Whilst exploring the Garden Route of South Africa, why not take to the skies in a hot air balloon one morning. Operating from the George-Oudtshoorn- Mossel Bay Triangle of the Garden Route, this hot-air balloon operation takes full advantage of the dramatic scenery of the Outeniqua Mountains, the sprawling spaces of the Klein Karoo and the ocean beyond.

Early morning launch, Hot Air Ballooning - Garden Route

Given the requirement of stable morning air, the launches take place from Hartbeeskuil Dam, just north of the town of Mossel Bay. The Klein Karoo is a semi-desert region that runs northwards from the northern slopes of the Outenqua Mountains. It is caged by more mountains to its west and north and is the precursor to the vast Groot (Big) Karoo that lies to its north. Protected from the ocean in the south the area is dry, but striking in its colour, light and arid beauty.

Hot Air filling the balloon during pre flight
Hot air balloon flights are prefect anniversary celebrations

The adventure lasts about 4 hours and involves the predawn set up of the balloon whilst you enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee. After a safety brief and boarding, we take to the skies as the sun cracks the horizon, and floats in crisp silence over the early morning light. Whatever very light air movement there is what dictates where we fly, so each flight is an adventure!

Touching down after about 45 - 50 minutes we are met and assisted by the ground team, and now get to enjoy a celebratory breakfast served with sparkling wine and orange juice.

Some of the scenery from a hot air balloon, Garden Route

The Garden Route in South Africa is essentially the stretch of coast and adjacent mountains that runs along South Africa’s south coast between Mossel Bay in the west and the Tsitsikamma National Park in the east. It encompasses ocean, beaches, mountains, farmlands, semi-desert and quaint little towns - a journey in itself if you have the time, but one of many exciting areas to tour South Africa


R3,800 per person including VAT (minimum 2 passengers) (valid until Sep 2022)
R4,500 per person including VAT (minimum 2 passengers) (Oct 2022 - Sep 2023)
R4,850 per person including VAT (minimum 2 passengers) (Oct 2023 - Sep 2024)

Coffee and Rusks upon arrival at the launch field (Rusks are a traditional South African cookie!)
A 45 - 60 minute flight over the dramatic landscape
A breakfast with sparkling wine upon landing as part of the celebrations

Transport to and from the launch site (we can arrange this for you)

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Hot Air Ballooning in South Africa