There are two main things Drakensberg is known for, for having the highest mountain in South Africa, and for having an inviting natural beauty thanks to its diverse plant life. There is no cozier way of absorbing all this beauty than by going for a hot air balloon tour. The good news is that it’s the low tourism season and most agencies have slashed their rates by almost half. If you are an adult, a 40 minutes ride will cost you an average of R2300. Children are charged roughly R1200.
To reduce risk of accidents caused by turbulent wind, you will set off very early in the morning when the wind is still calm and therefore does not rush the flight.
To flag of the adventure, the balloon is laid out flat and stretched out as much as possible. An inflator is then placed at the neck and the balloon starts to fill up with air. Soon, the basket is attached to the envelope and the burner is secured in place. Once the envelope is full, the passengers make their way into an over-sized basket career which has plenty of room to allow everyone to enjoy the flight. When all the weight is fully balanced, the balloon is cut lose from the ropes holding it to ground.
Unlike an airplane flight where the pilot is in total control of the direction the plane takes, the flight direction of a hot air balloon depends on the course of wind. The only movement that the pilot controls is the upward or downward motion.
The tour will unveil to you splendors one would never see during ground expeditions like walking tours. During the hour long flight, you will fly up-close to African Hoopoe birds as they explore corn fields to harvest what they didn’t plant. Lucky for the owners of the fields, the birds are not a problem as the plantations have much more than they can consume.
Among the enchanting sights you will behold is Drakensberg mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site.
To enable you get a better view of the features below like the scenic rivers, the pilot will stop firing the envelope to allow it cool down. This will allow you to get better panoramic shots.
The cherry on the cake is beholding the morning sunrise as it announces the break of beautiful new day. It is so dazzling. It is the kind of scene that makes you feel like falling in love again. It is no wonder many South African honeymooners come for this adventure.