Hot Air Ballooning in the Hoedspruit Area
Flights over the African Wilderness

Experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight over the Lowveld game areas adjoining the Kruger National Park. Hot air balloon pilots and guides will ensure a safe, enjoyable and informative adventure that will be one of the highlights of your visit to Big Game Country...


Located near Hoedspruit, you can enjoy a scenic 1-hour sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Lowveld area of the Blyde River, at the foot of the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Escapment.

What to Expect

You meet up before sunrise and coffee is served while you watch your hot air balloon being inflated and prepared for flight. After a safety briefing you should be airborne in time to witness the glorious sunrise. Then a change in altitude to search for a favourable wind that will allow you to drift gently over the farmland and forest landscape on your Hoedspruit hot air balloon safari.

Sooner or later you have to come down again from your ballooning experience. After about an hour's hot air balloon safari flight, the pilot will select a suitable landing site and you will be treated to a glass of champagne.

To enter the basket, passengers have to be able climb over the 1.2m high rim of the basket. Be prepared to stand on your hot air balloon safari for at least an hour. Youngsters are welcome but should be at least 1.2m (4 foot ) tall, so they can see over the rim of the basket.


A minimum of two passengers and a maximum of 12 per hot air balloon safari. If you are alone, enquire anyway: There might be a hot air balloon safari, If weather conditions don't allow a flight on the day of your booking, you are entitled to a full refund, or you can choose to carry your ticket over to another day of ballooning.

What to Wear and Bring Along

Though winter dawns can be nippy, once you're up in the basket, it will be surprisingly warm. That's because there's no apparent wind and because there's a 180 000 cubic foot sac of warm air over your heads. Warm clothes will be useful during pre-flight. Ladies shoould not wear high heels or sandals - sturdy, comfortable shoes are advised.

Small cameras in protective pouches can be brought along on the hot air balloon safari (in the event of a bumpy landing we don't want loose equipment flying around. You can also bring binoculars and cell phones to capture the amazing views.

Staff and Equipment

Your ballooning pilot is, of course, fully qualified and is also an expert in environmental interpretation. We fly a Cameron 180 that carries 8 passengers and the pilot and a Head 120 that carries 4 passengers and the pilot. Hence, any group size from 2 to 12 can be accommodated on a ballooning safari.

Where to Stay

Stay nearby at Khaya Ndlovu Safari Manor in Rietspruit Big Game Reserve just outside of Hoedspruit

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