South Africa’s Pilanesberg National park is somewhat of a hidden safari gem. The park, which is actually one of the biggest in the country, is malaria-free and home to a wonderful variety of wildlife species, including Africa’s iconic Big 5. It is also situated just two hours north of Johannesburg, making it the ideal weekend getaway destination. For those looking to experience an African safari from a completely new perspective, these hot-air balloon tours are the perfect option. Soar over the park's vast grasslands, wooded valleys and thornveld thickets, keeping an eye out for herds of elephants, prides of lions, or a solitary leopard. The flight lasts for approximately an hour, and guests are served sparkling wine on landing. A leisurely game drive is then taken to a game lodge in the park, where guests enjoy a delicious breakfast, before being transferred back to their hotel with memories of an unforgettable experience.

Why we like it

Out-of-the-ordinary safari experience; Incredible views; Includes drinks on landing as well as breakfast

Quick Facts

Accommodation Type: Tour
Rates from: 150
Group Size: Small
Max No of Guests:
Children Friendly: Yes
Minimum Age: 0

Tour info

Tour duration: +/- 5 hours in total
Start: Guest's Hotel
End: Guest's Hotel
Highlights Spectacular views; Big 5 game-viewing; Game drive and breakfast afterwards
Nearest Major City Johannesburg and Pretoria

Park / Reserve

Pilanesberg National Park Please click to view



Day Tour


Guided Game Drive

The Experience

Safari type

Something Different

Specialist Species

Big 5

Malaria area


Suitable for

Small groups
Gallery Where

What to Pack

What's Provided

Drinks on Landing
Breakfast at Game Lodge

What to Bring

Light Jacket