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5 Hot-Air Balloon Rides for Valentines Day in South Africa

2What would you do if your dream of having the superpower to fly came true? Imagine yourself lying over some of South Africa’s breathtaking landscapes and experiencing them from a bird’s-eye view. Breathe in the fresh air, feel the calming silence, and see the beautiful views. This is something that you can experience by getting in a hot-air balloon this valentines day.

While you are enjoying your hot-air balloon flight up in the air, the benefits will follow long after the ride is over. Some of the wellness benefits of hot-air ballooning include an increase in energy serotonin levels – one of the happy hormones.

When looking to book a hot-air balloon ride in South Africa, it is important to ensure availability at your desired destination. Hot-air balloon experiences are generally accessible year-round in inland provinces such as Gauteng. However, when exploring options near the South African coast, the windy weather in KwaZulu-Natal and rainy seasons in Cape Town can cause certain restrictions. With that said, here are the 5 best locations for a hot-air balloon ride in South Africa for valentines day.

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Hot-Air Balloon rides across South Africa

1. Magalies River Valley Scenic Balloon Safari in Magaliesburg, Johannesburg

Magaliesburg is found in Gauteng Province and is situated at the foot of Witwatersrand Mountain. The town is surrounded by the views of the Magaliesberg Mountain, creating a tranquil and scenic environment perfect for a spectacular hot-air balloon quest. The breathtaking views and serene surroundings make this spot the perfect valentines day destination.

At Magalies River Valley, the hot-air balloon will take off at the Cradle of Humankind and float above the beautiful landscapes of the Magalies River Valley. You can start your journey with a warm beverage. Additionally, end your hour-long ride with a romantic valentines day breakfast and iconic mimosas. Also, this is all included for about R3800 per person. The natural environment and fresh air will keep you and your partner relaxed and in love for the duration of the trip.

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Hot Air Ballooning in Magaliesburg

2. Sun Catchers Hot-Air Ballooning in Hoedspruit, Limpopo

Sun Catchers Hot Air Ballooning can be found in the heart of Limpopo, Hoedspruit. The ride travels over the Kruger National Park towards the Blyde River Canyon. So, offering not only a look at the biosphere reserve – an intersection between social and ecological systems – but also glimpse at wildlife. In addition, Sun Catchers provides each guest with a hot beverage before getting in the basket for a cosy ride up in the air. As the name insinuates, the aim is to catch the sun for a mesmerizing sunrise experience.

Read the following article to know why you should try the secret sunrise experience. On the occasion of chilly weather, blankets are available for couples to use, bringing you closer together. Moreover, the total duration of the flight is dependent on the weather so no precise time can be given. But this adds to the excitement. So, don’t hesitate and spoil your loved one for valentines day with a hot-air balloon ride at Sun Catchers for the price of R4500 per person.

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3. Nova Hot-air Balloon Safaris in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

Hot-Air Ballooning in Oudtshoorn
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If you are travelling south towards the Little Karoo, Nova Hot-air Balloon Safaris is there to provide you with hot-air balloon trips in Oudtshoorn – a town situated inland of the Western Cape. Upon arrival, you are greeted with true South African coffee and homemade rusks. To prepare you for the immersive experience in the famous Karoo-like landscapes of Oudtshoorn.

The Klein Karoo was once an inland sea. Consequently, it’s filled with interesting facts that make this the perfect ride for whimsically curious adventure seekers. Lastly, a delicious South African breakfast is included to further extend your visit for Valentine’s Day.

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4. Mabula Private Game Reserve in Bela Bela, Limpopo

Mabula Game Reserve hot-air balloons Bela-Bela
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Calling all animal lovers for this magical hot-air balloon ride! Located in the Bela Bela town of the Limpopo Province, this balloon safari floats over a private game reserve of 12000 hectares. The Mabula Private Game Lodge is home to the big five and is only a 2-hour drive away from Johannesburg and Pretoria. That means all Gauteng residents can effortlessly plan a charming valentines day for their loved ones.

After landing, many activities are available if you wish to burn more energy and come closer to the animals roaming around. These activities include game drives, bush walks, and horseback riding. And all these thrills are included at the price of R5450 per person. So, it’s perfect for viewing South Africa’s acclaimed wildlife from above or up close.

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5. Hot-Air Ballooning in Augrabies, Northern Cape

Go for a hot-air balloon ride in Augrabies Northern Cape
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Finally, the last hot-air balloon ride to consider flies over the Northern Cape. Augrabies is a small town on the banks of the Orange River. Augrabies Hot Air Ballooning allows you to choose between two styles of hot-air balloon riding. The first will accommodate any couple interested in a calmer and more scenic ride over the Orange River. The second is for the adrenaline junkie couples that prefer a riskier ride. Are you ready to go gliding close to the Augrabies Falls? Great wellness adventures await!

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See You In The Sky

Hot-air ballooning can be described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will surely leave you with great memories and photos for all your social media posts. If this is an experience you are interested in then check out Activity Hub for a hassle-free booking of your next adventure. However, if maybe you’re looking to explore more safaris over the continent of Africa, check out picturesque spots for hot-air balloon safaris across Africa. Hot-air ballooning is the safest air travel medium. So, there is truly no reason for you to miss a ride. Jump in and enjoy your flight!

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