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Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg
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Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg

By Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris
Recommended by 96% of travellers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Enhance your visit to the Cradle of Humankind with an early morning balloon ride over this ancient and beautiful landscape. Sip coffee as experienced crew inflate the balloons, then ascend into the sky as your veteran pilot explains the views beneath you. Enjoy a glass of bubbles on landing followed by a full English breakfast at the launch site and leave with a “citation” commemorating your flight.
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Ages 10-90, max of 64 per group
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Secure your place on a hot air balloon ride over the Magalies River Valley
  • Glide peacefully through the skies above rolling landscapes and ancient sites
  • Toast your flight with a glass of local champagne—and an English breakfast
  • Upgrade for convenient round-trip transfers from your Sandton accommodation

  • Sparkling Wine Buffet Breakfast
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)


Start:
  • Bill Harrop's "Original" Balloon Safaris, R560 Skeerpoort, 2146, South Africa
    The launch site is situated in a small town called "Skeerpoort", west of Hartbeespoort dam.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 34827P1

    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • Please note that the flight is a 1 hour flight but you need to keep 4 hours free for the meet and greet, the flight, post flight beverages, transfer back the Clubhouse, Pavilion and Restaurant, as well as the breakfast afterwards
    • Please advise us of any dietary requirements (non alcohol, vegetarian etc)
    • Meeting time will be confirmed on confirmation of your booking - it is essential that you arrive on time
    • Passengers need to be physically fit enough to stand for the duration of the flight (an hour) as well as jump unassisted from a chair to the ground (this would be the feeling of a bumpy landing should we have one).
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Children must be 7 years and older to participate in a hot air balloon flight & children must be 1.3 meters in height - and be able to see over the edge of the basket.
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Please note that pregnant passengers will not be allowed to participate in the hot air ballooning (for safety precautions).
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 64 travellers

    • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

    How much is Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg?
    Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg price starts from R 4 095,46. Discover and book Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg on Tripadvisor
    What is the Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg cancellation policy?
    Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg cancellation policy: If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. Discover and book Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg?
    Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg is hosted by Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg on Tripadvisor
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      Bill Harrop's "Original" Balloon Safaris
      R560 Skeerpoort, 2146, South Africa
      The launch site is situated in a small town called "Skeerpoort", west of Hartbeespoort dam.
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      Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris
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      Whether catering to a large corporate group or an intimate engagement, this tour will provide you with a personal, professional service and an unforgettable experience!   
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    About the operator
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    • Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris
      818
      South Africa
      Joined in May 2008
    • patrachato
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Bucket kist
      Excellent but Champayne during flight would take this trip to another level. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience
      Written 3 March 2024
    • Explore35428814439
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Anniversary Surprise
      Arnel and I would like to express our thanks to all concerned who made our 20th anniversary so special. It was the most memorable experience being our first hot air balloon flight. Special thanks to Eugene, a great pilot and guide. Best wishes and regards, Danie du Plessis
      Written 23 February 2024
    • Natliegh
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A beautiful experience
      The experience exceeded my expectations. The information shared with us on the flight was really interesting. I loved that it wasn't just a "go up, come down" trip. Our pilot had a lot of experience and loads of knowledge of the area. He pointed out things and told us interesting historical stories. We loved the whole experience.
      Written 23 February 2024
    • AlexisCS25
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An amazing unforgettable experience
      From answering questions, to making the reservation to the whole flight experience, the service and staff are out of this world. There were no issues with dietary requirement that were mentioned and the catering was delicious and accounted for these requirements. Our Pilot was knowledgeable and made the journey enjoyable even for those of us afraid of heights. I would totally arrange to go again!
      Written 18 February 2024
    • marisavm38
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience
      The experience was truly memorable The staff are friendly and the food was so nice. Recommended to all
      Written 18 February 2024
    • 24andilem
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Memorable
      Just a tip: I believe it will be more memorable if your guests take pictures with the pilot and crew or the pilot and the guests. Also when the guests receive the certificates, it will be nice to get pictures during that event.
      Written 11 February 2024
    • Pioneer671092
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Valentines experience!
      My hubby booked a balloon trip for our Valentines this year. It was one of our most memorable trips ever! If you want beauty, professionalism, friendliness and a once in a life time experience, then this is the place to go! Thank you Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris for making our Valentines memorable! Your team is absolutely amazing! Thank you for the staff which made the food as well, the food was wonderful.
      Written 11 February 2024
    • delrenekruger65
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Bucket Listing fulfilled
      Fantastic experience, the staff and crew were phenomenal! Would love to do it again and it will definitely be again with Bill Harrops Hot Air Safari! Felicity the Pilot was friendly and so knowledgeable! Thank you for an awesome 70th Birthday celebration that I can now tick off from my Bucket List!
      Written 31 January 2024
    • guyhusselmann
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Top 5 on my most memorable experiences
      I have experienced life and this was definitely one of my top 5 life experiences. We were extremely lucky with almost perfect conditions. Super, well oiled, professional and friendly outfit that Bill Harrop has left behind, with amazing people to continue his legacy.
      Written 15 January 2024
    • ingecronje04
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Up, up and away
      We had to rebook as our former booking was cancelled because of weather. This was however an excellent experience, well worth the wait. Our pilot, Nik, was very informative and a true gentleman. We fully recommend everyone to go for this experience.
      Written 14 January 2024
    • darioneto18
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      AMAZING!!!
      I proposed to my girlfriend on our trip. Everything was handled so meticulously from the planning to the actual day and the proposal. Our captain Nik was incredible and provided the perfect moment for me to propose and was so incredible. Would highly recommend them.
      Written 10 January 2024
    • Nomad08606805856
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome Balloon Ride!!!1
      Our pilot Nik is very knowledgeable and experienced. Enjoyed his balloon related stories/tales and related quirks.
      Written 8 January 2024
    • denishapillay21
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful experience by a beautiful company!
      An absolute amazing experience and cannot wait to go again soon. From the initial booking to the actual flight, everything was handled with the the utmost efficiency and professionalism. What an awesome bunch of people at Bill Harrops. Great job!
      Written 8 January 2024
    • Tiren G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Professionalism personified
      From the initial query all through to the landing The BH team displayed exemplary attention to detail and executed their tasks with the skill and expertise that only experience can bring. Congrats to the entire team.
      Written 7 January 2024
    • Jaco2024
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Bill Harrop's Balloon Safari
      This was a remarkable experience, very professional, safe and very knowledgeable/ competent staff. the food was amazing as well.
      Written 5 January 2024
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    5.0
    5.0 of 5 bubbles389 reviews
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    Claudine Harris
    Alberton, South Africa4 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021
    We arrived very early for the ride, and was welcomed at their restaurant to be checked in and we received our flight ticket. Then we waited as they were setting up the balloons and we enjoyed coffee as the sun came up.

