Hot Air Balloon ride with Mr. C Harties

Driving out of the City on your way to Hartbeespoortdam promises a relaxing weekend away after a short drive into the Magaliesberg mountains. Hartebeespoort dam is full of activities and adventure to book. One of the ultimate experiences to book is a Hot air Balloon ride.


Do it in style. Its sunrise, The silence is magical, the blast of the powerful burners lifts you higher. You can hear faint animal sounds in the distance. The morning light cast long shadows. The beauty in the sky is spectacular. It is a thrill, undescribable from the land. Hovering gently above the treetops of the beautiful Magalies River Valley, or drifting majestically high above the Magaliesberg range in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site. Just north of Johannesburg northern suburbs, a region boasting some of the best ballooning weather in the world. 


There are flights every morning, including weekends, depending on the weather. On arrival at the clubhouse, there is coffee, tea, biscuits, and muffins available. The Captains give a safety briefing before each flight after the hot air balloon has been prepared and cleared for flight. The flight duration is about one hour. Hot air balloon safety and legality are essential, and all documents are in place before every flight. The Operating Certificate certifies that the Air Service has been inspected and shows adequate passenger liability and that third party insurance is in place and that the registration letters of the particular hot air balloons the Air Service is allowed to use for hire and reward. The certificate proves that the hot air balloons are all Certified as being maintained and signed off by a currently licensed Aircraft Maintenance Organisation. The certification shows the hot air balloons are type-certified and manufactured by a company licensed to do this. Mandatory Inspection enables a Certificate of Airworthiness, Certificate of Ownership, Certificate of Safety for Flight. Each Pilot will carry a valid Pilot License, and all licensed Pilots are aware of these regulations.


The Balloon Safari departs at sunrise from the beautifully appointed Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant in the Magalies River Valley in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage. There are a few options available to book.


1. Magalies River Valley Scenic Balloon Safari

Book a sunrise hot air balloon flight from the Skeerpoort base in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site. Experience the Magaliesberg range and rolling valleys from the sky. The flight base is a short drive from Mr. C Harties. 


2. Game viewing at Mabula Private Game Reserve

Book a hot air balloon game viewing flight with a magnificent aerial view of the unique 12 000 ha, Mabula Private Game Reserve, situated in the Northern Province. Legendary African wildlife is a regular occurrence at Mabula Game Lodge. The big five roam on this lodge property.

After your hot air balloon flight, book a game drive in open Land Rovers, a bush walks with a guide, or ride horseback along the trails to observe the animals. 


3. Game Viewing at Entabeni Safari Conservancy

The 22000 ha Entabeni Safari Conservancy, situated in the Waterberg area of Limpopo Province, boasts spectacular scenery with mountains, waterfalls, and bushveld to unspoiled ravines. The estate is a three-hour drive from Gauteng. The Entabeni Balloon Safari package includes accommodation, three meals per day, a game drive, and a hot air balloon safari.


If you are looking for a romantic champagne flight or a group, there are various flight options available. Contact Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris for a once in a lifetime hot air balloon flight experience.

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