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Are you thinking of taking your first experience on a balloon tour? We have compiled a few frequently asked questions that you may have been thinking about before taking the first step to go on a memorable hot air balloon experience. Below are some of the common questions that many people have always wanted to get clarification on. You can find more details here

1. Can anyone fly in a balloon?

Passengers should be able to stand for the duration of the flight and manage to enter and exit the basket unassisted. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 16. Any passengers with health considerations must accept the responsibility of consulting with a doctor before boarding one of our hot air balloon flights. If there are any questions regarding physical stability or health limitations, please discuss these with us before booking

2. What is the highest a balloon may fly?

The wind determines the flight on any given day, so a balloon can fly at a treetop level or climb several thousand feet high. The maximum the authorities allow is 6500 ft. Generally, balloonists like to fly at lower levels for more to be seen.

3. How do you steer a balloon?

Balloons cannot be steered. However, ascending or descending into differing air currents at different altitudes achieves limited directional control. By controlling the temperature inside the balloon, the pilot can make the balloon rise or descend into winds going different directions. As the air in the envelope cools, a sink rate will set in, unless one burns gas (which is noisy and breaks the silence with a roar but is essential to maintain life).

4. Where do you launch from?

We are willing to launch anywhere in South Africa. Kindly contact us for quotations, the prices quoted on the web are based on a launch-site in the Kromdraai area near Lanseria Airport (about 35km north-west of Johannesburg). This area is also known as the Cradle of Humankind, which is a World Heritage Site that includes game & nature reserves.

5. What do we need to wear & what to bring?

When going for balloon flights in South Africa, clothing should be layered (keeping in mind the early morning chill of dawn, the warmth of a flight, and the sunshine on landing). Walking shoes are a must as you will be landing on fields and climbing into baskets. Hats or caps are recommended. A camera, binoculars and film to remember this event; or even a cell phone to call a friend or family!

6. Why do we serve Champagne after a flight?

A French nobleman set off one day with a friend or two for a flight near Paris. When they came down, they were set upon by an angry mob with pitchforks, who thought this apparition from the skies was the Devil! But the boys had traditional sparkling refreshments tucked away in the basket. They opened it to prove they were from the local region, and truly belonged to Mother Earth! Thus, began the tradition of the bottle of sparkling refreshments after a flight.

7. Do we need to book beforehand?

Certainly. Our balloons are limited to the number of passengers and more importantly, the weight they can carry. For this reason, it is important that you book well in advance to avoid being disappointed. Please go to our Terms & Conditions before booking.

Now that we have brought you up to speed with our common FAQs, you should have a clearer idea of what to expect on your first balloon tour. At Air to Air Africa, if you book with us online, you will receive a 10% discount So what are you waiting for? Make new memories by booking with us. We are ready and eager to be of assistance.