01 October 2010 Allen and Ohna Jeffery
We experienced the most memorable Balloon Safari and were truly impressed with the friendly
and hospitable members of your staff, the humerous pilot and the delectable breakfast in
Rainer and Inge
10 October 2010
Thank you for this nice experience! It was wonderful and we had a nice day!
Greetings to the Harrop's Family.
Dean and Barbara
9 October 2010
Thank you for a wonderful experience.
Michele and Norman
12 September 2010
We thoroughly enjoyed the balloon safari and were honoured to have Bill as our Captain.
The man is a legend
Brian and Julie
10 September 2010
Hi to the Bill Harrops team
A sincere thank you for affording Julie and I the privilege of doing your balloon safari. It was a
fabulous experience which we will never forget, and every member of your team went out of
their way to make it so.
Once again thank you and we will certainly recommend it to our friends and partners in the
Celeste Bailey and
12 September 2010
It was such a wonderful experience! We feel so privileged to have been there!
11 September 2010 Shianne de Lange
Dear Bill, Sarah, Kathy, Nik, Dave and the team!
May I take this opportunity to thank you for the most fantastic day that my brother and I have
experienced this morning. Am still on a 'high' and cannot believe that I have been in one of
these magnificant balloons that float over the Magaliesberg. We were made so welcome on
arrival and the day just got better - Nik - your humour and knowledge of the balloon was
fantastic! I will put it on my 'bucket list' to do a balloon ride in the Serengeti!
Thank you for a safe and wonderful journey, it was for me a dream come true!
Kathy many thanks for your patience in assisting me get dates together, Dave the breakfast
was great, Patsy and her staff are an asset to the business. Bill, your humour in and out of the
balloon is always amazing!
I will speak loudly and proudly of this amazing experience!
Bridget and Robin
28 August 2010
A Huge Thank You to all for the fantastic Balloon Safari Experience which we won at
Travelbags and experienced last Saturday - 28th August!
Please pass special thanks to Bill - Our "crazy captain" for the exciting trip! To Mary for the
delicious and vast array of yummy food at brakfast, and of course to all the helpers!
It was a wonderful dream come true. Thank You All once again for your generosity and
P.S The stay at Valley Lodge was also excellent.
Sonja Serrau and
3 September 2010
We would like to thank you for our balloon trip. It was an awesome experience which we will
Harry and Tracey
01 August 2010
Thank you so much for such a fantastic morning on Sunday! We all thoroughly enjoyed
ourselves. We will most definitely recommend you to everyone we see!!!
The early morning rise (I am not an early morning person!), watching the sunrise and your
wonderful staff really did make the day. It was such an amazing flight! We all had a good
laugh with Bill and then...to top it all off...we had the most divine breakfast!!
Thank you so much for the opportunity! you have a fantastic operation and we wish you all the
10 July 2010 Nicole Bierman
Many thanks to the team for taking care of the Cannon Group so well, they all had a wonderful
time and the organisers from the clients side were very impressed at how organised and well
prepared the team was.
Soekie and Neels
04 July 2010
There are no words to describe the experience we had on Sunday, other than pure "Bliss",
being out in the open air and overlooking nature and the area of Magaliesburg.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for an adventurous experience, the hot air
balloon ride was really enjoyable! They say "Life's a journey, enjoy the ride". The journey we
took with you on Sunday was really enjoyable. The experience will definitely be shared with
Cathy and Attie
27 June 2010
We would just like to say a heartfelt thank you for the wonderful experience of flying on
Sunday! We thoroughly enjoyed every moment - it was an experience to treasure forever!
Kunito & Sachiko
17 June 2010
My Japanese guests and family had an excellent experience with your company on Thursday
17 June! Everything was extremely well organized, everyone very friendly and the breakfast
Dave and Nick even agreed to take my father, Manfred Bockelmann (81 years old), on the
spur of the moment, when the impossible request was made. Other Hot Air Balloon companies
had talked me out of it.
It was a wish on his bucket list and he was literally and figuratively on Cloud 9 for days that he
could fly once more in a hot air balloon against all odds - a big heartfelt thank you to all of
Decia and Barry van
22 May 2010
I want to thank you all for making my birthday so memorable. Everything about your
organisation and presentation is excellent! Our Pilot Nik was so good, his information and
banter, to say nothing of his ability, made the trip special. All your staff worked effeciently and
made everything look easy. One of the most amazing things was that we landed the basket
ON the trailer!! Sipping champagne was a great way to finish off the ride. The Actual flight was
everything we hoped for. I was entranced by the gentle drift up into the air and the patchwork
effect of the fields and vegetation below. The whole experience was so calm and soothing,
gentle and quiet!
To complete the morning was your Club House and the splendid breakfast, topped off with the
presentation of the Citations in Bill's inimitable and hilarious style.
Thank you all so much!
06 June 2010 Caroline van Rooyen
We had a wonderful time! Bill Harrop and his team were amazing and I would definitely
recommend you to anyone and everyone. It was an experience my family and I will never
forget, and I thank you for all your assistance.
Thank you for a truly memorable experience!
6 June 2010 Nicholas Sandu &
Just a quick e-mail to say a BIG thank you for a great morning! The experience was out of this
world and the staff at Bill Harrops are extremely professional. I will highly recommend your
company to anybody wanting to do a balloon safari.
01 May 2010 Clinton Swemmer
I had an incredible experience, one that I am still absorbing! Compliments for the smooth way
everything functioned, and for the professionalism behind the whole operation.
I will be back with friends!
29 May 2010 Khatija Shar
"an amazing experience from beginning to end"
Robin, Sharon and
29 May 2010
Thank you over and over again, the experience was fantastic and will stay with us for a long
From when we left home on our adventure till we got back it was everything your video clip
says and more.
We have been and will continue to recommend Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris to all
those we come into contact with.
05 April 2010 Karen Settembrini
On behalf of the Settembrini Family I would like to convey our sincere gratitude regarding
We all throughly enjoyed the morning, and I would like to say thank you to each and everyone
at Harrop's Balloon Safaris for their kindness, friendliness and professionalism in arranging the
event - what an experience!
