Hot Air Balloon Experiences around Africa

Posted on 19 April 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Hot air balloon experiences are one of the best ways to take in the continent’s breathtaking beauty. As you float high above the ground, spectacular and uninterrupted views exist below.

Throughout Africa, there are plenty of spots where one can enjoy a scenic and unforgettable hot air balloon ride. Here are just a few of them:

Pilanesberg National Park

Located in South Africa’s North West province, Pilanesberg is one of Africa’s best game reserves. It is also nothing short of a wildlife enthusiast’s dream. A hot air balloon ride over the park offers an incredible opportunity to experience the bountiful ecosystem from a unique aerial perspective. You can seek out lions, giraffes and hundreds of other creatures.

There are a number of hot air balloon tours which normally depart from Sun City. As you fly, you can learn more about the park from an informed guide. Upon landing, there is an opportunity to delight in a glass of sparkling wine and a full English breakfast.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Kenya’s Masai Mara is an iconic wildlife destination. Add to that the magic of exploring it from a bird’s eye view and you have yourself a winning recipe. A hot air balloon safari over the Masai Mara is an invitation to witness nature’s grandeur from a different perspective. As you ascend, the world below transforms into a patchwork quilt of lush greenery, sprawling plains, meandering rivers and impressive wildlife. What’s more, you can also catch the wildebeest migration which takes place from July through to October. During this time, more than two million animals migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti to the greener pastures of the Masai Mara National Reserve.

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The Drakensberg boasts some of Africa’s most breathtaking views. As such, a hot air balloon experience on the edge of the Drakensberg mountains offers an awesome thrill and peaceful serenity. The experience is perfect for eager travel enthusiasts who seek to admire the beauty of nature from a different perspective. It is also a great idea for birthdays and anniversaries.


A sunrise hot air balloon ride in the Namibian desert is nothing short of magical. After all, the true beauty of Namibia can be felt at sunrise. As you ascend, you can admire the majestic Soussvlei which is a salt and clay pan encircled by dunes in central Namibia. That is where you can find untouched desert and rolling mountains. Sunrise hot air balloon experiences normally take up to 3 and a half hours, ending with a champagne breakfast.

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