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Three Bays Helicopter Flight
Take to the Mother City’s skies for a sightseeing session like no other
The most intimidating thing about a city as strikingly handsome and culturally rich as Cape Town is its tendency to leaves visitors with that frustrating feeling that they simply didn’t see it all. You can easily devour certain slices of it, but it’s difficult to get a taste of the whole mouth-watering meal.
The truth is, even weeks spent exploring on the ground will most likely leave much still undiscovered. But by air, in just half an hour, you can take in the entire awe-inspiring picture, every last inch and every little landmark. And that’s precisely why there are few more memorable ways to explore our pretty city than with a Three Bays helicopter tour with local operator NAC Helicopters Cape Town. The flight circles the famed slopes of Table Mountain to provide passengers with a complete round-about look at almost all of the metropolis’s scenic highlights from multiple perspectives.
And it’s as breathtaking a way to sightsee as it is a practical one. From the minute the helicopter lifts off from its V&A Waterfront base, yielding a photographer’s dream snapshot of the city bowl, the oval soccer stadium, Table Mountain and the feline-shaped peak of Lion’s Head (you can clearly see how it got its name from the air), you’re positively spellbound by the panoramas.
After the aircraft hums away from its helipad, it hugs the coastline and drifts over the built-up shore-side suburb of Sea Point, the four pristine beaches of Clifton, the shimmering sands of Camps Bay and the boulder-dotted stretch of Llandudno before zipping over into the protected inlet of Hout Bay. From here, the chopper skirts Chapman’s Peak Drive, a renowned marine road that’s cut into the side of a sheer cliff, and breaks out into the sunlight that butters the 8km-long Noordhoek beach below (it’s often possible to see people riding horses along this pristine strip).
Bidding the Atlantic Seaboard coast farewell, NAC’s heli makes a move towards the other side of the Cape Peninsula and the warmer Indian Ocean, where passengers can peer down at fishing boats moving in and out of Kalk Bay harbour, watch the waves sweep onto the shore at surfing hub Muizenberg, catch a glimpse of seals and perhaps the odd preying shark at Seal Island and possibly even spot a southern right whale in season. The last little leg of the tour then introduces travellers to Cape Town’s suburbia, hovering over the historic Constantia Winelands, several affluent suburbs that appear as a patchwork of swimming pools and tennis courts and the world-renowned University of Cape Town, before slowly descending over the working Waterfront docks and coming to rest in a flurry of wind and exhilaration.
All through the flight, the pilot peppers the experience with interesting titbits of information, explaining the history of the iconic Newlands rugby stadium, pointing out where all the surfers go to ride waves, offering insight into the distinction between different city regions and more.
Aside from the safety and professionalism that NAC promises, this is another one of the company’s appeals: it doesn’t just zip you through the sky; it gives you a meaningful and interesting tour experience. Not that you’d expect much less from a company that’s been around since 2000, is backed by a large organisation with a lengthy history in commercial aviation and is devoted to personal service.
Needless to say, if you’re eager to conquer the concern that you’ll simply never get a handle on all that the Mother City has to offer, this first-class venture’s Three Bays helicopter ride is the answer.
Price: A private Three Bays helicopter tour costs R6450 in the Robinson R44 (capacity: one to three passengers), R8600 in the Bell 206 JetRanger (capacity: one to four passengers) or R12 900 in the Bell 206 LongRanger (capacity: one to six passengers). Alternatively, travellers can opt to pay the single-seat per person sharing rate of R2150. This option is only available for flights departing at 10am or 4pm, and a minimum of two people is required for the tour to run.
Booking NAC’s Three Bays Helicopter Trip
To book the Three Bays helicopter flight, or to learn more about NAC’s other tour options, call +27 (0) 21 425 3868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 are vaild 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.
Watch the video of the NAC heliflip experience:
Interested in taking an even longer helicopter tour of the Mother City? Read about NAC’s hour-long Cape Point flight.
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