The Harrop's Family is indeed no doubt, very proud having a Team on board like yourselves!
Once again, thanks so much and keep up the great work!
31 March 2010
and Melani Scholtz
We really loved the morning in the balloon. Everything was wonderful. there is nothing that I
can recommend or improve on. I loved the way you communicated with me before and during
the event! You guys can give training on how to treat customers and can be really proud of
the way you do business!
Edward Fowles &
22 March 2010
Thank you too Kathy and also to all the Team. Susan and I had an absolutely magnificent
time, not only the flight but the hospitality and friendliness of everyone
including the 'girls' at "The Coves" on the night before. We absolutely enjoyed everything and
for us the climax of the whole event was Tracy's unbelievable flying skills when she landed
that huge balloon plumb dead centre on the trailer at the end... We will always marvel at that
Once again thanks a million and as you say '... an absolutely unforgettable experience!'
With all best wishes for your ongoing success.
Peter and Megan
28 February 2010
Thanks to everyone invloved (from the moment we booked, until the last delicious mouthful of
breakfast on the day) we truly enjoyed every minute of our Balloon Safari, and I have no
hesitation in recommending Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris to anyone who wishes to
have a top class experience - it was superb!
Richard & Clare
21 March 2010
I just wanted to say how very much we enjoyed our balloon experience on Sunday. It was a
beautiful morning and it was very magical to be drifting high above the countryside in one of
your magnificent crafts. Tracey and her crew were very impressive, cheerful and efficient but
with time for us all.
Indeed all the staff associated with Bill's balloons were outstanding and we hope to repeat the
experience in the not too distant future.
Marlene & Rajan
13 March 2010
Just wanted to say that my husband and I had a wonderful experience on Saturday. We
particularly enjoyed our pilot Tracey, who was not only professional but had a smart sense of
Sean & Michelle
13 March 2010
I just want to thank you and the staff, for making my wife's birthday a fantastic and
memorable day on Saturday for her. We both really enjoyed the balloon ride and Tracy was
absolutely great! Thank you very much!
Wayne Susman and
20 February 2010
It was absolutely unbelievable! Thank you! Thank you!
I would love to go again!
Ronald and Nadia
21 February 2010
We had a fantastic time. It was very professionally run and will definitely recommend your
company and services to others.
Werner and Adele
21 Feb 2010
It was an awesome experience, and I will definitely refer everybody I know!!!
From the moment when we arrived at the airfield, I realized that you guys were doing
everything in a professional way and that we were in good and capable hands!
Please give our compliments and thanks to the very competant and hard working ground crew,
the very skilled kitchen staff..breakfast was fantastic... and of course Mr Bill Harrop himself!
I'm pretty sure that all the pilots are very well trained and skilled, but it made it EXTRA
SPECIAL to know that we went flying at Bill Harrops's "Original" Balloon Safaris in a hot air
balloon...piloted by Bill Harrop himself!
31 January 2010 Braam Oosthuizen
The trip was most enjoyable and we will again go and reach for the clouds with you in the near
Vishal & Arthi
13 February 2010
I was able to enjoy the balloon flight this weekend, and it was an incredible experience.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, for advising me about the standby rates, as
without knowing that, this weekend would not have been as special as it was. Please confer
my thanks to the following people also:
- Jani in reservations, for her efficient manner in dealing with the reservation
- Tracey for her humourous, instructive and capableness during the flight. My husband and I
felt completely at ease throughout the flight.
- The crew members who awed us with their deftness in handling the balloon pre and post
- Mary, for arranging the special meal for me, which was lovely.
- and finally to Bill, for being so entertaining and for putting together something like this for
I will be recommending this experience to all my friends and family. Not just any hot air
balloon ride, only Bill Harrop's "Original" Balloon Safari!
Keep up the excellent service. It was certainly appreciated.
Jackie Motshwene &
9 February 2010
We're still talking about what fun we had over the past 2 days. It's always great to see Linda
all surprised and trying very hard to fish out what was actually happening, even though I sort
of gave it away ... but thanks to the Waiter, he just confused him a bit still.
Please pass on my sincere thanks to the staff and management at Amanzingwe; the stay over
made the fun and surprise last much longer. Please thank them for being such gracious hosts
and treating us so royally. The set-up and everything was so perfect, the food ... out of this
world; we enjoyed everything, from dinner in the Wine Cellar to lunch after we experienced
The Balloon Safari was an absolute "Party-Stopper"...Linda and I absolutely enjoyed it and it
was worth every penny. The breakfast that followed and everything else in between just made
the birthday a memorable one, perhaps for years to come...or maybe until I plan something
better than that for another birthday!
Len and Christelle
22 January 2010
My wife and I did a balloon flight with your company, and I wish to sincerely thank you for the
I was pleasantly surprised by the professionalism of all the crew and staff which made the
whole experience so much more enjoyable.
16 January 2010 Debbie Mc Hardy
We just want to thank you all for the awesome flight. It was a great prize we won at the
Pecanwood College Duck Race, and we thoroughly enjoyed it and to top it all we had the most
scrumptious breakfast afterwards.
Kerstin Zauzig & Ed
17 January 2010
Ed and I thoroughly enjoyed the flight. It was a great and memorable experience for us.
17 January 2010 Mohamed
It was truly an unforgettable experience.
15 January 2010 Piers Proctor
Thanks for an unbelievable experience.
I will be doing a corporate booking later in the year for some lucky customers and hopefully I
get to do it again!
BEAUTIFUL BALLOON EXPERIENCE by Andrew Harley
In the magic of the morning,
Looking around the large launch field.
Arrays of hot-air balloons inflate,
And their colors are gradually revealed.
Lifting off in the wicker gondola,
I start my heavenward ascension.
The idyllic landscape soon stretches out
To a stupendous dimension;
There is so much pristine scenery -
The rolling hills are dotted with pines.
