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Cape Point Helicopter Flight
A magical chance to view the magnificence of the Cape Peninsula from above
Standing right at the end of Cape Point, the jagged landform that marks the extreme southwestern tip of the African continent, is an enchanting, edge-of-the-world type of experience. But being able to see the entirety of this world-renowned geographical phenomenon and the ocean that gallops out from its base from high up in the sky, well that’s pure magic.
And fortunately, thanks to reputable local operator NAC Helicopters Cape Town, which has been treating visitors to breathtaking aerial excursions since 2000, getting a bird’s-eye view of the stretch of land that’s long bewitched travellers to the Mother City is entirely possible. The venture’s must-do Point helicopter tour is hands down the ultimate way to see the Cape Point Nature Reserve, both if you’re short of time and if you want to get a real feel for the grandeur of the promontory. Not to mention, on the way there and back, passengers get an unforgettable overview of the entire peninsula, including views of almost all of the city’s natural bucket list-esque attractions.
The flight begins with the heli rising up above its base at the V&A Waterfront and presenting passengers with an incredible panorama of the city bowl, the slopes of Table Mountain, the flat, water-locked form of Robben Island (where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years) and the oval anatomy of the Cape Town (soccer) Stadium. The journey then continues along the Atlantic coast, humming over the picture-perfect oceanside suburbs of Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno, zipping through the harbour town of Hout Bay and along the side of Chapman’s Peak Drive (one of the most celebrated marine routes on the planet) and passing over the long, white stretch of Noordhoek beach.
From here on, as the aircraft makes its way south to the point, it’s just rugged, fynbos-filled wilderness.
The immaculately preserved, 7750-hectare Cape Point Nature Reserve is a biodiversity hotspot that boasts a rich tapestry of flora and fauna, and travellers can expect to see sheer cliffs, glistening tidal pools, hidden bays and pristine beaches that are only visible from the air.
Though, of course, the real climax is the tip itself. As a narrow ridge that drops away into the ocean, and as a site that’s recognised as the point where the Indian and Atlantic ocean currents collide, it is a magnificent wonder of nature, and no doubt the aerial image of this pinnacle and the striking lighthouses that sit atop it will mark itself on memories for decades to come.
After rounding the end of the peninsula, the NAC helicopter slowly and steadily returns to civilisation along the warmer False Bay coast, which is home to naval base Simon’s Town, fishing village Kalk Bay and surfing hotspot Muizenberg (look out for the iconic brightly coloured Victorian beach huts). And finally, the heli wraps up the ride by turning inland and giving passengers a last look at Cape Town’s more affluent suburbs, the verdant Constantia Winelands, the much-loved local rugby stadium and Groote Schuur Hospital, where the world’s first human heart transplant was performed.
Unlike the wild Cape shoreline that has been known to take the lives of countless sailors, the flight is completely safe – NAC has a 100% accident- and incident-free record and the company is constantly improving and expanding its fleet. Plus, the highly experienced pilots offer fascinating commentary throughout the trip, pointing out this landmark and that must-do activity, so guests can really get to grips with what makes Cape Town such a special place to visit.
Essentially, it’s an experience that takes sightseeing in the Mother City to new heights, and if you’re looking to elevate the thrill of viewing one of the Western Cape’s most phenomenal highlights, there’s just no more memorable option.
Tip: Request a free glass of sparkling wine while you wait to embark in NAC’s VIP lounge – it’ll start the magical experience off perfectly.
Price: Between R12,900 and R25,800 for a private helicopter flight for between one and six passengers, plus free Cape Wheel tickets or a single-seat rate of R4300 per person sharing (only valid at the departure times of 10:30am or 4:30pm)
Booking NAC’s Cape Point Helicopter Tour
In order to book the Cape Point helicopter tour, or to find out more about NAC’s other flight options, give the company a call on +27 (0) 21 425 3868 or email them at email@example.com.
Terms and Conditions for the NAC Helicopter Rides in Cape Town
- The rates listed above are inclusive of VAT, fuel and the pilot’s services.
- Prices valid until 31 August 2017.
- The tours are based on specific routings and not on flying time as this can vary depending on weather conditions and distinctions in helicopter performance.
- Please note that every helicopter has a weight limitation. Upon arrival at NAC Helicopters Cape Town, every passenger will be weighed together with baggage. The reading of the scale is kept confidential unless asked for by the client. Do note, the Robinson 44 craft has a single seat limitation of 125kg.
Video credit: Faine Pearl
Looking for a shorter aerial tour of the main city area? Consider booking NAC’s 12- to 15-minute Hopper helicopter ride.
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