South Africa offers a wealth of destinations that are just begging to be explored from the air! Scenic helicopter flights are the ideal way to take in the grand size and scale of places such as the vibrant city of Cape Town and the spectacular vistas of the Panorama Route.
A helicopter flight or ‘heli flip’ is an absolute buzz! Experience the excitement as the rotor blades thunder into action and the aircraft rises vertically off the ground, hovering momentarily before proceeding forwards into flight. Passengers also get to wear cool-looking headsets during the flight to communicate with the pilot. Visibility of the scenery is excellent and the flexibility to hover and maneuver forwards, backwards and sideways enables these amazing machines to fly and land in places where fixed-wing aircraft cannot venture.
A good variety of helicopter flights are available in South Africa offering scheduled tours or charters. Companies are based in some of the most scenically beautiful and aerially fascinating areas including Cape Town, the West Coast, the Garden Route, Kimberley, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal’s rugged Wild Coast. Some flight excursions may also include activities like wine tasting, fishing, wildlife viewing, shark and whale spotting or something delightfully frivolous such as a champagne picnic in a ‘top of the world’ location. The sky is the limit…literally!
Garden Route helicopter flights offer a birds-eye view of the stunning coastline, lush forests and dramatic mountain ranges that make the Garden Route one of South Africa’s leading holiday and leisure havens for tourists and locals. Flights departing from Botlierskop Game Reserve near Mossel Bay offer a unique vantage point for game viewing. Mpumalanga’s Blyde River Canyon is one of the world’s largest canyons and aerial viewing is the best way to appreciate the enormity of this spectacular natural wonder. The tour starts near Nelspruit and flies over Mpumalanga’s Lowveld, the Three Rondavels, waterfalls, gorges and wild horses on the escarpment.
Cape Town offers a unique experience in a legendary Bell UH-1 military helicopter or ‘Huey’, used widely in the Vietnam War and in feature films such as Platoon. Jump in for a thrilling ‘open-door’ Simulated Combat Flight and a good dose of adrenaline as the pilot expertly handles low-level flying and sharp maneuvers. A range of scenic tours in the Huey or Robinson also fly over the entire Cape Peninsula and Winelands.
So for a special ‘once in a lifetime’ experience browse our selection of recommended helicopter tours and charters in South Africa, perfect for time-efficient holiday travel, a birthday or wedding gift, to bolster a photography portfolio - or just for fun!