As the earth seems to slowly rotate below,
I take in outdoor designs.
Floating serenely for a while,
Suspended in the wind's highway,
I'm in panoramic harmony with nature;
And my mind is led astray.
The rejuvenating air is amazingly quiet
Soaring now over some hayfields and crops.
As I decline back towards the ground
I let my balloon dip to kiss the treetops.
Oh, what a time it has been;
My feelings are in complete commotion.
It's just one thing that cannot be measured,
By any mere transient emotion.
From "Till the Dreaming's Done: "Poems Crafted for Thinking People" by Poet Andrew Harley of
The Editor - Star
The Saturday Star
A colleague and I, during one of our coffee breaks, grabbed a few wishful-thinking- moments
of our working time, many years ago, to make a 'Bucket List' of where we would rather be and
what we would rather be doing - at that present moment - than teaching our unruly bunch of
Before I had even started compiling my list, Susan had already written her first item: A trip in
a Hot Air Balloon!
Many years later (this year, in fact) I was fortunate to win a Trip for Two on one of Bill
Harrop's Balloon Safaris through the Star Travel Club.
I had lost touch with Susan in the intervening years, but I always associated a Balloon Trip
with her Bucket List Wish. When I won this prize, I rang her and told her that she could cross
off No. 1 on her Bucket List as I was taking her as my partner on the Balloon Trip. She was
ecstatic. (It was still, after all these years, at the top of her Bucket List)
In the few months between my having booked the trip (I booked it in July for December),
Susan, unbeknown to me, had suffered a stroke and was unable to walk without a walker; had
lost her sense of balance and was semi-paralyzed on one side of her body. She called me to
say that she would be unable to fulfill her dream as she could not imagine how she could even
get to the launch site - let alone in and out of a balloon...........
I refused to take NO for an answer and promptly called Bill Harrop's Reservations Office to
explain my friend's handicap. Every person I spoke to in that office assured me that there
would be no problem and they would take every precaution and make the necessary
allowances to accommodate my handicapped friend. (Bill Harrop, himself, called me on the
evening before the trip to confirm our arrival the next day and to reassure us that all would
well for Susan. This is only one of the reasons for his being the best in the business - personal
attention to detail and his passion for the 'art' of ballooning!)
Of course, those of you who have experienced Bill Harrop's Balloon Safaris -(and those you
who have not - yet), can ever forget the sights and sounds (or the lack of sounds) as you
arrive at the launch site at 5am:
The informal yet slick professionalism with which the team welcomes you as you arrive;
sprightly Bill, himself, good- old- jolly- hockey-sticks- greeting each guest personally; the
chequered kaleidoscope of colours growing and billowing as the flames coax the unformed
sheeting into its prescribed form; the silence..... but for the hissing gas.
And everything - and the world - is.... as it should.....and must be.....
But where Bill Harrop's Balloon Safaris distinguishes itself is in the dictum of the proverbial
'extra mile' in the travel and tourism services industry (I suppose in the ballooning industry,
one could say that they went the horizontal and vertical ...... and personal....... extra mile)!
From the moment we arrived, four strapping young men (eye candy, they were, too as an
extra bonus) were dispatched to carry my friend, Susan, everywhere: up the stairs to the
pavilion and down again; into and out of the balloon; in the balloon; from the field in which we
landed; to the pavilion again for our Champagne Breakfast. Nothing was too much effort or
too much trouble. And then, of course, the photograph with Bill and the delightful 'Citation'
that everyone receives after the trip brought tears to our eyes........
It was all over by 8am. But what fulfilling 'Balloon Bucket-loads-ful' those hours were!
Thank you, Bill Harrop, and every member of your team and thank you to Penny Kearns and
The Star Travel Club for this prize. (It seems as though the Universe conspired in its bounty -
like a big, crazy, coloured balloon - with all of you - to grant my friend, her No. 1 Wish on her
Liesl and Willem
10 January 2010
We had an amazing experience on Sunday! Thank you so much. Tracy was a fabulous pilot
and we will treasure this memory for the rest of 2010.
Magriet and Charles
19 December 2009
It was really an event we will not forget. Thank you for the hospitality we received on the
Balloon Safari. The flight was great as was the breakfast which we enjoyed after the flight!
All our thanks to Bill and the crew as well.
Este and Neil
05 December 2009
What an absolute phenomenal experience! The private balloon trip with Nik was an awesome
experience. Myself and Neil had the time of our life as we celebrated his birthday and our
We felt safe and pampered the whole way through the trip. You guys are professional and
extremely well organized. Our balloon trip was every bit what we expected and more!
Thank you so so much for an absolute WOW experience! We will never forget that day.
04 December 2009 Kumba Iron Ore
Thank you for a wonderful experience, the team had lots of fun and will definitely recommend
it to others.
05 December 2009
We had the most "up-lifting" experience with Bill and the famous Bill Harrop balloon ride last
Puvanam and Ugen
04 December 2009
Thank-you...it was the best experience ever! My husband was over the moon, it was a great
birthday gift. We will do it again any time.
Serildeen and Mark
28 November 2009
The Balloon Safari was exquisitely beautiful. The captain (Tracy) Wow! What a woman who
knows her job very well!
The landscape will be treasured forever!
Ian Monteath &
28 November 2009
Thank you very much for all you did last week. With regard to the trip itself from start to finish
it was very professionally done from the moment we parked to the time we left much later
after all had gone. Tracy Robb was a fantastic pilot, but then I am sure you all already know
that! The support crew were very hard working from getting the balloon ready to picking us up
from the other side of the squatter camp where we had a beautiful landing or two, most gentle
it was and we remained upright as well! Your Chef and the waiting staff made us feel very
welcome on the return and the sumptious breakfast was very welcome. Last and by no means
least it was a real pleasure to meet the MAN with Sarge and have a nice long chat. The walk
along the river bank was a very nice bonus as well, at Bill and Mary's suggestion. All in all,
something I will easily recommend to others.
