Hot-Air Ballooning in South Africa is one of your must-do activities when you visit.
A stately hot-air balloon floating serenely over South Africa’s expansive and dramatic landscapes is a match made in heaven. There has always been an aura of magic, romance and other worldliness attached to hot air ballooning. It’s as if the balloon lifts you up out of the mundane and ordinary into a world of new possibilities which is probably why it is the top choice of activity for those who wish to celebrate a special occasion.
Hot-air balloon flights are set in some of South Africa’s most inspiring areas of natural beauty which adds to this sense of wonder. Mountainous regions of South Africa can be fully appreciated from the sky-held basket of a hot air balloon. The Maluti Mountains, part of the majestic Drakensberg system, and the long sweeping ridge line of the Magaliesberg Range near the Cradle of Humankind are regions covered by hot air balloon operators.
Like a bird of prey, stalk the big 5 from above at the Pilanesberg National Park in North West Province, the Sabie River Valley in Mpumalanga or the Kapama Nature Reserve near Hoedspruit.
Count the vineyards, textured like perfect rows of green knitting, of the Cape Winelands and watch as the first rays of sun set Table Mountain alight. Float peacefully over the roaring Augrabies Falls of the Orange River in the Northern Cape. You can choose from all these special places the type of environment you imagine for your celestial adventure.
Like many other fine outdoor experiences, summiting a peak for example, hot air ballooning is a dawn activity. Although this is done primarily for weather related reasons, there can be no better way to watch an African sunrise then while drifting silently over a land flushed in morning light.
Operators offer a range of supplements from safe early morning pickups to luxurious picnics. Champagne is usually served during or after a hot air balloon flight. This is a fitting beverage for a premier experience and is a tradition that goes back to the 1780’s when hot air balloons first took to the skies.