During a teambuilding group balloon safari
program, each team is allocated a balloon
and a pilot. Just after sunrise, a "Met"
balloon is released to determine the various
wind directions at different altitudes, so
that a "target site" can be chosen.
team assists their pilot in preparing their
huge colourful hot air balloon for flight.
After a safety briefing, the balloons take
off and each team is required to direct
their pilot to fly at the correct heights to
catch the most favourable wind directions.
Towards the conclusion of the balloon
flight, each team must drop their individual
marker as close to the target as possible,
direct the ground team to identify the exact
spot where the marker has been dropped and
at the same time tell their pilot where to
In order to gain points, teams are scored
according to certain criteria. The pilot's
decision is final, as they will only fly
within safe and permissible parameters.
After about an hour, the balloon must
land in an accessible field to enable an
easy retrieval and, if necessary, a
changeover of teams. On completion of the
final landing, the group balloon safari ends
with a return to base where they are greeted
with a hearty champagne breakfast.
All participants will be awarded a
"Citation for Bravery" and the winning team
will be presented with "Gold Medals" and
maybe the chance to participate in the South
African Hot Air Ballooning Championships.