Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris is located close to Magaliesburg, 45km from Sandton (Johannesburg) which is only a 45 minute drive.
When you arrive in the morning you will be served hot tea/coffee and muffins. This is then followed by a safety briefing in their clubhouse pavilion. Bill Harrop’s is the only hot air balloon operator in the world to have a clubhouse pavilion where guests receive VIP treatment.
They have 6 balloons. The small balloons can hold 6-8 people and the big ones up to 18.
The balloons fly at different heights. You can hover just above the trees where you may be able to touch the leaves or ascend high into the sky for a real bird’s eye view. Just remember to bring your camera for this fascinating experience that lasts 1 hour in the air.
The balloon rides only take place in the mornings as the air is moist (heavy) and cooler.
The balloon could land where you launched from or 15 to 20 kilometers away. It all depends on the wind speed and wind direction. At different altitudes the wind direction can change. Wherever you land the crew will be ready to pick you up and transport you back to the clubhouse for a full breakfast finishing between 10 and 11am.
Hot air ballooning is the safest aviation sport on earth, and certainly an amazing one.
Bill Harrop’s are actually a fully licensed airline. Check out www.balloon.co.za for more information.
Their contact details are:
Head Office: (011) 705 3201
Fax: (011) 705 3203