    We looked as other clients were called to their balloons and then our group was called. We walked to the balloon and there were lots of people around (some in uniform and others not). We were allocated where we will be standing in the hot air balloon and then settled in. We could see the other balloons and their "pilots" do an "in case of emergency" and we were anxiously waiting for our turn.

    The pilot started his speech and was interrupted by a random guy (with no logo or uniform) to fix something in the balloon first. This was quite worrisome for us as we did not know what was going on. The pilot, David or Dave, pulled on some strings and something moved at the top of the balloon. He then started getting ready to take off. We didn't receive the in case of emergency speech until someone stopped him again and we had to pay attention for a short speech by him.
    The pilot then took off and flew very low, he also flew in a box-shape and we ended back next to where we took off. 40 minutes of trying to get us in the air and we end back almost where we started. Talking to other clients we were concerned if this guy knew what he was doing.

    Coming back to the restaurant for breakfast we were a little disappointed because the other balloons flew high and much further. Some people even saw wildlife from a game farm in the area. Our flight was someone flying in a box and struggling to know what to do to get the balloon to respond.
    In hindsight, we talked about our experience and we didn't feel good about what we got. The pilot was not friendly and informative and the flight was a disappointment.
    Written 26 September 2021
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    Jessica
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    I booked this balloon trip as a secret Christmas present for my boyfriend. I found the booking process incredibly easy, with Nancy prompt in her email and phone responses! In regard to the actual balloon experience, I speak on behalf of the both us when I say that nothing could have prepared us for the experience! We were left speechless at the calming and gradual incline of the balloon and of course the stunning and incomparable views over the Magaliesburg. The whole team at Bill Harrops made the experience, however I must make note of our Aeronaut Marc/or Mark (apologises, not sure of the spelling). In my partners words “an absolute legend”, Marcs professionalism and expertise shined through the entire balloon trip. Apart from piloting the balloon, Marcs commentary of the surrounding landscape and the history of the region added to the experience! Again I speak for my partner and myself, we wouldn’t want to “fly” with anyone else and look forward to our next ballon experience, hopefully if Marc can make it to Bristol for this year!

    Please let us know if you do make it to the U.K. Marc!

    Best wishes and Thank-you again to everyone at Bill Harrops!

    Jack and Jess
    Written 8 February 2020
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    Tsungai M
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Couples
    My husband and I booked, last year October to go hot air ballooning and due to the bad weather, the trip was cancelled. We were informed that the trip would be valid for up to one year. As we were coming from Zimbabwe, we planned to come this September and made our re-booking well in advance.

    Now, when we arrived in SA, the office sent an email clearly stating 6.30 am as the time of departure, so we arrived as per instructed, and we tried to call the office numerous times with no answer. When we eventually got through to the office, they informed us that our trip had been cancelled and that they tried to get ahold of us to no avail (which was understandable due to our own oversight). However, the lady who we spoke to was extremely rude and condescending (i think it was either Darlene or Nancy). She spoke to my husband as if he was a 7 year old who lacked comprehension skills, continuously repeating '' did you read the email?''.

