Last weekend in July, the Central Drakensberg came alive with the first annual Berg Air Festival, an event that left everyone with unforgettable memories and a sense of awe. Held in the picturesque landscape of the Drakensberg mountains, the festival offered a delightful experience for all, whether they were adventurous souls looking to cross hot air ballooning off their bucket lists or spectators seeking to revel in the breathtaking sights from the ground.

One of the main highlights of the festival was, of course, the hot air ballooning experience. For those with an adventurous spirit, it was a dream come true to take to the skies in a hot air balloon and witness the beauty of the Drakensberg from high above. The views were nothing short of spectacular, with the majestic mountains, rolling hills, and lush valleys creating a mesmerizing panorama. The thrill of floating peacefully in the air left participants in awe and made the whole experience truly unforgettable.

But the fun didn’t stop there. For those who preferred to keep their feet on solid ground, there was plenty to enjoy as well. Spectators were treated to a spectacular sight as several colourful balloons gracefully soared through the air, dancing with the wind.

On the ground, the festival offered a host of attractions for people of all ages. Food and drink stalls dotted the venue, satisfying the appetites of visitors with a wide array of delectable treats. Families with young children had a blast as the little ones got up close and personal with some impressive aircraft, sparking their curiosity and wonder. The festival truly had something for everyone, making it a perfect family-friendly event.

One of the standout performances of the day was by the talented Drakensberg Boys Choir, whose angelic voices echoed through the mountains, adding to the enchanting ambiance of the festival. Accompanying them was the renowned Opera Artist, Amira Willighagen, whose soul-stirring performance left the audience in awe and applause.

As the Berg Air Festival is to be an annual event, it has become a much-anticipated highlight on the Drakensberg calendar. The breathtaking experience of hot air ballooning and the incredible sights on the ground draw visitors from all over the region and beyond. If you’re already planning for next year’s festivities, it’s a great idea to secure your stay at the Nest Hotel, conveniently located just a short drive from the airfield. By doing so, you can ensure you won’t miss out on this remarkable event and the chance to create unforgettable memories with loved ones.

The Berg Air Festival is more than just a gathering of hot air balloons; it’s a celebration of beauty, adventure, and community. Whether you’re soaring above the clouds or enjoying the festivities from the ground, there’s no doubt that this event will leave you with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural beauty of the Drakensberg region. So mark your calendars and start planning now, because the Berg Air Festival is an experience you won’t want to miss!

Video Credit to : Belinda Espag