It has been on my bucket list ever since I can recall – and wow, what  an amazing experience!  It was for sure worthwhile waiting nearly 70 years  to fulfil my  dream,

and yes, health and finances permitting, I would love to do it again!

I need to compliment you on all the staff, from the car guards, ground staff – including the catering team and our Captain Marc are such friendly, yet very professional bunch

– Elsa Lennox –

This experience was the best in my life!! I felt I died and woke up in heaven and will always cherish this memory. My captain, Nick, was soooo entertaining and had us all laughing a few times…and…was skilled in his job. Since I arrived I felt basked in your hospitality, the food was purrrrrfect…it’s a pity I have only one stomach and couldn’t eat more. And at the end on my way to my car, I strolled through the lovely garden and just appreciate the flowers and really didn’t want to leave. Everything there was special and with a pure energy!! This comment is coming deeply from my heart and I will always smile happy about this experience. Thank you so much for everything and I wish you a blessed future.

– Hermien Stander –

Just as the salty, seasoned sea captain navigates the oceans, Bill Harrop navigates the skies. We had the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon adventure with Bill which was arranged by Gate1 Travel on our S. Africa tour. It was such fun! We floated above the Mabula Game Preserve and saw the sunrise as well as numerous wild animals from the sky. It is an entirely different perspective. Bill made us laugh and was quite capable of successfully navigating us over the lions. While soaring through the air (we went 12 miles), with the wind in our faces, we learned a bit about ballooning from this activity. After successfully landing, we were treated to champagne and mimosas and presented a “Certificate of Courage and Fortitude” with great fanfare.

– Cleomurray –


Just a small note of a warm-hearted thank you to everyone involved at your organisation for my birthday trip yesterday on the 2nd September 2019.

Everything was superbly planned and executed. It was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life  – and to think I had to wait till I’m 60!!!!

Sincere gratitude and Blessings to ALL at BILL HARROP’s!!!!

– Naomi Grobbelaar –

It was a great life experience and I already have ,and still will in future recommend you guys to everyone I know. Our Pilot was Flip. He was a great pilot, making jokes and also telling us about the area and surroundings, which was very interesting. The food was to die for!! Compliments to the chef/s. You certainly know what you are doing in the Kitchen!!! I if did not see it for myself, I would never have realized just how much work and effort goes into air ballooning. The teamwork that was shown to us was amazing. Everyone had their own job and knew just how to do it, and when to do it. I was an amazing experience. Thank you for a once in a lifetime experience!! 

– Elize Botha –

“the team at bill harrop’s is awesome. warm, welcoming, and professional – everyone there makes sure the entire experience from start to finish is first-class. our pilot, mr. marc nuthall is – bar none – the best pilot i’ve ever flown with. and i doubt any future pilots i experience will come close to meeting his high standards of excellence. marc is a highly skilled, expert with a friendly easy going manner and desire to share his appreciation for the beauty and splendor of ballooning. the setting is gorgeous, and they top off a great morning flight with a delicious, hearty breakfast served on their idyllic grounds. if i ever have the privilege of returning to this part of south africa, visiting bill harrop’s is already on my itinerary. i wholeheartedly recommend!”

– kimberli2020 – 

An incredible experience. I went as a solo adventure and met 5 other amazing ladies. Would recommend it as a must do. The service was welcoming and great from the initial stages of enquiring about the experience to the day of the flight. I loved that I got to be part of the whole experience of starting up the balloon to wrapping it up at the end. The views were great, experiencing the sunrise and pilot very engaging. The food was great – from warm muffins before the flight to the Breakfast thereafter it made for a great morning outside the city. Highly recommend it. 

– Vulanim1 –

What a wonderful experience, it was our first time in a Balloon and we will remember it for a long time. They definitely choose the right place to do that, surrounded by the beautiful Magalies mountains and we had the great chance and honour to have Bill himself as our pilot! A wonderful man, passionate, full of stories and very cultivated, who has added his magic to this beautiful experience. And to finish, as “the cherry on the cake” (as we say in France) we had a very nice breakfast in this marvellous environment. I strongly recommend the Bill Harrop’s experience and thank you Bill for this great experience.

