Mabula Hot Air Ballooning
“Original” Balloon Safaris operate game viewing flights giving guests a magnificent aerial view of Mabula Game Lodge and the unique 12000 ha, game reserve, situated in the Northern Province, a mere 2½ hours drive from Johannesburg.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Group Size Large Group
“Original” Balloon Safaris operate game viewing flights giving guests a magnificent aerial view of Mabula Game Lodge and the unique 12000 ha, game reserve, situated in the Northern Province, a mere 2½ hours drive from Johannesburg. Legendary African wildlife is a regular occurrence at Mabula Game Lodge, where the big five roam. Enjoy the matchless hospitality and comfort of this newly refurbished, truly world-class game lodge, which offers a bouquet of activities including guided bush walks, reptile centre, horse trails, rhino tracking, game drives in open Land Rovers and a health and beauty centre.
After your balloon safari enjoy game-viewing drives in open Land Rovers, bush walks, or ride horse-back along the trails to observe the animals. During the heat of the day, relax at one of Mabula’s two sparkling swimming pools.
In the evening take a thrilling night game drive before a delightful boma dinner. Accommodation is in comfortable thatched chalets, with en-suite bathrooms and private patios.
Mabula Rates 2019
1 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2019
Regular rate R4925 per person
6 or more R4315 per person
12 or more R3985 per person
Accommodation Rates – incl dinner, b&b, Lunch, 2 x Game Drives
R3260 per person per night sharing
R4870 per person per night single
R4320 per person per night sharing
R6480 per person per night single
Rates exclude entry fees (+- R170 per vehicle) E&OE
Balloons go up every morning including weekends, weather permitting.
Flight Departure Point:
Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris Skeerpoort Country Base in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site on the border of Gauteng and North West Province, near Hartebeesport Dam, 45 kilometers north-west of Johannesburg’s Northern suburbs.
Minibus Transfers from various hotels can be arranged at an extra cost
View the “Flight area maps” here.
Just prior to sun-rise dependant on time of the year (see schedule below). Note that hotel transfers depart earlier to allow for traveling time.
Hot Coffee, Tea, Biscuits and Muffins.
Served as guests check in at our traditionally exquisite, well appointed Clubhouse Pavilion at sunrise. Flight
Numbers are assigned and tickets are validated.
Professional Crew Prepare the Balloons for Flight
Guests watch from the comfort of the Pavilion and are called to board when the balloons are ready. The Captains give a safety briefing prior to take off.
About one hour (dependant on conditions).
Flight Landing Place:
Always in the shadow of the basket (wherever that may be;-).
South African champagne:
Served in-flight or on landing while the crew pack up the balloon.
Mini-bus Transfer back to our Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant for… Champagne Breakfast
At Harrop’s fully licensed beautifully appointed Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant. Freshly cooked, wide choice and beautifully presented.
“Citations For Bravery”
Presented with due ceremony.
A half an hour’s flight – applicable for groups of 12 or more
12 or more: R1990.00 per person,
24 or more: R1940.00 per person
(Valid from 1 Dec 2018 – 30 Nov 2019)
An hour’s flight
Regular rate: R2795.00 per person,
6 or more: R2655.00 per person
12 or more: R2595.00 per person,
24 or more: R2520.00 per person
(Meeting Times for Balloon Safaris Skeerpoort Country Base)
1 Nov. to 31 Jan.
1 – 29 Feb. and 16 – 31 Oct.
1 – 15 Mar. and 1 – 15 Oct.
16 – 31 Mar. and 16 – 30 Sep.
1 – 30 Apr. and 1 – 15 Sep.
1 – 31 May. and 1 – 31 Aug.
1 Jun. to 31 Jul.
Children under 12: 50% of the above rates
Transfer rates are available on request
All of the above rates include Vat.
MINIMUM NUMBERS: 2 passengers (can be from two different individual bookings). MAXIMUM NUMBERS: 120+ (2 to 18 passengers per balloon).
The flight will last about one hour and the total duration of the tour from check-in to departure for you next destination is about 3 to 5 hours (depending whether one wants to hurry or relax after the flight) plus transport time.
N.B. Return Mini-Bus Transfers can be arranged between one’s pre-flight Accommodation and the Flight
Departure Point when booking at a nominal extra cost.
Allow extra time for Mini-Bus Transfers from Hotels in:
4 Ways: 45 mins Sandton: 1 hour Johannesburg or Sun City: 1 hour 15 mins
Actual pickup times may vary slightly and will be confirmed when booking.
N.B. All operations and flights are conducted in accordance with our General Terms and Conditions.