Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris

If you’re going to do it – do it in unassailable style. Its sunrise, the silence of flight is punctuated only by the occasional blast of the powerful burners and the faint call of a bird or animal far beneath. The thrill is indescribable.

If you’re going to do it – do it in unassailable style. Its sunrise, the silence of flight is punctuated only by the occasional blast of the powerful burners and the faint call of a bird or animal far beneath. The thrill is indescribable. You’re sipping fine champagne while hovering gently above the treetops of the beautiful Magalies River Valley, or drifting majestically high above the Magaliesberg range in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, just 45 km north of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, a region boasting some of the best ballooning weather in the world. The exceptional peace of this unique and almost supernatural view of the world will forever remain as a truly cherished memory. After landing, savour a delectable and generous champagne breakfast at our well established, traditionally exquisite and beautifully appointed Clubhouse, Pavilion and Restaurant, where you’ll be filled with the warmest of memories. Professional pilots, attentive crew, immaculately maintained equipment, 5 aviation safety awards, make this longest established licensed Balloon Airline in southern Africa the choice of the well informed discerning individual traveler or corporate group. Internationally hailed as Southern Africa’s best value, best quality tour operator to be appraised as the winner of the South African Tourism “Welcome Awards 2006”.

Selected as the preferred hot air balloon operator in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 2010-2011 promotions.

Contact us today to book your balloon safari – an absolutely unique and inspiring way to view the world.

Magalies River Valley Scenic Balloon Safari Tour Description Balloon Safaris and Balloon Rides with Bill Harrop.

Selected as the preferred hot air balloon operator in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 2010-2011 promotions.


Balloons go up every morning including weekends, weather permitting.

Flight Departure Point:

Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris Skeerpoort Country Base in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site on the border of Gauteng and North West Province, near Hartebeesport Dam, 45 kilometers north-west of Johannesburg’s Northern suburbs.

Minibus Transfers from various hotels can be arranged at an extra cost

View the “Flight area maps” here.

Time: Just prior to sun-rise dependant on time of the year (see schedule below).

Note that hotel transfers depart earlier to allow for traveling time.

Hot Coffee, Tea, Biscuits and Muffins.

Served as guests check in at our traditionally exquisite, well-appointed Clubhouse Pavilion at sunrise.

Flight Numbers are assigned and tickets are validated.

Professional Crew Prepare the Balloons for Flight Guests watch from the comfort of the Pavilion and are called to board when the balloons are ready.

The Captains give a safety briefing prior to take off.

Flight duration:

About one hour (dependant on conditions).

Flight Landing Place: Always in the shadow of the basket (wherever that may be;-).

South African champagne: Served in-flight or on landing while the crew pack up the balloon.

Mini-bus Transfer back to our Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant for… Champagne Breakfast At Harrop’s fully licensed beautifully appointed Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant.

Freshly cooked, wide choice and beautifully presented.

“Citations For Bravery” Presented with due ceremony.

Depart for your next destination with a basket full of really special memories.


Rates during 2017 will vary from R1700 to R2570 per person (including Vat.) depending on: the Package, the season and the number of people booking

Special Rates may be available on request for standbys, date specific special prices, and seasonal promotions (and we do have a limited number of private exclusive packages starting at R4155 per person.)

Return Transfers can be arranged from your hotel to our balloon base.

Rates available on request.


Explorer Harrop Hopper Package 30 minute flights R1530 per person

Please note special Terms and Conditions apply to this package

Explorer Traditional Package 60 minute flights R2030 per person

Please note special Terms and Conditions apply on this package

REGULAR RATES: (valid from 1 Dec 2016 – 30 Nov 2017) 60 minute flights

Regular rate: R2570.00 per person, 6 or more: 

R2440.00 per person 12 or more:

R2390.00 per person, 24 or more:

R2320.00 per person 30 minute flights – applicable for groups of 12 or more 12 or more:

R1845.00 per person, 24 or more:

R1790.00 per person

Children under 12: 50% of the above rates

Transfer rates are available on request

All of the above rates include Vat.

For fast and easy, detailed information on the best rates for you:

Contact one of our helpful Reservations Assistants now, see how we are so ETDBW (Easy to do business with!) and organise your Hot Air Ballooning experience! or 011 705 3201


(Meeting Times at Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris Skeerpoort Country Base)

1 Nov. to 31 Jan. 04h45

1 – 29 Feb. and 16 – 31 Oct. 05h00

1 – 15 Mar. and 1 – 15 Oct. 05h15

16 – 31 Mar. and 16 – 30 Sep. 05h30

1 – 30 Apr. and 1 – 15 Sep. 05h45

1 – 31 May. and 1 – 31 Aug. 06h00

1 Jun. to 31 Jul. 06h15



2 passengers (can be from two different individual bookings).

MAXIMUM NUMBERS: 120+ (2 to 18 passengers per balloon).

Tour Duration:

The flight will last about one hour and the total duration of the tour from check-in to departure for your next destination is about 3 to 5 hours (depending on whether one wants to hurry or relax after the flight) plus transport time.

N.B. Return Mini-Bus Transfers can be arranged between one’s pre-flight

Accommodation and the Flight Departure Point when booking at a nominal extra cost.

Allow extra time for Mini-Bus Transfers from Hotels in:

4 Ways: 45 mins

Sandton: 1 hour

Johannesburg or Sun City: 1 hour 15 mins

Actual pickup times may vary slightly and will be confirmed when booking.

N.B. All operations and flights are conducted in accordance with our General Terms and Conditions.

When making your booking, we will need to know:

FULL NAME (and weight) of each passenger

The PASSENGER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER or HOTEL + ROOM No. (in the event of us cancelling due to bad weather or safety reasons)

If a GROUP BOOKING, the GROUP LEADER’s NAME, and Flight Allocation List

What to wear:


Should be warm enough for the chilly early morning but it should be “peelable” because the sun, excitement and probably the champagne will soon warm you.

“Country” shoes (no high heels or open sandals) are recommended, and if you are tall or a little thin on top (like Bill Harrop) wear a hat.

What to bring:

Don’t forget your camera and a data card with plenty of space or extra film (does anyone still use film these days?) and batteries fully charged, as ballooning offers some most spectacular photo and video opportunities.


Ballooning is suitable for adventurers from 7 – 70 (although our oldest passenger to date was 92 years old).

Participants should be nimble, be able to jump unassisted from a height of 60cm and stand for the duration of the flight, which is approximately one hour.

Disabled Frail or Challenged Participants:

It may still be possible to fly, even if one cannot meet the fitness requirements noted above, subject to parameters noted for disabled passengers and a disclosure being made when booking.

Our new base also sports approved ground facilities for the disabled.

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