Ballooning

With its craggy peaks bisected by the majestic Great Rift Valley, the magnificent mountain landscapes of the Ethiopian Highlands are best appreciated from on high.

  • Ballooning is a relatively new activity in Ethiopia. The first documented balloon flight was pioneered by Abyssinia Ballooning, a Dutch-operated company, in 2012.
  • Abyssinia Ballooning (http://www.abyssiniaballooning.com) has since operated more than 100 commercial balloon flights, mostly starting in Addis Ababa and exploring the surrounding countryside.
  • More recently, Abyssinia Ballooning has started offering flights in the Rift Valley lakes of Hawassa and Langano, as well as from Bahir Dar, close to where the Blue Nile exits Lake Tana.
  • Flights are best booked as far in advance as possible. They are weather dependent and almost always run in the early morning, when conditions tend to be most suitable and the lights is at its loveliest.