October 17

Cape Town Helicopter Tour | Review 2019

October 17, 2019

The sky was powder-blue with no clouds in sight, perfect conditions for the Cape Town helicopter tour we were about to embark on.

A red carpet beckoned us to the entrance of the NAC Helicopter offices in the V&A Waterfront, making us feel like VIPs and an early indication of exactly how special the experience awaiting us would be. The staff welcomed us and offered beverages as we waited for our turn to watch the short safety briefing video.

After we familiarised ourselves with the procedures, we headed outside to the terrace to watch the helicopters land and take off in what seems like synchronised timing. I’ve never been on a helicopter and watching this scene unfold made my heart beat faster.

All on-board for a Cape Town helicopter tour. Credit: Katharina Riebesel

I did my research beforehand, so I was reassured of my safety by the fact that the National Airways Corporation (NAC) is the largest general aviation company in Africa, as well as one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Then it was our turn, and when we boarded I was also comforted when I saw that the helicopter was in pristine condition. Buckled in and headset on, I was ready to go!

View from the Top

The take-off was smooth and butterflies fluttered in my stomach. Our pilot Julien communicated with us through our headsets, pointing out all the landmarks along the way.

The indigo Atlantic Ocean lapped against pristine beaches with the iconic Table Mountain in the centre of the city, wrapped by an urban maze.

Taking off. Credit: Katharina Riebesel

The Mother City in all her glory. Credit: Tania de Kock

I’ve been living in Cape Town for almost all my life, but still gasped when I saw it from above. I might be biased, but I believe it truly is the most beautiful city in the world.

There’s something about being suspended in the air with a bird’s-eye-view of the world that makes you feel invincible. You feel terribly small and vulnerable yet also incredibly powerful at the same time.

We flew over the stadium, Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Robben Island until we finally turned over Bakoven.

As I sat and stared, I felt like time ticked away too fast. I was not ready for the feeling or the views to end, and when our pilot Julien announced our descent, I was disappointed.

I’ve been on an aeroplane multiple times and I always dread the landing, so you can imagine that I was nervous about this one!

Cape Town Helicopter tour over the Atlantic Ocean. Credit: Katharina Riebesel

I gripped the edge of my seat and braced myself, but turns out it was all for nothing as it was just as smooth as the take-off.

The best way to sum up the experience is by using their own words: “Don’t just visit Cape Town. Be awed by it.” And I can promise you that you will be in awe.

In a Nutshell: What They Offer

  • Hopper Tour (12 minutes): Waterfront – Bakoven and back the same way
  • Atlantic Tour (16 minutes): Waterfront – Hout Bay and back the same way
  • Three Bays Tour (24 minutes): Waterfront – Hout Bay – back via Constantia and Southern suburbs
  • Cape Point Tour (40 minutes): Waterfront along the coast – Cape Point – back via Constantia and Southern suburbs
  • NAC Helicopters also offer private charters and transfers in the Cape Winelands, Robben Island, airport transfers, shark cage diving and golf transfers
  • A Bucket-list Experience

    Are you planning a special marriage proposal, honeymoon or surprise anniversary? This is the perfect add-on to a romantic holiday in Cape Town, as well as for avid photographers who would like to capture Cape Town from this unique angle.

    Book your NAC Helicopters Cape Town tour with us today! Contact our travel experts to start planning your trip to Cape Town.

    View over Cape Town city, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Credit: Tania de Kock


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    About the author 

    Tania de Kock

    Tania has always been an avid reader, which ultimately led to her life-long dream of becoming a best-selling author. She loves travelling, super spicy food, South African wine, and cats! When she's not reading with a glass of wine, you can find her at the nearest beach or camping, running or hiking in the mountains.

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