The Three Bays Tour is a fantastic opportunity to witness the grandeur of the Cape’s coastline. This tour includes all of Cape Town’s most scenic towns and suburbs, which continues from the Atlantico Tour: Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Muizenberg, Twelve Apostles, Noordhoek and Constantia. As we gracefully soar in the sky, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the fairest Cape’s striking beauty. Now that’s what we’d call a joyride! NAC Helicopters consistently offers the best scenic helicopter experiences in Cape Town!
Camps Bay is one of Cape Town’s trendiest suburbs where the young, wealthy and beautiful come to play. When in Camps Bay, there’s no such thing as an early bedtime! Along the palm tree-lined Victoria Road, you’ll find many sea-facing restaurants and bars with phenomenal sea views; bustling with activity and flowing with cocktails and delicious food. Behind these restaurants, nestled snugly against the Twelve Apostles mountain range are palatial homes, which sell for over ten million rand. Camps Bay is also known for its stunning Blue Flag beach where it’s not unusual to find models and celebrities bronzing their bodies, while locals surf or play beach sports. Camps Bay Beach is also the place to witness flaming orange sunsets rippled with pink and purple streaks.
Hout Bay is a charming bay side suburb that Capetonians flock to over weekends. Visitors can reach this lovely retreat by three different roads winding along magnificent mountain passes. Passing between part of the Twelve Apostles mountain range along Suikerbossie, you’ll reach Llandudno and Camps Bay. The Suikerbossie pass is notorious for being the toughest hill on the Cape Town Cycle Tour route. Between Hout Bay and Noordhoek, you’ll come across Cape Town’s famous pass – Chapmans Peak Drive. The third pass leads to Constantia via the stunning Constantia Nek. Hout Bay is one of the busiest fishing harbours, and if you arrive early on a Saturday morning, you may be in time to meet the local fishermen arriving with the catch of the day. Alongside anchored fishing trawlers and bobbing fishing boats, luxury yachts float effortlessly. Hout Bay Harbour is home to the Hout Bay Yacht Club, as well as to inviting seafood restaurants. Witnessing the harbour and the craggy coastline from the sky is a truly magnificent experience!
This laid-back surfer’s paradise is a must-visit for those who enjoy a bohemian atmosphere. Muizenberg is in striking contrast to Camps Bay; where the latter is glitz and glamour, the former is down-to-earth and happy-go-lucky. Muizenberg comes alive each summer with beach-goers lazing under colourful umbrellas and surfers catching waves. Muizenberg’s also boasts one of the prettiest and longest stretches of beach in Cape Town and it’s where you’ll find the colourful and much photographed beach cabins, which look spectacular from our helicopter! Not only does the beach with its warm(ish) water attract visitors longing for soft sand between their toes, but the bounty of restaurants along the main road are a warm welcome after a day’s exploring. Muizenberg is also historically significant because it’s where Cecil John Rhodes kept his cottage. Let’s not forget to mention the most awesome attraction – the majestic mountains!
The Twelve Apostles, along with Lion’s Head and Table Mountain, is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the Western Cape. The Twelve Apostles, which forms part of Table Mountain, is a classic hike in Cape Town because of its rich fauna and flora. The name ‘Twelve Apostles’ is a bit of a misnomer, as there aren’t 12 buttresses, but 18. When you fly with us, you’ll be able to count them yourself, since the best view is from the open sky.
Noordhoek is a small, quiet town where retirees and artists retreat to find peace and inspiration. It’s famous for its long picturesque stretch of white beach where locals often enjoy riding their horses while admiring the beautiful ocean. At the southern end of the beach is the steamship wreck ‘Kakapo,’ which stranded over a century ago. Noordhoek is located below Chapman’s Peak on the western side of the peninsula in the ‘north corner,’ hence its Dutch name ‘Noordhoek’. Noordhoek can be accessed by Chapman’s Peak Drive or via Ou Kaapse Weg, which takes travellers through the beautiful Silvermine Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.
Constantia is one of the oldest and prettiest suburbs in Cape Town and is most known for the Groot Constantia wine estate established by the old Cape governor, Simon van der Stel in 1684. Other notable wine estates include Steenberg, the oldest wine estate in the country, Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia and Constantia Uitsig. The suburb has become a tourist attraction in its own right because of its attractive tree-lined streets and mansions, as well as international restaurants, some of which have made the top 50 restaurant rankings in the world. Notable people who have lived in Constantia are Mark Thatcher, son of Margaret Thatcher, and Charles Spencer, the brother of Princess Diana. Charles Spencer’s home was sold for R80 million.
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Please note that the route can change slightly due to ever-changing weather conditions. The route flown is subject to the pilot’s discretion to provide the best viewing experience for all passengers.
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