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Planning a Trip in a Hot Air Balloon

Hot air balloon rides are a great way to experience thrilling views of our beautiful country. They are a safe and family friendly alternative to other aerial activities such as base-jumping and paragliding. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your hot air balloon ride today! Below are some pointers with regards to how best to plan, what to expect and what to look for in a service provider.

When planning your trip, always take the following into account:
• The weather – hot air ballooning is very weather dependent. Hot air balloons require clear skies and calm surface winds to be able to launch and land safely. Pilots will only call the flight on if it is safe to do so. It is not uncommon for balloon flights to be rescheduled on account of the weather, so ensure you set aside a few dates as back up if your initial flight date does not work out.
• Balloons fly very early in the morning, so be prepared to meet your pilot and crew about half an hour before the sun comes up. It’s an early start but well worth it! We promise.
• Other passengers – make sure that everyone you would like to take along (or surprise) will be ok with heights and small spaces.
• Pack sunglasses and protective clothing such as a cap or hat to shield your head from the heat of the burners.
• It is best to dress in casual comfortable clothes and flat closed shoes. Jeans and old trainers are best.

A hot air balloon ride is so much more than a trip in the air – it’s an experience. With a quality service provider, you can typically expect the following 3-4 hour hot air balloon flight experience:
• Pre-flight beverages including tea, coffee, hot chocolate and marshmallows while the crew prepare the balloon for inflation
• Opportunity to assist with the inflation of the balloon
• Boarding of the balloon and safety briefing from your pilot
• Scenic hot air balloon flight of approximately one hour
• In-flight champagne or traditional champagne celebration on landing
• Opportunity to assist with the pack up of the balloon
• Ballooning breakfast
• Flight certificate ceremony and in-flight photo presentation

Finally, it is crucial to choose a respected and experienced service provider. Make sure that the company you choose to fly with boasts the following:
• 100% safety record
• Fully licensed and reliable air service provider
• CAA approved operator
• Fully licensed and highly experienced hot air balloon pilots
• Fare refund policy in place for weather postponements
• Legal liability insurance of a minimum of R1 000 000 per passenger

Life Ballooning SA
If you are looking for the romance and adventure of a hot air balloon flight look no further than Life Ballooning SA. Each flight is a special occasion celebrated with in-flight champagne, and with memories in the making, they will capture the highlights of your balloon flight with their signature “balloon selfie stick” – a photo memento for you to treasure at home.

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Hot air balloons are a memorable experience

Taking a trip in a hot air balloon is a fun and memorable experience. It also has a romantic twist to it. Imagine going up in a hot air balloon with your spouse or partner to celebrate a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, or just to view the beautiful surroundings while you drink in-flight champagne. The balloon flight lasts about an hour and as balloons fly very early in the morning, you will be part of an elite few to witness the beautiful sunrise from the unique vantage of a hot air balloon. Riding in a hot air balloon is truly a special experience and you will definitely enjoy the ride.

Reasons why you should go in a hot air balloon
If you are looking for the ultimate romantic experience, then nothing can beat riding in a hot air balloon. You and your partner will enjoy the incredible views seen by few. Hot air balloons provide a complete 360°view of your surroundings, and the stillness and tranquillity you will experience in the open air has a remarkable way of bringing you closer to Mother Nature.
By taking a hot air balloon ride you will get to experience the oldest form of flight known to man. Did you know that the first ever successful balloon flight took place in France on 19th September 1783? Two prosperous paper manufacturing brothers, Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier began experimenting with lighter-than-air crafts after observing that heated air flowing into paper or fabric bags, made the bags rise. This evolved over the years into today’s more advanced rip stop nylon balloon envelopes.
Hot air ballooning is also one of the safest forms of flight. With Life Ballooning’s 100% safety record, highly experienced balloon pilots and attentive crew you can be assured you are in safe hands.
Experimentation with flying machines has always fascinated man – planes, helicopters, hot air balloons, to name but a few. Every once in a while you just need to try something different and riding in a hot air balloon is definitely one of those bucket list items you need to check off your list. Pair your balloon flight with a special celebration, give it as a gift or just go fly for the fun of it! It’s a memorable morning out for family and friends.

Life Ballooning SA
If you’re looking for a hot air balloon experience look no further than Life Ballooning SA.
Life Ballooning is a SACAA approved hot air balloon operator. This means they are required to undergo strict annual quality and safety audits. Their fleet consisting of four hot air balloons are all maintained according to SACAA standards and their pilots are highly experienced, both locally and internationally. Life Ballooning’s friendly team of staff and crew look forward to flying with you!

And we just have to mention that the views are out of this world!