We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris

Skeerpoort, Hartbeespoort | On the R560, Magaliesburg 1791, South Africa
+27 11 705 3201
Call
Website
Save
Book In Advance
Tours from Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris tend to sell out - travellers recommend booking in advance!
More Info
US$214,62*
and up
Magaliesburg Balloon Safari from Johannesburg
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Bill Harrop's "Original" Balloon Safaris. If you're going to do it, do it in unassailable style. It's sunrise. The silence is only punctuated by the occasional blast of the powerful burners and the faint call of a bird or animal far beneath. The thrill is indescribable. Picture yourselves sipping champagne as you hover gently above the tree tops, or soar high above the mountain peaks. After landing, savour a delectable champagne breakfast at our well established, traditionally exquisite and beautifully appointed Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant where you will be filled with the warmest of memories.
  • Excellent91%
  • Very good5%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bucket list” (43 reviews)
“hot air” (15 reviews)
LOCATION
Skeerpoort, Hartbeespoort | On the R560, Magaliesburg 1791, South Africa
CONTACT
Website
+27 11 705 3201
Write a ReviewReviews (416)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 397 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Anyone with a dream to go Ballooning but worried due to vertigo...don't be.....it is awesome and I never once felt scared or unsafe. And I suffer badly from vertigo. It is the Best thing I have ever experienced. The staff and polite were amazing. The...More

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank Michelle D
Reviewed 3 days ago

The experience was excellent and I will recommend this to anybody. I have already informed family members who has out this on their bucket list.

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank 618elnas
Reviewed 1 week ago

A once in a lifetime experience... The peace one feels once in the air is unexplainable.... Not to mention the beauty of the landscape below u... It's breath taking... Thank u Billhops for an amazing and beautiful flight..

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank M7003ATtraceyb
BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Tracey, Thank you. And for us here at Bill Harrop’s this is called “working”. It’s always a pleasure to be able to share our passion, and an even more so to know we are doing our “job”. Kind regards, Bill Harrop

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most exhilarating and sumptuous experience since my Gondola ride in Venice. Absolutely everything about Bill Harrop's Balloon Safari was perfect. Thank you Tamara for the wonderful reservation service, Flip our pilot for keeping us entertained and informed, Bill himself for his wondrous stories, the...More

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank 764brigittem
BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Brigitte, A great boost to my morning in the office flying the desk. Thank you so much for your kind comments about our operation in general and Tamara and Flip in particular. I will pass them your praise. Indeed we do have an “all...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was really looking forward to the trip which was part of a 5 day break to South Africa, unfortunately the weather let us down and our guide received a call whilst we were on route to the take off zone cancelling our trip on...More

Thank Mandy S
BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Mandy, “Ah, yes, I remember it well” . . . but not best memory. But our integrity concerning your safety (and enjoyment) is paramount. Operating as a Non-Scheduled Domestic Air Service licensed by the SA Civil Aviation Authority we are privy to all the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

100% - loved every moment of the day. Attention to detail was outstanding. Friendly staff. Plus champagne

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank olgasS2743SS
BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Olga, Thank you for your 100 star review. Have a great 2018 (and more). Kind regards, Bill Harrop

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the staff working with reservations to the kitchen staff preparing breakfast was very professional! The flight was my third at Bill Harrop’s! This time around we flew much lower and made it a totally different experience. Hartbeespoort is a very nice area to have...More

Thank Karen J
BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Karen, What a pleasure is was to entertain you on your third trip with us. Indeed, as you observed, every balloon flight is different. Somtimes low level picking leaves from trees and chatting to “earthlings” below, or soaring high where one can see for...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a pre-Christmas excursion with my husband and his parents. What a lovely activity and very close to Johannesburg (although we had spent the night in Magaliesberg). The ride was much more smooth than anticipated with beautiful Mountain View’s on either side. There were...More

Thank sarah0whitten
BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Sarah, That’s the great thing about having one’s own business; you can do what you enjoy, which is ensuring one’s clients enjoy what you enjoy, by sharing great experiences as well as the little touches of my, now iconic, signature dish, Northumbrian Porridge. ....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband surprised me with a balloon flight for my 30th birthday. It was a wonderful experience seeing the balloons going up at sun rise. The breakfast after was delicious as well.More

Thank T6841SFclairel
BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Claire, It always delights us to see the “surprise” and joy on people’s faces when they realise why they were persuaded to get up at such an unearthly hour. May the memory of this shared experience linger for many many more years to come....More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Everything about the ride was awesome. I appreciates the other passengers as well as the meal and the champagne toast was quite nice. I would like to add my only additional thought is the term Safari caused me to anticipate doing animals while on the...More

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank Rita L
BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Rita, Thank you for your comments as well as taking the time to advise me why we didn’t quite make a 5 star review. This is a difficult point to address because as you say, the word “safari” is Swahili for “journey” (in Africa)...More

Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 7 hotels in Magaliesburg
Cradle Health Spa
30 reviews
4.99 km away
The Venue Country Hotel
19 reviews
14.93 km away
Kassaboera Lodge
95 reviews
16.29 km away
Maropeng Boutique Hotel
205 reviews
18.29 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Silver Orange Bistro
435 reviews
13.97 km away
Esther's Country Lodge
13 reviews
10.38 km away
Ale House
13 reviews
13.14 km away
Squires on the Dam
163 reviews
15.33 km away
Nearby Attractions
Saddle Creek Adventures
19 reviews
13.11 km away
Lesedi Cultural Village
328 reviews
14.62 km away
Lion and Safari Park
1 756 reviews
14.89 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Deepti M
3 December 2017|
Answer
Response from funnychap24 | Reviewed this property |
I was able to pay extra and get picked up from the Intercontinental in Sandton. They wouldn't pick me up from my B&B (which was right down the road) but they did drop me off at the B&B after.
0
Votes
Khamir K
25 March 2016|
Answer
Response from BillJohannesburg | Property representative |
Hi Khamir, Thank you for your interest in coming to our beautiful land as well as including a balloon flight in your plans. In winter we enjoy some of the most reliable ballooning weather in the world. The air is crisp... More
1
Vote
msouza23
18 March 2015|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from BillJohannesburg | Property representative |
The minimum age for passengers in balloons shared with other parties is generally 6 to 7 years old. This is because under that age children are generally found not to be able to see over the side of the basket which... More
0
Votes