At African Travel Gateway we often include hot air ballooning in our clients itineraries. A ride in a hot air balloon gives you the opportunity to see, smell and soak up an area on a completely new level. It gives perspective to the enviroment, it has an element of adventure and quite often enhances the guest’s safari experience if conducted in a wildlife area, with numerous sightings of wild animals.

Hot Air Balloon, outside Hoedspruit, near Kruger Park

The hot air ballooning products we offer, all follow a very similar pattern in what and how they deliver.  They start very early in the morning (before sunrise), when the air is at its calmest - normally with a tea and coffee being served to guests as they watch the balloonists prepare the hot air balloon for take-off. The flights last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Upon landing a ground crew (or recovery crew) will collect the passengers and drive them back to the launch site, or a to a nearby restaurant where guests enjoy a full breakfast, with orange juice and sparkling wine. Before finally leaving the hot air balloon pilot awards each of his or her passengers with a hot air balloon flight certificate in recognitions of their bravery!

Below you can select the area that you wish to try some hot air ballooning. All of the options are based in South Africa, and each hot air ballooning operation is located in an area within South Africa that has its own beauty and attraction. These areas include the Cape Winelands, the Magaliesberg Mountains, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, the Hazyview area of Mpumalanga and the Lowveld area adjoining the Kruger National Park. Read some fun facts about hot air ballooning!

Hot Air Ballooning - Cradle of Humankind (Near Johannesburg)

Take an early morning hot air balloon flight over the Cradle of Humankind and game reserves near Johannesburg

Hot Air Ballooning - Magaliesberg (Near Johannesburg)

Bill Harrop was the first commercial hot air balloon operator in SA. These balloon flights operate in the Magaliesberg area

Hot Air Ballooning - Near Kruger Park (Hoedspruit area)

Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the Lowveld Bushveld, close to Kruger Park, an area renowned for game viewing.

Hot Air Ballooning - Okavango Delta, Botswana

Take a hot air ballooning safari over the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, and choose between 3 safari camps

Hot Air Ballooning - Pilanesberg (near Sun City)

Take an amazing game viewing hot air balloon flight over the spectacular Pilanesberg National Park, near Sun City

Hot Air Ballooning - Winelands

Float over the picturesque Cape Winelands in a Hot Air Balloon, and watch the early morning sun paint a dream setting