Pilanesberg National Park
Balloon safaris in Pilanesberg National Park
R3 500pp - 1 hour. Balloon rate valid till 30 Nov 2012
1 Dec 2012 - 30 Nov 2013 - R3750pp
Min number of persons needed is 8 pax, and weather permitting!
Please Note that there has to be 8 signed booking forms/disclaimers with credit card details,
and not just bookings for 8 pax before the booking is confirmed (again, weather permitting)
You will get picked up if staying at the lodges or camps at Pilanesberg. So what to do is always
have more than 1 day available, and to book far in advance as to make up the numbers!
For a booking form mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Safari only R3750pp
for balloon plus day trip , just add the 2,
Offered daily in the morning, depending on the weather and number of passengers. Guests are collected at their hotel and taken through the park to rendezvous with the balloon crew. Flights are approximately an hour's duration and on landing sparkling wine is served. A leisurely game drive is then taken through the park to a game lodge where breakfast is served, after which guests are returned to their hotel.
Flights are early in the morning and you need to allow some 4 hours for the full activity which includes the following:
DURATION: 1 hr flight, +/- 4 hrs in total
- Early morning collection from your hotel by safari vehicle.
- Launch of the balloon from the centre of the park.
- An hour drifting serenely over the park.
- A sparkling wine celebration on landing, a time-honoured tradition in ballooning.
- A Full English breakfast at a Private Game Lodge.
- A First Flight certificate signed by your Pilot.
- Return transfer to your hotel.
COST: R3750 per person (1 hour flight)
R2 950 per person (2x½ hour flights - groups 20 people plus)
PLEASE NOTE: We require minimum numbers to conduct a flight - 8 pax
Balloon Safari only R3 750pp:
Get picked up at Sun City or any Lodge or Resort, 4h00 in summer, 5h00 in winter.
You enter the Park 1 hour before normal opening time.
Balloon gets set up next to Mankwe dam and you ascend just before sunrise.
Flight last about 1 hour after which you have some sparkling wine.
You then return to Bakubung for a full English breakfast.
Note that this rate is applicable for departures from Sun City & Pilanesberg only
Children policy: They are welcome at the same rate but they have to be 1,2 m tall - 4 Ft!!
If 4 and over they will be able to go along on the support vehicle with the guide following the balloon at R400 or a bit more each, subject to them behaving and obeying the guide re safety issues. Under 4 unfortunately no go.
Balloon Safari only from Johannesburg or Pretoria:
I have no problems departing Jo'burg at 1h30 or Pretoria at 2h00 so you can make the gate at 4h00( 1 hour later in winter), but lets be realistic. Sometimes the balolon just don't take off, so it's pretty important to sleep near the Park I've had clients at Sun City with 2 alternate dates, so 3 days in a row. They got up twice at 3h30, went in, did the whole drive thing, got to the site only for the wind to be too dangerous for take off. They canvcelled the 3rd date then, as they were pretty bushed, only for the balloon to take off that day!
I return after you had breakfast, so 10h30 to be back at Pretoria at 12h30 or Jo'burg at 13h00, but as above, you could do the drive fior nothing.
My rate for this is R3000 return transfer from Pretoria or Jo'burg, subject to booking the balloon safari through me. If you want to add Sun City, then this will increase. For just a normal transfer use my normal rates - Pta & Jo'burg R1750 one way.
Day trip Combinations:
Rates as per day trip rates + balloon rates. 5% off the day trip price when you book the balloon through us
I will be flexible with times but not with rates. Breakfast included if you want to do it with the balloon group - you will lose out on game viewing though, so rather skip it & do the next morning with me right from the start.
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Accommodation in the Park only: Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.
Accommodation in and around Sun City. Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.
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806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office 078 618 8675
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316 - Updated Oct 2012
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