– RobinSBRN –

We were made very welcome right from the early morning coffee and muffins, the breath taking views from the air are amazing and the pilot was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour – the champagne when we landed and explanation of the tradition was interesting. The breakfast was first class and I would highly recommend the oatmeal with whiskey. Lovely experience all in all

– GrandTour220623 –

“There is no doubt that if you are looking for the best ballon experience with top quality customer focus and enjoyment then Bill Harrops is the only company you should consider. And the breakfast, wow, what a setting to end such a beautiful flight. Thank you to everyone for making our experience a life long talked about memory.”

– Andreas Raschke –


“I would just like to send a word of thanks and appreciation:

We had an awesome experience!!!!! 

From the way my inquiry was handled, the booking, the directions (these were spot-on and very user friendly)! 

The reception at the airfield by Bill and Mary

The flight and care given by Harmen 

The presentation of the certificates

and the food was delicious!!!

Thank you for an awesome and very memorable day. “

– Riana de Villiers –


“I would like to thank you and the Bill Harrops balloon safari Company, for a spectacular and forever memorable experience. All your staff was so pleasant and Also the Pilot Mr Harmen. He was so entertaining and really a joy to fly with. Thank you once again for making Balloon safari so enjoyable. Have a lovely day.”


– Mr Yusuf Tayob & Mrs Shenaaz Tayob –

“Myself and my now fiancé Tiziana would like to thank the Bill Harrop’s team for making our special day so memorable.
Planning an engagement comes with it’s fair share of stress but the team at Bill Harrop’s really went out of their way to ensure that all ran smoothly.
With the always friendly and professional service I received from yourself and Nancy, booking the engagement surprise was an absolute pleasure.
Marc is an incredible pilot and a true gentlemen. His charismatic persona coupled with his vast knowledge of flying kept us entertained throughout the morning.
This truly was a memorable experience and one that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.
Thank you. “

– Cameron Hutchinson –

“I actually booked this fantastic experiance for my wife’s 40th Birthday and did not regret it one bit. The location we flew over was very scenic and beautiful. Staff are very helpful and professional, the breakfast was scrumptious and what a pleasure it was to meet the world renowned balloonist, Bill Harrop!”


– Sanjay Kalidas –

“You are the most well known. I must say one rarely meets an individual like Tracey, so down to earth, friendly and completely in control. I can’t stop thinking about how she treated everyone with respect. She is so humble and a truly amazing human being. Thanks to Tracey for an unforgettable experience!!”

-Ronel Coetzee –

“You had very good reviews on the internet. That is the main reason why we chose to fly with you guys. and i must add that the reviews were 100% right. it truly was absolutely perfect!”

– Vishakha Gokhale –

“We would like to thank the crew from Bill Harrop’s team for a wonderful morning. From the moment we drove into the parking area we felt welcome. We were extremely thankful for the weather and wind that played along. This was an amazing experience. Our pilot guided us through the area and we had such a good time on board. Very Professional, well organized, and just totally worth doing. Our 20th wedding anniversary will be one to remember! Thank you!”

– Jackie Coetzee –

“Really enjoyable experience. Not many places that offer excellent service in South Africa but you’ll definitely experience excellent service at Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloons. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone. Some breathtaking views with a window seat all round. 😉 “

– Ivan Booysen –

“We chose Bill Harrop’s because of glowing recommendations from friends. We were greeted in style!, even our ‘morning darkness parking’ was coordinated and marshalled!, and the professionalism and friendliness of all the Bill Harrup’s Team was perfect. The whole experience was a delight and chance to see some of your beautiful country from the air was truly wonderful. My children will remember the experience for the rest of their lives. Thanks guys!!”

– Simon Wells –

“Louise, my wife, and I have traveled the world(so far,15 countries) and still do once a year. However, Bill Harrop’s Baloon Safaris counts amongst to MOST MEMORABLE experiences we have ever done. I would rate this establishment a sterling 5 Star. The Pilot, Flip, is an amazing person, sharing valuable information during the entire flight. The ‘champies’ on landing, such a spoil! The spectacular breakfast will suit a King!!! Thanks you staff and all the hard working ground staff for making our morning unforgettable!!!”

– William & Louise Packer –

“The flight was better than was amazing!!! I suffer from vertigo and was worried I would not be able to do it….but I was wrong….at no stage did I feel nervous or scared and my fear never kicked in. I felt safe and secure and loved every single minute if it.

