Magalies River Scenic Balloon Ride

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.

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 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.




Personal items, extras, Gratuities


When making your booking, we will need to know:
1.  FULL NAME (and weight) of each passenger
2. The PASSENGER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER or HOTEL + ROOM No. (in the event of us cancelling due to bad weather or safety reasons)
3. If a GROUP BOOKING, the GROUP LEADER’s NAME, and Flight Allocation List

What to wear
Clothing: 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.


There are various Terms and Conditions that relate to your relationship and interaction with our Company and we believe it is important to bring them to your attention.

Please carefully check the details of your booking as given by your booking agent.

If there is anything that you do not understand or if any details are incorrect please advise us as soon as possible in advance so that we can ensure you have a quick and efficient check in.

Each passenger should, not only carefully examine their ticket, but also the

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