22 November 2009
Thank you for a STUNNING day yesterday - our party are still raving on about the experience
and how wonderful everything turned out. The weather played ball and the arrangements all
around and the breakfast were fantastic.... THANK YOU....THANK YOU....THANK YOU....
Before we knew it we are on our way home again..... it was truly an amazing experience.
Belinda Uys and
07 November 2009
We are still talking about this trip to everyone, and forwarding your details to everyone we
know, in order for them to have the same experience. Let's face it, only once you have done
this, can you truly appreciate it! I also wish to extend my thanks to Mr Harrop, it was such a
pleasure to meet him, he seems like a wordly, outgoing person! Our Pilot Tracy, what a
pleasure she is, she brought us down safely and intact.
Please be assured we will certainly do this again in the near future and will continue to sing
18 October 2009 Wayne and Mauneen
This was one experience I will remember forever, and thanks to Tracy, she is a remarkable
pilot! Praise must go to the entire Team of Bill Harrop's Balloon Safaris. I believe that
experience starts when you make the first call or e-mail, and from the start, your organisation
shows that you are all geared to offering the customer an experience of a life time. May Bill
Harrop's Balloon Safaris and the team continue to offer such service and experience and may
all that use your service learn from it, not just the flight and the wonderful feeling, but how to
run a business, and manage customer service.
Helen, Ivan and
11 October 2009
Thank you for an unforgettable experience, which certainly allowed us to celebrate our 50th
Wedding Anniversary in incredible style. From the lady with the lovely smile who served the
coffee and biscuits when we arrived, to the wonderful breakfast it was great! We had the
prettiest balloon and Tracy, our Captain, was absolutely cool with a super sense of humour!
Thanks to the whole team at Bill Harrops Balloon Safaris, your organisation is extremely
professional, and the whole experience was great!
11 October 2009 and Lukas Se La
Had the most amazing time. The staff are very friendly and very effecient. Our Pilot Felicity
was fantastic and answered all our questions no matter how silly.
We have taken away an amazing experience!
Riaan Dormehl &
11 October 2009
Just want to say that we enjoyed the balloon ride tremendously, we would definitely do it
again. We also got engaged on the balloon yesterday morning and it was definitely a
27 September 09 Stephanus van der
It was an absolutely fabulous experience! We enjoyed at a lot! Thank you for making our
experience a very memorable one!! I have overcome my fear of heights and replaced it with
the reminder of a great experience!
24 September 2009 Robertson Party
Just a word of thanks to the entire team for a really splendid occasion on the 24th.
We were naturally very pleased that you persuaded us to wait for Thursday before making a
weather call. It turned out to be very pleasant.
My entire party was most impressed by the hospitality and professionalism of the team and we
all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Dr Adnaan and Mrs
24 September 2009
I am sure this comes as no surprise when I say that we had a SUPER time. The entire
experience as well as the place is very professionally run!
Chandu and Hansa
12 September 2009
Thank you to your team for making this flight possible for my folks! I am yhoroughly
impressed by your service and attitude. Please keep it up! It is so refreshing to see this kind of
ethos still exists.
Cristina and Irina
6 September 2009
My sister and I had the most amazing time!
Thank you and the entire team so so much!
12 September 2009 Gillian Siddall
We would just like to say thanks very much for the wonderful experience that my Mom June
Siddall had on Sunday with her Balloon ride. Everything was done very professionally and the
service was fantastic. May your business grow from strength to strength. Mom will be taking
the brochures back to England to promote the wonderful experience.
Nicola Hillis & Hanno
5 September 2009
Van Der Merwe
Thank you to your fabulous team - having met both Daleen and her colleague - who really did
do a fabulous dinner - seriously, we were absolutely bowled over by the food and the Coves
venue - and also to Bill Harrop's wife whom we met and to Bill Harrop himself. All those extra
touches were so unexpected and just so many hidden surprises. This was really fabulous and
seriously couldn't have been a better way to celebrate Hanno's PhD. The venue was amazing
and it was such a great way to end our week. The whole experience was just STUNNING!!! We
are definitely selling you via word of mouth!
Thanks so, so, so much for what was an incredible end to a great week.
Odette and Percy
23 August 2009
We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for the most awesome experience, we
have ever experienced to date! From the booking of the flight and accommodation, to the
flight itself, the pilots care and attention, to the champagne and the scrumptious breakfast
thereafter..the team delivered the most professional of services. We will definitely be booking
another trip upwards in the not too distant future!
23 August 2009 Otti and Zelda Meijer
We had a wonderful time flying with you, everything went so smoothly and was well
organized. I must compliment Mary and Bill on running a slick and impressive operation!
14 August 2009 Charlene Fick
It was an incredible experience and I would really do it again and recommend it to anyone
Adrian Moodley &
14 August 2009
Thank you so much for all the assistance. It was so amazing and it went beautifully ! It was
truly memorable and we will forever treasure the memories that were created. Once again,
thank you very much for everything !
Maureen and Cronje
25 July 2009
Was a wonderful experience, thank you!!
We have shown everyone our photos and would recommend Bill Harrop's Original Safaris.
04 July 2009 Eugene Kriel
May I compliment you and your staff (from the flying staff, to the caterers, including security)
they were all very polite and efficient. You run a "tight ship" so to speak, and I will bugle out
your praises wherever I can! God bless you and yours for many years of good flying over our
Dawid Kruger &
25 July 2009
Ek wil net BAIE dankie se vir al die reelings van Saterdag. Dit was 'n ONVERGEETLIKE DAG en
die verlowing het baie goed uitgewerk. Alles het volgens plan verloop en my verloofde was
omtrent opgewonde en kan tot nou toe nie genoeg vir almal vertel van die mooi dag nie.
Ons sal definitief weer in die toekoms dit doen en verder vertel ons aan almal van die puik
diens en ondervinding wat die mense moet beleef. Ek glo dat baie van my vriende ook
definitief die opsie sal doen.
10 July 2009 Suzuki Auto SA
Thanks for all your arrangements, we enjoyed the whole conference and arranged activities!!