The professionalism in which the entire experience was handle was 5 star. From our early cuppa and muffins to the way the staff were so friendly helpful and professional to our polite Mark being awesome and landing us onto the trailer was nothing short of spectacular. The champagne breakfast was brilliant and so were the staff. Thank you for the Best experience Ever. Will definitely do Ballooning again.”

– Michelle and Wayne Durand –

“Good Evening, Kathy

I just wanted to drop you and the team a quick thank you for our flight on Sunday 11 Feb. It was truly a great experience and we will most definitely refer friends, family and colleagues to you.

Please thank Bill and Mary on our behalf and please relay the message that the entire set up and everyone involved was an absolute pleasure to deal with. Harmen was also a great aviator and guide, and the interactions with him added just as much to the overall experience.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you soon.”

– Rudi van der Vyver –

Chief Executive Officer – SAACI

“Dear Sarah,

My wife, Pheann and I had the privilege of enjoying a most pleasurable balloon flight on the 11th February.

As a seasoned commercial fixed wing pilot and flying instructor and having an in depth knowledge of the criteria and compliances required to run a safe and successful aerial operation (45 years of involvement in general aviation and flight safety) this is what I would like to say to everyone involved.

A most professional operation with safety at the forefront. Exceptionally well kept and well run facility. All equipment in excellent condition. Highly motivated, competent, well turned out and pleasant staff. Excellent management of time schedules and passenger comfort while very carefully considering weather conditions and making appropriate pre-flight decisions. Although not at all a balloon pilot myself but after being in aviation and flight safety for so many years one tends to pick up quickly on deviations from safe and recommended practise. All was good.

Marc was our pilot who flew us safely and confidently while making all on board feel at ease and relaxed. He navigated perfectly using the wind directions at different altitudes to carry us in a westerly direction in the valley to arrive absolutely spot on in our destination ‘pick up’ field. Well done Marc!

Pheann and I would like to thank everyone for a most refreshing and invigorating experience, not to forget the superb breakfast.

Please convey our thanks and gratitude to everyone.

Kind regards and keep the balloons flying.”

– Chris Kyle –

“Dear Kathy

I just want to once again thank you and Bill for the most wonderful experience ever in my son and his girlfriends’ life yesterday.

I have always thought our Blue Train operation is unique but wow I was extremely impressed with what I saw yesterday. The preciseness and accuracy with which each staff member performed what they had to do was remarkable! I will recommend hot air ballooning to everyone I come across. I want to go as far what I always say about our gem “you cannot live not having done the hot air balloon trip”!

I shared it widely on social media yesterday and again this morning with a different interpretation and a new message.

I absolutely loved every second of getting up so early and keeping the big surprise for his girlfriend and just standing there and see these balloons “arise” to something so spectacular! I sensed the warmth and heart behind this experience and the passion from all concerned! Spectacular – I have no other word to describe this.

You have mastered what you love and it was so exciting to see all the foreigners loving our beautiful country even more!

Thank you again for the kind offer of a comp breakfast but I really don’t do comps but I enjoyed coffee with them which I loved as it was a wonderful opportunity to also engage with the Americans who were sitting at their table!

I went looking for Bill to personally thank him but my son said he took out another group. THANK YOU again and congratulations on perfecting the creation of such wonderful memories that people will cherish forever! Absolutely love your dvd on your website – speaks to the heart!

Sincerest Blue Train wishes”

– Hanlie –

“I had a terriffic first time air ballooning with Harrops and would highly recommend this experience for everyone. Pick up and return from my hotel was very good. The champagne we had when we landed and the breakfast at the lodge afterwards was amazing. Will go again.”

– Susan –

“The ride was great. The food was great (especially the Whiskey Oats) The atmosphere was great (including the weather). Pilots are very professional and can still crack a joke or two. Bill is a character on his own and makes everyone feel welcome from the get-go. Mary runs a tight ship and ensures everybody is catered for. All and all an extremely pleasant experience that I would recommend to everyone! Definitely a bucket-list item ticked off.”

– Johan Botha –

“I was spoilt with the experience of a lifetime for my birthday! Everything was amazing from arrival to departure.

