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TTake 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. Swoop low over the ocean on a coastal flip and watch the dolphins at play in the breakers below. 

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, 3000km long coastline, stunning Cape winelands and extensive wildlife reserves teeming with game are just a few options for 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 or whale watching, while a similar trip in KwaZulu-Natal offers 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 helicopter 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 R3000 per person if you are in a group of 4, while a quick flip over the city for 4, taking in Cape Town Stadium, Clifton, Camps Bay and Twelve Apostles mountains should cost around R1 500 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. 

Did You Know?

TTravel tips & planning  info 

Who to contact 

Cape Town Helicopter Tours 

Tel: +27 (0)21 462 8004 

Email: info@cape-town-helicopter-tours.com 

Sky Safaris 

Tel: +27 (0)60 974 3262 

Email: info@skysafaris.co.za 

Hover 

Tel: +27 (0)11 805 0188 

Email: info@hover.co.za 

Sunrise Aviation 

Cell: +27 (0)83 625 6991 

Email sunavian@mweb.co.za 

 

Best time to visit 

Helicopter tours operate throughout the year in South Africa but are generally weather dependent. 

What will it cost? 

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

What to pack 

Sunglasses and your camera. 

What's happening 

The Durban Airshow usually takes place in August each year. 

 

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