Take a helicopter flip for a change of scenery and enjoy a view of the entire countryside in a single trip before choosing your drive-to destination, or swoop low over the ocean on a coastal flip and watch the dolphins at play in the breakers below

Did you know?

Some helicopter services are willing to fly clients to spectacular location for a special occasion like a marriage proposal or a wedding.

Helicopter flips are a wonderful and oft-overlooked means of viewing a region from a unique vantage point, and they're time-saving for the busy traveller.

South Africa's vast Drakensberg and Cape mountain ranges, 3 000-km long coastline, stunning Cape winelands and its many extensive wildlife reserves teaming with game are just a few options open to those who decide to take to the air to appreciate the beauty of this southernmost part of Africa.

Helicopter tours with a destination beyond Cape Town might include wine tasting, shark-cage diving or whale watching, while a similar trip in KwaZulu-Natal offer a visit to the scenic midlands or a Drakensberg helicopter tour to visit exotic and breathtaking destinations like Cathkin Peak, Vultures' Retreat, Cleft Peak and the Organ Pipes.

In North West Province game viewing is a premier tourist attraction, while Mpumalanga Province offers the unbeatable beauty of the Blyde River Canyon with its high mountain cliffs, cascading waterfalls and natural bushveld vegetation. Flips in this part of the country include picnics on the mountainside!

Helicopter rides differ vastly in cost depending on the number of passengers, duration of the flight and type of helicopter. Commercial flights and airport transfers are generally fairly competitive, but private charters, game viewing and specialised flips like movie shoot trips or ex-Vietnam Huey helicpter sightseeing are likely to be a little more expensive.

A trip along the Cape Peninsula from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope for an hour will set you back around R3 000 per person if you are in a group of four, while a quick flip over the city for four, taking in Cape Town Stadium, Clifton, Camps Bay and Twelve Apostles mountains should cost around R1 000 per person.

Whatever your choice or location in South Africa, the visual experience of a helicopter flight is guaranteed to remain an unforgettable one and well worth the investment.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Cape Town Helicopter Tours
Tel: +27 (0)21 462 6755
Email: info@cape-town-helicopter-tours.com

Beach and Bush Adventures
Tel: +27 (0)31 266 9221

Sunrise Aviation
Tel: +27 (0)13 744 9254
Cell: +27 (0)83 625 6991
Email sunavian@soft.co.za

Helicopter Adventure Tours
Cell: +27 (0)83 459 5800
Email: fly@cape-air.co.za

Best time to visit

Helicopter tours operate throughout the year in South Africa.

What will it cost

Prices generally vary according to location and number of people per trip, but expect to pay around R2000 an hour per person.

What's happening

The Durban Airshow usually takes place in August each year.