Watching the balloons being inflated with a cup of coffee, floating effortlessly in the sky with breathtaking views and watching the sun rise, celebrating with champagne on landing followed with a delicious breakfast and more champagne.

Our pilot, Captain Harmen, was fantastic and the perfect ‘host’ for the group on our balloon, he made the flight and breakfast even more memorable. Thank you to the entire team, your passion really shows, everything was flawless! ”

– Nadine B –

“Thank-you to The Entire Bill Harrop Company for making our Ballon Safari such a memorable experience. From Bill Harrop himslf to each and every single individual, kitchen staff, waiters, drivers and our awesome PIilot for this amazing experience.

You really feel so treated and cherished. The Food is really divine and the general ambience is just stunning ! The actual Ballon flight was out of this world ! We felt so safe and cared for. We are now absolutely delighted to call ourselves ” Aeronauts “

We will definately be back to share another awesome experience with our Parents. I would highly recommend this as an option for a Birthday surprise , Team excursions , Enagagement surprises or even Wedding anniversaries. heck !

Go for the Experience just because it is truly so worth while and will live on within your memories forever ! Thank-you to The Entire Team that made this so special. What a Treat !!”

– Venesia Oxford –

“Our flight was unforgettable! I booked a flight with Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris to get engaged to the woman of my dreams.

Throughout the whole experience, their consultants, crew and pilot was brilliant. They made my one chance of getting engaged successful. They helped me with everything and listened to what my needs were and they even did more than expected to make our experience even better.

I would highly recommend to every one out there. This will definitely be on my bucket list for a second opportunity or even more. Keep up the good work!”

– Ruan Jackson –

“Dear Sarah and Bill,

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for Sunday’s balloon safari. My dad , Rod and I were blown away by your professional and fantastic operation.

It definitely was a highlight and I am pushing for us to advertise it as a preferred activity on our Jenman Safaris website.

I really appreciate how fabulous it was to have my dad experience something like this!”

– Debby Oscroft –

“Hi Mary

I just wanted to say thank you so much for the kindness extended to both Anne and myself yesterday.

Firstly, thank you for allowing me to join Anne without charging me. Secondly, thank you for being so kind and gentle with Anne. Most people get extremely frustrated and irritable with older people who are frail.

Your sympathetic, kind and firm (yet gentle) approach, as well as the approach and attitude of your fantastic team, made it an experience which she will never forget.

The experience (from start to finish) was exceptional and meeting both you and Tracey was an added bonus! Kind Regards,”

– Roland –

“Good Day Harrop’s Team,WELL DONE it was an amazing trip, I must say all of the Harrops team are very very professional. Brad is an exceptionally friendly and very entertaining pilot!!! The breakfast was perfect!! Thank you for a lovely day and we will definitely be contacting you soon for another trip.

Ultimately it is all you guys that should receive certificates for your very very professional and perfect service and entertainment.

It wasn’t what I had expected as it had Exceeded my expectations. The weather was perfect and the winds were just right.

The experience was very smooth and comfortable contrary to what I thought. Keep up the great work! You guys are fantastic!!!

Thanks again Bill, Mary, Kelly, Brad, Tracy, Dave and the entire team for the fantastic and amazing trip and the delicious breakfast.”

– Loqman –

“Dear Kathy and Bill

I was one of the passengers on Bill’s balloon yesterday morning and I must say it was an amazing experience and the fulfillment of a life long dream, thanks to my family.

The breakfast was really good and I must thank your staff for waiting for my family who where a little late!”

– Sandra Small –

“Dear Kathy / Dave / Manie and team.

I would just like to say thank you for an amazing experience. The accommodation was brilliant and way more than expected. Manie is a great pilot with a lot of area knowledge which makes the trip very interesting and educational. I will definitely recommend this entire trip to clients.

Look forward to dealing with you in the future. Kind Regards,”

– Sheena –

“Hi Kathy

Just a note to commend you on your excellent service. The group had a really stunning time and all enjoyed the balloon trip – the breakfast was also great and we enjoyed the setting a lot – even though it was pretty cold to start, your facilities were well equipped to keep us warm and the staff very friendly. Of course it was also a great treat to have Bill being our pilot and he ensured lots of laughs and added interesting info. I’m sure you will get return visitors from this group in the future and we’ll pass on the excellent experience to friends as well. Kind regards”

– Lee-Anne Denham –

“Thank you Kathy!

