In this busy day and age, the faster we can get things done, the better. It’s all about doing as much as possible in the quickest time, yet still with maximum customer satisfaction. At NAC Helicopters, we keep this in mind, which is why we’re proud to offer the Hopper Tour – the best condensed tour around. Enjoying the Hopper Tour with us means experiencing the best of the best of the Mother City from the sky, in record time. When it comes to Cape Town helicopter rides, this one tends to satisfy everyone, in more ways than one.
So where will this “brief” hop around the Fair Cape take you? Read on and find out.
Take off from the famous V&A Waterfront
If there’s one iconic landmark in Cape Town (besides the famed Table Mountain), it’s undoubtedly the Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront. Not only is it home to an array of over 450 shops, some 80 eateries, various leisure activities, prime property and of course, The Cape Wheel, but it’s also home to NAC Helicopters Cape Town. With its incredible backdrop of Table Mountain, constant bustle and harbour magic, there’s no better place to begin your helicopter adventure than right here.
Once you’re up in the air, your flight will take you over several well-known Mother City areas. These include:
The CBD and its surrounds are truly the heart and soul of the city. Signal Hill, Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head cradle the City Bowl, creating a space that resembles an amphitheatre. Multiple residential areas form the City Bowl, namely:
- Walmer Estate
- District Six
- Devil’s Peak Estate
- University Estate
Apart from the CBD being the financial and political centre of the Western Cape, the City Bowl is also home to many historical buildings and places. If you think the Castle of Good Hope looks incredible from the ground, you’ll be totally amazed by how even more breath-taking it appears from a bird’s-eye view. The City Bowl is the centre of Cape Town life in many ways, and what a treat it is to be able to see it from up above.
There are a few things that come to mind when it comes to Green Point: cosmopolitan living. Relaxing in Green Point Urban Park. Experiencing a sporting match or concert at the epic Cape Town Stadium.
Green Point really is a suburb that never sleeps, no matter the time of year or weather outside. Bustling bars, restaurants and clubs line the main thoroughfare, Somerset Road, with residential homes and those that have been converted into businesses filling the space above. It also forms part of the Fan Walk, the 2.6km pedestrian walkway linking Green Point to town that was established for the Cape Town-hosted 2010 FIFA World Cup. The spectacular Cape Town Stadium was also built for this purpose and hosted a string of football matches during the World Cup.
Perhaps one of the most stand-out landmarks in the area is the Green Point Lighthouse (actually located in Mouille Point). With its red and white stripes, it’s an unmistakable structure, and just beyond it out in the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll see the famous UN World Heritage Site, Robben Island. It’s a constant reminder of the turbulent times South Africa once faced and in a sense, has today become a symbol of freedom and reminder how far our nation has come.
Another one of the Atlantic Seaboard gems, Sea Point is also a sought-after area with a distinct vibrancy. Main Road is filled with people and activity all day long as they pop in and out of the many stores, restaurants and cafés. Together with Green Point, Mouille Point and Bantry Bay, Sea Point forms the well-known strip along the coastline recognised mainly for its parade of high-rise blocks of flats.
From up in the air, you’ll be able to point out the famous Sea Point Promenade as it snakes along the peninsula. It’s a particularly popular spot during the summer months, with throngs of people flocking to it to enjoy a walk or run, all the while taking in the sound of the waves and fresh sea air. The grass patches next to the promenade are also inviting picnic spots and perfect for a game of soccer or touch rugby. Another unmissable landmark you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of will undoubtedly be the Sea Point Pavilion Pool. It will appear as a bright, turquoise-blue rectangle from above, so it’s sure to stand out against the darker blue ocean and wash of buildings.
As you continue on your flight, you’ll pass over easily some of the world’s most beautiful beaches: Clifton. Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, with their azure waters, golden sands and gigantic granite boulders, are packed every summer season with both visitors and tourists alike. There’s nothing quite like soaking up the sun on one of Clifton’s beautiful spots but having the chance to witness their beauty from above, is truly something else. Clifton is also known for its exclusive homes in the form of beach bungalows and luxurious blocks of flats that boast spectacular views – no wonder it’s known as Millionaire’s Row.
Imagine having Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and the magnificent Twelve Apostles as the backdrop to your home? Well, that’s exactly what residents of the affluent suburb of Camps Bay have. Considered the St. Tropez of The Mother City, the area’s beach is a beautiful stretch of pristine, white sand, kissed by sparkling blue waters. Overflowing with holiday-makers and locals, especially during the popular summer season, if you take the Hopper Tour during this time of year, you’ll be amazed at the sheer number of people you’ll see peppered along the beach.
The Camps Bay “strip” is essentially the main road that runs the length of the beach and it’s always bustling with activity as people wine and dine at one of the many pavement restaurants and cafés dotted along the way. The palm-tree lined boulevard paints the perfect picture of seaside living, while the prime properties make Camps Bay a highly desirable place to call home.
Already visible as you fly over Camps Bay, the Twelve Apostles mountain range is as majestic from the sky as it is from the ground. The distinctive sandstone peaks form part of Table Mountain National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and therefore boast a plethora of flora, many of which are indigenous to the Cape. The Twelve Apostles are also a hiker’s dream: with just under 30 different hiking routes, exploring the outdoors this way has never been more inviting. See if you can spot the luxurious, 5-star hotel and spa aptly called The Twelve Apostles – it shouldn’t be hard to miss as its white brilliance forms a stark contrast against the thick, green vegetation of the range. Seeing Table Mountain and its compatriots from this angle is truly something special.
Here’s what a satisfied customer had to say about the Hopper Tour:
“I would just like to say a big thank you for Saturday. My friend and I had a fantastic time doing ‘The Hopper’. It was absolutely amazing – we were speechless… Keep up the good work, you’re a fabulous team!”
Cape Town helicopter tours are a unique and exhilarating way to experience the Mother City. If you liked the sound of the Hopper Tour, you may also like the Atlantico Tour.
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