Cape Winelands Hot Air Balloon Experience
Our hot air balloon flights in South Africa take place – weather permitting – at sunrise before thermal activity starts. We make you real aeronauts by getting you involved in the rigging of the balloon and a gentle ascent takes you well above tree top level and with a light breeze you fly away over fields and vineyards. Our retrieve vehicle follows and will bring you back to Paarl, where the exquisite Grande Roche Hotel expects us with a five star breakfast to celebrate this lovely morning experience.
When: Daily from November to April at sunrise – weather permitting
Where: Meeting in Paarl, ca. 55km from Cape Town
Who: Anyone who is fit to climb the basket and over 1,20m high
Standard Hot Air Balloon fare will be R3900 per person starting 20 November 2017 until 3 May 2018
High season surcharge of R400 per person applies from 15 December 17 to 14 January 18) including one hour hot air balloon flight and Champagne breakfast at Grande Roche Hotel
Children fare is R2800 until age of 12 years – sorry no children under 8 years
Credit card details are required to secure your booking and full payment is due, directly to the operator, on the day of the flight, sorry no credit cards. Cash or electronic transfer welcome.
Please note: our rates are subject to increase in energy costs and further Rand deterioration.
Late Cancellation or No-Show. If you had made a reservation, please make sure to cancel or postpone minimum 72 hours before the date. Late cancellation, late or not arriving at the meeting point will not qualify for a new appointment, any moneys paid in will not be refunded or respectively you will be charged the full fare.
Hot Air Balloon season DAILY from about 20 November to about 3 May
Meeting in Paarl at Grande Roche Hotel for the sunrise flight is about half an hour before sunrise, which must be 04:45 am from November to February – weather permitting and about 06:00 am from March to April – exact time is given the day before with the weather report. We fly with 4 – 7 passengers in the basket – minimum is 4 passengers.
We will get a weather report a day before and will have an idea, if the flight can take place – weather permitting. There will be a wake-up call in the early morning of the flight as last confirmation but please make sure you call the operator before travelling to Paarl to the meeting point to avoid unnecessary disappointment. Escape 2 African and participarting suppliers and operators can not be held responsible for any travel expenses in case of a cancellation of the balloon flight.
After parking at the car park of Grande Roche Hotel, we will meet up and drive to the launchsite together. All passengers get involved in the rigging of the balloon, all help is appreciated. Please let us know, if anyone cannot support us in the rigging. While safety instructions are given by the pilot passengers have still time for some coffee. Then all passengers climb in the basket with the pilot and will be flying for about one hour with the wind. Passengers should be able to climb into the basket, feel comfortable to stand for about one hour, the landing might have an impact comparable to a jump from a chair.
The float with the wind is quiet and peaceful. Passengers will feel as free as a bird and enjoy the view to the Drakenstein mountain range and to Table Mountain in a distance. The flying area is in the winelands of the Boland and Swartland.
A retrieve vehicle will follow on the ground to join with the balloon after landing. After packing the equipment on the trailer we all enjoy some fruit juice before returning to Paarl, where a sumptuous breakfast buffet and some excellent local MCC wine is waiting for us at Grande Roche Hotel.
The adventure experience Balloon Flight will take about 4-5 hours in total, ending after breakfast at Grande Roche Hotel.
To confirm any booking, we need to know names and weights of passengers and a contact number.
Passengers will get a Safety Instruction and Indemnity Form to be signed before the flight.
Please note: ballooning is a sportive event, best are practical clothes of natural fibres, jeans (long trousers preferred), tackies or walking shoes and a jersey for the early morning chill are recommended. Please no flipflops, no high heels.