Hot Air Balloon Safari in South Africa

Good day,

Today let’s discuss an early morning I had the other day in Magaliesburg, South Africa. The group of us were off to do some hot air ballooning at a launch site in the Magalies River Valley, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. The company was Bill Harrop’s Original Hit Air Balloon Safari and it was quite a trip! I had never done it before and wasn’t sure what to expect but looking back it’s definitely one of those moments I’ll remember fondly from my travels. 

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It’s a feeling unlike any other experience I’ve ever had before and it wasn’t scary but it was a bit “out there” in every sense of the word. We saw some cool scenery as the sun rose and had a super cool guide. We spotted a bit of wildlife such as some wild boars, antelope and like but who knows what we may have seen on another day? A highlight was going over this massive ridge where as we approached it, we were only maybe 15 feet above the ground but once we went over the cliff it was just a sheer drop; that put things in perspective.

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We landed in some open field and as you can see in the video, the pilot hit the mark perfectly. I know there is method to the madness of steering one of those things but you’re still quite at the mercy of the prevailing winds; an impressive landing indeed. Right after we had mimosas as the crew packed up which got the day going on the right foot before driving back to the launch site. The launch site has a stately home and a great buffet to welcome you after your ride.

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While in Magaliesburg, we stayed at the Valley Lodge & Spa and really enjoyed it; recommended. If you’re in the area and looking for something different and memorable; do consider a hot air balloon safari. I’m sure they have them all over so by no means do you have to come to this one, just keep hot air ballooning on your list as it’s a lot of fun.

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Tips hat,

9 Comments

  1. ciki

    May 15, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Lovely.. well done! I feel like I am in South Africa all over again! I wanna go back to experience Cape Town though.. the foodie in me demands it! 😀 hehe

    • Rob

      May 15, 2014 at 5:07 am

      Yes indeed, Cape Town is also a very cool area.

      Loving the mutton curry and sushi I’m having here in Durban.

  2. Mauricio Oliveira - Trilhas e Aventuras

    May 15, 2014 at 9:51 am

    An amazing experience! Nice pics and video, hehehe 😉

  3. Melvin

    May 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Awesome experience & perfect landing!

  4. wirwollenreisen - der Reiseblog

    May 16, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Wow, looks absolutly great! 🙂

  5. SJH

    May 18, 2014 at 6:28 am

    One of the best experiences of my trip to Tanzania was a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti. Highly recommended – no matter what the locale.

  6. Jessica @She Dreams of Travel

    May 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I have always dreamed of taking a hot air balloon ride. This looks absolutely amazing. If I ever make it out to South Africa, and I really hope I do one day, this will definitely be at the top of my to-do list! 🙂

    • Rob

      May 20, 2014 at 3:52 am

      It’s a very cool experience and when you do make it; you’ll love it.

  7. Sweet Sticky Rainbows

    July 6, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Definitely looks like the cure for boredom.

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