Cape City is without doubt one of the most stunning cities on this planet with a shocking setting between mountains and sea. It’s much more spectacular from above and I extremely suggest splurging on a helicopter journey over the town to benefit from these breathtaking views. It was even higher than I anticipated and one in every of our prime two favorite issues we did within the metropolis (the opposite was driving a Harley Davidson right down to Cape Level).
We did our helicopter journey in the direction of the top of our two-month keep in Cape City and we cherished seeing all the locations we’d visited from above. It was a becoming farewell tour of the town.
Our journey with Cape City Helicopters started on the V&A Waterfront. After watching a security video our pilot Fraser took us over to our helicopter. There was area for 4 passengers however as no-one else had booked on we had it to ourselves. I sat subsequent to Fraser whereas Simon sat within the again. Earlier than we even had an opportunity to ponder what we have been doing the workers had strapped us in, we placed on our headsets (which cut back the noise and permit us to speak to one another) and have been up within the air. It was a fast and clean ascent straight up, which feels unusual after so many airplane journeys down runways.
Wow! The unbelievable views began immediately as we regarded right down to the V&A Waterfront, which is each a working dock and vacationer vacation spot with retailers and eating places. The high-rises of the downtown space have been additional again with the all the time beautiful backdrop of Desk Mountain. We knew the views have been going to be good, however seeing the town from this distinctive perspective was actually exceptional and we have been in awe the entire flight.
Often you’ll be able to see Robben Island, the island jail the place Nelson Mandela spent 18 years, but it surely was hidden in clouds. We didn’t thoughts as there was a lot extra to see on the mainland. The Cape City Stadium is subsequent to Inexperienced Level Park and behind that’s Sign Hill (the place we had a sundown picnic) and Lion’s Head.
The following suburb as we flew alongside the Atlantic Coast is Sea Level, the place we’ve been residing for the final two months. We might even see our house constructing (or the plush backyard the place it’s hidden a minimum of). The Sea Level Promenade runs subsequent to the ocean and has been a fantastic place for morning runs and sundown strolls.
The opposite finish of Sea Level options the swimming swimming pools and Lion’s Head mountain, which is definitely worth the hike for the views, though it’s not as simple as everybody says.
Additional alongside the coast there’s the gorgeous Clifton and Camp’s Bay seashores with Lion’s Head, Desk Mountain and the 12 Apostles behind.
The attractive mountain surroundings continues all alongside the coast. Victoria Street leads from Camp’s Bay to Llandudno seashore.
Victoria Street is a good looking drive that we did plenty of occasions.
Llandudno seashore is beneath Little Lion’s Head and Hout Bay is on the opposite aspect of the mountain. On a transparent day you’ll be able to see all the way in which down the peninsula to Cape Level.
Llandudno seashore was the place we spent our first day in Cape City, mixed with a visit to Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay.
Hout Bay is the beginning of Chapman’s Peak Drive, a beautiful windy highway alongside the coast the place we drove a Harley Davidson on the way in which again from Cape Level.
At this level we flew over the mountain (getting extremely shut!) and turned again in the direction of the town. We flew over the terraced vineyards of Constantia the place we loved a decadent 12-course meal at La Colombe final week.
We adopted Desk Mountain alongside the alternative aspect then flew low over Satan’s Peak, hitting a little bit of turbulence, which was the one bump in an in any other case clean experience. Town bowl and the opposite aspect of Lion’s Head and Sign Hill have been under us.
And we returned to the waterfront the place we started. It was throughout too shortly and as quickly as we landed I needed to go once more.
Cape City Helicopter Journey Particulars
There are a variety of helicopter corporations in Cape City primarily based on the V&A Waterfront. We selected Cape City Helicopters, who’re the very best rated helicopter firm on TripAdvisor (with a median of 5 stars with 661 opinions!). They have been environment friendly and we felt very secure. The pilots act as tour guides declaring landmarks alongside the way in which.
We did the 20-minute Atlantico journey which prices 1650 ZAR (US $123/ £98) per particular person, however in the event you can afford it I like to recommend the longer Two Oceans flight (25 minutes, 2250 ZAR/$168 /£134) and even the Full Peninsula flight (50 minutes, 4400 ZAR/$328/£261). Attempt to e-book a flight close to the start of your journey as they are often cancelled as a result of excessive winds.
If you wish to take pictures, put on darkish garments to minimise reflections and take a look at getting a seat subsequent to the pilot. I believe late afternoon is the most effective time for images. We went up at four pm (2 hours 40 minutes earlier than sundown) and had good gentle on the primary a part of the journey (when the views are finest) however have been taking pictures into the solar on the return leg.
I extremely suggest setting apart cash in your finances for a helicopter journey over Cape City. The pictures don’t do it justice—it’s a very exceptional expertise and one of the best ways to see this stunning metropolis.
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Many because of Cape City Helicopters who hosted us on our Atlantico scenic flight.
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