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45km from Fourways
+27 11 705 3201 www.balloon.co.za
The Magaliesberg boasts some of the finest ballooning weather in the world. So it is no wonder that Bill Harrop’s multi-coloured air balloons regularly dot the early morning sky as they drift over the mountains and valleys.
You do have to rise early for a balloon ride, making sure you are at Harrop’s base at Skeerpoort in the Cradle of Humankind before sunrise. Tea and coffee are served as you watch the crew preparing the balloons for flight. Once on board, you can sip some bubbly as you survey the peaceful landscape from high above the trees. Flights generally last an hour, depending on weather conditions.
The landing position can be any suitable field in the area. Passengers are then transferred back to base by minibus for a gourmet breakfast. The adventure ends with a short award ceremony, where ‘citations for bravery’ are given out.
Good clothing advice is to dress in layers, as the early mornings can be chilly - but the heat builds up as the morning moves on. Wear comfortable closed shoes. The activity is suitable for children from 7 years of age upwards.
A few years back Harrops opened a Clubhouse, Pavilion and Restaurant at his Magalies River Valley base, from where the balloons depart. The facility makes it possible for the business world to use air ballooning for team building and corporate entertaining.
For an extra charge, minibus transfers to and from city hotels can be arranged.