Hot Air Balloon Safari At Pilanesberg National Park

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    04:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Respective hotels at Sun City Resort and lodges in Pilanesberg area.
    Dates: Seven days a week, year round, subject to availability and weather. Closed.. read more
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Experience the uniqueness of flying from within a National Park! As the only Hot Air Balloon operation in South Africa to launch from within Pilanesberg National Park, we offer you a truly unique flying experience. Allow us to take you on a journey above the pristine wilderness, undoubtedly the finest way of viewing the park which is home to the "Big Five".
The unique vantage point provided by a balloon flight will allow you to see things normal tours might miss, as well as allowing you to soak in the stunning landscape from a totally new perspective. Upon landing, sip on champagne as you compare unforgettable sights with your fellow travelers.
Flights are conducted at sunrise and you will need to allow for approximately 5 hours for the full experience.


Enjoy fantastic aerial views

See native wildlife in their natural environment

Romantic experience, perfect for couples

Treat a loved one on a special occasion

Breakfast included

Qualified and professional pilot

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Experience Africa from above byhot air ballooning over the sunny plains of the Pilanesberg National Park near Sun City. A balloon flight will allow you to hover over the savanna as you seek out lions, giraffes and hundreds of other creatures in this bountiful ecosystem from a unique aerial perspective.

Early morning collection, by a registered field guide in an open safari vehicle, from 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, home to the "BIG FIVE".

At the launch site you will be met by the pilot and crew, who will proceed to give a briefing. You will then embark in a 1,2 metre high basket and commence on an unforgettable flying experience that lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour. On landing, you will be served with sparkling wine and orange juice in celebration of the flight.

The field guide will then convey you through the Pilanesberg National Park to a private lodge, where a full English breakfast will be enjoyed. You will receive a first flight certificate signed by the Pilot. On completion of breakfast, you will be returned to your respective hotel.

The total duration of this activity is approximately 5 hours.


Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)


Glass of Champagne


National Park fees



Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

Children must be accompanied by an adult

A minimum of 4 people are required for the flight to take place

All passenger heights MUST be advised at time of booking. For safety reasons passengers must be taller than 1.2 metres

Closed on New Years Day 01 January.

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers

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  • 16-Oct-2022

    J'avais réservé le vol pour ma famille dont mes deux petites filles. Ça devait être un des sommets de notre séjour en Afrique du Sud. La veille (!!!!) à midi l'organisateur nous demande par WhatsApp (Il avait donc mon N° de téléphone) nos poids. Or, toute la journée nous n'avions pas d'Internet. En arrivant à l'hôtel le soir, j'ai constaté que notre vol avait été annulé à 18h. Malgré l'intervention de Getyourguide qui avait réservé les billets, l'organisateur n'a rien voulu entendre pour reprogrammer le vol. J'attends encore mon remboursement (1791€)

  • 03-Oct-2022

    As mentioned in my title, we were overall very happy with the experience with just one niggle - the booking mentioned we would have a breakfast at a game reserve after the experience. In the end we were provided with a spread of food for breakfast on a table after the experience in the bush. This was nice, but not entirely what I had expected in comparison to a hot and freshly cooked breakfast and, as a woman, I would have appreciated the breakfast in a lodge with the opportunity to use a bathroom! As it was, we were out from 4.30am and back at our own private lodge around 9.30am so I was unable to use a toilet in this time - something to bear in mind. My partner (male) went behind a bush to relieve himself, as did another male on the hot air balloon trip. Now, to go backwards...! We were booked on a Wed with a back up date of Thurs. Wed was cancelled due to bad weather - we did not receive a call or email to advise of this directly but when I checked with my lodge after our evening game trip they informed us the hot air balloon people had called them to advise it was cancelled. We were then called by the hot air balloon people in our room the next day and told that Thurs was fully booked and can we do Fri (our last day) instead. This was a little inconvenient as we had to check out that day but we didn't want to miss out so we went ahead. We then received whatsapp communication directly to confirm timings etc which was good. Our pick up driver actually arrived 15 mins early but was happy to wait. I wonder if this is intentional to give you time to get ready if you have overslept!?! Private drive to the take off place and the staff there were all very good and polite and it felt very safe. Lovely experience but the wind was very gentle so we didn't travel as far as we had expected. Cannot be helped. Experience itself was lovely. Not at all scary like I thought and not bumpy for take off or landing. The drive back to our lodge was excellent and was indeed like a mini game drive. Our drive (Sami, I believe his name was) was great and very knowledgable. We got lucky and saw lots of things on the drive including a very close encounter with elephants. I would recommend but I think the itinerary needs to be updated to advise re breakfast being something in the bush and toilet facilities not available etc.

