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 Conservancy and Mabula Private Game Reserve, this could well be yours to enjoy.

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Drink in the panorama of these ancient and beautiful pockets of the African landscape as they unfold beneath you, wafting gently through the air from the unbeatable vantage point of your hot air balloon. Our flights are timed to rise with the sun, which is prime viewing time for animals in the African bush. Diurnal critters stir to find food and sustenance before the heat of the day hits, while nocturnal hunters take their last moments in the fading night to fill up before a good day’s sleep. No better opportunity for spectacular shots and unforgettable memories will meet you.

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Wonders await at Entabeni Safari Conservancy

Nestling in the spectacular [and malaria-free] scenery of the protected Waterberg biosphere area in Limpopo, this conservancy brings you terrain that oscillates from open grassland to unspoiled ravines. Mountains and waterfalls offer prime living for a host of Africa’s animals, despite bustling Joburg lying only a few hours away. The conservancy area offers a variety of 4- and 5-star accommodation to suit any taste, with the Wildside Tented Camp and Hanglip Mountain Luxury Lodge sites offering you closest proximity to the balloon take-off site. The conservancy itself offers an onsite wellness centre, wildlife and cultural experiences, superb golfing and, of course, game viewing activities from game drives to horseback safaris. Let this remarkable corner of South Africa take you beyond the classic “Big 5” encounter.

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Bask in luxury at Mabula Private Game Reserve

Part of the famous Warmbaths area of Northern Province, this 12 000 ha, malaria-free private reserve offers you all of the Big 5 and so much more. Newly refurbished, you’ll find a world-class game lodge awaiting you alongside the opportunity to participate in guided bush walks, rhino tracking, game drives and their reptile centre. Unwind afterwards at the onsite beauty centre. Evening game drives allow you to see the animals up close before your morning flight, offering a unique combination of vantage points.

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Create an exceptional travel experience

These exciting guest experiences can be booked through your accommodation at the site and your stay can be expanded to include airport transfers for your convenience too. Experience a night on the reserve before taking to the skies the next morning for a true taste of Africa’s wildlife heritage.

Each of our game viewing balloon flights last 45 minutes, and while take-off will be defined within the reserve we will fly where the winds take us, so we may even make a landing outside the reserve. Your assigned ranger will guide you through the whole experience, from the necessities of ballooning safely to the spectacular animal wealth you’ll view. Celebrate your safe landing with a glass of champagne before heading out for a dawn game drive, and round this perfect experience off with a spectacular breakfast at the lodge- or even al fresco in the bush.

Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris game viewing flights offer you an unparalleled chance to experience Africa’s animals in a way no other safari experience can quite match, so why not become our guest today?


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