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NOVA HOT AIR BALLOONS
A flight in a Hot Air Balloon is like nothing else you’ve ever experienced. No other form of flying comes anywhere close to its calm, serene nature. Experience the quiet stillness of the morning sunrise whilst soaring among bird and cloud alike. This truly is what dreams are made of.
Join NOVA Hot Air Balloons, the first of its kind on the Garden Route.
COFFEE & RUSKS ON ARRIVAL
Enjoy a hot drink and some traditional home made South African rusks as you watch the crew set up and inflate your Hot Air Balloon.
BREATHTAKING SUNRISE VIEWS
Set against a lush green or arid Karoo backdrop, our early morning flights gaurantee some of the most incredible sunrise scenes you’ve ever seen.
LIGHTER THAN AIR
Hot Air Ballooning differs from other air travel in that your encounter with the air is extremely quiet, stable and serene, making it perfect for photographic and video enthusiasts.
CHAMPAGNE & BREAKFAST
A complimentary champagne breakfast is set up by the crew as a celebration at the end of every flight, usually right where we land!
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NOVA Hot Air Balloons
FORM OF TRAVEL
Hot air ballooning is widely recognised as the safest way of travelling in any form. Rest assured that no effort is spared to continue in that same proud legacy at NOVA Hot Air Balloons. Our pilots are trained to the highest standards in world, and our balloons manufactured and serviced by only the best that the industry has to offer
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The hot air balloon flight itself lasts approximately an hour, depending on weather conditions and suitability of landing sites. Please allow approximately four hours for the full experience.
Flights take place from a few launch sites in the Garden Route and Klein Karoo area. Please see our locations section for full details.
Flights are scheduled around sunrise, but allowance is made depending on weather conditions and launch sites.
Hot Air ballooning is an outdoor adventure so we recommend that you dress in warm, comfortable layers as well as a cap or other hat to protect against the warmth from the burners. As you will have to climb into the basket it is advisable to wear comfortable long trousers. Denim or cotton Jackets are preferable. Please bear in mind as Hot Air Ballooning is a physical activity your clothes may get a little dirty by the end of the experience. Sensible shoes or trainers are essential, no designer wear, flip-flops or high heels please.
Hot air ballooning is an extremely safe activity, which is highly regulated in South Africa with strict safety guidelines. We are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority and all of our hot air ballooning pilots are fully qualified. We always use the latest equipment that the market has to offer.
We recommend that you bring a camera, binoculars or camcorder as the balloon makes an excellent platform for photography.
The safe performance of all Aircraft, including balloons are restricted by weight, altitude and temperature. Therefore, in order to calculate the safe performance of the balloon, we require the accurate weight of each and every passenger. Weight restrictions may be imposed. Children must be aged seven or over and at least 1.4m tall, with children under the age of 16 accompanied by a responsible adult.
Even though a Hot Air Balloon flight is a very tranquil experience while in the air, it is an adventure activity in the great outdoors and sometimes on landing the basket can drag along before coming to rest. This is how balloons have been landing for over 200 years and is perfectly normal. The balloon and basket are designed for your comfort and safety throughout the flight. During landing you will be in the safe, seated landing position within the basket as instructed by your pilot.