I just wanted to say a big thank you for the efficient and professional way you handled the booking for my client Growthpoint and to the rest of the team that made a morning absolutely phenomenal.  The ladies were all truly excited before and even more so after the balloon ride and for them it was a bucket list come true.

Everything just ran so seamlessly onsite, from operations to the catering (the ladies loved the breakfast and even more so the chocolate muffins on arrival).

From my side, I am so stoked to have been given the opportunity to have join on the balloon ride – thank you from the bottom of my heart for the lovely experience.  I could have stayed up there forever 😊.

We will always continue to promote and recommend you to our clients whenever we have the opportunity.

Thank you once again to everyone.

– Sulveigh –

I booked Bill Harrop’s Hot Air Balloon safari trip for my family last year as an Easter surprise for them in 2022! Arriving there while it was still dark already added to the sense of excitement and adventure we were about to experience. Watching the hot air balloons growing in size as they filled up with air was magical, as if the crew were getting ready to shoot a movie. My family was lucky enough to be part of a crew that was taken care of by Tracy, a pilot with 42 years’ experience. As dawn arrived, the sun stretched its rays across the entire Magalies River Valley, exhibiting the exquisite beauty of the natural mountain and lake scenery to us. The hot air balloon trip was a spectacular experience for my entire family that would become a fond memory of ours long into the future. Many thanks to the Bill Harrop’s excellent hot air balloon team that made us feel extra special!

– taniaku2022 –

We received our Balloon Safari as a wedding gift and it was the best gift ever!

We had a fantastic trip and will remember it for the rest of our lives.

Felicity was our pilot and she made us feel safe and secure, and shared her knowledge and experience with us. Truly memorable, will be back again!

– mariette895 –

My friends and I treated ourselves to a hot air balloon flight at sunrise on Christmas morning.

What an absolutely extraordinary experience!!!

Tim took care of us from pick up to drop off back at our hotel and could not have done more to make our day unforgettable. He is kind, very funny and has great experience he is willing to share.

The flight blew my mind.

Many thanks to Captain Tracy for a flight I will NEVER forget. She has over 30 years’ experience as a pilot, and you could not be in safest hands. I just can’t describe the feeling and the sensations during the flight. You HAVE to do it once in your lifetime. The silence, the beauty of the land below, the light… and then a beautiful champagne breakfast to recover from the mind-blowing experience!

The entire team treated us like royalty and kept a smile of their face from 3:30 in the morning onward. What amazing people they all are.

A truly memorable and inspiring experience.

Thank you and see you again!

– philippelB3724WK –

I submitted multiple enquires for a hot air balloon experience to celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday. Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safari’s responded timeously with all the relevant information and clear, concise communication. My booking and subsequent enquires were always handled with the utmost professionalism and friendliness. On the day of the booking we were received professionally and all safety regulations and protocols were explained in detail as well as the order of proceedings. The flight was one to remember and we were treated to some champagne and orange juice at the landing site. Back at the main venue we had our choice of a comprehensive breakfast buffet fit for royalty, while also being presented with “citations for bravery”. Thank you and well done to the entire team – especially Kathy, Daleen and Nik, whom we had the pleasure of meeting personally. I will recommend your services to anyone and gladly return when the opportunity arises.

– Ben S –

An absolute bucket list must – very few words can describe the experience of a hot air balloon ride early morning over the Magalies Valley. This even made more special by the staff at Bill Harrop’s, whose hospitality set the tone for an epic experience with a delectable breakfast and citation on return. Highly recommend this experience and will be back again.

– Guide53857187626 –

Bill the owner was awesome and full of information, he kept us informed, engaged, and most importantly he made everyone laugh. This was hands-down one of the top experiences in my life. The views are stunning. After the flight is over the crew provide complimentary champagne for everybody. Five out of five stars easily.

– Tino Talic –

No words can adequately describe the world class experience we had at Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris.

From the moment we booked up until the end of our ballooning experience, we were in awe at the amazing service and incredible crew.

We plan on bringing family and friends to Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris to delight in the most amazing ballooning experience!

– ashleigh304 –

One of the last few unexplored and truly magnificent experiences in South Africa. A must do bucket list item for the adventurous and tame at heart. Memorable snapshot of our beloved country

– christiaanjnr2021 –

What an absolutely phenomenal experience! The crews, and pilots, were very professional. Everyone was cheerful, and at that time of the morning, it made all the difference. It was incredible being able to experience the view in the silence of ballooning. The breakfast spread that was put out more than covered the hunger that the fresh air generated. Thank you Daleen and team for helping celebrate a 75th birthday in style. We’ll be back.

