The Cape Point Tour is the ultimate tour of the Cape Peninsula, departing from the Three Bays tour and continuing onward from Noordhoek towards Kommetjie. There’s no better way to appreciate the Cape’s fair beauty than from a bird’s eye view helicopter tour. NAC Helicopters offers the best scenic helicopter rides in Cape Town.
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Please note that the route may alter slightly due to ever changing weather conditions and that the route is subject to the pilot’s discretion to provide the best viewing experience for all passengers.
Camps Bay, located at the foot of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and, of course, the renowned Twelve Apostles, is a truly luxurious holiday destination. It is breathtakingly beautiful with its majestic mountain landscapes, dazzling ocean vistas, and interesting people. It’s here that one may spot celebrities as they sip their lattes in vibrant cafés, and where the rich and famous come to play, socialise and work. Along the pretty, palm-lined Victoria Road, you can choose from a diverse selection of restaurants, many of which are sea-facing, to indulge in exotic cocktails or elegant glasses of wine, while admiring the striking sunset. In summer, Camps Bay really comes alive with throngs of sun worshippers. The beach becomes the place to see and be seen as you mingle with volleyball players, surfers and bathers. It is no wonder Camps Bay is considered one of the fairest places in the Cape.
Noordhoek’s claim to fame is its tranquillity, where Capetonians find much needed rest from their busy city lives. The general lifestyle and attitude of Noordhoek residents is unhurried and relaxed. Situated below the slopes of Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek is a real gem with a lovely farm-like atmosphere – in fact, it’s often referred to as ‘Cape Country at the Beach’. Besides the calm atmosphere it instils in residents and visitors, Noordhoek is more famous for its pearlescent beach, which seems to stretch on forever. It’s common to spot locals joyously riding their horses, or retired couples happily walking hand in hand along Noordhoek beach, admiring the waves rolling to shore. Noordhoek is flanked by ocean and mountains that you can visit it by car via Chapman’s Peak Drive, or you can admire its natural beauty from a helicopter.
Located on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula, Simon’s Town is a naval suburb with a rich and interesting history. It was named in honour of Simon van der Stel, who arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1679, and is South Africa’s third oldest settlement. Simon’s Town is an important base for the South African navy, and it’s here that the famous statue of the Great Dane, Just Nuisance, stands boldly in Simon’s Town Jubilee Square. Just Nuisance was the first dog in the world officially to hold a position in the Royal Navy. The heart-warming story starts when Just Nuisance was bought as a puppy in 1937 and grew up amongst sailors aboard the Royal Navy ships. He was regarded fondly and sailors made a great fuss over him and even treated him to laps of beer on occasion. This gentle giant followed his sailor family everywhere and was often spotted by locals boarding trains – unaccompanied. Visit the Simon’s Town Museum where Just Nuisance’s collar, official papers, and a collection of photographs are on display.
Simon’s Town not only has a wealth of natural attractions, such as the 3000 strong penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach, it is also boasts a rich architectural heritage. Along the main road, visitors who appreciate architectural masterpieces will enjoy photographing the stately Victorian buildings.
Muizenberg is a laidback bohemian surfer’s paradise and a favourite weekend destination for some Capetonians due to its proximity to the city. It is thought that Muizenberg’s beach is one of the nicest swimming beaches in the Cape, as its water isn’t too cold. It is the perfect family holiday destination, since there’s plenty to do for all ages and, like Camps Bay and Clifton, has been awarded Blue Flag status. The waves at Muizenberg beach are tame in comparison to Clifton and Camps Bay, which makes it ideal for learner surfers. If you’re looking to purchase a surfboard, Muizenburg won’t disappoint. One of Muizenberg’s most prominent and highly photographed attractions are the quaint colourful beach huts dotted along the shore. An aerial view from a helicopter is even more spectacular.
Except for Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles is one of the most recognised mountain ranges in Cape Town and forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. The most awe-inspiring sight is that of the sun’s rays reflecting from the buttresses, casting a long shadow over Camps Bay. A good viewing point from which to watch this grand display is from Maiden’s Cove, just outside Camps Bay. Built between the buttresses of the mountain range is the famous and luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel, rated by many as one of the best in South Africa. The Twelve Apostles mountain range is also the backdrop for two of Cape Town’s major sporting events – the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans Marathon.
Cape Point is a very special place as it is here that 20% of Africa’s indigenous flora can be found. Walking through the Cape Point Nature Reserve is the perfect way to learn about the Cape’s natural vegetation, the spectacular fynbos. Pause a few minutes and revel in the breath-taking scenery of sparkling bays, rolling green hills and spectacular beaches that are still unspoiled. Cape Point also falls within the Cape Floral Kingdom and is therefore a protected World Heritage Site. Entering the Cape Point Nature Reserve will require a small fee, but if you fly by helicopter, you’ll witness the entire reserve in all its splendour, from precious proteas to dainty ericas. Apart from the fynbos and azure ocean, there is one more aspect that makes Cape Point famous – its powerful lighthouse. This lighthouse is of the best in South Africa and is still used to guide ships safely through the Cape’s infamous stormy waters.
Fish Hoek is a sleepy coastal suburb that boasts some incredible beaches. These beaches are some of the safest and warmest in and around Cape Town, so expect plenty of families when visiting. Fish Hoek makes for a welcoming day outing, as it’s not too far from the Cape Town city centre. It offers visitors relaxing strolls along Jager’s Walk, which runs perpendicular to the beach and takes one as far as Sunny Cove. Sunny Cove is a delightful viewpoint to watch dolphins and whales in late August. Southern Right Whales are a sought- after attraction drawing thousands of spectators each year. Fish Hoek’s side of the ocean is calm and allows a variety of water hobbies, such as snorkelling, scuba diving, and sailing. Visitors who head to Fish Hoek’s harbour early in the morning may be able to purchase freshly caught fish straight from the fishing trawlers.
Constantia is an affluent suburb in Cape Town that welcomes many visitors each year due to its shady tree-lined avenues and its wine tasting venues in Constantia Valley. Constantia Valley is home to numerous award-winning wine estates, in particular one of the oldest in Cape Town, Groot Constantia. Constantia’s history dates back to 1685 when Simon van der Stel named his estate after the daughter of Commissioner van Rheede who allowed him a farm there. Governor Simon van der Stel established the Cape’s first vineyards and orchards – therefore making Groot Constantia the most notable and oldest vineyard in South Africa. A helicopter tour will showcase all the Cape Peninsula’s splendour.
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