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Africa Day (which is formerly known as African Freedom Day) is an annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) (now known as the Africa Union) which began its first celebration on the 25th of May 1963. The initial aim for this initiative was to encourage the decolonisation of Angola, Mozambique, South Africa and Southern Rhodesia. The organisation pledged to support the work conducted by freedom fighters, and remove military access to colonial nations. A charter was set out which sought to improve the living standards across member states.

Africa Day continues to be celebrated both in Africa and around the world, mostly on 25 May (although in some cases these periods of celebrations can be stretched out over a period of days or weeks).

For a number of Africans on the continent and part of the diaspora, Africa Day is a day when many different cultures of people from all African backgrounds come together to celebrate the diversity of Africa, the organisation of the African Union in its objectives for a decolonised African state. Although it looks to celebrate how far Africa has come, it is also a day to reflect on how far Africa still has to go in building a unified and decolonised continent.

Since this year’s Africa Day falls on a Saturday (how convenient!), how about you and your friends and/or loved ones come and celebrate this incredible day with us by experiencing a hot air balloon flight over the Cradle of Humankind (what better way than to enjoy seeing one of only 8 must-see heritage sites in the country).

Africa Day marks a significant milestone of independence in African history and the Cradle of Humankind represents a multitude of historical highlights in the history of humankind. You will get the opportunity to see for kilometres where some of our earliest ancestors used to walk. You will also get a chance to photograph what is not otherwise possible – a breath-taking landscape that is dotted with the subterranean limestone caves – that are rich in fossil records and potentially see where the famous fossil, Homo Naledi, was discovered.

In May, the temperatures with the colder mornings ensure for pleasant hot air balloon flights and the warmth from the burners are particularly ideal for hot air balloon fanatics.

Air to Air Africa was established in 1999 and we hold an air service license with the Civil Aviation and our pilots are licensed annually. Air to Air Africa has a 100% safety record and is considered as one of South Africa’s top ballooning companies. We also offer one of the biggest balloon adventures in Africa with our 16 seater balloon.

Not only do we cater for occasions like Africa Day, but we also cater for special occasions like wedding anniversaries, birthday celebrations and have seen some couples even get engaged on our hot air balloons! You can read up more about this here:

We also do launch corporate balloons for product launches, social events, client appreciation events as well as team building excursions. You can read more about this here:

Please note that our hot air balloon flights take place from Glenburn Lodge at the Cradle of Humankind which is close to Johannesburg and Pretoria. For safety of our passengers, we have closed our Cape Town operation due to the unpredictable weather conditions.

For more information, get in touch with us and one of our consultants will be more than happy to discuss available bookings for you and your loved ones. We look forward to hearing from you.