Where in South Africa can you go Hot air ballooning

Hot air ballooning in South Africa is one of the best ways of experiencing the spectacular landscape of the country. Ballooning is one of the oldest forms of flight known to man, but has in recent years become an extremely popular activity.

Originally used for reconnaissance by the military, the early 70’s saw hot air ballooning became a popular civilian activity with the first International Balloon Race from Johannesburg to Durban taking place in 1972. While the cost is somewhat high, the experience is one that cannot be replicated in any other manner.

The most popular hot air balloon trips are in the Magaliesberg near Johannesburg, Sabie and Hazyview in the Lowveld region of Mpumalanga, Oudtshoorn in the Karoo, the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands in KwaZulu Natal and the Cape Winelands. Hot air ballooning in Mpumalanga and surrounds can be done all-year-round because the weather conditions are generally consistent throughout the year. However in KwaZulu Natal, high winds between June and October mean that there are no flights offered during these months.

Companies such as Bill Harrop’s Hot Air Balloons, Action Balloon Flights, Air Ventures and Balloons over Africa, among others, operate in the Magaliesberg area and the Cradle of Mankind as well as over the beautiful Sabie River Valley and breathtaking Blyde River Canyon.

The game rich Pilanesberg is one of the best areas in which to view the local wildlife and companies like Airtrackers, Air Ventures and Game Trackers, among others, offer scenic flights and safari balloon rides that give visitors the opportunity to view the wild life from a unique perspective.

Hot air balloon rides above the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains and Natal Midlands in Kwazulu Natal are offered by Airborne Adventures, and Sky Ventures in the Kamberg Valley.
Winelands ballooning in the Cape Winelands offer balloon rides over the beautiful landscape in the Paarl River valley over vineyards, fields and orchards.

Along the Garden Route on the east coast of South Africa, companies such as Oudtshoorn Ballooning and Balloon Drifters, offer early morning flights with panoramic views of Oudtshoorn and the majestic Swartberg Mountains.

Due to the popularity of hot air ballooning in South Africa, its vital that you book at least 2 weeks before you wish to do it. Because of ballooning’s reliance on the weather, most bookings are provisional until a few days before the event to ensure that the weather is ideal for your journey.

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