Since 1783 and the 1st balloon flight in France by the Montgolfier brothers, Hot Air Balloons have provided onlookers with dreams, imagination, celebrations and adventures. Ballooning has certainly evolved over the past 200+ years into magical experiences enjoyed worldwide! In modern Hot Air Ballooning, Kenya was the original location for the first commercial passengers to fly in a Hot Air Balloon!
Our parent company first took flight in Toronto, Canada operating a single balloon over 35 years ago. Fast forward to today and we are collectively one of the largest, most experienced Hot Air Balloon companies, the world over. With an extensive background in International Operations, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Training and Corporate Relationships, the team at Kilimanjaro Balloon Safaris is committed to our clients and the ballooning community as a whole.
CAPTAIN DANIEL BECKWITH
Daniel was born in the UK and spent his childhood mostly in Germany. He grew up around balloons in a versatile family business offering passenger rides, corporate advertising, balloon dealership, certified repair facility and flight school.
Naturally, Daniel decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a third-generation balloon pilot and obtained his license in October 2000.
Since, he has accumulated over 1200 hrs, flying balloons in Germany, Spain, UK, Netherlands, Namibia and Kenya.
CAPTAIN CASEY DONNELLY
Casey grew up in a town called Anderson, Indiana in the United States. At that time, Anderson had a very active ballooning community. His father was a balloon pilot and taught him when he was very young.
Casey obtained his student license when he was 14 years old. At first, he only wanted to fly for fun as ballooning was his passion, and he did not want to turn his passion into a job. After graduating college and having a “real job”, Casey realized that having passion for your work is not a bad thing. He then left the traditional workforce and became a full-time balloon pilot. “It was the best decision that I ever made.”
Since then, Casey has been lucky enough to fly balloons in many amazing places. He has been flying in Kenya since 2017 and has logged over 2100 flights so far!
Our ground crew is made up of capable, local balloon handlers.
We pride ourselves in hiring as many local team members as possible and provide ongoing maintenance and training programs.
The camp has been designed and built with many of the most current Eco-friendly concepts, including:
- Fully integrated Solar system, powering our camp 23.5 hours/day, with energy generated from the sun.
- Custom solar water heaters, provide hot water 24-hours/day, to all onsite facilities,
- All drinking/cooking water has been through a full purification process,
- All staff housing was completed using latest technology EPS panels, for maximum seasonal heating/cooling comfort for all staff,
- Installation of an Evaporative Cooler, providing natural cooling functions with zero-environmental impact. This simple technology allows us to maintain a cooler room that is generally 15-20c, less than the outside temperature with zero electricity/power. We use this cooler room for storage of all fruits, vegetables, eggs, beverages etc…ensuring freshest quality products for our guests.
Corporate Social Responsibility
We proudly and proactively take Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the highest levels.
From the day we began building our camp, we installed a freshwater line for our local community. Our fundi’s (tradesman) regularly visit local communities and assist in maintaining their water wells. We have made our vehicles available for local Special Events and functions (weddings, celebrations, and community meetings) as well as to assist the community with health emergencies and visits.
We have proudly participated with fundraisers and ensure our community is best served.
Currently, we are working on a plan to bring internet/Wi-Fi to our local schools, as well as an online learning program to further the local students desires to be educated and grow to compete in the international marketplace!
Feel free to contact us by email, Phone/WhatsApp or Chat and we will be thrilled to work with you, or your organization to develop an effective program to enhance and make a difference in each of the children in our area!