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Hot Air Balloon Rides over Cape Town Winelands

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Watch the colourful envelope of your hot air balloon become buoyant as billows of combustion bring it to life, affording its passengers an unforgettable, upwardly lifting experience.

Take flight with the rising sun as it illuminates the magnificent Cape Winelands landscape below.

Think it’s all a bunch of hot air? Think again!

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Hot Air Balloon Prices & Cape Winelands Packages

Nothing stirs the inner romantic or nostalgic sentiment by way of the world’s first successful passenger-carrying mode of flight, quite like hot air ballooning.

Hot air balloon rides evoke warm tingling feelings within as one imagines the unparalleled surrounding beauty of the Cape Winelands. Suspended in a little wicker basket and skimming the treetops hundreds of meters above terra firma – you’re in for an adventure of a lifetime!

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Hot Air Balloon, Stellenbosch Vineyards at Sunrise

Achieve an exceptional aerial experience either by a shared ride with other like minded sunrise seekers, or indulge in a private excursion for two.

Shared Aerial Experience by Hot Air Balloon

This unmatched adventure begins by meeting before sunrise at the launch site in Klein Joostenberg Farm, Stellenbosch.

Sip on something hot as you watch the experienced crew setting up your beautiful balloon, a sight to behold in itself.

After a brief 20 minutes during which you can catch your breath (only to lose it again taking in the spectacular views) before ascending into the golden sunrise that’s starting to streak across the early morning sky.

Lifting upward hundreds of metres into the sky, the opportunity presents an endless array of photo-worthy sights from Table Mountain views, Cape Town snippets and the carpets of vines across the Stellenbosch vineyards below.

After roughly 1 hour, your balloon will begin its descent to the landing site, where an effervescent glass of sparkling wine beckons, giving the crew a chance to pack up your balloon.

Breakfast awaits at the Klein Joostenberg Bistro, a restaurant where inspiration is drawn from traditional French cuisine and utilising fresh, regional farm produce.

The complete experience is around 3 to 4 hours. But as all good things must come to an end, the day draws to a close on your hot air balloon affair.

INCLUDES:
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Experienced crew
  • Coffee/tea
  • Breakfast at Klein Joostenberg Bistro
  • Glass of sparkling wine
  • Memories that last a lifetime

EXCLUDES:
  • Transfers to Stellenbosch
  • Optional gratuities

 

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Private Trip for Two by Hot Air Balloon

What could be better than soaring over spectacular vineyard landscapes on board one of the most nostalgic forms of flight? An exclusive, awe-inspiring trip just for two!

Sweep a loved one off their feet, high above the Cape Winelands with nothing but open skies beside you and the disappearing, picturesque landscape beneath.

On arrival at the launch site at Klein Joostenberg Farm in Stellenbosch, sip on a warming cup of tea or coffee while watching the crew start to set up the balloon. Photos of the setup routine are welcomed, as this in itself is something special to see.

And it’s liftoff for the lovers! Suspended between a wicker basket and beautiful balloon, start ascending upwards towards the sunrise-streaked African sky for around 60 minutes of pure joy.

Soak up views of the Stellenbosch vineyards as they lie across the landscape below, hanging heavy with vines. Capture the moment by camera as you peer over to Table Mountain and the surrounding Cape Town cityscapes before descending.

Although you will secretly wish for the experience to never end, what goes up must come down. Not quite over just yet, sparkling wine and breakfast awaits at the delightful, French-inspired Klein Joostenberg Bistro.

In total the adventure takes place over 3 to 4 hours, but the memories will last a lifetime!

INCLUDES:
  • Hot air balloon ride for two
  • Experienced crew
  • Coffee/tea
  • Breakfast at Klein Joostenberg Bistro
  • Glass of sparkling wine
  • Memories to cherish forever

EXCLUDES:
  • Transfers to Stellenbosch
  • Optional gratuities

 

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Hot Air Ballooning Facts and Fiction

One of the most spectacular and visually distinctive activities, hot air ballooning is truly a once in a lifetime pursuit. Furthermore, drifting across the Cape Winelands just serves to enhance what is an already remarkable experience.

While a common misconception is that your balloon will be hurled thousands of meters into the air, which it is in fact capable of, your hot air balloon ride will only reach altitudes between around 300 to 900 meters during the trip.

Here are a few fun facts before commencing your hot air balloon ride:

  • The first hour of sunrise provides the calmest and most ideal conditions for a flight
  • The weather at flying altitude is similar to that at ground level, so dress comfortably, casually and in a way that allows you to get in and out of the basket easily
  • You’re unlikely to feel cold up in the air as the gas burners above you radiate some heat, but if you need an excuse to cuddle up to the person next to you, go right ahead!

Perfect photo opportunities await, but remember to put the camera down every now and then and just soak up the experience too!

9Expert Score
Comfort
8.5
Location
10
Fun
9.5
Value For Money
8.5
PROS
  • Unmatched aerial views
  • Experience of a lifetime
  • Photo opportunities like no other
CONS
  • This one's for the early birds
  • Not ideal for those with vertigo

Specification: Hot Air Balloon Rides over Cape Town Winelands

Accessible

Not wheelchair accessible

Duration

3 to 4 hours

Includes

1 Hour Hot Air Balloon Ride, Breakfast, Glass of Champagne

Excludes

Gratuity (optional), Transport

Meals & Drinks

Breakfast, Glass of champagne

Pickup

Not included

Suitable For

Not suitable for those suffering from extreme vertigo

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