Our Frequently Asked Questions will help you answer all the questions that you might have on Ballooning, and Ballooning with Air to Air Africa! Please read through it carefully.
Can anyone fly in a balloon?
How long is the flight?
Large groups requiring two flights are about 40-45 minutes
Do we need to book beforehand?
What are the various activities and how much do they cost?
How do you know how many passengers a balloon can take?
The cubic feet capacity of the envelope (the material part of the balloon) determines the size of the basket it may be attached to.
Air to Air Africa has three balloons of various sizes which are able to carry a heavier weight in winter than in summer. It is very important that we do not overload the balloon and that the weight is balanced and evenly distributed. This information is passed on to the pilot prior to every flight done.
- The smallest balloon is a 210 and and it can carry a minimum of 4 individual passengers to weight the basket and a maximum of 8 @ 68kg / 80kg per person.
- The next size is a 250 and it can carry a maximum of 8 @ 94Kg/ 108kg .
- And the largest balloon is a 400 and it can carry a maximum of 16 @ 78kg / 90 kg.
What do we need to wear & what to bring?
Where do you launch from?
Why do we serve Champagne after a flight?
What are balloons made of?
How is the balloon inflated?
The balloon envelope is spread out on the ground and attached to the basket and burner frame. Initially, cold-inflation is done using petrol-driven fans to pump cold air into the envelope for about 20 minutes. Once the envelope’s mouth is large enough, the burners can be used to heat the air inside the envelope. Continued heating causes the envelope to rise above the basket and bring it upright.