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Hot Air Balloon Safari at Pilanesberg National Park
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Hot Air Balloon Safari at Pilanesberg National Park

By Mankwe GAMETRACKERS
About
Feel the magic of nature on a sunrise balloon flight over Pilanesberg National Park. Animals, including the Big Five, are most active at dawn and dusk, so expect outstanding sightings as you glide on the gentle air currents with commentary from your pilot. Besides transfers, your experience includes a glass of bubbly (or orange juice) on landing, a hearty breakfast at a private lodge, and a flight certificate.
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R 6 000,00
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Ages 18-59, max of 80 per group
Duration: 5h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • See lions, giraffes, elephants, and so much more on a hot air balloon flight
  • Capture timeless photos of landscapes and wildlife lit by the rising sun
  • Toast your flight with sparkling wine and a full English breakfast
  • No driving in the dark: Tour includes 2-way transfers from select hotels

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Driver/guide
  • Glass of Champagne
  • Breakfast
  • National Park fees
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Departure Point: Respective hotels at Sun City Resort and lodges in Pilanesberg area. Dates: Seven days a week, year round, subject to availability and weather. Closed on New Years Day 01 January.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 40914P1

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
        • Children must be accompanied by an adult
        • A minimum of 4 people are required for the flight to take place
        • All passenger heights MUST be advised at time of booking. For safety reasons passengers must be taller than 1.2 metres
        • Closed on New Years Day 01 January.
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 40914P1

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        About the operator
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        • Mankwe GAMETRACKERS
          260
          Sun City, South Africa
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        • MelodyM877
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          Carry your own snacks. They really need to improve on snacks
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        • sepisom2024
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          Great views and scenery and wildlife best experience and the customer service was great and the quad bikes were really responsive
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        • Van_Luks
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        • Laser55
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highlight of our South African Adventure
          The safari company picked us up at our hotel in Johannesberg and drove us to Pilansberg National Park, a little over 2 hours away. The car was very nice and the driver was extremely well versed in all aspects of South Africa. The 2 hours flew by because of the interesting conversation. At the park, we got into an open-air vehicle to go out and view the animals. Our guide was expert at finding all kinds of game. We saw Rhinos, Hippos, Elephants, Zebras, Giraffes and many more animals. We were lucky enough to observe 2 male elephants fight each other and we were even chased by a huge male elephant for a short distance. The guide was prepared for it and kept us well out of harm's way. The safari included an excellent lunch, as well as alcoholic beverages, then we were back into the bush for an afternoon of more incredible animals. Our safari lasted about 7 hours then we were driven back to our hotel, with another 2 hours of lively conversation. We spent 9 days in South Africa and this safari was the highlight of the visit.
          Written 31 January 2024
        • Boondoggler
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Enjoyable safari
          We enjoyed a 3 hour game drive while staying at Sun City from 5-8 so left in full sun and came back in the dark. One family turned up 25 minutes late which caused a late start and late finish. They were also pretty rude during the tour which was the one downside of taking a public tour. Lolo was our guide and she was fabulous. She has tremendous knowledge and was great at communicating. We saw rhino, hippos , lions, a leopard, giraffes and many more. It was quite cold on the way back so take extra layers. Lolo made up for the late finish by dropping us off at various hotels and restaurants. Overall it was a good experience and worth doing if you’re at Sun City resort.
          Written 24 January 2024
        • V6837PGchriss
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic private safari tour!
          Tour guide (Peter) was awesome! We saw Rhinos, Hippos, giraffes, wilder beast, elephants, lions and lots of impala. Vehicle was clean and comfortable and doing this as a private tour was the best option seeing other guided tours absolutely packed with people. We did the 5:30am start and would really recommend it as the best time. The guide was organised, communicated with us well and was on time. Would absolutely recommend.
          Written 10 January 2024
        • Kerissa F
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          A terrible experience
          We went on a night game drive. At the start I saw a baby and a younger child and we were surprised that they were allowed as other game drives have age restrictions. The baby was crying and the little boy, who looked sick, was also crying in stages and moaning asking how long until they returned. I do not blame the kids at all but rather the parents , who should not have brought them on the game drive. In the end it comes down to having age restrictions for a reason and this was one of the reasons. We paid almost R 2000.00 for my husband and I and our 7 year old child to enjoy a relaxing game drive and there are so many videos that we have , with the background, of a child or children crying. After the stop at the rest stop, we travelled back so fast as well as maybe the noise was also too much for the driver. Is this fair to the rest of us ?
          Written 4 January 2024
        • yara2017
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Tour cancelled by operator in May 2023 and still waiting for refund. Help!
          We booked hot air balloon safari for 3 pax in May 2023. We received notification the night before that the safari is cancelled due to a bad weather condition. However, to date we have not received the refund for the full payment we have paid despite several follow ups. Will really appreciate if someone from your end attends to this matter. Thank you.
          Written 27 November 2023
        • Lilian002
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Bad
          We booked a quad ride and waited for over an hour to be picked up to go to the quad ride site. Despite several interactions with the office, no luck, no one ever showed up. We gave up after 1.5 hrs, got our money back and returned home. Lousy use of our time.
          Written 24 November 2023
        • caroline r
          0 contributions
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          Excellent hours excursion
          Easy to get to from The Palace. Simple instructions from the guides and off we went!! They gave us lots of opportunities to stop and take photos and also took for “action” photos and videos on route. A highly enjoyable and speedy adventure where we saw nature at its best (giraffe, impala, zebra and more.
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        • LesleyJCox
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        • Rebecca E
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        • renaudb660
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic service at a great price!
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          Written 10 September 2023
        • Mia_Brewer
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          Written 24 July 2023
        • mtlakes2023
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wonderful experience. Would love to do it again!
          Our favorite part was seeing the springbuck, giraffes, and zebras everywhere. The wonderful views and our awesome instructor Mary who went all out to make sure we were comfortable and enjoyed the whole journey. It was a funventure. What we disliked was how Mashudu, who drove us there on a shuttle, ditched us while we were on the adventure which gave Mary a bad evening. He practically handed us off and bailed without so much as a goodbye. So hopefully next interactions are better
          Written 6 July 2023
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        4.0
        4.0 of 5 bubbles29 reviews
        Excellent
        18
        Very good
        2
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        1
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        6

