“Balloonists can dawdle, lollygag, cast their fate to the wind and become part of the ebb and flow of nature. In that silent realm, far from the mischief and toil of society, all one hears is the urgent breathing of the wind and, now and then, an inspiring gasp of hot air.” — Diane Ackerman
Experience the magic of a lighter-than-air flight near the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Every good weather morning at sunrise, balloons depart from the launch sites near Hoedspruit for the experience of a lifetime which turns out to be an hour long flights over the scenic Lowveld of the Blyde River. The terrain is a mixture of farmland and private nature reserves at the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Game spotting is almost a guarantee.
Flights are conducted throughout the year, with mid-summer sunrise at 05h00 and mid-winter sunrise at 06:30. We meet 20 minutes before sunrise at the launch site. Youngsters are welcome but should be at least 1.2m (4 foot) tall, so that they can see over the rim of the basket. Regrettably, pregnant persons may not participate in a balloon flight.
Duration: Half Day Tour
Terms: Weather dependent
Summer: Depart from lodge at 4am. Arrive back at lodge after flight.
Winter: Depart from lodge at 05h30am. Arrive back at lodge after flight.
Includes: Hot Air Balloon ride and return transfers from and to Sausage Tree, professional tour guide and touring in luxury air-conditioned vehicle.