The hot air ballooning Ride in Marrakech is surely one of the most memorable experiences during a stay in the famous red city. Admiring the surroundings of Marrakech in a hot air balloon during the sunrise is a magical moment!
On the blog, I’m talking to you today about hot air ballooning in Marrakech, giving you all the useful information you need to know: how it works, flight prices in Marrakech, personal opinion, etc. I will also explain why I recommend booking it online here before his departure and sharing my advice on the subject.
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Hot Air Ballooning In Marrakech: The Essentials To Know!
To start this post on the possibility of a hot air balloon flight in Marrakech, let’s start with the basics before deciding whether or not to make this hot air balloon flight over the surroundings of Marrakech.
After reading this first paragraph, you should have in mind the main things to know in order to decide and potentially book your hot air balloon flight in Morocco. The rest of the post is about my feedback and will interest you if you want to know more. Or if you have specific questions regarding the course of a flight. Which is often the case during his very first flight, in Marrakech or elsewhere…
Balloon Prize In Marrakech
To begin, let’s talk about a crucial issue, that of pricing. It must be said that a balloon flight is never given, whether in Morocco or elsewhere in the world. And here the price is pretty decent.
Here is the price of a hot air balloon flight to Marrakech:
– 180 euros per person (adult), to book on the web here
– child rate (4 to 10 years old): 92 euros
– the transfer from your accommodation in Marrakech included in the price
For the hot air balloon in Marrakech, on site, the price will often be around 200 euros. It is therefore preferable to opt for an online reservation on this site. On the spot, the negotiation lottery in a small local agency will come into play. Whatever happens, you will not be cheaper! And avoid booking with your hotel, it will be even more expensive…
Later in this feedback, I give you my advice on the day to choose for your hot air balloon flight. You will see that it is really preferable to book your flight over the surroundings of Marrakech on the web, before your departure.
The price of the hot air balloon in Marrakech includes:
– Pick-up and return to your hotel in Marrakech
– Balloon flight lasting approximately one hour
– Basic breakfast in a nearby village after the flight
– Short camel ride near the village (to be frank, no interest …)
There is therefore no additional cost to be expected on site. The price paid online is therefore the global and final price.
Hot air ballooning in Marrakech: flights possible all year round! The climate of Marrakech makes it possible to organize flights all year round. Whatever the period of your stay in Morocco, you will be able to do this activity. An important point to note because in many countries, hot air balloon flights are only possible over part of the year. Note, the risk of rain being low in Marrakech, flight cancellations are still possible but are rarer than in other places in the world. We will see later in this guide on the hot air balloon in Marrakech that in case of cancellation, you will be fully reimbursed for the flight.
Duration of hot air balloon Ride in Marrakech
The duration of the hot air balloon flight to Marrakech announced at one hour. During my flight, the flight lasted exactly 55 minutes. There is always 5 or 10 minutes of tolerance, one way or the other, during a balloon flight. Here in the red city or elsewhere. It should not be forgotten that the course of the flight depends on the winds but also on the places where it is possible to land. The duration cannot be as precise as when flying by helicopter or plane.
For this balloon flight over the surroundings of Marrakech, the distance covered during the hour of flight again depends on the winds. Overall, you have to count on a distance covered of 15 to 25 kilometers. During my flight to Marrakech in Morocco, the distance covered was slightly more than 20 kilometers. A fairly substantial distance all the same, which allows you to enjoy different landscapes and a magnificent sunrise of course.
Where is the hot air ballooning in Marrakech?
The balloon flight in Marrakech is not carried out above the city but in the surroundings, in the countryside near Marrakech.
Indeed, the take-off place is outside the red city, it takes about 40 minutes by road to reach this place from the center of Marrakech (pick-up included in the delivery of the flight).
The flight is therefore carried out mainly over a desert area (but without a dune) before views of small villages near the city but also of the magnificent Atlas mountains. And this is clearly one of the strengths of the hot air balloon flight in Marrakech!
Only one time slot: a flight at sunrise For hot air balloon flights in Marrakech, the question of time does not arise. In fact, all flights are planned at sunrise. Take-off is done just before sunrise in order to take advantage of the sunrise at the start of the flight and then to be able to take advantage of the landscapes by seeing the light gradually increasing… It is for me anyway the best time of day for make a flight, whether in Morocco or elsewhere. At sunrise, the light is magic! Especially in Marrakech where you are likely to have an open sky and therefore a magnificent sunrise ...
Book a hot air balloon Ride in Marrakech
We recommend to book your hot air balloon ride in Marrakech for several reasons. Online booking is possible here.
First of all, the number of places is necessarily limited. There are not dozens of balloons to fly over the surroundings of the Red City. The price of this activity in Marrakech is not necessarily very high (flights are often priced above 300 euros …), many travelers offer this little pleasure during their stay.
Additionally, as noted above, the hot air balloon tour in Marrakech includes pick-up from your Marrakech hotel. It is therefore preferable to book early enough to avoid a last minute registration and a potential problem with the pick-up.
Where to book your hot air balloon ride in Marrakech?
To book your hot air balloon flight to Marrakech at the best price, I recommend that you go through this site. Payment is made in euros, with your bank card or via Paypal. You will therefore not pay any exchange fees. In addition, in case of cancellation, you will be directly reimbursed on your bank card.
I do not dwell on the subject any more because it has already been mentioned above.
Which day to choose for your hot air balloon ride?
