Hot Air Ballooning
Experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight near the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Meet before sunrise, and enjoy a piping-hot cup of coffee while you watch your eight-storey balloon being inflated and prepared for flight.
After a safety briefing, become airborne in time to witness the sunrise as you gently drift over the landscape. Hot air balloon safari flights are one hour in duration, over the scenic Lowveld section of the Blyde River (15 km West of Hoedspruit). The terrain is a mixture of farmland, private nature reserves and wildlife estates, making for an incredible Kruger Park safari. The mountains to the South and West provide shelter from the prevailing winds, thereby affording good flying weather on most days. As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and, if you’re lucky, some wildlife will provide photo opportunities. Game spotting cannot be guaranteed but on most flights plains game like giraffe and wildebeest are seen.
The height above ground will vary between skimming the tree-tops to as high as 2 000 feet as the pilot changes altitude in search of favourable wind directions and speeds.
Passengers don’t have to be physically fit, but must be prepared to stand in the basket for at least an hour. Youngsters are welcome, but should be at least 1.2m (4 foot) tall, so they are able to see over the rim of the basket. Regrettably pregnant people are not permitted on balloon excursions.
Sparkling wine and fruit juice are served after the flight.
Please note: Hot Air Balloon safaris are entirely dependent on weather conditions. This service is contracted out to a third party supplier, and while we delight in taking care of the arrangements on behalf of our guests, we cannot be held accountable for changes or cancellations to schedules as dictated by the service provider.
Please contact us for further information, or to make a reservation.