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When you see Magaliesberg from a balloon safari

“Sip fine champagne while hovering gently above the tree tops of the beautiful Magalies River Valley. Or drift majestically high above the Magaliesberg range in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site. The exceptional peace of this unique and almost supernatural view of the world will forever remain as a truly cherished memory.” ~ Bill Harrop’s ‘Original’ Balloon Safaris



Would you like to see Magaliesberg from a different angle? You can, just 45 km’s north of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. Here lies a region which actually values some of the best ballooning weather in the world! And believe me, an early start to your day will be well justified by an extraordinary sunrise experience! As light pierces the sky in waves of colour you will journey through one of the oldest mountain ranges of the world.

At different heights the air moves in different directions. On your balloon ride, your pilot will choose the height that gives you the most favourable flight path. This is all part of your adventure! An airline that runs on time but has no idea where they are going!

Rich in its farming, the Magalies River Valley presents beautiful farmlands to its spectators. As you drift along, breathtaking views of the Hartbeespoort Dam can also be glimpsed. And not to forget the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains which has gigantic boulders giving view to a sweeping valley. The mountain range area is also popular for its deep gullies, exquisite waterfalls and crystal clear rock-pools.

A balloon safari

Your day will kickstart the right way with either a hot cup of tea, or coffee, and biscuits from The Clubhouse Pavilion. This while you watch the balloons being assembled. Your flight over the Magalies River Valley will take you approximately one hour. Either during your flight, or on landing you will be treated to a glass of sparkling South African wine.

A delectable breakfast is served on the patios of The Pavilion Clubhouse which presents you with another awe-inspiring view of the Magalies Mountains. The established, traditionally exquisite Clubhouse ensures that whether it be a romantic celebration for 2, or a large corporate event it can be experienced in unassailable style.

Hot air ballooning is one of the safest aviation sports in the world. Bill Harrop’s is the first commercial balloon operator publish on the web details of their Safety Management System in the interests of safety for all in the ballooning sector of the Southern African tourism industry.

Why Bill Harrops Original Balloon Safari?

  • SA tourism Best Tour Operator award in 2006.
  • Currently a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor from over 300 reviews. 
  • 5 civil Aviation Safety Awards.

For more information, other packages or to book your Magalies River balloon experience visit here



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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!


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