It’s sunrise. The silence of your balloon safari is punctuated only by the occasional blast of the powerful burners and the faint call of a bird or animal far beneath. The thrill is indescribable – ballooning truly is something really different and special.
You’re sipping fine champagne while hovering gently above the tree tops of the beautiful Magalies River Valley, or drifting majestically high above the Magaliesberg range, just 45 km north of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, a region boasting some of the best ballooning weather in the world.
After landing, savour a delectable champagne ballooning breakfast at our charming, well-appointed country balloon safari base, where you’ll be filled with the warmest of memories.
Professional pilots, attentive crew, immaculately maintained equipment, 5 aviation safety awards, make this longest established licensed Balloon Airline in southern Africa the choice of the well informed discerning individual traveler or corporate group.
About Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris
Bill Harrop´s “Original” Balloon Safaris has been operating as a legally licensed balloon Air Transport Service since 1981. It is a family business run by Bill Harrop, his wife Mary, son Sam and daughter Sarah working in partnership with over 40 full time, part time, contract and casual staff.
Only qualified and experienced professional pilots are employed, and over five-thousand very happy passengers a year are testimony to our professional attitude in entertaining you to one of the most memorably enjoyable experiences of your life.
We run a fleet of six large hot air balloons which can carry between six and eighteen passengers each. So whether it is a romantic balloon flight for 2, or a party for 18 adventurers in one of the biggest balloons in the world, or a corporate adventure for 142, Bill Harrop´s “Original” Balloon Safaris is the preferred choice for safe, reliable, quality ballooning.
Bill will also admit to experience as an ocean yachtsman, singer, hotelier, portrait photographer, advertising executive, and a balloon pilot examiner. He has served on committees of the Southern African Tourism and Safari Association, The Magalies Meander, the Balloon and Airship Federation of South Africa, and two years as the National President of Skål International (a worldwide body of travel and tourism management professionals).
He firmly believes that attention to service excellence and a commitment to care for ones community will build a better nation, especially through education, and is a recognised benefactor of the Tourism Education Trust.