My first helicopter flight with Cape Town Helicopters
Naturally, this media invite to experience a helicopter flight was welcomed with excitement and fear. 2018 was a year of many firsts, and I wanted to end it on a high note (no pun intended). There’s no doubt that the flight with Cape Town Helicopters was one of the highlights of my year and I faced my fear of heights.
Hanging out at the East Pier
The 30 minute Two Oceans Scenic flight was scheduled for 13h30. We arrived at 13h00 to sign in and complete a short safety presentation. Of course, safety is their main priority. Established in August 2011, Cape Town Helicopters have a 100% safety record with no accidents. After entering the office located at the Waterfront east pier, 2 friendly staff captured our details and ensured payment was made. Thereafter you are weighed and taken to the next room to complete the safety briefing. The safety presentation was relatively easy to understand and once complete, you lock away your handbag in the lockers provided (you are not allowed to take any handbags or luggage on the flight). All mobile devices are placed on flight mode and you enter the waiting area outside the pier. There’s no turning back now.
There are ground staff assisting customers in the waiting area and walkway leading up the helicopter. As a safety precaution, you only follow the ground staff. All staff members understand their role and it is very well organized, from the time you enter until you leave. When I entered the helicopter, I felt really excited and could not remember any of the lessons I learnt in the safety briefing. Luckily the staff member assisted me with my seat belt and headgear. I was seated on the left-hand side of the helicopter, right behind the pilot. The Airbus ZS-HBO 130 seats 7 people in total and is one of the lightest, quietest helicopters to ever take to the skies in South Africa. Once seated, the pilot tests the sound and off we go. I cannot describe the excitement and nerves as you take off. My heart was pounding so fast.
The take off with Cape Town Helicopters
After taking off from the V&A Waterfront spier, you enjoy a scenic flight along the Atlantic Coast over to False Bay, passing Muizenberg to Fish Hoek, Simon’s Town to Chapmans Peak, behind Table Mountain, and over Camps Bay. There was turbulence at a few points but we were never in any danger. Our chief pilot Howard was experienced, charming and insightful, which immediately put everyone at ease. Every time I felt anxious or scared, I’d close my eyes for a few seconds, take a deep breath and focus on the amazing views. Obviously, I didn’t want to keep my eyes closed for more than 5 seconds, in fear of missing something. And speaking of, I cannot emphasize the beautiful, breath-taking views from above. A 360° panoramic aerial view of the city gives you a sense of calmness in the air. Seeing the city, beaches, mountains, Constantia vineyards and the residential areas from above was magnificent and well worth the nerves!
The 30 minute Two Oceans Scenic flight cost R2700 per person (receive a free City Sightseeing bus ticket with every Two Ocean flight booked). Now before anyone closes the website tab, remember you can save approximately R240 per month (for a year) to have a Cape Town Helicopters experience, depending on the flight you wish to take. They offer various scenic flights, Winelands tours, adventure flights and experiences and airport transfers (more details here).
Final thoughts on Cape Town Helicopters
I’d highly recommend an experience with Cape Town Helicopters. Not only do they promote eco-friendly tourism, but the adventure will stay with you for a lifetime and it is well worth the investment.
An unforgettable experience that will stay with me forever. Now excuse me while I save up for my next flight.
Love and light,
Disclaimer: Cape Town Helicopters sponsored the Two Oceans scenic flight.