Here at Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris we don’t just take pride in our safe, spectacular flights and our experienced pilots, but in the whole guest experience. From the first sip of that bracing coffee before your flight to the last decadent bite of Bill’s famous Northumbrian porridge afterwards, we want you to enjoy every step of the journey. A key part in the creation of this ultimate guest experience is our Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant, a focal point, meeting spot and unassailably stylish land ‘anchor’ for your entire balloon experience.
Traditionally exquisite and beautifully appointed, the Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant is the first sight to greet you when you arrive at our Magalies River Valley home in the Cradle of Humankind, a beacon of light and activity in the soft dark of a dawning South African morning. You’ll sip a hot drink while below you, on the airfield, you watch your balloon rise to its magnificent full height. Whether you’re a large corporate gathering, a group of strangers who will leave as friends, or a couple looking to amp up the romance of your celebration, the exquisite aesthetics of the Clubhouse is sure to add to the atmosphere.
Relax after your flight and celebrate your adventure on the terrace. Be sure to chat with your fellow brave aviators- you never quite know who you’ll find on a Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safari. The restaurant is fully licensed, allowing guests to participate in a little ‘Dutch courage’ if they’ve got a long day ahead, or to warm up after their flight experience.
Whatever you do, make sure you sneak in a taste of Bill’s famous Northumbrian porridge while you’re there. Lying right along the Scottish border, the people of Northumberland know exactly what it takes to line the stomach and tickle the taste buds on a chilly morning. Picture a hearty [and healthy] oat porridge made decadent with a pinch of salt, a sprinkle of sugar, a dollop of cream and a dribble of whiskey. Mmm….
Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris aren’t just about flights- they’re about making dreams come true, and basket loads of memories you’ll share forever. Let us take you to new heights today- and experience a delicious bowl of Bill’s best porridge while you’re here too!