Hot air balloon Valentine's Day

Take a look at all the hot air balloon experiences you can embark on for a romantic Valentine’s Day. Image: Pexels

Take your relationship to new heights this Valentine’s Day

Here is a selection of hot air ballooning options around South Africa, for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Hot air balloon Valentine's Day

Take a look at all the hot air balloon experiences you can embark on for a romantic Valentine’s Day. Image: Pexels

Taking in spectacular views from above while rising gently above the ground in the early morning, is a magical experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. Why not enjoy it with somebody special this Valentine’s Day weekend?

South Africa boasts numerous spectacular settings which offer panoramic aerial views.  Here are some ideal spots to treat your someone special this Valentine’s Day, with breathtaking views from the top and a glass of bubbly in the hand!

Gauteng: Air To Air Africa

Air to Air Africa offers a four-hour package jam-packed with unforgettable experiences and memories.

These hot air balloon rides take place daily and set off at sunrise from Glenburn Lodge in the Cradle of Humankind in Muldersdrift.

Before the flight, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, and after the flight, indulge in some bubbly and breakfast.

To end it all off, passengers receive a commemorative certificate after their flight.

Price: For more information on their rates, call 084 602 3491

Address: Glenburn Lodge, Kromdraai Road, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.

Gauteng: Sun Fun Africa Safaris

What makes this hot air balloon operator different from the others is that it caters for special arrangements such as engagements, anniversaries, and birthdays.

Soar over the Magaliesburg and marvel at sweeping vistas, with a 360-degree view from between the treetops.

Price: From R2500 per person (group flights).

Contact details: 083 778 7813 or click here.

Address: Sun Fun, Hekpoort, Gauteng.

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North West: Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris

Take a scenic ride and get a birds-eye view of the Magalies River Valley with Bill Harrop’s ‘Original’ Balloon Safaris.

Before your ride, passengers are required to check in at the Clubhouse Pavilion. Enjoy a steaming cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit or a muffin whilst watching the crew prepare the balloons for flight.

Rides last one hour and go up every morning if weather permits. Once the ride is over, you are invited to watch the crew pack up the balloon whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly.

A minibus takes passengers back to the Clubhouse where more bubbly and breakfast are on offer.

Price: From R2990 per person.

Address: R560, Skeerpoort, North West.

Contact details: 083 457 3402 or click here.

Western Cape Winelands: SA Encounter

SA Encounter does not just offer hot air balloon rides, they also offer tandem paragliding.

After your flight overlooking the unique Cape Winelands, passengers enjoy breakfast and bubbly with the pilot.  Flight duration is approximately one hour.

Price: From R3400 per person.

Contact details: 066 542 5394 or click here.

Address: Joostenberg Farm, Stellenbosch.

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Western Cape and Mossel Bay: Nova Hot Air Balloons

Enjoy a hot drink and homemade South African rusks whilst watching the crew set up the hot air balloon. The rides are also stable enough for photographers and videographers to capture great landscape shots.

After the ride, there’s a breakfast and bubbly with the pilot and crew.

Price: From R3900 per person.

Contact details: 021 813 9438 or click here.

Address: Hangar C3 Mosselbay Airport, Aalwyndal, Mossel Bay

Various locations: Hot Air Ballooning SA

With more than 17 years’ experience under their belt, Hot Air Ballooning SA offers various rides overlooking many iconic South African landscapes, such as the Maluti Mountain range in Clarens, the Vaal River, Vredefort Dome meteorite impact site, KZN’s Midlands and Champagne Valley in the Drakensberg Mountains.

They also cater for specific events upon request.

Price: Contact the company for a quote. For more information and their locations, call 083 446 9423 or click here.