It was an absolutely wonderful experience.

Our Captain, Tracy, is an amazing person and I thoroughly enjoyed her company. Bill was a treat too! I can’t wait for my daughter to be tall enough to come along on another trip.

The experience was definitely something I haven’t stopped recommending! Kind regards”

– Bernadine Geldenhuys –

“Please extend a sincere thank you to Bill and your entire team. I had a wonderful experience and look forward to sharing it with readers.”

– Mark –

“Good morning,Just to thank you once again for one of the greatest adventures that our family has ever been part of. We had a wonderful time and were very impressed with the professional manner in which you and your staff organized and managed the whole event.Your special touch was visible in every aspect of the morning and made us feel very at home.

Thank you for making my father’s dream come true.Kind regards,”

– Noelene van der Merwe –

“Good morning, I was on one of your balloons this weekend, and it was awesome. Thank you so very much for giving me an awesome experience. I will surely recommend it to others. kind regards,”

– Herman –

“A trip becomes an adventure when it doesn’t end as planned. Canceled twice due to weather conditions, but was worth the waiting. Thanks a lot for such an experience”

– Patricia –

“It was a remarkable experience, one that Daniella and myself will never forget and definitely something we will do more often in the future! Keep well and I will most definitely contact you in the future. Kind regards,”

– Mark –

“Dear Jani

A very very big thank you to you and the team for taking such good care of our group. They had an awesome time this morning and everything was so well organised. Appreciate everything. Have a wonderful day and week further. Kind regards”

– Lufthansa Cargo AG Elani-Louise van Heerden –

“Every girl dreams of the day she gets asked to be a bride. Sharing this day, Our day, My day with Bill and his Team at the Balloon Field exceeded all my dreams. It truly was a magical morning and because of the planning, commitment, love and precious time my now fiance and Bill and co. put into this morning, I can honestly say my story starts with “Once apon a time” Bill is a character stratight out of a picture book, his personality and friendlyness has you constantly laughing as well as admiring his skill, and commitment to his balloon flying. I want to thank Bill Harrops, his team, Dave, Sarah and of course my Fiance’, Jacques for creating the perfect most romantic morning any girl could imagine. It was a fairytale! One I am so happy to tell over and over and over again. I can tick “Hot Air Balloon” off my bucket list, and I can do so, knowing the experience was all I imagined it to be and more. Happy Flying Bill! May you be blessed with many more.”

– Charne –

“Good morning, It is with gratitude that I write this note to the team at Bill Harrop’s. Thank you very much for making our flight so special. Nik was excellent: intelligent and informative and general good fun. The breakfast was great. The staff were friendly and thanks to Dave, Theron and the others for their attention and care. I will be sure to recommend you. Best regards,”

– Sylvia Swart –

“Hi All you BEAUTIFUL people!!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all for the fantastic Bill Harrop Balloon Safari Experience which we won at Travelbags and experienced last Saturday 28th August! Please pass on my special thanks to Bill “Our crazy” Captain! for the exciting trip! ; to Mary for the delicious and vast array of Yummy food at breakfast;and all the helpers. It was a wonderful dream come true .THANK YOU ALL once again for your generosity and professionalism!! You have indeed got an amazing family Sarah. PS The stay at Valley Lodge was also Excellent . THANK You ALL LOTSA LOVE

– Bridget and Robin –

“Tim and I had the pleasure of going on our balloon trip this morning (Sunday, 14th November 2010). Well it went way beyond our expectations from the time we arrived to the time we left what a magical experience. We both loved our flight totally thrilling and almost surreal. Nic landed us safely always had a fabulous sense of humour and was happy to share his knowledge with us. The breakfast was unbelievably yummy what an amazing spread. The staff add to the experience Bill and his fellow captains their delightful speech at breakfast and our personalized certficates were the cherry on top. Your offering is a great recipe would not change a thing. Best wishes”

– Tanya and Tim Krafft –

“I had the pleasure of experiencing a Bill Harrop balloon flight back in late August as part of a photographic adventure trip that I had won with South African Tourism. The flight was beyond my expectations and the stunning scenery in the region superb, making the photography a doddle! The flight was truly 1st class and though I have not had the opportunity to fly an airline 1st class, I beleive the fantastic breakfast, served after, was of that standard Many thanks Steve”

