Hot Air Balloon flight takes off from Glenburn Lodge

Our Johannesburg hot air balloon flight takes off from Glenburn Lodge, a private game reserve located in the Cradle of Humankind. Glenburn Lodge & Spa is situated very close to both Johannesburg and Pretoria (about 30 minutes from either) in the Cradle of Humankind. It is surrounded by the tranquil Zwartkops Mountains and is located on the banks of the Blaauwbank and Crocodile Rivers. The area is also a World Heritage Site, so you will be able to have a bird’s eye view of some of our heritage during your hot air balloon trip – not something many people can say. The natural scenic beauty of Glenburn Lodge & Spa provides beautiful views for all of our hot air balloon flight passengers, there is a little bit of everything to see… mountains, rivers, and gorgeous landscapes. There are also loads of nice open spaces to take off from and land. The balloons Air to Air Africa use for our balloon experiences need about half a football field (about 20×50 metres) for take-off and landing! Glenburn Lodge & Spa will also provide you with an awesome breakfast when you land. Air to Air Africa currently has three commercial licensed balloons: One 400 000 cubic feet balloon with a capacity for 16-18 passengers or as we know it, the Red Monster. Then we also have Daddy Blue, the 250 000 cubic feet balloon with a capacity for 4-8 passengers. And last but not least, our new addition to our fleet is Rainbow 315 000 cubic feet balloon with a capacity of 10-14 We also operate flights from outside Glenburn Lodge, however, this is only... read more

Hot air balloon in Gauteng…the ultimate adventure.

Book your hot air ballooning experience and cruise across the landscapes and enjoy panoramic views of our heritage sites with hot air balloon rentals in Gauteng. “Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away…” We can see your fingers snapping and feet tapping to the beat of this iconic tune. But did you know, Frank Sinatra was actually singing about his hot air balloon experience? Okay… Maybe he wasn’t, but we’d like to think Sinatra was dreaming of a hot air balloon party while he was singing this song. Our point is, as iconic as this song is, hot air balloon rentals in Gauteng are even better! Before we tell you why you should book your hot air balloon experience (and you really should), we thought we’d share some interesting facts about hot air ballooning with you: The first hot air balloon flew over the heads of Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, and the French court in Versailles in 1783. The first passengers were a rooster, a duck, and a sheep. Local French farmers were not too impressed with the aristocrats landing their hot air balloons on their crops and so, they were offered champagne to smooth things over. Drinking champagne after a hot air balloon ride soon became a tradition. Christian Brown invented a glass-bottom balloon but people apparently found the flight “terrifying”. The highest a hot air balloon has ever gone is +-21km. This was accomplished by Vijaypat Singhania, who, along with his co-pilot, had to wear an oxygen mask to stay alive. The maximum height authorities allow is +-19km. But don’t worry, Air to Air Africa won’t... read more

Hot air balloon operators take flight in Cape Town.

For the ultimate views across the African Cape coastline, hot air balloon operators’ Air to Air Africa, are inflated to announce the official launch of the ultimate hot air ballooning experience now available in the Western Cape. With its home base located in the Cradle of Humankind, just 35 kms outside of Johannesburg, Gauteng’s most loved hot air ballooning operator now takes to the skies of South Africa’s Mother City, Cape Town. The picturesque launch site is perfectly situated between Stellenbosch and Paarl, just off the highway from Cape Town, in an area known as the Joostenberg Vlakte. Planning a trip to the fair Cape? Whether you are a fly in, or drive in tourist or even docking into the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront by sea, with one of the various cruise ship operators, be certain to book a hot air ballooning adventure and experience the magic that can be found floating above the Western Cape landscapes. Surrounded by panoramic views, tucked behind the Cape fold belt, experience the rolling vineyards of the winelands and sweeping fields of the agricultural developments of Cape Town and surrounds. A view of the Cape from above is not something to be missed, showcasing a mountainous backdrop of the flat-topped summit of Table Mountain with Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head on either side. With dunned beaches below and the rolling ranges of biodiversity and the Cape Floristic Region, discover how the Western Cape landscapes have been largely influenced by the contours of Table Mountain, the Durbanville Hills, their award-winning winelands and of course the Cape coastline. For locals looking for a new way to... read more

Hot air balloon gifts. Celebrating #DisabilityRights.

