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Hot Air Balloon Safari

Sun City

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

The hot air balloon safari was better than I could have hoped for. Our pilot Marty, and the entire team, went above and beyond to make the experience informative and fun! I can give this trip the highest praise! Thank you. - Nina Wilson

Loved every minutes whole team was excellent! Marti & Ewert made it so fun - Patricia Anderson

Was the early get up worth it? Most definitely yes! We booked on line, on arrival at our hotel the Gametracker explained everything and reconfirmed booking. Our guide was excellent and the drive to the launch site was a mini game drive in the dark so 2 trips in one really. He was knowledgeable and fun. Explained what would happen etc. I think this was Greg. Our pilot was Tony he is very experienced. We saw mostly rhinos and antelope (including Eland) but a wonderful experience. On coming in to land we were close to a mother rhino and her calf plus 3 males. Mum and baby were seperated as we came down but we were able to witness them meeting back up - so wonderful to see, We were then taken to breakfast at a game lodge - very tasty Although expensive was certainly one of the highlights of our trip & what a special place to tick off the bucket list for a balloon flight. - Gary Kilbourn

First time on a hot air balloon and it was such a wonderful peaceful experience. I highly recommend this wonderful company. - Kim Willows-Munro - Pal # 344 & 345

A fantastic experience, safe and memorable for life. The stroll begins early in the morning, don' t forget your Scarf. Thank you guys. Felicity was very professional. - Rogério de Almeida Tárcia-Cab#2619

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