    Our trip was postponed to the next day and when we contacted the office again for the itinerary they stated that it had been sent via email, when i informed them that we had not received any email, the lady sent the email and wrote in all caps 'resend' but in actual fact, she had not sent the email to us but had forwarded the email to the her other counterpart. As such, i would've expected a little bit more courtesy, than sheer annoyance. Our trip was then cancelled again due to poor weather. Ultimately our trip was cancelled three times, one cannot help but ask, was it truly due to weather or was it some form of racial profiling.

    If indeed the trips were due to bad weather, i cannot stand for the patronizing and condescending tone and treatment from the establishment. Given we flew all the way from Zimbabwe for this trip. It left am extremely sour taste in my mouth and i would not recommend anyone use Bill Harrop's. If i could give 0 rating, i truly would.
    Written 19 September 2023
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    Good day Tinashe, Thank you for your review. We will address the matter internally.
    Written 19 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Mindy_Jennings
    Devon, PA8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    This was a trip that exceeded all of our expectations. Booking from overseas can be tough but Nancy was so friendly and helpful and made sure everything went through as planned
    Arriving at 5:15 in the morning, we we greeted by the awesome site of the four balloons being inflated right in front of a wonderful viewing pavilion, where we served hot beverages.
    Our flight was absolutely exceptional. Our Captain Marc was so friendly and informative, showing us and explaining how he rides the different altitudes and winds to guide the balloon.
    The time in the air flew by and after we landed we were transported back to the pavilion for the most amazing breakfast.
    If you have ever considered a balloon ride, I would absolutely recommend Bill Harrops as I cannot imagine a more beautiful environment in which to fly, and a more friendly and professional outfit to do it with..
    Written 7 March 2020
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    Devandrie P
    Greater Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2020
    I had booked for my daughter's birthday in March, unfortunately there was a lock down announced a few days earlier. I called early December for a booking, no issues I was promptly rescheduled. We travelled from Johannesburg after calling in the morning and being advised that 3 balloons would be going up and the weather was fine. It was such an unbelievable awesome trip, I could hardly believer it was real. It is a real must experience for anyone wishing to appreciate South Africa and its beauty.
    Written 18 December 2020
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    Loodt
    pretoria3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020
    Amazing. a Full rounded experience. From the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave, it's amazing. Coffee and snakes as the amazing staff prepare the balloon.

    Once in the balloon, you will meet your amazing pilot and you will see the craft it takes, flying a balloon with essentially no steering wheel.

    once you come to an adrenalin-packed soft landing. Ice cold bubbles served as the crew pack up.

    Once your back the most scrumptious breakfast has been prepared and everything you could want will be waiting.

    just amazing ~ will definitely recommend it.
    Written 5 October 2020
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    stukkiecindy
    Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I will start off with the prompt and efficient communication when enquiring about a booking. I wanted to make a Sunday reservation on a Friday afternoon and couldn't talk on the phone and the email comms I got was within minutes and contained all of the information I could possibly think of!
    We were nervous about the early morning meet up, but the most enthusiastic guard was there to show us where to park, the pathways were well lit and we were met with friendly faces, coffee and muffin snacks.
    It was an experience to watch the balloons being "blown" up and we even got boarding passes!
    My favourite part about our specific trip was that our pilot, Felicity, was 1. A woman and 2. An experienced balloon pilot of over 30 years!!
    The views were stunning and our landing was smooth (we didn't even need the landing prep our pilot had prepped us for!). We had champagne upon disembarking.
    The flight was followed by a phenomenal breakfast with everything from bacon to fruit to flapjacks! This was followed by a little ceremony in which certificates of bravery were brought to us at our tables.
    Highly recommend and worth every cent!
    Written 19 March 2023
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    Thank you for your amazing review!
    Written 19 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Mieliegal
    London, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute must for anyone visiting South Africa. This has been on my bucket list for a long time and I can honestly say it exceeded all expectations. The whole journey from start to finish from the minute you get out the car till the time you leave was 10/10. The balloon ride was something out of the world and all the details from before the flight and breakfast were just sensational. Highly recommended 🌟🌟🌟
    Written 20 March 2022
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    Hi, Thank you for your review. We appreciate it when passengers take the time to share their experience with us. We are happy to provide 10/10 service from the beginning to the end. Hope to see you again for more special memories.
    Written 6 June 2022
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    Nick Ruberg
    West Bromwich, UK60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2021
    Fantastic experience and a worthwhile adventure. The Magaliesburg valley is a most stunning location and seeing the mountain ranges from the air is breath taking. This is a definite must do adventure. If you are a visitor to South Africa and limited for time, book this for the beginning of the trip so that if they cancel on that particular weekend (due to weather) you still have time to reschedule for the next one. The Highveld winters are normally very dry and the clear blue skies are a treat.
    Written 17 May 2021
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    Derick
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2022 • Friends
    A phenomenal experience of note. From the moment we booked with Nadia to our departure with the car guard, Johannes was incredible. The entire crew, who played a part in making our experience a memorable one were professional personified. Eugen our pilot has the most effervescent personally, who immediately dissolved the fact that we had been up since 4:00am. A hot air ballooning experience with Bill Harrops is must anyone else in the industry simply is no contest.
    Written 13 February 2022
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