        Chris G
        Reading, MA14 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A friendly, beautiful, peaceful and memorable experience. Marc, our pilot challenged us to only exclaim “Wow” once during the adventure and we all failed to meet the challenge. Ll lol Wow! Our fellow balloon passengers from Liverpool and France were so friendly. Wow! Marc was professional and funny. Wow! The ride was smooth and serene. Wow! The sunrise, animal sightings and scenery were spectacular. Wow! We got to share a once in a lifetime experience with a dear friend!
        Written 24 April 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

        PEK
        9 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2019
        Our ballon drive was canceld 30 min. before depature - it was 3:30 a.m. in the morning. We stand up so early for nothing .... there was no offer for an alternative. Reason: Too much wind. From our view - there was no wind in the morning, we have been in the Pilanesberg Park by car ...

        They told us, that this was our fault, because they could not reach us by phone the day before. Sorry, we are on holiday, we cant answer direct phone calls while beeing in the Pilanesberg Park or while swimming in the Valley of waves.

        We respond to Whatsup in 10 minutees. Why no E-Mail/SMS/Whatsapp the day before?

        In addition: We wrote an E-Mail a day before that we are ready to got and got no answer.

        No alternative?
        Without a preannouncement our hotel phoned us at 09:00 p.m. (not direct communication as on the day before) they offered a ballon drive starting in 6 hours.

        We rejected this offer, because wheather forecast had more wind than the day before.

        From our point of view:
        Wind was not the reason for canceling, maybe they had not enough customers for a ballon drive.

        In any case, they didnt offer an alternative activity (Game Drive by car woudl be clever for example).

        Confused ... we too ...
        Written 17 November 2019
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        Riaan O
        Johannesburg, South Africa43 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sept 2018 • Couples
        We decided to splash out on a hot air balloon ride for my wife's 60th birthday. What a wonderful experience. We were picked up at 4.30 in a game drive vehicle to the launch site. Watching the big balloon being blown up and then you are floating over the game reserve. Absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately it is so expensive for SA residents, but I recommend that you do it at least once.
        Written 27 September 2018
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        Good day riaano2017 Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your Hot air Balloon experience with us and we hope to see you back again soon for your next adventure. Kind regards The Mankwe Gametrackers team.
        Written 3 October 2018
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        lyke2snype
        Hastings, UK149 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2018 • Couples
        We traveled to South Africa for my husbands 50th Birthday and decided on a balloon flight launching in the centre of Pilanesberg National Park. We booked flight prior to arrival as we did not want to miss the opportunity of a certain date. We stayed a couple of nights at Kingdom Lodge - the rep there reconfirmed our booking and kept us informed that their was the slightest possibility of cancellation due to weather conditions.

