Guests are collected at their hotel and taken on a leisurely drive to rendezvous with the balloon crew within The Pilanesberg National Park. The flight is approximately an hour's duration and upon landing sparkling wine is served – a time-honoured Hot Air Balloon tradition. A game drive is then taken through the Park to a private game lodge for breakfast, after which guests are returned to their hotel.
Flights are early morning and you will need to allow some 4 hours for the excursion.
The broad itinerary of this activity is as follows: Guests are collected in the early morning (Collection time to be confirmed directly with guests the evening before the flight - ±04:00) with an open safari vehicle from their respective hotels or lodges in Pilanesberg or Bakubung Gate for day visitors. They are then transferred to the balloon launch site, situated in the center of the National Park. At the launch site the guests will be met by the pilot and crew, who will proceed to give a briefing. Guests will then embark on a 14 passenger basket and commence on an unforgettable experience that lasts approximately an hour.
This will undoubtedly be the finest way of viewing the inhabitants of the Pilanesberg National Park. On landing, guests will be served with sparkling wine and orange juice in celebration of the flight. The qualified field guide will then convey the guests through the Pilanesberg National Park to a private lodge, where a full English breakfast will be enjoyed.
Each guest will then receive a first flight certificate issued and signed by the pilot. On completion of breakfast, the guests will be returned to their respective hotels. The total duration of this activity is approximately 4 to 5 hours.
Bookings is essential and a minimum number of guests are required to conduct a flight. This activity is extremely weather dependent and a minimum of 4 pax is required to fly. It is advisable that guests book 2 or 3 consecutive mornings as a back up plan.
For safety reasons, children less than 1.2m tall are not permitted to fly.
Guests are to be reasonably fit, as they are required to climb into a 1.2-meter high balloon basket and be able to crouch down on their haunches on landing.
- Collection and drop off at Hotel
- Balloon flight
- Game Drive
- Items of a personal nature.
If cancelled less than 30 days before date of activity, forfeit deposit/full payment.