The difference between a traditional balloon safari which departs at dawn, lasts about an hour, preceded by tea, coffee and biscuits and followed by breakfast, and Bill Harrop’s ‘Original’ Balloon Safaris is panache and “unassailable style”.

Flights depart from Skeerpoort in the Magalies River Valley in the World Heritage Cradle of Humankind, an area steeped in natural history and beauty boasting some of the safest and most reliable ballooning weather in the world. Combine this with Harrop’s traditionally exquisite and beautifully appointed Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant situated at the launch site, providing, comfort, shelter and the opportunity to freshen up in stylish facilities prior to the flight, and you have a winning and lasting first impression.

Having watched the balloons being set up under floodlights against a backdrop of the Magaliesburg mountains and with a cup of coffee to counter the early start, you board the balloon and prepare for take off.

Whether in one of their three biggest balloons, each able to carry up to eighteen passengers, or in smaller craft, the silent ascent and gentle flight punctuated by the occasional blast of the burners and some informative (and amusing) commentary from Harrop’s highly experienced and fully qualified pilots, makes for an incredible and unforgettable experience.

After landing, whilst the professional and efficient crew pack away the balloon, you can reflect on your time spent in the heavens and toast the occasion with a glass of South African Champagne. Fully licensed retrieval vehicles, then return you to the welcome of the prestigious Harrop’s Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant where their Prue Leith chef and attentive staff present a delicious full English breakfast, concluding with the awarding of personalised Citations for braving the African skies.

Whether catering to a large corporate group or an intimate engagement, you can be assured of a personal, professional service and an unforgettable, unassailably stylish experience!

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