If you think going on safari is pricey – and trust me, it is – you should tack on a balloon ride, too. (In for aÂ penny, in for a pound, no?) While I wouldn’t call it extortionate, it’s definitely an extravagance. And an exorbitant one at that.Â Yet it’s also … extraordinary. If forced to pick one place on the planet where the thought of dumping a month’s rent for a balloon rideÂ wouldÂ be money well spent, this would be that place. On the ground the Mara is fascinating. From the vantage point of a wicker basket tethered to a giant balloon it’s positively epic.