopia during sunrise. This is because after 07.30 AM (international time) it gets turbulent which can negatively effect the pilot’s control of the balloon. Therefore the balloon program is always as followed:

05.15 AM, pickup by our 14 passenger minivan at one of our pickup points in Addis Ababa (or at your hotel when we fly elsewhere)

05.50 AM, arrive in the take off field (for Addis Ababa flights 20 KM West of Addis near the village Tatek on the new Anbo Road) and a welcome with coffee & tea and a passenger briefing by your pilot (with 20+ years international experience in ballooning)

06.15 AM, after the balloon is inflated with cold air which is heated by the balloon burners you get in the basket and your 1 hour flights at different altitudes (between 0 and 500 meters) begins. You will enjoy a beautiful sunrise from the balloon.

07.15 AM, landing and traditional champagne ceremony to celebrate the balloon flight and to celebrate the birth of aviation (which started with ballooning). After that we drive back to the take off point (or Addis Ababa in case of Addis flights) where we have a complete breakfast

08.30 AM, start of the breakfast and handing out a personal certificate to every passenger

09.30 AM, drop off and end of program

In short, a complete early morning program and a spectacular sunrise balloon flight you will never forget.

We fly in the period 1 October until the end of June. In July, August and September we don’t fly in Ethiopia because of the rainy season.

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