– Steve –

“Leon and I need to thank the staff of the Balloon Safari whom worked on the 13th November. All just contributed to the most enjoyable and unbelievable experience for Louisa on her 70th Birthday!!!! Thanks for making it very special for her and her sister. To fly with Bill just added to the experience, they felt very privilege to fly with him in person!!! The birthday card was a very special touch. Thank you and keep up the wonderful memories made with you!!! Kind Regards

– Leon and Magel van de Venter –

“Dear Bill, Sarah, Kathy, Nik, Dave and the team

May I take this opportunity to thank you for the most fantastic day that my brother and I have experienced this morning. Am still on a “high” and cannot believe that I have been in one of these magnificent balloons that float over the Magaliesberg. We were made so welcome on arrival and the day just got better, Nik your humour and knowledge of the balloon was fantastic, so many questions and I will put it on my “bucket list” to do a balloon ride in the Serengeti. Thank you for a safe and wonderful journey. It was for me, a dream come true! Kathy, many thanks to you and your patience for assisting me in getting dates together. Being in the aviation business, I understand “standby” and was most grateful to be “confirmed” eventually! Dave, the breakfast was great and your Patsy and her staff are an asset to the business. Bill, your humour in and out of the balloon is always amazing. Please give my love to Sam and Lindie. On my side, will speak loudly and proudly of this amazing experience. Thank you for making it a reality! Have a good week and love to you all, Shianne”

– Shianne –

“Dear Kathy

Allen and I really experienced the most memorable Balloon safari on 1 October and were truely impressed with the friendly and hospitable members of your staff, the humourous pilot and the delectable breakfast in beautiful surroundings. We are doing a great deal of advertising for Balloon Safaris in sharing our memories with every one we know. What a pleasure to be able to tick off an item from our “Bucket List”. Kind regards Allen & Ohna Jeffery”

– Allen & Ohna Jeffery –

“If you have any doubt and hesitant about trying out hot air balloon experience and wondering what it is going to be like ? Do yourself a favour and contact these guys . They are amazing , warm, friendly , personable , providing SAFE and TOP CLASS flight . This is great for couples and good bonding time for group of friends or colleagues to share the joyful and breathtaking experience . It was memorable and the breakfast at the manor was delicious to top it off . It would have been magical if we got to see the sunrise but overall it was incredible memorable . You will enjoy the true authentic South African hospitality.”

– Khoi Huynh –

“Dear Bill and Mary

Thank you so much for a wonderful experience at Harrops Balloon Safaris!! It was so wonderful to be able to experience this with you, and we feel so privileged to have had this amazing opportunity! we will most certainly recommend it to all our friends and family as a must do!!! We are looking forward to seeing your lovely family again next weekend!! Please let us know what we can bring for the day!!! See you soon again! Love Ross & Celeste”

– Ross & Celeste –

July 31st was the day I completed my first hot air balloon ride. I’m very impressed and would highly recommend this trip. I paid extra for a return transfer from Sandton. Our pilot Brad was great. He was fun, down-to-Earth, and very informative as to what we were seeing, where the wind was taking us, etc. My one and only regret is that I didn’t take a picture of the large breakfast offered at the home base. The modern building from where you depart and where you return has clean toilets and a wonderful dining area where you can sit and eat. They advertise an English type breakfast but there was so much incredibly delicious food served buffet style! I’m glad I wore layers and brought my earmuffs and gloves as it was a cold morning. The price including the transfer came to about $225 USD. For me, it was worth every single spent penny! Don’t hesitate to ask Mary for suggestions on tours in other parts of the country. I’m so glad that I did.

– Funny Chap –

“Hi to the Bill Harrops team.

A sincere thank you for affording Julie and I privilege of doing your balloon safari .It was a fabulous experience which we will never forget and every member of your team went out of their way to make it so. Once again thank you and we will certainly recommend it to our friends and partners in the industry. it will not as exciting as your experience. Fond regards, Brian and Julie Curtin. Windward Charters (luxury minibuses,cars and coaches)”

– Windward Charters –

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