Regarding the day to choose for the hot air balloon flight in Marrakech, I recommend you book it for your first day in Marrakech. If you arrive on a Friday afternoon, for example, I recommend that you book the flight for the next day. Why ?
Simply because if canceled, you will have more room to re-schedule your flight for the next day. Or the next day. If you cannot program it again, you will be reimbursed. But it is always a shame not to be able to enjoy this activity!
If you stay a week in Marrakech, then you have more room to reset a new date. On the other hand, on a stay of 3 or 4 days in Marrakech, it can be more complicated to find a new date when there is availability. Because do not forget that in case of cancellation (related to the weather), you will not be the only one who wants to re-plan a flight for the next day or the day after …
What Happens If The Hot Air Balloon ride To Marrakech Is Canceled?
Due to weather conditions, it may happen that a hot air balloon flight is canceled. If your flight is canceled, you have 2 options:
– reschedule a hot air balloon flight for the next day or another day
– request a full refund if you are unable to re-schedule the flight
Many travelers only stay 2 or 3 days in Marrakech before continuing their visit to Morocco. This is why it is really better to book your flight online and for the first day of your stay. This leaves more room for planning a new flight if canceled due to weather conditions.
In addition, having booked online, the reimbursement (if you cannot reschedule the flight) will be much more fluid since it is done directly on your bank card. If you go through a small local agency, you will have to go to the agency, …
History of the hot air ballooning in Marrakech
I’m not going to dwell too much on the course of the hot air balloon flight in Marrakech because you have to leave a little surprise in what you will see during the flight.
So I’m basically going to talk to you about organizational aspects. Likewise, I don’t share too many photographs to avoid breaking the element of surprise. Effect which is essential for me in this type of experience. Do not try to consult too many photographs of the balloon flight around Marrakech: keep this surprise for your flight 😉
Pick-Up In Marrakech For The Balloon Ride
The pick-up included in the price of the balloon flight. A mini-bus will come to pick you up at your hotel to take you to the take-off site.
They will indicate the pick-up time on the booking confirmation which you will receive after booking and paying for your balloon flight. The time depends on the season because the company arranges for takeoff to take place a few minutes before sunrise. Therefore, the pick-up time necessarily varies according to the season.
Ride preparations and Ride process
Once you arrive at the site, you will have the opportunity to assist with the flight preparations: a phase that I always appreciate during a hot air balloon flight.
The inflation of the balloon still requires a lot of time. It takes almost half an hour between the unpacking of the balloon and the moment when it is erected, ready to take off.
On the flight itself, as noted earlier in this post, it takes place a few minutes before sunrise. As a result, you will enjoy the sunrise during your first few minutes of flight.
Then, the light will gradually increase and you will be able to discover the landscapes more precisely: small villages, Atlas mountains, desert landscapes around Marrakech …
I do not tell you more on the subject. Surprise 😉
Post-balloon Ride around Marrakech
After about an hour of flight around Marrakech, the hot air balloon will land at a different place from takeoff. As mentioned earlier, during your balloon flight around Marrakech, you will have traveled in a balloon for several kilometers. Often around twenty.
After the flight you can have a light breakfast with mint tea. Then, a (short) camel ride will await you. As mentioned above, this is not the highlight of the activity. But if this camel ride always offered with the flight, it is that it must please some people …
My Tips For Flying Over The Surroundings Of Marrakech By Hot Air Balloon
To close this post on the hot air balloon in Marrakech, I will give you some tips to make the most of this experience!
These tips for hot air ballooning in Marrakech relate both to booking the flight to pay for it at the best price and to the choice of the day of your flight or even on the course of the flight itself. Some of this advice has already been discussed in this post. This last part of the ticket is a sort of summary of the advice to take into account to make the most of it!
– 0pt for a hot air balloon flight during your stay, ideally from the first day especially if you only stay in Marrakech for 2 or 3 days.
– book your flight online for this day to get the best price and have a guaranteed seat on the day of your choice.
– If your flight canceled, try to reschedule it as soon as possible in order to have a seat the next day for example.
– At the start of the flight, try to have a place in a corner of the basket. This allows to have a wider view during the flight (even if the balloon turns on itself during the flight. The angles are for me the best places on board the hot air balloon)
– To succeed in your photographs, do not forget that with the movement of the balloon. It is necessary to have a short exposure time: go up in ISO, use a luminous objective
– Remember to enjoy the hot air balloon flight in Marrakech with your own eyes and not only through your viewfinder or through the screen of your smartphone
This post on the hot air balloon in Marrakech ends. I hope that he will have answered the questions and questions that you can ask yourself before deciding whether or not to take a hot air balloon flight around the famous red city.
If your budget allows, I really recommend that you do this activity in Marrakech. A hot air balloon flight is always a feast for the eyes, especially at sunrise. Even if you don’t fly over the desert dunes because the flight is near Marrakech. The landscapes are magnificent and you can see the Atlas peaks during the flight. Above all, book this hot air balloon flight (at the best price online here) early enough during your stay so that you can reschedule it if the weather conditions cause the first flight to be canceled…
As indicated at the beginning of this post on the hot air balloon in Marrakech. Do not hesitate to comment on this post to transmit suggestions, personal opinion or question on the subject. I quickly respond to the questions asked of me on the blog. These exchanges are often useful to other readers of the blog who plan to visit Marrakech and make a balloon flight there.