Experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight over the Lowveld game areas adjoining the Kruger National Park. The Sun Catchers Hot Air Ballooning pilots and guides will ensure a safe, enjoyable and informative adventure that will be one of the highlights of your visit to Big Game Country…
Flights are conducted throughout the year, with mid-summer sunrise at 05h00 and mid-winter sunrise at 06:30. You meet 20 minutes before sunrise at the respective launch sites.
Located near Hoedspruit, they offer hot air balloon safari flights over Kapama Game Reserve and other lodges and game reserves that have suitable terrain within the Greater Kruger Park area.
You meet up before sunrise and coffee is served while you watch your eight-storey high hot air balloon being inflated and prepared for flight. After a safety briefing you should be airborne in time to witness the sunrise. Then a change in altitude to search for a favourable wind that will allow you to drift gently over the landscape on your hot air balloon safari.
Sooner or later you have to come down again from your ballooning experience. After about an hour’s hot air balloon safari flight, the pilot will select a suitable landing site where the retrieve crew should be in attendance. Passengers don’t have to be physically fit, but landings can sometimes be bumpy, so if anyone’s pregnancy is approaching term, it would be best to book their flight at a later date.
To enter the basket, passengers have to be able climb over the 1.2m high rim of the basket. Be prepared to stand on your hot air balloon safari for at least an hour. Youngsters are welcome but should be at least 1.2m (4 foot ) tall, so they can see over the rim of the basket. Sparkling wine and fruit juice is served after the hot air balloon safari, depending on weather conditions.
A minimum of two passengers and a maximum of 12 per hot air balloon safari.