In 1900 there were 100,000 cheetahs in the world. By 2006, due to loss of habitat and prey, the number of cheetahs has declined to just 12,000. That's why I founded, which is dedicated to educating kids and their families about endangered species. If you love animals, please bookmark this site. In future posts we will take you along on our personal journey to Save the Animals through our DVD series.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Hot Air Balloon Safari Over Masai Mara, Kenya

My group arrived in the darkness of the morning at Little Governors Camp while the crews were setting up two balloons for our Safari. As they lit the burners, the bright flames illuminated the multicolored balloons like giant Japanese lanterns.

We entered the large basket of our balloon and gracefully lifted off the ground. Silently we rose above the canopy of the forest as the first brilliant rays of the African sun greeted us from the distant horizon.

Carried by a steady breeze, we drifted over giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and an amazing herd of elephants.

Prior to touch down, our captain prepared us for a rough landing. "Get into your crash positions." The balloon slowly descended until the tall grass brushed beneath our feet. Suddenly there was a jolt as the basket slammed into a small termite mound, and then another and another until we came to a stop and the basket safely tipped over onto its side. What a thrilling adventure!

Following the ride, we were treated to a champagne breakfast, complete with hot food and fresh fruit, in the middle of the savannah and then we were taken on incredible game drive before returning to our camp.

You can see this adventure on my "AFRICAN SAFARI" DVD, or at the Children's Nature Film Festival on April 30th at the McDonald Theater in Eugene, Oregon.

Click here to learn more about this Safari Balloon Ride.

Did you notice the cheetah in the final photo?


Blogger VallyP said...

Wow Paul! These photos are magnificent. That must have been such a fabulous experience. I love the Savannah grasslands, and the wildlife you saw..fantastic. Who took the pics and sneaked up behind that Cheetah?
When I see African dawns and sunsets, I just want to pack my spotty hanky and go back!
Thanks for these Paul

11:58 AM

Blogger Dia said...

WoW!!! THe photos are wonderful, what a fantastic experience you had...I envy you! :)

4:40 PM

Blogger ZinniaZ said...

Very cool Paul! Did you see any basenjis while you were there?

4:31 PM

Blogger Anne-Marie said...

What amazing pictures. Lucky you to have experienced this. Thanks for sharing.


7:27 PM

Blogger Jas Bhambra said...

Great pictures, Paul. And a great blog for a great cause.

1:07 AM

Blogger angela said...

Hey Paul...
Got a little comment from you on my site last week. Thanks for dropping by. I have a link to your blog from my blog now, as it's CLEAN and informative and fun to look at. Thanks for putting these pics and stories out here...

1:32 PM

Blogger Mike said...

Hey Paul thanks for the comment on the squirrel pic. It looks like you are doing big things. Hope the film festival goes well it looks like some incredible footage

2:31 PM

Blogger panda said...

This is very interesting and your lucky for that experience.It looks fun.

7:51 PM

Blogger Ginnie said...

I love this series on the hot-air balloon because it reminds me of a fun afternoon we had in the Pocono Mts a couple years back, watching the entire lift-off from beginning to end of about 25 balloons. Talk about an education...and so colorful! The only thing missing was us getting into one of them for a ride!

I can't imagine your thrill, not only of the balloon ride but of WHERE you were and WHAT you saw! WOW.

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