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weather in south africaDespite common misconceptions, the weather in South Africa is not always sunny and hot. Different regions throughout our fair country experience extremely cold and wet weather respectively. The Magaliesburg region is located in a summer rainfall area and, as such, is not prone to heavy winter rainfall.

The area normally receives about 546mm of rain per year, with most rainfall occurring mainly during midsummer. The average midday temperatures for Magaliesburg range from 17.3°C in June to 27.4°C in January. The region is the coldest during July when the mercury drops to 0.6°C on average during the night.

Hot air balloons are extremely weather-dependant. It is not safe to fly in windy or rainy weather. It is also important to meet at the time indicated by us upon booking in order to avoid any unnecessary thermals and turbulence that can occur after sunrise. Due to bad conditions or weather changes the pilot might cancel your flight on the launch site or, in some cases, even the night before.

We do not want to inconvenience or disappoint anyone, but we do regard the safety of our passengers as the highest priority. The decision of the pilot is final and should be respected. In cases where it was necessary to cancel a flight we will take all measures possible to move the date of the flight to one that will accommodates all passengers.

If we do fly it is recommended that you dress warmly, in layers that you can take off as the day gets warmer. Ladies should ideally wear long pants and flat heeled shoes. Taller passengers may bring a hat if they are concerned about radial heat from the balloon’s burners, although this is normally not a problem. Synthetic fibres should be avoided and it is recommended that outer clothing worn should be made of cotton. These are merely suggestions, however, and may be discussed in more detail when you are making your booking.

If you have any further questions with regard to the weather in South Africa and how it may impact on your ballooning adventure, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

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