  • 23-Feb-2020

    Eu e meu marido fizemos o passeio dia 19/02/2020, comprei o passeio com antecedência, pois fiquei sabendo pela internet que tinham poucas vagas, enfim, o guia nos pegou no hotel as 04:30, e fomos até o local onde estava o balão, vendo o nascer do sol no parque Pilanesberg foi lindo, quando chegamos no balão já era de manhã, então, entrei no balão e ele foi subindo devagar, e foi espetacular ver os bichos lá de cima, vimos até um ataque de uma Leoa tentando pegar uma zebra e um veado, foi lindo, depois do balão, entramos no carro e fizeram um outro safari até chegamos no hotel, onde tomamos um café da manhã maravilhoso. Vale muito a pena. Amei

  • 02-Feb-2020

    Absolutely amazing. Just do it. Saw loads of animals from the air including leopard, zebra & Giraffe. Picked up from sun city promptly, met our Pilot Harman. Very professionally run. So peaceful and serene and a sound delight. Best part of our holiday. All followed by an amazing breakfast and glass of champagne!

  • 31-Jan-2020

    Absolutely amazing. Don’t hesitate in booking. Picked up early by Greg who was fun for the 45 minute journey to the launch site. Even if it’s summer wear warm clothes as it’s an open sided vehicle. Captain Harman and Tony piloted the Balloon beautifully. It was a stunning majestic experience, we saw Rhinos, leopards, hyenas, lots of Game all from the serene comfort of the balloon. Honestly a once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommended

  • 30-Jan-2020

    Oh my God.... it was amazing. Picked up on time by Greg who was fun and chatty throughout. We met the balloon Crew (Captain Harman & Tony), they were both fun and informative throughout. Champagne after landing followed by A nice game drive on the return journey via a lovely breakfast. The whole experience was exceptionally well run. Would highly recommend. A truly memorable experience. So peaceful, charming and a once in a lifetime trip.

  • 17-Nov-2019

    Our ballon drive was canceld 30 min. before depature - it was 3:30 a.m. in the morning. We stand up so early for nothing .... there was no offer for an alternative. Reason: Too much wind. From our view - there was no wind in the morning, we have been in the Pilanesberg Park by car ... They told us, that this was our fault, because they could not reach us by phone the day before. Sorry, we are on holiday, we cant answer direct phone calls while beeing in the Pilanesberg Park or while swimming in the Valley of waves. We respond to Whatsup in 10 minutees. Why no E-Mail/SMS/Whatsapp the day before? In addition: We wrote an E-Mail a day before that we are ready to got and got no answer. No alternative? Without a preannouncement our hotel phoned us at 09:00 p.m. (not direct communication as on the day before) they offered a ballon drive starting in 6 hours. We rejected this offer, because wheather forecast had more wind than the day before. From our point of view: Wind was not the reason for canceling, maybe they had not enough customers for a ballon drive. In any case, they didnt offer an alternative activity (Game Drive by car woudl be clever for example). Confused ... we too ...

  • 08-Nov-2019

    Zou heel leuk kunnen zijn als het doorging. Helaas afgeblazen vanwege het weer. Het weer was super maar zij zullen het wel weten. Geen risico's nemen is belangrijk. De eerste poging is afgeblazen, zou bericht krijgen. Niet gebeurd maar de avond ervoor gevraagd hoelaat we precies waar moesten staan toen te horen gekregen dat het niet doorging. Volgende dag nog plek voor 1 persoon. Om half vier netjes buiten wachten en wachten en wachten tot kwart over 5. Rond negen uur pas de afmelding. Echt heel fout. Hoe de vlucht zelf is geen idee maar heb er nog weinig vertrouwen in.

  • 12-Aug-2019

    Bedoeld als het hoogtepunt van drie weken Afrika, was deze activiteit absoluut gaaf, maar voelde het niet ultiem. Reden: te weinig dieren op een vlucht die ik me langer had voorgesteld. Begrijp me goed; het boeken van de tickets via tripadvisor ging goed, het ophalen door een medewerker bij de gate van Pilanesberg ook, piloot Greg was leuk, en het team daaromheen deed het ook goed. Dat maakt ook dat vier sterren gewoon heel goed is. Maar een vijfde ster, dan moet het uitzonderlijk zijn, en dat was het niet.

  • 06-Apr-2019

    The ground team is very good, but due to bad weather conditions, the safari has benn cancelled for 2 consecutive days! Still waiting refund from !

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