Hot Air Balloon Safari

Sun City

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Activity Description

Join us on a once in a lifetime experience! We have Hot Air Balloon Safaris launching from the centre of Pilanesberg National Park.
Guests are collected early morning by a registered field guide, in an open safari vehicle from their respective hotels at Sun City Resort or lodges in Pilanesberg area. Day visitors can be collected from Bakubung Gate. The transfer through the park takes approximately an hour as the balloon launch site is situated in the center of the Pilanesberg National Park. At the launch site the guests will be met by the pilot and crew, who will proceed to give a briefing. Guests will then embark in a 1,2 metre high basket and commence on an unforgettable experience that lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour. This will undoubtedly be the finest way of viewing the inhabitants of the Pilanesberg National Park. On landing, guests will be served with sparkling wine and orange juice in celebration of the flight. The field guide will then convey the guests through the Pilanesberg National Park to a private lodge, where a full English breakfast will be enjoyed. Each guest will receive a first flight certificate signed by the Pilot. On completion of breakfast, guests will be returned to their respective hotels. The total duration of this activity is approximately ±5 hours.

VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE! This activity is extremely weather dependent and a minimum of 4 people are required for the flight to take place. It is advisable that guests book 2 or 3 consecutive mornings as a back up plan.


Duration6 hours
WhenSeven days a week, year round, subject to availability and weather. Closed on New Years Day 01 January.
WhereSun City Resort & Pilanesberg area
WeatherThis activity is extremely weather dependent.
What to WearWarm outdoor clothing, neutral colors & comfortable walking shoes. The early morning transfer into the park is cold year round, therefore please bring jacket/jersey. In winter (May-Aug) beanies/scarf & gloves also recommended.
Things to BringCamera and a set of binoculars.
Guests or SpectatorsGuests wanting to follow only (not fly) can be accommodated on request. "Following guests" can only be booked with our office and must be booked at least 48 hours prior. The "following rate" is available on request and is inclusive of the Game Drive and breakfast at the lodge.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height1.2 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions1 hour flight in a Hot Air Balloon in the Pilanesberg National Park, sparkling wine and orange juice on landing and a full English Breakfast at a Private Lodge within the Pilanesberg National Park.
ExclusionsMinimum of 4 people is required for the flight to take place.


This activity is extremely weather dependent and a minimum of 4 people are required to fly. It is advisable that guests book 2 or 3 consecutive mornings as a back up plan.

Exact departure time will only be confirmed by the Gametrackers Tour Coordinator directly with guests, the evening before the flight between 17h30 and 18h00.

For safety reasons, persons less than 1.2m tall are not permitted to fly. Guests are to be reasonably fit, as they are required to climb into a 1.2-metre high balloon basket and be able to crouch down on their haunches on landing.

Balloon reservation form must be completed at least 48 hours prior to flight booked.

Our desk can be contacted on 0711950337 until 22:00.

Customer Reviews

A unique experience! Floating in the air for the first time feels as if the clocks have stopped. And what a marvelous landscape to admire from above...definitely worth it. On logistics, team was very professional, in particular in these times of health and safety measures. Thank You All!! - Fred

We had a wonderful experience with the whole crew. For just over an hour, I was completely worry free and was just mesmerised by the surroundings and the beauty of it all. Thank you to everyone for making it memorable! PS the breakfast was great too! - Heidi

It was an incredible experience, we were delighted! wonderful team! our pilot was excellent and I recommend it to everyone who visits Sun City to take this tour.We just didn't get to see many animals, but that didn't depend on you! Congratulations and Thank you! - JOSIANE SALERNO - Pal#746

An excellent experience from start (being picked up at our game lodge at 3.30am!) to the finish (a landing with not too many bumps in a basket that didn't turn over onto its side!). The guide who took us the the launch site in darkness was excellent, not least because he served us champagne after landing! Hermann, the balloon pilot was great company and obviously very skilled at getting the balloon to do what he wanted. The views from the balloon were incredible - seeing lots of animals from a different perspective was an unforgettable experience. Mustn't forget the ground crew who followed the balloon's flight by road and (miraculously?) were on hand a few seconds (literally) after landing to help disembarkation and recovery - very efficient and a pleasant bunch of lads. All in all, and experience that was truly memorable - and worth every penny! - John Hawkins

Very enjoyable experience!! The weather was perfect. We got to see lots of animals. The pilot was professional and the game drive ranger was very knowledgeable and entertaining. All went as planned. Would definitely do it again. - Filipe Nunes - Pal #461

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