The best time of the year to go hot air ballooning

Wondering when to book that hot air balloon ride that you’ve been dreaming of, but just don’t have a clue when the best time of year is?
Cooler temperatures are what you want when hot air ballooning. Hot air balloons fly because hot air rises. When the air inside the balloon is heated, it expands and becomes less dense than the air surrounding the balloon, which results in lift -so you literally float through the air. If the air surrounding the balloon is too warm, the balloon is too heavy and struggles to rise and lift the basket. Another reason cooler temperatures are favourable when hot air ballooning is that warmer air is full of thermals (large columns of rising air). Thermals can cause unexpected lift – not something you want when you’re in a hot air balloon!
So depending on where you are in the world, you need to check the weather report! Book a flight in the cooler months, like winter and autumn, when you know you’re more likely to get a good flight. Also, don’t forget there are unexpected changes in the weather, which you won’t be able to anticipate, so make sure any bookings you make are only provisional until 1 or 2 days before the flight.
In most of South Africa, we are fortunate to have a favourable climate all year round for hot air-ballooning which makes it one of the best places in the world to fly. South Africa offers amazing scenery – you can fly over the Magaliesberg (ballooning in Magaliesberg), Mpumalanga, the Drakensberg and even in the Cape Winelands – although, only between September and March.
You can usually book a flight early in the morning, after which you can indulge in a lavish champagne breakfast after the flight. So if you fancy a quiet glide through the air with a glimpse of the earth from a whole new point of view and a little VIP treatment to top it off – check the weather and book a flight!

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