During the early hours of 2 November 2015, a crew of two from NAC Helicopters Cape Town embarked on their first over-border ride. General Manager and pilot, Gary Wilson, and Head Pilot, Anthony Root, commenced on their 1161 kilometre journey to Fish River Lodge in Namibia from their base at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Their first fuel stop was approximately 200 kilometres north of Cape Town in Clanwilliam. Clanwilliam is well known for the Olifants River Valley. Thereafter, the crew made two more refuel stops in Upington and Keetmanshoop before finally reaching their destination in Namibia. Of course, after the awe-inspiring ride of five and a half hours, the duo found themselves exhausted and so rested to prepare for the following day of flying clients around this beautiful setting.
The beauty of the Fish River Lodge was a sight to be reckoned with, and the next day, the pilots flew their clients along the Fish River Canyon for an hour – definitely a highlight of the trip. In total, the flight to and from the Fish River Lodge and along the Fish River Canyon accumulated to 2522 kilometres.
While this was their first over-the-border trip, the team at NAC Helicopters Cape Town look forward to many more, to several different locations, in the future. NAC Helicopters is also available for helicopter charter so anyone can book a flight to a destination of their choice.
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