Hot air ballooning over the Pilanesberg Game Reserve
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The Pilanesberg balloon company Flying Pictures has over 30 years and 7 000 combined flying experience.
If you're visiting the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, right next door to Sun City, why not take the opportunity to do something different and go hot air ballooning over the Pilanesberg.
The Pilanesberg Game Reserve, situated in the caldera of a 1.3 million-year-old extinct volcano, is a wonderfully scenic reserve replete with mountains, valleys, plains, rocky outcrops and a huge dam.
Only three decades ago this 55 000ha game reserve was nothing more than overused and abandoned farmland. Then, in 1979, along came Operation Genesis – at the time one of the most ambitious rehabilitation and game-stocking programmes in the world. Today over 7 000 animals (including the Big Five) roam the reserve's diverse ecosystems.
Pilanesberg is also home to hundreds of bird species and you may well find yourself eye-to-eye with a Verreaux or Tawny eagle as your hot air balloon floats high over the surrounding countryside.
Depending on wind and weather conditions, you'll fly at anything from treetop height to just over 1 800m.
You'll see lots of game on this aerial safari – herds of antelope, grazing white rhino (the Pilanesberg is one of the best places in the world to see white rhino), stately giraffe, scampering zebra, browsing elephants, herds of buffalo, and, if you’re lucky, lions and maybe even a leopard.
But ballooning is not just about game-spotting. No longer earth-bound, just soak up the tranquillity, shed your stress, and watch Africa's majesty drift slowly beneath you.
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