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Our Balloon Safaris take place over several Game Reserves within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Rolling hills, large open grasslands scattered with plains game, and winding rivers, together lay the setting for a diverse array of wildlife sightings from the hot air balloon. Our air balloon rides over the Reserves of the Cradle of Humankind, home to four of the Big Five, have a good chance of spotting these iconic animals of Africa. Drifting gently with the winds of the morning our balloon safaris offer guests unique game viewing and photographic opportunities, making for a very memorable experience.

Our meeting point is conveniently located at a luxury lodge within the Cradle of Humankind, and is an approx. 30 min drive from Joburg and 40min drive from Pretoria.
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Departure Point
The Cradle of Humankind Visitor Centre Maropeng, R400, Mogale, 1911, South Africa
Departure Time
4:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Meet at 5 Star Lodge
  • Transfer to Game Reserve
  • Tea & Coffee served
  • Flight of approximately 1 hour
  • Game Viewing from the balloon
  • Sparkling wine and Orange Juice
  • Commemorative Certificate
  • Transfer back to Lodge
  • 5 Star Breakfast
  • Entire experience approx. 4 hrs.
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation.
  • This can be booked on request - Balloon & Accommodation packages are available)
  • We require a minimum of 4 passengers to confirm a flight on-board one of our larger passenger balloons. There are two alternatives available, we can provisionally book you onto the date then try to confirm another 2 passengers to fly with you or we can move your flight to the next suitable date.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Guests with any medical conditions, that they feel AirVentures should be made aware of, accept the responsibility to advise us accordingly.
  • All passengers must be able to stand for the duration of the flight, and must be able to enter and exit the basket.
  • To conform with the industry accepted practice, we consider it unsafe to fly when pregnant.
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under the age of 7 years are not permitted to fly.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Operates all year round, please dress appropriately. Flat shoes are recommended
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did this for my birthday and it was a wonderful way to celebrate. We stayed at Cradle Moon and were picked up at reception at 4:45am and driven to the hotel where the balloons leave/land. there was a little wait for others to arrive...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank akwaaba1970
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ruan was the pilot of our balloon safari and he was a true professional.From the time we showed up until we departed he was there for our every need The flight was amazingly awesome and my wife and I saw rhinos,warthogs,impalas,eland,giraffes,wildebeest,springboks,baboons,and others After the flight...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank greg m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was really a once in a lifte time experience and so amazing. The staff was so friendly and organized and made us feel so welcome. Thanks for your awesome service and this amazingly breathtaking experience and the excellent breakfast afterwards! A memory that will...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank vermaakgty
Reviewed September 15, 2019 via mobile

This is one of the best trip I’ve ever experience. The staff was very professional and friendly. I stayed in Johannesburg and ordered the pickup/drop off car via them and the driver was also friendly and on-time. The baloon trip was of course amazing, we...More

Thank astudestraa
Reviewed June 11, 2019

This is a truly professional operation. From the quick responses to my questions while booking to arranging for ride from my hotel in Rosebank. The friendly efficient professionalism continued upon arrival at the lodge. The assigned us to balloons and we went and watched them...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Dari C
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