4 July 2009 Richard Tsalavoutas
Thank you it was AWESOME!!
4 July 2009
It was an absolute awesome experience and cannot find the correct words to describe our
feelings. You guys and Bill especially have been perfect hosts. Thanks once again and as they
would say in Britain "LONG LIVE BALLOON FLYING!!"
Matthew & Helen
5 July 2009
Please extend our thanks to Bill, Felicity and the team. It was a wonderful experience overall.
Bill and Felicity's knowledge and experience was very comforting - we felt very safe - and our
discussions with them were most interesting and entertaining. The flight itself was a
tremendous "once in a lifetime" experience although the champagne breakfast prepared by
Mary and her team was a close second after a refreshingly crisp start to the morning and the
perfect way to come back to earth.
Elan Levy & Tammy
16 June 2009
We had a wonderful flight with Bill and the team. Everything was perfect! Thank you and the
entire team for the sensational experience. We look forward to our next flight!
Derick, Candice and
16 May 2009
Dear Bill Harrop's Balloon Safari Team
Thank you so much for the most unforgettable and enjoyable experience of our life times. Our
opportunity to experience a balloon safari with Bill Harrop's was truly a privilege. The photo's
we have now added to our albums are priceless and being a part of the atmosphere at Bill
Harrop's and experiencing such a fantastic lifestyle is a far spaced opportunity.
The experience is worth every minute, from the time the balloons are packed out onto the
launch-site while we drink hot-chocolate, getting our flight tickets, meeting fellow passengers
and the crew, Manie's classic jokes and also informative tour of the Hartebeespoort Area, the
champaign at landing, the delicious variety at the buffet breakfast, the list goes on all the way
until the time we get back into our cars and drive back home.
The venue is state of the art and clean, the staff are helpful and kind, never was there a single
Thank you for all the effort your staff and business put in to make this experience a dream
30 May 2009 Lesley-Anne Kruger
My folks were blown away!!!!
No words can describe the joy that was seen on their faces and you guys made it happen!!!
Bill, you and your staff are Magic!!!! I cannot thank you enough for the absolute fabulous time
that was had by all of us - Gill and John Towill (my mom and dad) Willem, Les, Kevin and
Reece Kruger. Thank you so much for making my Mom's dream come true, your kindness has
truly touched my heart!
You are Angels on earth, may you be blessed!!
Byron Jack and Anita
09 May 09
A big thank you for making the morning and the entire weekend a wonderful and most
memorable event that will always be treasured by Anita and I.
I found the entire process seamless and well managed/organised.
Lorraine & Alistair
3 May 2009
We really enjoyed the flight: surfing over the Suikerbossies and skimming heaven at 1000m.
Bill you were a great pilot, and your sense of fun mad the trip all the more entertaining.
The breakfast was delicious!
All in all, a great, unforgettable experience!
26 April 2009 Shane Hegarty
We had an absolutely wonderful time, please pass on our thanks to Tracy for her
professionalism and friendliness she was exceptional.We look forward to booking a company
event in the near future.
Once again many thanks for a most professional and enjoyable time indeed.
12 April 2009 Linette Ferreira
It truly was a wonderful experience and everything was so well organized and professionally
done. Thank you again.
Clifton & Ruth
16 April 2009
We would like to thank you and your team for a most memorable day. Your attention to detail
and service is second to none and certainly sets the standard .
We will certainly reccomend you to all we come in contact with.
I wish you great success for the future .
11 April 2009
Please convey my thanks to Bill and Mary for the excellent service they provided for my
clients, on a public holiday.
Bill Harrop's Balloon Safaris really know the meaning of service and do South Africa proud!!!
5 April 2009 Karin Betz
It was an awesome experience and highly professional, your service is excellent!
3 April 2009 RMB
Our group had a great time and the hostess was very impressed with your professionalism and
high standard of facilities and hospitality. We will certainly make use of your services again in
the near future.
29 March 2009 Clive Mayo
To Bill Tracy and the team,
Just a short note to thank you one and all for me, one of the most memorable and pleasurable
moments of a lifetime. The day was perfect, the company fantastic and flight amazing. It is so
refreshing to re discover that in this mostly throw away valueless society into which we seem
to have evolved that a gem of integrity, pride and professionalism is so alive and well in the
"Harrop Team". Thank you for allowing us to share the Harrop moment of "Original" old
fashioned values. I cannot suggest any way of improving something so wonderful.
Werner & Ronel
28 March 2009
I would like to thank you for a wonderful experience on Saturday the 28th. In particular I want
to thank Daleen for the arrangements on Friday evening and obviously the food, it was
excellent. To Bill a special thanks for the flight and experience he shared with us during the
flight, it was amazing.
14 March 2009 Michael Pashut
Dear Bill and all the Staff
Myself and my girlfriend Nicole had the pleasure of undertaking one of your Balloon Safaris on
Saturday 14th March 2009 and I cannot explain how ejoyable it was.
From the welcome guests receive on arrival, to the ride itself, not to mention the beautiful
spread laid on for breakfast afterwards.
I congratulate you and all the staff concerned and we see why a business that was started in
1981 is still going from strength to strength.
Rod Jones & Michelle
14 March 2009
I just wanted to tell you that my balloon ride on Saturday morning to mark my 60th birthday (
a gift from my son Evan) was an extraordinarily memorable experience. Congratulations to the
whole team at Bill Harrop's "Original" Balloon Safaris. From booking to the last cup of coffee
after breakfast the experience and the service was flawless in all respects. In this day and age
it is truly remarkable to experience genuine 'World Class' customer service. Your company has
it in all respects. Now THAT is 'Proudly South African'.
Wesley Hoosen &
11 March 2009
The Team at Bill Harrop's Original Balloon Safaris
I want to take the opportunity to thank the team for making Kiyasha's Birthday speacial, and
experience to remember. The first class service and catering on an individual basis. My now
Fiance and I are so overwhelmed at how the team looked after us right until the point of
Departure. Will definitely be seeing us again. The Breakfast was fabulous, the staff saw to our
every need. Well done guys.
