Balloons over Africa
For an uplifting experience, try a hot-air balloon ride with Balloons over Africa. Based in Hazyview, the operators take off from the middle of the Sabie River valley and the gentle winds often propel the balloon east over some spectacular forest scenery. The flight lasts an hour and includes champagne on landing and a full breakfast at a nearby lodge.
Kevin Roberson, the pilot, has 20 years experience, with over 2500 hours of flying time. He was the South Africa competition balloonings champion for 6 years, so guests are in safe hands. His wife, Cathy, emphasises that the flight is not meant for viewing animals - it's a scenic ride, although you do sometimes traverse a private game reserve.
Cost : R 2 400 per person includes champagne on landing and a full breakfast at Chestnut Country Lodge.
Contact : Tel. 013-7376950, email firstname.lastname@example.org and website www.balloonsoverafrica.co.za