– Jacques Kuypers –

Booked for my husband’s suprise birthday gift and he loved every moment of it.After the covid madness ,this has renewed our hope for a better tomorrow. Bill and the whole crew are amazing and made us feel like family. If you can afford it just do it.

– eunice242021 –

Incredible and unique experience! The views, the service, the breakfast after – all very well thought out. The people were the best part – super friendly, making lots of jokes, but really helpful. Highly recommended!

– Kristina Jovanovic –

Literally the single most amazing thing we have done to date! What an experience! This has now been ticked off of our bucket list. The staff are professional and friendly. Marc, our pilot, was entertaining and informative, he landed our balloon so gently, sitting yourself down on the ground is more of an impact. The breakfast when we arrived back was delicious and more than enough to go around! Bill and his wife are absolute gems! YOU NEED TO DO THIS AT LEAST ONCE!

– Sheree Ahlschlager –

An amazing adventure for the whole family and an absolute honour to chat to Bill in person at breakfast after the balloon ride. Still has that real family business vibe, together with highly professional and passionate staff.

– Michael Preston –

The experience was beyond words and made my dream come true. The love and magic that we both experienced were absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have experienced that without your wonderful service!

– Susan Marais –

The experience was beyond words and made my dream come true. The love and magic that we both experienced were absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have experienced that without your wonderful service!

– infoT2885NF –

Thank you so much to Bill Harrop and his entire team for giving me the most amazing memorable morning. Everything from the booking, when we arrived all the way to breakfast was exceptional. Not to mention the special oats recipe. Yummy. Don’t think about it just do it !!!

– X3552BLmichellec –

The experience was beyond words and made my dream come true. The love and magic that we both experienced were absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have experienced that without your wonderful service!

– Shaiyur Maharajh –

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! 

– Adam & Cindy Wakerman –

Absolute awesome experience.1st time was on our engagement 17 years ago and now we took the kids.Will definitely do this again.

– Sandro Righele –

This has been on our bucket list for ages and eventually got to fulfill it. Made the best decision in choosing an operator. The whole experience was first class and staff and pilots friendly and knowledgeable knowing how to make your experience one you will never forget for the right reasons. I highly recommend them!

– StephenE001 –

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Flip communicated so well that you forget it’s a first time ride and before you know it you are comfortably smoothly sailing in the air snapping away as you you drift and soar. A wonderful breakfast to top it up and friendly people all around to make it a fun and welcoming experience. I could swear I made new friends and will certainly come again.

– 217farooq –

I would like to express my gratitude. We had the most amazing time of our lives on Saturday, it was worth every cent of the money we paid. Thank you for the exceptional customer service, the breakfast and everything. We are definitely coming back and bringing more people this time around. Wow this was some form of soul therapy to me, really enjoyed.

– Valentine –

Thanks to all staff at Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris for your friendly and professional way in making our first hot air balloon flight a memorable moment! We will highly recommend this wonderful experience to all, from arrival till departure, great people, great food and most of all a great experience which we will treasure forever. I would like to do it again some day soon!

– C1894AQmarinac –

I highly recommend the hot air balloon, this was the best soul therapy as the year was tough, had an amazing life experience. if you are looking for the best this is a must try.

– valentinengobeni159 –

A hot air balloon ride is definitely a bucket list item. the price may be a bit of a deterrent, but I can assure you that it is well worth the price. Bill and team are absolutely spectacular and have definitely found the right recipe when it comes to delivering a truly memorable experience.

– Brett Kruger –

Just a big thank you to the Bill Harrop’s team. Saturday morning was worth the early travels, Mary and Bill’s intervention at the breakfast table really added that special touch. The difference is definitely in the detail, great effort thanks a million.

– Neil Sanday –

Well organized, friendly staff from welcoming,pilot,food area, general staff even after the whole event post breakfast we chilled on the area for 2/3 hours. Not difficult to get to the place. I am an adrenaline junkie, the ride was more calming….would have loved the balloon to fly close to haartebees dam…but I guess wind direction may have an impact. but overall it was a good experience 🙂

– Chuenell –

I cannot say enough how wonderful this was, aside from the actual incredible balloon ride…the whole experience was so well organized, professional and fun! These are people who love what they do and they love promoting great tourism…well done guys!

– Tammy G –

What won my wife and I over was that you offered a whole experience beyond just a balloon ride. The tea in the morning, the presentation of certificates at the end, the breakfast and the fact that you took time to go table to table to have a chat with each of us. Please keep up the good work! We will surely be seeing you soon 🙂

– Teto Mokaila –

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 –

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 –

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 –

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