Ever since my tour with NAC Helicopters in Cape Town, I have been been wanting to go on another helicopter ride! It was amazing to see Cape Town from such a unique angle above. In fact, had I not gone, I don’t think I would have ever made out the “Lion” of Lion’s Head. On a beautiful sunny day in December, I went on the “Hopper Tour” that took off from the V&A Waterfront. It was my first ever experience in a helicopter and I was SO excited! It all started when I walked down a red carpet (seriously!) to their entrance, where they welcomed me with a glass of champagne. They knew me so well from the moment we met! It felt like a luxurious and one of a kind experience already.
I got there early and hung out in the waiting room, to be honest I was a bit anxious and didn’t know what to expect. I watched the helicopters take off and land outside while I waited for my name to be called. At that point I knew what the champagne was really for, to calm my nerves. Soon after, they weighed me and said the helicopter was ready early. AHHHHHHHHHHH! It’s happening! They guided me outside to a 3 seater helicopter called the Robinson 44 (which seats 3 passengers + pilot). I shared the ride with a married couple celebrating a birthday. The birthday boy sat in the front and I took the back left seat, though each seat offered incredible views. We saw literally everything Cape Town has to offer in a 12-15 minute ride. We also had a fantastic pilot who gave us fun facts about Cape Town as we flew around. I was giddy the entire time, and smiling from ear to ear.
Below are photos from the tour, including views of the City Bowl, Green Point, Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay, and Twelve Apostles. This was my first ever helicopter experience and I’m so glad that it was over Cape Town. The ride was filled with a variety of views from the city to the mountains and vast ocean, and even Robben Island. If you’re ever in Cape Town, one of my favorite places in the world, I highly recommend adding this experience to your list of adventures!
NAC Helicopters Scenic Ride Photo Gallery