Hot Air Ballooning inthe Cradle of Humankind||posted: 25/5/2012 at 3:41:09 PM
Balloon Flight Report 19/05/2012|
We were welcomed with some spectacular hot air ballooning weather over the weekend.
After some amarula coffee to warm up the guests, the hot air balloons took off at 06.03am and started to track in a north easterly direction. As the balloons skimmed over the first koppie we were met with a large herd of Black Wildebeest interspersed with a small group of Mountain Zebra. The upper winds then tracked us further out into the North Eastern Reserves where we were treated to herds of Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Springbok, Blue Wildebeest, and Eland on the open grass plains, and the occasional Black Backed Jackal darting between them. As we descended to get into the more densely vegetated valleys, we were treated to the fantastic sighting of a two white rhino with a calf. The valleys are usually a good place to spot giraffe but instead we were thrilled to spot a large herd of buffalo just as we were exiting the valleys to line up for our landings on the grass plains.
We landed just after an hour and gently brought the hot air balloons into land on one of the jeep tracks in the Reserve. Champagne was the order of the day as we celebrated a memorable flight in the bush, before being taken on a leisurely drive to Kloofzicht Lodge for a well deserved breakfast.
Another amazing balloon flight in Africa!
Pilot – Adam Fillmore