You will leave an indelible mark on the souls of your loved ones with special needs through hot air balloon gifts. Says Eddie Jacobs, pilot at Air to Air Africa, the only balloon operators in South Africa with seating: “We’ve been privileged to fly a multitude of people with challenged mobility. This includes from our Olympic paraplegic athletes to people who are simply recovering from injuries. It is an absolute inspiration to witness the sheer joy on their faces when they experience the freedom of flying”. Organising a hot air balloon party for people with special needs Air to Air Africa is well experienced in catering for those among us with disabilities. The following is good to know: The crew will be ready and able to assist the passenger to get into the basket. The pilot will not take off until the passenger is securely seated. There is a dedicated seat for accompanying the disabled passenger upon landing. As the hot air balloon basket is 1 metre tall, there will also be some instances where the passenger will have to stand for a period, to appreciate the view optimally. However, as each disabled person’s needs may be different, it is recommended to call Air to Air beforehand, to discuss how each passenger can best be assisted. Outline of the hot air balloon experience Air to Air Africa operates from Muldersdrift, close to Lanseria International Airport – which is less than an hour’s drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg. The following is an outline of a standard hot air balloon experience: Meet at the wheel-chair friendly Glenburn Lodge & Spa 45... read more

Balloon flights in South Africa. Launching in the cold.

If you’re not sure how to create an unforgettable anniversary over the upcoming autumn and winter months, you’ll be delighted to learn that the colder weather conditions are perfect for hot air balloon flights in South Africa. The reason for this is two-fold: In winter, there is less chance of winds and thunderstorms generating that can interfere with your airborne journey. In summer, as the earth heats up far quicker than in winter, it may create turbulence on the ground that can cause a bumpy landing. This is, among other reasons, why Air to Air Africa hot air balloon operators only do early morning flights in the sunny season. Besides, few things can match the sheer natural beauty of the silvery dewdrop-covered earth in the morning. Or the evolution of the colour palette in the sky – just after sunrise. Where can one do hot air balloon rides in South Africa? Air to Air Africa flies over the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng. Close to Lanseria International Airport. Less than an hour’s drive from major cities such as Johannesburg and Pretoria. Not only is this a world heritage site, but it is also one of the most picturesque settings to take to the sky. What can you expect from a balloon flight in winter? A hot air balloon ride is not really an extreme adventure or an adrenaline rush. It is rather a gentle, relaxing kind of activity that enables you to just enjoy some very special moments. As you float through the sky, you will no doubt be awe-struck by the beauty of your world from that angle. This... read more

Hot air balloon party | Family moments this holiday

Indulge in a completely unique experience and create photo album moments this upcoming holiday season with a hot air balloon party for the entire family. Conveniently close to the Lanseria International Airport, Air to Air Africa offers daily sunrise flights for the month of December, with 3 hot air balloons that can carry between 4 – 18 passengers. Book online for a fabulous 10% discount. Can kids fly in a hot air balloon? Both kids and adults can enjoy hot air ballooning, subject to the following safety precautions: Passengers must be able to stand for the duration of the flight. Passengers must be able to enter and exit the basket without assistance. Kids under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Passengers with health issues should best consult their medical doctor prior to booking a flight. Depending on weather conditions, a hot air balloon landing can sometimes be bumpy. For this reason, mothers-to-be should rather not fly. Hot air balloon sizes Founded in 1999, Air to Air Africa is one of the most established and trusted providers of hot air ballooning in SA. The company owns three hot air balloons that are licensed for commercial flying and that are flown by a fully qualified veteran pilot: Red Monster: A 400,000 cubic feet balloon that can carry between 16 – 18 passengers. Daddy Blue: A 250,000 cubic feet balloon that can carry between 6 – 8 passengers. Baby Stripes: A 210,000 cubic feet balloon with the capacity to carry 4 – 8 passengers.   How to prepare for your hot air balloon flight Here are... read more

Hot air ballooning | Things to do on the weekend

Hot air ballooning SA is a hot topic on everyone’s lips right now, especially since the recent feature of Air to Air Africa Hot Air Balloon Operators by @WhereJosieGoes on The Weekend Edition TV show. So if you’re staying in Gauteng for the December holidays and you’re looking for something spectacular to do over the weekends… Think hot air balloon rides! Trending on bucket lists and Christmas wish lists Getting into a hot air balloon in South Africa is hot, hip and happening right now as it is a top choice on bucket lists and Christmas wish lists of people from all ages. Considering that, it is the perfect way for you and yours to do something meaningful together in the upcoming holidays. Here’s what some of Air to Air Africa’s clients have to say about it: Chantal & Cobus Bezuidenhout: “… happy to say that we can now tick the bucket list to say been there and flew in a hot air balloon. It was fabulous!” Paul: “Being from London, it was a brilliantly unique experience for myself, and my friend said it had made her few months in Johannesburg completely worthwhile!” Margie: “… I think Diane had said it was like riding on a cloud and it really was…” Mosetsana Molefe: “THANK YOU guys for the WONDERFUL ADVENTURE, I will recruit my family for this venture.” First and foremost, be safe Reading through Air to Air Africa’s client testimonials and looking at the photos they share, it quickly becomes clear just why hot air balloon rides are so popular. When you opt to embark on this wonderful... read more