        We were collected exactly when they said, our guide/driver was great/informative and clearly passionate about the park. It was like a night game drive on the way to the launch site.

        Everything was explained fully (including the basket may fall over on landing) it did but was actually funny and no pain or bruises as we had all adopted the brace landing position as explained.

        Our pilot was fun and the experience was very calm not scary at all. We saw rhinos from the air & a mother rhino and her calf on landing - WOW

        The champagne or bucks fizz in my case on landing was lovely - alcohol before breakfast?!!
        We were then taken to a private game lodge located within the park, the food was excellent and again a mini game drive in daylight on the way to the game lodge and back to the park entrance

        It is pricy but very well worth the cost especially for a special occassion. So glad we opted for this choice, The company (Mankwe Gametrackers) was excellent to deal with. Thank you
        Written 28 July 2018
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        Good day Erwin Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your hot air balloon flight with us and that we could help in making a special occasion all the more memorable. We hope to see you back again soon for your next adventure. Kind regards The Mankwe Gametrackers team.
        Written 1 August 2018
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Erwin M
        Pretoria, South Africa381 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2018 • Couples
        What a unique experience! Watching the balloon being blown up using big gas burners, floating over the game reserve watching the animals below, landing safely and celebrating afterwards with a glass of sparkling wine was really excellent.
        The professional pilot Tony showed us his skills and gave good running commentary during the flight.
        After the flight we were taken to Bakubung Lodge for a great breakfast.
        Yes it is expensive, but it is a life time experience.
        Written 10 June 2018
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        Good day Erwin Thank-you so much for taking the time to write a review, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your hot air balloon flight with us and we hope to see you back again soon for your next adventure. Kind regards The Mankwe Gametrackers team.
        Written 15 June 2018
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        H G
        Heemskerk, The Netherlands21 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2018
        The experience is one you will never forget! We were picked up by a very friendly driver who brought us to the launch place. We were nice and early and we were treated with a view of a very large male lion which was walking along the river bed. The ballon ride was very nice. We got up and the wind took us for a ride over the park We were able to spot deer, rhino and fish eagles. The landing was spectacular but we stayed upright!
        The experience takes a big chunk out of the budget, but it is worth every Rand!
        Written 24 April 2018
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        Sally
        South West England, UK1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2023 • Couples
        The staff were lovely. It was a beautiful balloon ride followed by a fabulous breakfast and bubbly 🥰
        Thank you
        Written 29 May 2023
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        womble_d
        Darwen, UK41 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2019 • Couples
        My sister booked this for out Christmas present, the first day we were cancelled due to the stormy weather in the night, the following day everything went ahead. It's well worth the early start (I think we got up at 03:30) we did a bit of game spotting on the drive into the park. The pilot and guides were amazing we saw lots of game and took amazing photos. The landing was smooth and then we had champagne before being taken to one of the local lodges for breakfast. Amazing!
        Written 10 March 2019
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        Good day Womble Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your hot air balloon flight with us and we hope to see you back again soon for your next adventure. Kind regards The Mankwe Gametrackers team.
        Written 27 March 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Rafa_BR
        Sao Paulo, SP57 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We did two game trackers and the hot air balloon. Everything was perfect. Service very punctual and with safety. Special thanks to Elvis, who did a great job at the safari, and to Tony, very experienced and friendly pilot of the balloon.
        Written 5 January 2018
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        Good day Thank-you very much for your feedback, we really appreciate all feedback. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon for your next adventure. Kind regards The Mankwe Gametrackers team.
        Written 14 January 2018
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Emilija M
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2024 • Couples
        It was very exciting experience great to see park and the animals from above!The people that took care for it were very professional and positive, great crew guys, thanks a lot! ❤
        Written 8 March 2024
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