What could be better than soaring through the sky, born aloft by hot air and the eddies of the atmosphere around you? How about completing the experience with a breath-taking view of Africa’s amazing wildlife below? With Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris offering you two spectacular game viewing opportunities through our partnerships with Entabeni Safari […]
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Would you believe us if we told you winter is one of the very best times for a hot air balloon flight? Don’t be skeptical- it’s the solid gold truth! Today, the Bill Harrop’s team will walk you through why the chilly season is generally counted as the most spectacular chance to enjoy everything hot […]
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    By: Natasha Archary  Dating in the realm of technology has become so mundane and predictable. People are so afraid of venturing out of their comfort zones that dinner and a movie is usually what a date involves. Standard fare. Where’s the thrill? The larger than life, unforgettable experience? If you’re on the hunt […]
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Bill Harrops Original Balloon Safari’s is featured in the latest edition of the Premier Magazine. Hot Air Ballooning_2  
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  Bill Harrop is a vivid personality in South Africa’s travel industry – quick to liven up a meeting with a witticism or quirky comment. Frivolities aside, he’s never been afraid to dream large, and is today synonymous with having introduced commercial hot air ballooning to the country some 34 years ago. If we flash […]
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  I first experienced a balloon ride with Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris back in the mid-80s and loved the feeling of weightless floating. So it was with great enthusiasm that I accepted another opportunity in early July, decades later (well, there was an occasion in Canberra where I was treated to a short balloon […]
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  By Michelle Colman,  3 AUGUST, 2015 09:07 Balloon flights are wish list items for many.  Bill Harrop, founder of South Africa’s first commercial balloon flight operation, has made them a reality for thousands of happy passengers. Bill Harrop is a vivid personality in South Africa’s travel industry – quick to liven up a meeting […]
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My friend Kirsty and I recently had the opportunity of a lifetime with Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris; a hot-air balloon ride over the Magalies River Valley at dawn. It’s a cold and early start in winter in order to be in the air by sunrise, but it’s so worth it. The morning starts with […]
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Floating above the ground is not something one gets to do often so when the opportunity arises the only question to ask is ‘Why not!?’ under5foot was extremely privileged to board the Bill Harrop Hot Air Balloon Safari this past weekend and were totally blown away! Once of the things we loved most about the experience […]
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Posted on 30th December 2014 in Balloon Adventures, Blog, South Africa Attractions Compliments of Exclusive Getaways. A hot-air balloon safari is an awe-inspiring inclusion to a South African holiday. It’s exciting and energizing, and it offers unbeatable bird’s-eye-view sightseeing. Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safarislend new and thrilling meaning to the old adages On Cloud Nine […]
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Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris What could be more exhilarating then boarding a magical hot air balloon, just as the sun starts to rise over the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains? Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris, one of the most renowned providers, offers this once in a lifetime experience just 45kms outside of Johannesburg. With a focus […]
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Attending the annual Indaba Tourism exhibition in Durban is always rewarding. For the last two years, I have bumped into Bill Harrop and Dave Atherstone of Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris. Both times, I have been invited to fly with them. The only problem is they operate from Skeerpoort in Gauteng and I am based in […]
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Hot air ballooning is a fickle activity and usually leads to disappointment, exhaustion and frustration. (This post is obviously not sponsored by the Hot Air Balloon Association.) I’ve tried several times to participate in this remarkable adventure, but before a few months ago had only been successful one time, in Napa Valley. But magic struck […]
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With the recent award of a Certificate of Excellence from the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris has cemented its position as one of South Africa’s most popular travel experiences. The award celebrates attractions listed on TripAdvisor that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews. Taken into account are the quality and quantity […]
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