It’s the vehicle of choice for billionaires, and it’s also a vital tool for emergency services. It gives police a bird’s eye view, and it’s a machine of war.
In Cape Town, however, a helicopter is also a tourist attraction, giving visitors the best possible perspective of the Mother City.
Taking off from the coastline alongside the iconic and, in this case, perfectly positioned V&A Waterfront, helicopter tours launch passengers hundreds of metres in the air, aiming for as far as Cape Point.
From that high up, Table Mountain and the city below are awe-inspiring – it’s one of the greatest photo opportunities offered anywhere in the world!
This specific tour takes you along the Atlantic Seaboard, all the way past Llandudno, Hout Bay and Chapman's Peak, before turning around at Noordhoek and following the mountains back to the CBD.
Forgive the cliché, but cars really do look like ants from up there, while buildings that tower over us on ground-level seem utterly insignificant!
You’ll likely be caught off guard by how quickly the vehicle rises up, climbing faster than your eyes can process. Before you know it, the crashing waves of the Atlantic around the city’s massive harbour look like tiny white flecks on an endless blanket of blue.
Credit: Mikail Baker
A camera is a must, even if it’s just your smartphone. Even though the memories made in the chopper will last a lifetime, you’ll be at a loss for words when trying to explain the experience for others, and pictures will come in handy!
Buckled into comfy seats, peering out of clear but strong windows, you’ll feel absolutely safe. It feels nothing like flying in a plane. In fact, it feels a lot like driving – just a bit smoother.
Fish Hoek. Credit: Mikail Baker
For visitors to Cape Town, the pilot’s insight into the sights and locations of the Cape prove invaluable, and are as good as any other tour.
Aside from the natural beauty of the city, the flight also gives one an opportunity to witness the Cape’s infamous disparity and the legacy of apartheid spatial planning from above. Even for life-long Capetonians, it’s the best way to get your bearings in your city once and for all.
The trip may seem fleeting – helicopters are incredibly fast – but it’s without a shadow of a doubt the ultimate Cape viewing experience. It’s a must for tourists and locals alike!
Noordhoek. Credit: Mikail Baker
This experience is just another reminder that South Africa is full of fantastic tourism opportunities. Cape Town is a genuine wonder of the world, and is ripe and ready for exploration!
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