Flight season 01 April 2018 – 14 October 2018. 

AirVentures offers hot air balloon safaris over the Okavango Delta, a world heritage site located in the north western region of Botswana. The experience of a Balloon safari, in one of Africa’s great wilderness destinations, epitomises the very best of game viewing, flying over a landscape flooded with water and winding channels, dotted with islands, and combined with large expanses of woodland forests. This age old ballooning adventure explores the Okavango Delta in a completely unique way offering a 360 degree panoramic view from tree top level to a thousand feet in the air.

A welcoming greeting by the pilot, followed with a safety briefing and demonstration of the boarding and landing procedures for the balloon, gets you set and ready for take-off! The flight launches just prior to sunrise and will drift across the flood plains with the cool winds of the morning. On a different adventure every morning, the pilot will expertly navigate the balloon using only the winds at various altitudes. From drifting at treetop height to a 1000ft or more, spectacular vistas of the Delta will unveil themselves as the first rays of sunlight roll across the waters of the flood plains. The chance of sighting wildlife adds to the excitement of the flight, elevated by the heart pounding anticipation of spotting one of the Big Five.

A wide variety of wildlife, in an equally wide variety of terrain and vegetation types, can be viewed as the balloon floats unhindered across this great African Wilderness. The diversity of the fauna and flora, and the encounters between the two, provide for some spectacular photographic opportunities, especially from the unique vantage point the balloon offers.

On landing, the balloon will be met by the recovery vehicles which have been tracking the balloon’s journey. A scenic area in the bush will be selected for the traditional champagne celebration, to toast this age old adventure. A presentation by the pilot of your commemorative flight certificate concludes a memorable morning.

The awaiting guides then take you on a game drive back to your Camp for a well-deserved breakfast.

Our balloon safaris are located in the North Western part of the Okavango Delta, between the Vumbura River, and the Salinda Spillway. The area is comprised of a diversity of terrain types, ranging from large wooded forests, to wide open flood plains, and attracts a wide variety of wildlife. Large herds of buffalo and elephant visiting the area during the winter months, resident predators, and a prolific birdlife during the summer months, make this an impressive area to visit.

AirVentures Hot Air Ballooning

AirVentures Hot Air Ballooning offers more than just a hot air balloon ride, we offer a total experience encompassing all the good things that make Africa great, from sun rise to great food, from wildlife to breath-taking scenery.

AirVentures can meet all your requirements with a choice of high quality, exciting flight packages. Our attention to detail, and focus on exceptional service will ensure that your balloon flight with us meets all expectations.

Hot Air Ballooning captures a mystical freedom as the natural elements of wind, flame and hot air, carry the balloon on a unique journey through the skies. No flight path can be pre-planned or arranged, only the skills of the pilot ascending and descending the hot air balloon in order to catch alternating wind directions, can impact on the direction of the balloon.

The original method of transporting passengers is still maintained to this day. Standing in a basket made of natural wicker, free of restrictions creates feelings of liberation, as it is possible to float in the sky so unhindered and free. The stillness and calm is unexpected. No chilling winds blow through the open basket, as the aircraft flows with the wind. Only the warmth and the occasional blast from the burners remind one of the pilot’s interaction with this amazing, yet simplistic, aircraft.

Cradle of Humankind (World Heritage Site):
We are the only balloon operator to launch our balloons centrally within the Cradle of Humankind, and to offer a full flight experience within the 53 000 hectare world heritage site. Proclaimed a world heritage site in 1998, this protected area is predominately made up of large private game reserves, it contains 13 fossil sites, and has over one third of all hominid fossil finds in the world. With minimal human impact, this area is a true wilderness gem to fly in.

Renowned for ballooning, this picturesque area boasts a range of mountains that are almost a 100 times older than Everest , and are literally thousands of millions of years old. An area of significant South African and geological history, its vastness and beauty can only really be appreciated from the air. Like the Cape vulture that soars in the thermals around these mountains, a hot air balloon ride is un-paralleled in its ability to provide silent, 360 degree visability.

From the earth on take-off, to the power of fire as the flame is used to heat the air in the balloon, to the forces of nature, as gravity is defied and the hot air lifts the balloon to be caught by the waiting winds. No other form of flight can be as close to nature as hot air ballooning, an aspect that AirVentures holds appreciation for, as every flight is truly a privilege.

Classic Flight

In line with traditional balloon flights, our Classic Air Balloon Flight offers guests the serene beauty of floating gently over the Cradle of Humankind or the Magaliesberg, while sipping on champagne, as the pilot allows the hot air balloon at times to drift at tree top height and at other times will ascend into the skies, offering guests a panoramic view of the beautiful African landscape below.

We have air balloon launch sites located in the Cradle of Humankind and the Magaliesberg that have been chosen for their close vicinity to the majority of lodges in the area. Alternatively, we will launch from any lodge that is more convenient to the client, providing that the lodge has adequate space for the launching of passenger balloons.

The Classic Double Hop Flight

This is a great option for groups, these are 30 minute back to back flights for groups up to 100 passengers. A great option for an activity for conference groups or teambuilding.

Safari Flight

Our Balloon Safaris take the Classic Flight beyond traditional boundaries, and is the ultimate in game viewing experiences. Approximately 80% of our air balloon flights have sightings of at least two of the Big Five within the hour’s flight. The balloon safaris launch from the heart of the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve and usually cover a large portion of the Reserve before moving into the surrounding game reserves, offering guests unique game viewing and photographic opportunities. The Reserve is conveniently located within the world heritage site ‘The Cradle of Humankind’, and is an approximately 30 minute drive from Johannesburg and 40 minute drive from Pretoria.

Exclusive Flights

The Exclusive balloon flight offers a unique personal hot air balloon experience in one of our smaller balloons, restricted to the use of two passengers only. This exclusive balloon adds to the romance of the flight, as you are able to enjoy the experience of drifting silently across the beautiful African landscape, while sipping on champagne, in complete privacy with your partner, watching a spectacular sun rise.

These balloon flights are perfect for engagements, anniversaries, birthdays, romantic getaways or any other special occasion that you would like to make an unforgettable experience

At a Glance

Individual 1 hour flights – 2 to 15 passengers
Group flights – 12 to 100 passengers (30 minute back to back flights)
Children – children under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult, children under 7 years on request, children under 5 years are not permitted.
Location – Cradle of Humankind and Magaliesberg
Drive time – 30 minutes from Johannesburg
Packages available – Yes, contact sales@anthology.co.za

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