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Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris

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Address: Skeerpoort, Hartbeespoort | On the R560, Magaliesburg 1791, South Africa
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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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Amazing Experience

My sister and I went on this adventure for her birthday and what an amazing experience it was, i won't lie i was so scared to start off with but quickly all the fear went away as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and I went on this adventure for her birthday and what an amazing experience it was, i won't lie i was so scared to start off with but quickly all the fear went away as we sailed up into the sky and all you could feel was peace and the most amazing sun rise greeted us, the basket... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went up early morning and watched the sun rise. Truly inspiring experience. One starts in the dark as the balloons inflate. You watch them rise...then get into the basket, then watch the ground disappear below you. The silence lets you absorb the beauty of the location. We landed near a game farm nearby, it was interesting to see zebra... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

What a way to spend sunrise on Valentine's Day - up in the air, not a sound to be heard, just the sudden burst of the burners every now and again to enhance the adrenalin rush. The experience was outstanding. Thank you to all

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

Dear Craig, Thank you for your kind review. Looking forward to seeing you again for another(?) celebration. Kind regards, Bill Harrop More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This was THE most wonderful experience and I will urge everyone I meet to enjoy this amazing balloon ride. The pilot was informative and was a veritable mine of information. The welcome, the flight, the landing (and the Champagne served while the balloon was being stored!) and finally the sumptuous breakfast all made for a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable morning!... More 

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

Dear Eric, WOW! Thank you for your “rave review” and also for sharing your marketing insight. Next management meeting, souvenirs will be on the agenda! However, I think I need to ensure that this will be done and perceived as an available service as you described, rather than a pro active hard sell. I will look into the situation as... More 

Benoni, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Well managed and a beautiful setting. An experience and I can recommend it to anyone to at last try and undertake once in a lifetime

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

Dear Renee, So glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Yes indeed, we are so fortunate to be able to provide not only amazing balloon flights, with top class staff, but also to be able to share the facilities our beautiful, well appointed clubhouse Thank you for your recommendation. Maybe we will see you back again? Kind regards, Bill Harrop More 

Roodepoort, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

My husband and I went on the most amazing balloon safari on 11th Feb with Bill Harrops! The Pilot and crew were amazing, keeping us informed and waiting on our every need. This is truly the most professional company to deal with. The experience in the air was breathtaking and we never once felt uneasy. Well done Bill Harrops! We... More 

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

Dear Pheann, It makes my morning when I read such rave reviews, especially how our staff are looking after our special folk, you our guests. Thank you so much. Looking forward to entertaining you again. Remember to ask for your “frequent flyer discount”. Kind regards, Bill Harrop More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

An early start. Arrive at Skeerpoort at 04h45, and be welcomed with great coffee and snacks to enjoy while the balloons are being inflated. Marc, our pilot was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. As we ascended or descended, he gave fascinating insights about using air currents and altitude for navigating. The views were magnificent as we peacefully drifted over the countryside.... More 

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

Dear Dave, So glad that you enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish, and learnt a bit about the art of “aerostation” as it is called. Hope you put ballooning back on your bucket list of “things to do again”? Kind regards, Bill Harrop More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Nothing ever Becomes real till it is experienced. - John Keats. Amazing unforgettable experience, Top Class Crew.

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

Dear Olivia, And who was it Wordsworth who wrote, “I wondered lonely as a cloud”? Well, we at Bill Harrop’s intend to give them some warm and friendly company. If I may also add, that the experience of flying through a cloud might lead to Keats to muse that this is still “unreal”. Thank you for your kind comments about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I had always wanted to do a hot air balloon since seeing the movie, Around the World in 80 Days. When ever I saw something about hot air balloons, it seems the story was always about Africa or Australia. As soon as I booked my trip to South Africa, I asked my hosts if they could find me a place... More 

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

Dear Rogr23, What can I say when you have said it all so eloquently. Marc is good, is he not!? I like your ideas for souvenirs and we will seriously consider getting some good quality items that can be efficiently managed and sold. Whatever happens, I can assure you of 3 things. 1. You will get a frequent flyer discount... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We went in autumn so it was quite cold when we went up. Unfortunately the 'driver' does not have much control over the direction of the balloon, so we did not see as much as other balloons. It was a peaceful experience however, looking over the land and mountains. Once the balloon had landed we were given champagne and orange... More 

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

Dear Zbrentano, I am so sorry that you were only 80% wowed but that is the nature of ballooning where the weather and winds vary by the minute, the location and the height. Still not sure how to appease the mischievous “weather Gods” and although we keep trying they usually have their way. But for us mere mortals, safety is... More 

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