Magalies River Valley balloon safari, near Johannesburg
Magalies River Valley balloon safari, near Johannesburg
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
    Beginner
  • Spoken languages
    English
  • Duration
    1 hr
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Enjoy an authentic hot air balloon safari with Bill Harrop, a pioneer in hot air balloon excursions in South Africa! The company was selected the preferred hot air balloon operator in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 2010-2011 promotions!

If you’re going to do it – do it in unassailable style. Enjoy the South African sunrise and the silence of flight, punctuated only by the occasional blast of the powerful burners and the faint call of a bird or animal far beneath. The thrill is indescribable!

Sip fine champagne while hovering gently above the tree tops of the beautiful Magalies River Valley, or drift majestically high above the Magaliesberg range in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, just 45 km north of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. A region boasting some of the best ballooning weather in the world. The exceptional peace of this unique and almost supernatural view of the world will forever remain as a truly cherished memory.

After landing, savour a delectable and generous champagne breakfast at the well established, traditionally exquisite and beautifully appointed clubhouse, pavilion and restaurant, where you’ll be filled with the warmest of memories.

Enjoy an absolutely unique and inspiring way to view the world.

More about the company
Professional pilots, attentive crew, immaculately maintained equipment, 5 aviation safety awards, make this longest established licensed Balloon Airline in southern Africa the choice of the well informed discerning individual traveller or corporate group.

Internationally hailed as Southern Africa’s best value, best quality tour operator to be appraised as the winner of the South African Tourism “Welcome Awards 2006”. Selected as the preferred hot air balloon operator in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 2010-2011 promotions.

minimum 7 y/o
Starting time: 5:00 am,
Cancellation policy: 
moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically reimbursed for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement

3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No reimbursements will be effected
Offer Description

Tour duration:
The flight will last about 60 minutes and the total duration of the tour from check-in to departure for you next destination is about 3 to 5 hours (depending whether one wants to hurry or relax after the flight) plus transport time.

Itinerary

Meeting times at Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris Skeerpoort Country Base
- 1st November to 31st January: 4.45am
- 1st – 29th February and 16th – 31st October: 5.00am
- 1st – 15th March and 1st – 15th October: 5.15am
- 16th – 31st March and 16th – 30th September: 5.30am
- 1st – 30th April and 1st – 15th September: 5.45am
- 1st – 31st May and 1st – 31st August: 6.00am
- 1st June to 31st July: 6.15am

Special terms

N.B. Return mini-bus transfers can be arranged between one’s pre-flight accommodation and the flight.

Allow extra time for mini-bus transfers from hotels in:
- 4 Ways: 45 mins
- Sandton: 1 hour
- Johannesburg or Sun City: 1 hour 15 mins

Actual pickup times may vary slightly and will be confirmed when booking.

Fitness:
Ballooning is suitable for adventurers from 7 – 70 (although the oldest passenger to date was 92 years old). Participants should be nimble, be able to jump unassisted from a height of 60cm and stand for the duration of the flight, which is approximately one hour.

Disabled frail or challenged participants:
It may still be possible to fly, even if one cannot meet the fitness requirements noted above, subject to parameters noted for disabled passengers and a disclosure being made when booking. The new base also sports approved ground facilities for the disabled.

Included
  • Hot coffee, tea, biscuits and muffins
  • Mini-bus transfer back to the clubhouse pavilion and restaurant for a champagne breakfast
  • All necessary hot air balloon gear
Do not forget to bring
To bring
  • Comfortable clothing adapted to the weather conditions
  • Camera
  • Hat and closed shoes
  • Warm jacket
Meeting point
Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris Skeerpoort Country Base in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site on the border of Gauteng and North West Province, near Hartebeesport Dam, Get directions
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