Africa Travel Week

Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris

Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris is South Africa’s longest established balloon airline having taken to the skies since 1981. With scenic balloon safaris and game viewing balloon safaris available a balloon safari is a top class “must do” South African experience.

If you’re going to do it – do it in unassailable style. Its sunrise, the silence of flight is 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.

CHERISHED MEMORIES

You’re hovering gently above the tree tops of the beautiful Magalies River Valley, or drifting 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 our well established, traditionally exquisite and beautifully appointed Clubhouse, Pavilion and Restaurant, where you’ll be filled with the warmest of memories.

AWARD WINNING

Professional pilots, attentive crew, immaculately maintained equipment, five 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.

MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE

Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris is a family run business that is passionate about making people’s dreams come true, ticking off bucket list items and creating indelible memories.

Choose between (or do both!):

  • Scenic balloon safaris: Magalies River Valley (a mere 45 km drive from Sandton Johannesburg). Meet at the Clubhouse pavilion and restaurant just before sunrise; tea, coffee and muffins served while the balloons are being prepared for flight; the flight of about one hour over an area offering some of the best ballooning weather in the world; orange juice and sparkling wine on landing, a full champagne breakfast served at our magnificent clubhouse pavilion and restaurant and of course a “Citation for bravery”!
  • Game viewing balloon safaris: Mabula Private Game Reserve (a mere 2,5 hour drive from Sandton Johannesburg) Meet just before sunrise; tea, coffee and muffins served prior to being transported to where the balloons are being prepared for flight;  the flight of about 45 mins over Mabula Private Game Reserve; orange juice and sparkling wine on landing, a “Citation for bravery”; breakfast will be served at your lodge and of course (Guests will need to overnight at Mabula the night prior)

For more information: balloon.co.za

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