A thank you to Tendai and Jani, for going beyond the call of duty. For understanding my needs
and making my proposal the bes I could have hoped for. Than you guys for following up and
being as brilliant as you were.
A special thank you to Manie. You were absolutely superb throughout the entire trip. Manie
was very informative and set a mood of relaxation and calm. You helped create the right
moment for me to propose so much more better than I would have imagined. It was and
experience we will never forget.
Thank you so much to the two other couples on the balloon as well. You guys helped in
making our flight even that much more special for Kiyasha and myself. YOu guys are the best.
Kim & Heather
28 February 2009
A BIG THANKS the team for the wonderful hospitality and service given to my mom and I from
the start until the big day.
She had a magical birthday experience thanks to the breathtaking views and sense of calm as
well as our FANTASTIC pilot Tracy and superb staff! Thanks for being so accommodating and
allowing our family to join us for breakfast. This added to my mother's special day. The
breakfast team were wonderful... I think we were the last to leave :)
As I am personally afraid of heights, but knowing it was a dream of my mom's, I was a bit
reluctant to fly but willing to 'take one for the team!' But it was the most beautiful, peaceful
experience with the bonus of seeing some amazing wildlife. Tracy also has a great way of
making you feel comfortable in her experienced hands and easy with her sense of humour.
So, my mom and I go away with an unforgettable memory. Please pass on our thanks to all
Jacques & Marisan
14 February 2009
We should be the ones thanking you! It was truly a very memorable experience. Thank you for
all your kindness and hospitality.
7 February 2009 Kennard Osborne
It was a tremendous experience and yes, I will hopefully be able to fly again one of these
Thanks to all involved on the ground and in the air.
The breakfast was good as well.
22 February 2009 Riaan Visser
Quick note of thanks from Kelvin & I for an awesome experience yesterday
JD & Wendy
14 February 2009
A quick note to thank the whole team at Bill Harrop's for the most memorable Valentine's my
wife and I have ever shared! A special thanks to our balloon captain, Tracy, who made the
experience fun and informative. The food was GREAT, the balloon ride even better and the
service and friendliness from the staff complimentary.
Well done to the whole team on putting a great experience!
Lily & Desmond
14 February 2009
We had a truly lovely experience on Saturday morning, wished we could have gone floating for
the whole morning!!
Zelka and Carlos
7 February 2009
Many thanks for the wonderful morning we spent with Bill Harrop and the team on Sat
It was an awesome experience , the team was wonderfully efficient, our pilot Tracy was great
and the breakfast afterwards delicious !
6 January 2009 Ivan and Mari Latti
We had a wonderful, outstanding balloon experience; I really did not
think before the time that it would be that special!
Well, at about five in the morning on a beautifully bright summer morning
the Balloon Captain, Tracy Robb blasted some fire (upwards!) into this huge
colourful toy and up we went. My description of smooth and serene floating
over our beloved valley in all its splendour after the rain can never do
justice to the experience. It must count as one of the best spent hours of
my life. Do you remember the film that Barbara Streisand played in: On a
clear day you can see forever! Her song in that is about the best account
of what one feels up there. Truly a remarkable and memorable event!
Thank you once again.
10 January 2009
THANKS once again for the most awesome experience that my son, Pieter and I had on
It was so great to be part of the HBB's "maiden voyage" and to have Bill Harrop as our
What was so impressive was your Professionalism, Personal attention and attention to detail
from start to finish.
These were just a few words, but words will never be enough to explain this amazing
5 December 2008 Arnold Okkenburg
Just want to thank everyone involved, in making our trip so special.
The staff and food were excellent at Amanzingwe (what a storm we had
to watch from our room that night) and the hot air balloon experience
was absolutely awsome. Great people, great food, and a truly
sensational 1 hour session in the sky in the balloon.
15 November 2008 Christine Olsen
We enjoyed the experience and actually we just wanted to stay floating up in the air, but
unfortunately all good things com to and end. We will definately will be doing it again and
passing on positive words about the whole morning and how well we were looked after and the
professional way everything was dealt with by each member of the company etc.
Once again thank you and all the people concerned for a really wonderful morning.
7 December 2008 Hentie Oostendurp
Thanx so much for helping me make Dave's birthday unforgettable. He was very surprised,
enjoyed the ride and was much more surprised with the certificate.
Our pilot Manie, was also excellent in every way. We enjoyed the ride with the small balloon
and a small group of people as well as the information from Manie. The champagne afterwards
was aslo a bonus.
Regards, merry xmas and a prosperious 2009 to all of u at Bill Harrops Ballooning.
Annelie & Christo De
29 November 2008
It was a big suprize for my husband and an experience of a lifetime. Thank you for all the
arrangements, everything was done excellently. We will definitely see you again in the future
and bring along some of our family and friends.
4 December 2008 Avis
We had a wonderful flight this morning, and a good time was had by all! Besides, we had Bill
as our pilot, what more could we ask for??!!
Thanks for everything!
22 November 2008 Kilbourn Party
It was a tremendous experience and certainly the best way to celebrate my dad's 75th
birthday. It was real special having Bill himself fly our balloon
Thank you for an experience that was a true highlight in my dad's life. Flying in a balloon on
his 75th with his 6 sons was much, much more than he ever bargained on.
21 October 2008 Supersport Group
Thank you for your hospitality
15 November 2008 Theuns Pienaar
It was an absolute pleasure, we really enjoyed it, and it certainly was a very special occasion.
I actually asked my girlfriend to marry me after the balloon ride and the breakfast, and she
said yes! so it will certainly be one of the most memorable days of our life, thanks to Bill
6 November 2008
We had an amazing time. The morning was calm, sunny and warm and the view spectacular.
The champagne and breakfast topped it all off.
The crew, esp pilot Manie made the experience that much better.
