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Some of the world's oldest hominid remains have been found at Gauteng's Cradle of Humankind.
There are several ways to explore the Magaliesberg region, but a hot-air balloon safari is surely the most scenic and relaxing method.
Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris operates from Skeerpoort Country Base within the Cradle of Humankind, about 45 minutes' drive from the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.
Magaliesberg balloon tours depart at sunrise and include a champagne breakfast. The Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting a range of terrain, including rugged mountains, bushveld vegetation and rivers. The colours of the landscape vary according to the season.
The balloon safaris are suitable for anyone older than seven, with the oldest passenger so far being 92. Passengers need to be fit enough to stand for at least one hour, the average duration of a balloon safari. Special arrangements can be made for people with disabilities. Each balloon can accommodate up to 18 passengers, with a minimum of two passengers required per safari.
Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris won the Best Tour Operator Award at the South Africa Tourism Welcome Awards in 2006. The company acknowledges that hot-air balloon travel is not cheap and makes a big effort to ensure guests get full value for money.
'Our staff appreciate that if they were spending this kind of hard-earned money, they too would expect very special attention to their needs, as well as a few added extra surprises,' says the company’s founder, Bill Harrop. 'We always honestly describe what we provide in our advertising without exaggeration, and always try go the extra mile.'