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Almost everyone in South Africa knows what Voetsek means, but these two cheeky cheetahs learned a valuable language lesson while trying to bite a hot air balloon.


Magalies River Valley, South Africa (31 August 2022) – The Magalies River Valley is a beautiful stretch of South African landscape that is famous for hot air balloon safaris. Tracy Robb is the Director and Chief Pilot of Bill Harrops Balloon Safaris, and she was not about to let a cheeky cheetah take a bite out of her balloon. So she told it to “voetsek”.

Two beautiful cheetahs came wandering over to the balloon site, curious at what the brightly coloured balloon was doing as it lay on the ground inflating. One of the cheetah took a bite of the balloon and Tracy had to chase it off, just in case it damaged the balloon.

The business changed hands in 2021 after the passing of founders Bill and Mary Harrop. Today it is managed and run by a dedicated team. Tracy has been a pilot and maintenance engineer for Harrops since the 1980s, so it is incredibly close to her heart.

The company does romantic hot air balloon rides through the Magaliesburg Mountain Range or the Mabula Private Game Reserve, overlooking the beautiful wildlife so popular in South African game reserves.

The video is so typically South African, and we love that Tracy told the cheetahs to voetsek! Take a look at the video below.

Sources: Tracy Robb
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