We have already recommended Bill Harrop's Balloon Flights to many
Andrew & Keith
15 November 2008
What an experience we had on your Balloon. Thank you your setup is run so professionally
and we will definitely recommend it.
12 October 2008 Ian & Peta Macleod
Thank you very much for a great day. Peta and I had an enjoyable flight. Manie was an
excellent and informative pilot. Thanks to all the support staff
25 October 2008 Meyer
This is a sincere note to ALL at Bill Harrop's "Original" Balloon Safaris for a really memorable
flight on Saturday morning.We were privileged to have perfect weather ....... but more
importantly the total professionalism of the whole operation from booking the flight, the
check-in in by .... yes .... the 'original' Bill Harrop, to the really super pilot Manie Nel, the
ground staff, the kitchen crew ..... well by just
everybody involved in making this a memorable occasion, is commendable. The
professionalism is a credit to an organisation that is service orientated and works very hard to
keep this standard. You have reason to be proud of
yourselves ..... so take a bow all of you.
13 October 2008 Scorgie Party
Thank you for your follow up e-mail and especially for the balloon experience on the 13th. It
was just perfect and so serene. And thank you to Tracy and the rest of the team for their
contribution to the adventure, which will never be forgotten.
30 of September 2008 Alexander Group
Thank you so much for making the experience a special one. We all had such a wonderful time
and our expectations were more than met. A special thanks to Jani as well for going out of the
way to accommodate us
30 of September 2008 Patrick Moynihan
Thanks to you and your team Patrick really enjoyed the experience and will certainly hold
wonderful memories of it.
Likewise it was a pleasure dealing with you guys and will certainly call if the opportunity
19 September 2008 Chesneau
I trust you are keeping well and I wanted to mention what a fantastic and well organised
morning that our client, Christelle Chesneau, and I enjoyed at Skeerpoort on Friday. Breakfast
was delicious and staff very friendly and welcoming.
I hope to visit in the near future again and will work on marketing this service to future
21 September 2008 Vincent Carruthers
Dear Bill, Saturday's flight was a superb experience and Jane and I are truly grateful for your
generosity. The tree-top view of the game area and the unscheduled extra time manoeuvring
away from the mountain onto a clear landing ground were great bonuses and I was intrigued
and impressed by your piloting skills. We have been talking about it ever since and will
doubtless be doing so for a long while yet. Thank you for an absolutely fantastic day.
23 September 2008 AB Mauri Group
It was truely a great experience and the whole team enjoyed it thoroughly. Thank you that I
could leave everything in your care to sort out. It helped a lot on my part.
We had an awesome time.
20 September 2008 Alejandro Dayan
We were quite lucky to be able to have this amazing experience on Saturday morning. My
family (incl. my mother in law) are very thankful. Only my daughter got some panic just
before the flight and she decided to stay "on the earth".
16 September 2008 Swanepoel & Geoff
Thank you so much! We had a wonderful experience & will definitely be back again!
We are recommending you everywhere
Richard & Colleen
7 September 2008
My wife and I are of the opinion that it was one of our most memorable experiences together.
Last year we went on an island vacation - the balloon experience is ranked by us as on par
with the vacation.
9 September 2008 Vanessa Botha
Thanks you guys.. We enjoyed it VERY much and am sure will be sending lots of clients your
Karen & Stephen
2 September 2008
What an amazing trip ! This is something we would never have done were it not for our 25th
anniversary - we were looking for something different and we certainly got it. Tracy, our pilot
for the trip, kept us very entertained throughout the flight and I would recommend her to
anyone who was going up in a balloon for the first time. She was fantastic !
We found the Champagne breakfast very well catered for and all the staff very professional
and friendly. I will most definitely do this again (maybe for our 50th anniversary, ha ha )
The lodge was also good. Food excellent and staff very helpful, polite and friendly. Just not
enough time to enjoy to the fullest.
Thanks a ton, we had a great time.
Nicole & Rino
2 September 2008
Thank you for a truly memorable experience.
We had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed our very first balloon trip.
All the staff at Bill Harrop
22 August 2008 Neville Party
Myself and the Neville team wish to express our heartfelt thanks-we had the most amazing
experience! Looking forward to repeating it next year, and hopefully bring along a few more
guests! I will certainly contact you in time for a booking. We were all so impressed with your
professionalism, as well as friendliness-and of course, the smooth landing!!!!!
Warmest regards and many thanks,
Gabriela Tomicki Plesea and the Neville group
Johannes Geyser &
30 August 2008
I would like to thank all of the staff that helped to make Saturday a very special day for
Amelia and I on our engagement. It was an incredible experience and the wonderful service
we received was excellent. Thank you for accomodating us in every possible way and for your
part in making it a meorable occasion.
24 August 2008 Manoel Barbosa
Thank you, be sure that it was one of the best experience I had in my life and I really hope I
can get back with you guys.
Not only the ballooning was fine, but I really enjoined all the team and environment.
Delphine and Randall
17 August 2008
Just to let you know that Sunday's Balloon Trip was the most amazing & unforgetable
Every facet of your business from booking the trip down to the superb breakfast was faultless.
It was the best birthday present I could ever have given my husband !
23 August 2008 Luis Agostinho
The clients had a most memorable experience and your team really made it very special for
them. You have such a unique and niche product that is wonderful to sell. I hope that I find
some more "special" clients to send your way
Tony Lala & Vera Da
17 August 2008
Thank you very much... It was Awesome. I also wanted to thank everyone that was involved
to make this special day for Vera and myself...
She did not expect anything when I pop the Question
24 August 2008
& Marita Kok
I just want to thank you as well, the way you treated us was amazing and we WILL do this
Paul and Zina
17 August 2008
Wow! To Aeronaut Bill and your team, thank you so very much for a wonderful time. Our
morning flight was a lovely way to celebrate our special day! Your team's hospitality at The
Coves was greatly appreciated and I'd recommend this experience to anyone, anytime...
Warmest Regards. Paul and Zina.
10 August 2008 Nadine Cronin
Thx for an amazing and unforgettable experience, the hospitality and attention to detail was
most appreciated. I will most certainly remember you for any future trips.
