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Exquisite Safaris in the Sky: Hot Air Ballooning in South Africa and Namibia

Posted on Thursday, 03rd Jul 2014

Hot Air Ballooning is arguably the best way to view any landscape and the beauty that surrounds it. As you float high above the ground you have a spectacular, uninterrupted view of the region beneath you. Hot air ballooning is described as one of the most magical, majestically and awe inspiring activities known to man. It is also one of the oldest forms of flight which allows participants to experience and appreciate the origin of flight.

Hot air ballooning in South Africa has a very interesting and intriguing history. The first use for hot air balloons in South African was for military reconnaissance purposes, during the Anglo Boer War. The first “luxury” hot air balloon arrived in 1969 and in 1972 the Aero Club of South Africa founded a balloon section with the first international hot air balloon racing held between Johannesburg and Durban.


A hot air balloon trip usually begins at the break of dawn or just before. As you lift off the ground, the pilot will guide the balloon to a heightof 10-20 meters and float with the wind. At this height you have perfect views of the first rays of sunshine breaking through the clouds and keep a look out for the animals on the ground depending on where your trip is taking place. The panoramic views one is exposed to during a trip leaves many breathless and is a perfect activity for romantics or anybody who wants to experience something magical. As you trip will last about an hour, many companies will end off your trip with a champagne breakfast once you are back on terra firma.

South Africa and Namibia have some of the most beautiful landscapse and stable weather in the world, creating the perfect environment for a hot air balloon trip or safari. There are many locations to choose from in these to spectacular countries. One of these locations is the Pilanesberg near Sun City in South Africa. The trip starts with a drive to the launch site situated in the center of the Pilanesberg National Park, drift an hour over well-watered valleys and mountains of the Pilanesberg area while you try to spot game such as lion, zebra and rhino below you. On landing you will be driven to a private lodge where an English breakfast awaits you, and as part of the whole experience you will be issued with a  flight certificate of the memorable experience.



Pilot's view from the basket

In Namibia, the hot air ballooning trips take place in the Sossusvlei area, which is surrounded by towering sand dunes, vast dessert planes and mountain ranges. As temperatures are extremely high in the dessert, the flight commences just as the sun rises – creating spectacular views as the sun rays reflect of the dessert sand and mountain ranges.

As hot air ballooning is extremely popular in these two countries, African Travel Concept recommends that you book at least two weeks in advance.

For more information regarding hot air ballooning in these to magnificent countries, do not hesitate to email us by clicking here!



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