Hartbeespoort Dam – North West Province

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

Guests can look foward to a 3 – 4 hour ballooning experience including the following:

Passengers meet crew and pilots on the launch site at sunrise
Pre-flight beverages including hot chocolate and marshmallows, tea and coffee
Passenger participation – opportunity to assist with the inflation of the hot air balloon
Boarding of the balloon and safety briefing from the pilot
Hot air balloon flight of approximately 1 hour
Traditional sparkling wine celebration on landing
Passenger participation – opportunity to assist with the pack up of the hot air balloon
Transfer back to the launch site
Country style breakfast
First flight certificate and in-flight photograph

WHEN

Balloons launch daily at sunrise, weather dependent. Please refer to our year round sunrise chart for accurate passenger arrival times.

WHERE

Launching Venue: Toppieshoek Outdoor Recreation Centre

Address: Oberon Street, Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort

Coordinates: -25.766358, 27.876626

Basic Directions: 

  • Enter Hartbeespoort on the R512 past Lanseria airport.
  • At the T-junction turn left. Travel for 6.4 km and turn right at the shopping centre on your right hand side.
  • Go past the entrance to the shopping centre and continue down this road for approximately 2.8km.
  • Turn right into Toppieshoek. (You will see the sign on the left hand side of the road)
  • Just after the speedbump, take the first turn to your right onto the soccer field

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WEATHER

Please remember that balloon flights are strictly weather dependent. We require calm surface winds in order to launch and land the balloon safely. The wind direction needs to be favourable in order to avoid flying into restricted air space, and avoid obstacles such as built up areas, mountains etc. If we are forced to cancel a flight due to weather conditions, please understand that this is for your safety, as well as for the safety our pilots and crew members, and to avoid any damage to the balloon. It is not unusual for flights to be postponed due to the weather – this could be due to fast upper winds (which may not be visible from the ground), mist, cloud cover, poor visibility, rain and thunderstorms in the near vicinity, or a wind direction which may pose a hazard to the safe landing of the balloon. The pilot’s decision is final. We will never under any circumstances force a flight. Please keep this in mind for special occasions, and ensure you have a backup plan in place for proposals, surprise gifts etc. We are able to offer gift certificates valid for 12 months in the event that a flight cannot take place on a particular day.

WHAT TO WEAR

It is best to dress in casual, comfortable clothes. Natural fibres such as cotton are preferable to synthetic fabrics such as nylon. Please do not wear white clothes or shoes as you will be landing on a farm and it will be dusty or muddy. Long pants such as jeans and old, closed shoes are best. You will need to climb in and out of the balloon basket – skirts and dresses make this very difficult. Please no high heels, open sandle type shoes or flip flops. You can wear something warm to begin with, but it will get warmer once in the air due to the radiant heat from the burners. It is advisable to wear a hat or cap, to shield your head from the heat of the burners. Ladies with long hair, please ensure it is tied back securely.

WHAT TO BRING

Please bring your booking confirmation with you for check-in. This document contains directions and important telephone numbers in the event that you require assistance on the morning. Please feel free to bring your camera and binoculars. These will need to be tucked away in your jacket during landing.

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum age requirement for children of 12 years

Minimum height requirement of 1.2m

Maximum weight per passenger 120kg

Passengers should be able to climb in and out of the basket unassisted

Passengers are required to declare any pre-existing medical conditions

Pregnant women may not fly