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posted: 29/9/2015 at 7:17:25 AM

Hot Air Ballooning and a Blood Moon

A very unique morning of hot air ballooning with a visual of an incredible blood moon setting on the horizon...

Both the balloon crew and passengers were treated to the spectacular sight of this moon, covered by the Earth’s shadow, giving the moon an eerie red glow. This blood moon is the last in a series of four lunar eclipses, dubbed a tetrad, over the last two years. The pattern won’t repeat for another 20 years or so.

The balloon Safari launched earlier than usual, allowing guests to experience the last few glimpses of the moon before it set. This was shortly followed by an amazing fiery red sunrise, setting the tone for what was to be a memorable morning of hot air ballooning.

Easterly winds pushed the balloon towards the centre of the Reserve, where an array of plains game could be sighted in every direction. Large earthy brown shapes were spotted out to the west, and with kind wind currents, complimented by the skill of the pilot, the balloon slowly drifted over four white rhino, covered in dust, grazing on the open grasslands. This was not to be the only sighting of these amazing animals, as not more than 100 meters away, the hot air balloon drifted over a female rhino with her baby, who was no more than a few weeks old. Guests already in awe of the balloon safari that was unfolding, were then surprised to hear the unmistakable roaring of lions! As the balloon was ascended into the upper winds of the morning this added the cherry on top of an already phenomenal balloon flight.

The upper winds allowed for the balloon to fly towards the Sterkfontein Valley, landing opposite the entrance to the Sterkfontein Caves, and only a few hundred meters away from the latest find to be made in the Cradle of Humankind, Homo Naledi. Champagne celebrations completed what can only be described as an epic morning of hot air ballooning.

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posted: 29/9/2015 at 7:17:25 AM

Hot Air Ballooning and a Blood Moon

A very unique morning of hot air ballooning with a visual of an incredible blood moon setting on the horizon...

Both the balloon crew and passengers were treated to the spectacular sight of this moon, covered by the Earth’s shadow, giving the moon an eerie red glow. This blood moon is the last in a series of four lunar eclipses, dubbed a tetrad, over the last two years. The pattern won’t repeat for another 20 years or so.

The balloon Safari launched earlier than usual, allowing guests to experience the last few glimpses of the moon before it set. This was shortly followed by an amazing fiery red sunrise, setting the tone for what was to be a memorable morning of hot air ballooning.

Easterly winds pushed the balloon towards the centre of the Reserve, where an array of plains game could be sighted in every direction. Large earthy brown shapes were spotted out to the west, and with kind wind currents, complimented by the skill of the pilot, the balloon slowly drifted over four white rhino, covered in dust, grazing on the open grasslands. This was not to be the only sighting of these amazing animals, as not more than 100 meters away, the hot air balloon drifted over a female rhino with her baby, who was no more than a few weeks old. Guests already in awe of the balloon safari that was unfolding, were then surprised to hear the unmistakable roaring of lions! As the balloon was ascended into the upper winds of the morning this added the cherry on top of an already phenomenal balloon flight.

The upper winds allowed for the balloon to fly towards the Sterkfontein Valley, landing opposite the entrance to the Sterkfontein Caves, and only a few hundred meters away from the latest find to be made in the Cradle of Humankind, Homo Naledi. Champagne celebrations completed what can only be described as an epic morning of hot air ballooning.

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