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Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris

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Address: Skeerpoort, Hartbeespoort | On the R560, Magaliesburg 1791, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 11 705 3201
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Bill Harrop's "Original" Balloon Safaris. If you're going to do...

Bill Harrop's "Original" Balloon Safaris. If you're going to do it, do it in unassailable style. It's sunrise. The silence is only punctuated by the occasional blast of the powerful burners and the faint call of a bird or animal far beneath. The thrill is indescribable. Picture yourselves sipping champagne as you hover gently above the tree tops, or soar high above the mountain peaks. After landing, savour a delectable champagne breakfast at our well established, traditionally exquisite and beautifully appointed Clubhouse Pavilion and Restaurant where you will be filled with the warmest of memories.

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A Mile over Magaliesberg

We joined Bill on the largest hot air balloon in South Africa as part of the Trek South Africa project with Drive South Africa and it was most definitely an incredible experience... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We joined Bill on the largest hot air balloon in South Africa as part of the Trek South Africa project with Drive South Africa and it was most definitely an incredible experience to remember. With over 35 years of experience under his hat, Bill as our pilot skillfully navigated us through the early morning Magaliesberg air, providing us with useful... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We had an amazing time. The pilot was awesome and willing to answer all questions. The staff did a fantastic job with food and presentation. Highly recommend flying with bill.

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BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Shane, Thank you for your kind review. We do have a fantastic team who are always “on side” to help you wherever they are needed. I enjoy the food too  (which is easy if you own the restaurant, I guess). Hope to see you again sometime soon? Kind regards, Bill Harrop More 

Krugersdorp
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A very exciting experience from beginning to end! I am extremely scared of heights, but I felt very safe and secure during the whole trip and even enjoyed looking down at the breath-taking views.

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BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Nicoleen, It always gives me great delight to have shared the experience of hot air ballooning, and allay the fear of height with an experience one can “dine out on”. Thank you, Bill Harrop More 

Thabazimbi, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great flight. Great people and a great breakfast experience. Very experienced pilot allowing for fun on the flight. Safety is at the top of their values.

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BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Derek, Thank you for your review and “uplifting” comments. Safety in hot air ballooning is paramount, then we can have great experiences in confidence. Kind regards, Bill Harrop More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Excellent service on arrival, coffee or tea and some biscuits. Amazing pilot Marc, very friendly and funny gave us an AMAZING experience. And back on arrival a mean breakfast that could sort you out for a week. Thanks for the experience!

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BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Jason, I thank you for sharing your feelings about your amazing hot air balloon experience which I will pass on to Marc and the team. We all love what we do. Glad you enjoyed the breakfast . . . . . I mean ENJOYED it. Kind regards, Bill Harrop More 

Chandigarh, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I have only one thing to say....AWESOMEEEEE!!! These guys are thorough professionals, the way everything was handled and planned! Right from arriving there to cookies and hot tea/coffee, to the ride and then followed by the breakfast. Its a beautiful place! They even arranged a separate balloon for my son and myself as the other group was a bit loud... More 

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BillJohannesburg, Manager at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Virkdoc, Thank you for singing our praises. Dave, our Operations Manager, filled me in on the reason why we “separated” you from the “loud crowd”, so you could let them feel totally unrestrained and enjoy their space, their way. Very considerate of you! We can’t promise to do that every flight, but we always try. Please mention this when... More 

Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

It was a dream come true when a friend of ours invited us to celebrate her mother-in-law's 70th birthday on an Hot Air Balloon experience. It was absolutely amazing to take off with sunrise and what a gorgeous sunny day it was. We landed after about an hour in the air and had a great breakfast. If you feel like... More 

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BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Riana, Thanks for making my day! That is just what we are all about. People spoiling people and making amazing memories. Kind regards, Bill Harrop More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

The take-off was very gentle - just drifting into the sky. A really special experience, worth doing. Scenery not much to speak of - farmlands and settlements. Note that to keep the balloon aloft they have to burn fuel often - and that is noisy. Takes away from the quiet experience a bit. Also note that there are quite a... More 

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BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Angus, Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback. I appreciate your 4 x rating but am sorry that Mother Nature did not conspire to help make it a top 5 x for you. Even then I recall on that morning the balloon you flew in, and 2 others, travelled about 14 km and landed just before... More 

Witbank
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Excellent experience...we went as a family and enjoyed our morning in the majestical setting thoroughly!! A definate bucket list item done and dusted!

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BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Ritah, Looking forward to seeing you and your family if and when that bucket needs dusting again. It is always a pleasure to share our special passion and crafting indelible memories with sharing, caring families. Kind regards, Bill Harrop More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

A Hot Air Balloon experience should be on everyone's Bucket List! And to do it with Bill Harrop's just added to this special experience! Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris has been operating as a legally licensed balloon Air Transport Service since 1981. It is a family business run by Bill Harrop, his wife Mary, and daughter Sarah working in partnership... More 

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BillJohannesburg, Owner at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Renier, Thank you for taking the time to write such a descriptive review. A bit of history, a bit of fact, and a lot of feeling and feedback. As you may know, we do not “sell” our Magallies Balloon Flights as game viewing flights because we cannot rely on seeing game 100%, but, if we can expand your experience,... More 

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