Hot Air Ballooning SA | Holiday Celebrations

As the holiday fast approaches, explore hot air ballooning options in SA to celebrate the upcoming festive season and keep the team and family together. Not to mention that a balloon flight makes for an unrivalled Christmas or milestone birthday gift! Be totally different and plan a hot air balloon party Air to Air Africa Hot Air Balloon Operators operate from the Cradle of Humankind. The Cradle of Humankind is an international green heritage site that is close to the Lanseria International Airport, less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, Pretoria and surrounds. This makes a morning outing for a hot air balloon party totally achievable. The company can accommodate up to 32 passengers in two 16-passenger balloons and corporate prices range between R1850 – R1950 per person. Standard packages include the following, but special transport, add-ons and customised packages can all be arranged in advance, if necessary: Pre-flight coffee or tea at Glenburn Lodge Transport to and from the launch site A balloon flight of approximately an hour Full buffet breakfast at Glenburn Lodge Commemorative certificate  How to make the most of a hot air balloon flight The following advice is useful to ensure that both you and your guests make the most of the experience: Have a plan B: Hot air balloon operators cannot put everyone at risk by flying when the weather conditions are unsafe. To avoid disappointment, plan an alternative activity for just in case the weather does not allow for take-off. Be ready to be bright and early: Based on years of experience, hot air balloon operators have found that early morning flights are... read more

Hot Air Ballooning. Bosses Day

Thank your superiors suitably by booking a hot air ballooning experience for your boss to celebrate Boss’s Day on 16 October. Your boss plays a pivotal role in your personal and professional development and hot air balloon gifts provide a wonderful opportunity to show your appreciation in a way that will leave a lasting impression. Hot air balloon operators close to the major cities in Gauteng For many years, Air to Air Africa has been a trusted hot air balloon operator in one of the most beautiful locations in Gauteng, the Cradle of Humankind. This is what some of their clients have to say (we quote verbatim): “…It was really comforting to be on board with such an experienced and calm pilot…” “… it was a brilliantly unique experience.” “An experience of a lifetime.” “…It’s always a pleasure dealing with you.” “..we will be talking about it for a long time to all our friends.” “… I can totally understand why people listed in your testimonials are so satisfied.” Reading through all the testimonials on this page provides reassurance that a hot air balloon gift will be right on the money, even for the sceptics. Another huge benefit is the fact that Air to Air Africa operates from the popular Glenburn Lodge – which is close to Lanseria International Airport. It is easy to reach via the major highways and less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, Pretoria and surrounds. Pilot credentials The hot air balloon pilot at Air to Air Africa, Eddie Jacobs, boasts a number of unique accolades: Qualified as a balloon pilot in Austria Has flown... read more

Hot Air Ballooning. Spoil Your Secretary

Thank your secretary who works tirelessly behind the scenes with an unforgettable hot air ballooning experience this Secretary’s Day, the 7th of September. Your secretary is most likely the backbone of your company, the one who runs a tight ship with grace and gentility. A hot air balloon ride is a wonderful gesture to make her feel valued and appreciated for it. Hot air balloon ride options Renowned operator of hot air balloon tours, Air to Air Africa, is an excellent choice for companies who are based in Johannesburg, Pretoria and surrounds, as it is within less than an hour’s drive, close to the Lanseria Airport. The company operates right in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind, a green heritage site known for its magnificent natural beauty. The crew meets at the stunning Glenburn Lodge Coffee & tea is served prior to the flight Passengers enjoy an ultra relaxed one hour long flight over the scenic valley A full buffet breakfast & sparkling wine is served at Glenburn lodge afterwards A commemorative certificate is issued to passengers to mark this milestone moment Special requests can be accommodated when arranged beforehand Prices for balloon flights Considering that the memory of such an experience will last a lifetime, hot air balloon flights are surprisingly cost-effective gifts for a special occasion. Here is a summary of Air to Air Africa’s current prices for a single flight, as at August 2016: One to six passengers: R1950 per person Eight to sixteen passengers: R1900 per person Twenty four to thirty two passengers: R1850 per person These prices of course include the coffee and... read more