Chief Pilot and Head of Operations - Riz is a Kenyan aviator, and has been with Africa Eco Adventures Hot Air since we started operations in 2011. His flying career began with a fixed wing pilots’ license, followed some years later by his Hot Air Balloon Certification, and most recently he had added on a Commercial Helicopter rating to his resumé.
David is also a Kenyan Pilot and has been involved in ballooning in Kenya since a few years after he left High School. He started as a member of the chase crew and as a driver, rising to take charge of ground grew teams as the Crew Chief for many years.
Captain Mervin is South African and also our Head of Safety. He is an ex-Air Force Officer with a background in the Defence Forces.
Murat was originally a historian who has an insatiable curiosity of ancient civilisations. This led him to Cappadocia in Turkey, home to a plethora of the world's great civilisations.
As you rise the Maasai Mara plains opens up before your eyes to feast on the golden sunrise, enchanting sceneries, plains-game below as the winds gently blows the basket deeper into the reserve.