9 August 2008 Franck Deroche
Just to thank you for organizing our balloon trip, we had the most amazing time!
3 Aug 08 Monica Kirsten
Thank you very much. It was an unforgettable experience and one that we will treasure for a
long time to come.
3 Aug 08 Vanessa Pillay
It was an experience of a lifetime and I will definitely take this opportunity again.
Thanks for your hospitality.
27 July 2008 Gavin and Liz Horn
What a fantastic experience .
All the best
Will fly with you again soon .
Barend Truter and
27 July 2008
Thank you for a wonderful day, I must mention that Manie was very informative and has a
wonderful manner in treating clients
Colleen & David
20 July 2008
We had a great time! Everything was so well organised. Our stay at The Coves was special.
We would like to complement Daleen on her pleasant manner and delicious dinner. Thank you!
Eugene Makwela &
26 July 2008
Thank you for the hospitality, we really had a good time.
20 July 2008 Rona Krabbenhoft
Perusha and Preshan
19 July 2008
My husband and I would like to thank everyone at Bill Harrops for the fantastic experience we
had on Saturday. From the ground crew to the pilots, they were all just excellent.
Rithie and Dan
15 June 08
My parents enjoyed their balloon trip lots!
Zaheer Bhoola &
11 June 2008
It was a brilliant experience. I will definitely do it again in the future!
Eugene and Janine
8 July 2008
We would like to thank Bill, Mary and all involved for making our balloon flight a most
memorable experience. We cannot stop talking about it and commend you on the professional
way you handled everything.
Big thanks from us!
Hettie and Carmen
8 July 2008
Thank you so much for making my mother-in-laws balloontrip of this mornings so memorable.
It was a fantastic experience and your staff was absolutely superb. She has had a special glow
on her face all day long and I am sure it will last for a very long time....
Hema and Nayan
26 June 2006
It was the most magical experience. I (Hema) had an unforgettable birthday. We were living
our dream! Thanks Bill for making our balloon ride such an adventure:-)
Susan and John
15 June 08 Williams, Matthew
and Tristan Knill
Just wanted to write you a quick note to say a HUGE THANK YOU for your organization of our
Balloon Trip on Sunday.
It was glorious and such a treat to be flown by Bill himself!! My family had the most magical
experience and one that will not be quickly forgotten.
I am spreading the word to all I know that they have to go ballooning and of course only with
BILL HARROPS 'ORIGINAL' BALLOON SAFARIS!
Thank you again to you and your team that make such special memories!!!
Lauren Stewart and
17 May 2008
Thanks to all of you! I have told everyone what a fabulous time we had! Will definitely be
doing it again at some point.
All the best,
Bob & Susan
9 May 2008 Kerstein and Thomas
& Kathy Carroll
We had a fabuous experience! and please thank Bill Harrop's son for making it so unique and
quite enjoyable! He joined us on our adventure and talked about the flight and what we were
seeing! Everything was done so professionally that any fears or trepidation were removed the
moment we stepped aboard. Thank you again!
We had a wonderful time flying with you on the hot air balloon. This was my first time to fly
without a propulsions system. We have wonderful photos and High definition video from the
flight. Every time we watch the video, we will always remember our first flight via a hot air
balloon over your small part of the world.
1 June 2008 Bevcan
The flight was excellent and our pilot Tracy was informative and very entertaining, especially
when she landed the basket on the trailer. The breakfast afterwards was of top quality and I
will definitely highly recommend the experience for future groups, without a doubt.
25 May 2008 Herbie Rosenberg
I would like to extend a huge thank you for a most exhilarating morning yesterday. We all
thoroughly enjoyed our wonderful balloon experience.
Having not seen your operation for many years (and knowing a bit about the early days), I
must say that I think what you have achieved is absolutely phenomenal! The degree of
professionalism and sophistication of your operation is truly impressive.
Besides the amazing sensation of the flight itself, your set up has a real touch of class; from
the support teams, the quality and presentation of the food to the infrastructure and the
obvious behind the scenes perfection, not to mention your vision for the future - I could go on
The whole operation exudes a marvellous reflection of your personal disposition, energy,
enthusiasm and dedication.
We are certainly now in a very much stronger position to promote Bill Harrop's "Original"
19 April 2008 Alma Dewar
Dear Bill Harrops team
I am sorry it has taken me so long to write and thank you and those at Mount Grace for
making my fathers 70th birthday soooo memorable.
My folks thoroughly enjoyed their trip.
Isabel and Arno van
26 April 2008
Thank you very much, we had an absolutely stunning time and it was definitely one of the best
experiences ever! :-)
Matie and Vilma
18 April 2008
The parents were delighted with their stay and thrilled by the whole experience.They were
especially impressed that the pilot managed to land the balloon on the transport trailer!
Thanks for your effort
Morne and Tanya
12 April 2008
This was an awesome experience, and we will see you folks again. Once again, thank you for
making the day great.
12 April 2008 Jean-Paul Malherbe
I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for your (everyone at BHOBS) efforts to make
Corli and my engagement as special as possible. We had an unforgettable experience to say
the least, and will treasure our memories always.
Furthermore, it was such a breath of fresh air to find an operation so well organized and
smoothly run. Well done to all of you!
6 April 2008 Claire Neall
As you know Maureen and I were at the Elephant Sanctuary on Saturday night and with you
yesterday morning for our Bill Harrops
Monique Janse van
9th March 2008
I just want to thank you, Mary & Bill, the kitchen staff and all the crew for a great day on
Sunday. The people were very friendly, the balloon trip was great and the food was very nice.
I could not have asked for a better day and a better birthday. I would definitely recommend it
to anybody. Here is to a job well done.
7th March 2008 Mark Mellanby
This was a morning not to forget with two landings in one flight and adding two more
passengers during the flight made this flight even more exciting then ever! With Tracy, our
extraordinary pilot flying low to the water surface and providing us with breathtaking views,
this was excellent!