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Heli Flip over the Mothercity
Buckle up for a next-level sightseeing tour of the Mother City’s breathtaking Atlantic coast
They say that first impressions are everything, and beyond a doubt, the best way to get acquainted with the Mother City is to meet her via helicopter. In South Africa, chopper flights are reportedly the cheapest in the world, and more importantly, a heli-flip is really the only way to truly appreciate Cape Town’s magnificent beauty.
Sure, there’s plenty of opportunity to take in bits and pieces of her exquisite scenery with ground touring. But much in the same way that looking at individual pixels to get an idea of a grand image is rather unsatisfying, conquering the Mother City on land just doesn’t compare to drinking in the whole of her brilliance from the heavens above.
And while there are a handful of operators that take passengers up, up and away, we recommend booking with long-time locally reputed company NAC.
The established operator is backed by South Africa’s first commercial aviation company and boasts a 100% accident- and incident-free record. More importantly though, it offers two entry level flights that treat riders to spectacular views of glorious Cape Town, including vistas that feature Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Lion’s Head and so much more.
NAC’s Scenic Hopper Helicopter Flight
The Hopper flight is the most affordable and the shortest of NAC’s scenic tours, offering time- or budget-pressed passengers a stunning snapshot of the Mother City and her most immediate surrounds. The helicopter takes off from the V&A Waterfront and whisks riders 2500 feet (760 metres) into the air, along the Atlantic Seaboard coast to the hulking Twelve Apostles mountain range and back again.
Along the way you’ll see:
- The iconic Robben Island
- The V&A Waterfront and the inner-workings of its bustling harbour
- Table Mountain, which has rightly been appointed one of the New7Wonders of Nature
- The Cape Town Central Business District (CBD), with its interplay of historic heritage buildings and modern skyscrapers
- Lion’s Head (it’s only from the helicopter that it becomes apparent why this mountain earned its name)
- The Cape Town Stadium, a true architectural pièce de résistance
- Clifton and Camps Bay’s white sand beaches
- The Twelve Apostles mountain range, hulking shoulders and all
And if you’re lucky, you might even spy the shadow of a southern right whale gliding along the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. After all, part of what makes a helicopter flight so amazing is that you’re treated to incredible aerial perspectives while still being privy to the finer details.
Price: The Hopper tour costs R940p/p (minimum of two people required), R2810 (private 3-seater helicopter), R3740 (private 4-seater helicopter) or R5610 (private 6-seater helicopter). Do note that the shared flights only depart at 10:30am and 4:30pm each day; private flights can be scheduled for any time between sunrise and sunset.
NAC’s Scenic Atlantico Helicopter Flight
The Atlantico scenic helicopter flight is one step up from the Hopper tour in terms of price, duration and distance. What separates this heli-flip from the other is a fly-over above the charming seaside town of Hout Bay. The area is often referred to as ‘the republic’ by Capetonians for its fiercely proud locals and their fervent patriotism to the spot, and after a quick zip through, you’ll understand why the residents have so much love for the town. Here’s what you get to see:
- Everything included in the Hopper flight
- Llandudno Beach, with its rugged, boulder-ridden shore
- The Hout Bay harbour, home to some of the best fish ‘n chips in the Cape and a gaggle of colourful boats
- The contrast between the informal sprawl of the local township, Imizamo Yethu, and the structured pools and tennis courts of the more developed neighbourhoods
- The start of the legendary, serpentine Chapman’s Peak Drive (it’s chiselled into the side of a cliff)
- Seal Island, the stomping ground of a massive Cafe fur seal colony
Price: The Atlantico tour costs R1270p/p (minimum of two people required), R3800 (private 3-seater helicopter), R5060 (private 4-seater helicopter) or R7590 (private 6-seater helicopter). Do note that the shared flights only depart at 10am and 4pm each day; private flights can be scheduled for any time between sunrise and sunset.
Booking NAC’s Helicopter Flights
To book a flight with NAC or to learn more about the other helicopter tour options, call +27 (0) 21 425 3868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, all NAC passengers get a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with the tour, so don’t forget to ask for yours!
Terms & Conditions for Booking NAC Helicopter Flights
- Rates listed above are inclusive of VAT, fuel & pilot.
- Tours are based on specific routings and not on flying time as this can vary due to ever changing weather conditions and differentiating helicopter performance.
- Please note that every helicopter has a weight limitation. Upon arrival at NAC, every passenger will be weighed together with baggage. The reading of the scale is kept confidential unless asked for by the client.
- Please note that the Robinson 44 has a single seat limitation of 125kg.
Wondering what else we think is bucket list-worthy in Cape Town? Have a look at our overview of Mother City must-dos.
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