Hot Air Balloon Safari

From ZAR2,030

USD 153.69 (approximately, depending on exchange rate at time of booking)


Its sunrise, the silence of flight is punctuated only by the occasional blast of the powerful burners and the faint call of a bird or animal far beneath. The thrill is indescribable.

You’re sipping fine champagne while hovering gently above the tree tops of the beautiful Magalies River Valley, or drifting majestically high above the Magaliesberg range in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, just 45 km north of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, a region boasting some of the best ballooning weather in the world. The exceptional peace of this unique and almost supernatural view of the world will forever remain as a truly cherished memory.

After landing, savour a delectable and generous champagne breakfast at our well established, traditionally exquisite and beautifully appointed Clubhouse, Pavilion and Restaurant, where you’ll be filled with the warmest of memories.

Professional pilots, attentive crew, immaculately maintained equipment, 5 aviation safety awards, make this longest established licensed Balloon Airline in southern Africa the choice of the well informed discerning individual traveller or corporate group.

Magalies River Valley Scenic Balloon Safari

Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris


(Meeting Times at Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris Skeerpoort Country Base)

1 Nov. to 31 Jan.                             04h45

1 – 29 Feb. and 16 – 31 Oct.         05h00

1 – 15 Mar. and 1 – 15 Oct.           05h15

16 – 31 Mar. and 16 – 30 Sep.     05h30

1 – 30 Apr. and 1 – 15 Sep.           05h45

1 – 31 May. and 1 – 31 Aug.         06h00

1 Jun. to 31 Jul.                              06h15


Balloons go up every morning including weekends, weather permitting.

Flight Departure Point:
Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris Skeerpoort Country Base in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site on the border of Gauteng and North West Province, near Hartebeesport Dam, 45 kilometers north-west of Johannesburg’s Northern suburbs.

Minibus Transfers from various hotels can be arranged at an extra cost

Just prior to sun-rise dependent on time of the year. Note that hotel transfers depart earlier to allow for traveling time.

Hot Coffee, Tea, Biscuits and Muffins.
Served as guests check in at our traditionally exquisite, well appointed Clubhouse Pavilion at sunrise. Flight

Numbers are assigned and tickets are validated.

Professional Crew Prepare the Balloons for Flight
Guests watch from the comfort of the Pavilion and are called to board when the balloons are ready. The Captains give a safety briefing prior to take off.

Flight duration:
About one hour (dependant on conditions).

Flight Landing Place:
Always in the shadow of the basket (wherever that may be;-).

South African champagne:
Served in-flight or on landing while the crew pack up the balloon.

Mini-bus Transfer back to our Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant for… Champagne Breakfast
At Harrop’s fully licensed beautifully appointed Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant. Freshly cooked, wide choice and beautifully presented.

Citations For Bravery”
Presented with due ceremony.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
August 17, 2017

Hi Michele

It was really an amazing experience and team loved it. Thank you again for all your help coordinating this day.

Yolanda M.

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