Popping the cork on travelling by hot air balloon


Popping the cork on travelling by hot air balloon

The Spirit of 1743 graces the skies of Southern Africa

Lucy Kenny

After 29 years of flight around the globe Moët & Chandon’s Spirit of 1743 graced the skies of Southern Africa last week. It has traveled around the world since 1990 – over the globe’s capitals and iconic landmarks including the Great Wall of China and the Statue of Liberty.

The huge cork has visited 21 countries around the world since its maiden voyage, including Japan, Russia, USA and Australia, and was brought to the continent in honour of the house’s worldwide Moët Impérial 150th anniversary celebrations. With Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium as its backdrop, South African stars Boity Thulo and Maps Maponyane joined the privileged few who have had the opportunity to travel in the Spirit of 1743 as she graced the skies over Durban.

Southern Africa is home to some of the most breathtaking natural beauty on the planet. No trip to the continent would be complete without a visit to the bushveld and Sunday saw the Spirit of 1743 traverse the skies over Tala Game Reserve in Zululand, soaring above herds of elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and giraffe as they grazed on the open plains below...

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