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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

Fantastic! - Meiring

This experience was once in a lifetime! Although we didn't see as many animals from the sky (Lady Luck was still sleeping at that early hour haha), the view was breathtaking nevertheless and the pilot was entertaining and engaging! The entire programm, including an all you can eat breakfast buffet and mini-safari were all top-notch - what made things even more exciting was our knowledgable and fun driver! This get's 10 out of 10 gold stars - a must do when at Pilanesberg! - Sheree Foltin

Great job well done, early start as expected but well worth it ! Just wish the flight was a bit longer as time seem to go by quickly Would do it again if we come back especially if the flight time could be extended by even say 20 minutes Thanks for taking care of us. regards Rod - Richards - Bakubung#133

One can only say First Class!! Our friend Denise from UK previously had concern about heights but the balloon trip has cured that! (She was somewhat apprehensive at first). It also happened to be her Birthday which she thoroughly enjoyed. Our pilot Japie impressed us incredibly , particularly when at the end of the flight he put the basket down on the trailer - no mean feat!! I do have aviation connections via my husband Geoffrey hence Japie's skill was even more appreciated. Do give him our congratulations once again. We hope the weather has been kind to you lately to enable even more successful flights Regards to all the other crew members who take part. Helene Clark. - Helene Clark # Bakubung

Thank you From my first email with Tshepi it was only a pleasure The guests had a great time - Greenhaven Tours - Bakubung Gate

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