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Freedom flight

Be humbled by Nelson Mandela's life story with a tailor-made tour
A tailor made tour

Hear intimate stories as you come to understand the unique connection between Christo Brand and Nelson Mandela during Madiba’s incarceration. After meeting Christo at the NAC Helicopters Cape Town offices, your scenic and informative flight will depart from the V&A Waterfront, bound for the infamous Robben Island. Landing on the island, you’ll be struck by its stark beauty and isolation, as Christo shares his personal account and in-depth knowledge of the island and prison.

From Robben Island you’ll be treated to the breathtaking beauty of the Atlantic Seaboard, with uninterrupted views of the popular Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno beaches. At Hout Bay, your flight will head inland towards Steenberg, where Christo will share his memories of Madiba’s five and a half years at Pollsmoor Prison. Heading east, you’ll fly towards Drakenstein Correctional Centre in Paarl (formerly Victor Verster Prison), where Mandela spent his final years in prison.

Gliding over the undulating Cape Winelands, you will make your way to the picturesque town of Franschhoek (“French Corner”), to be welcomed at Sir Richard Branson’s magnificent Mont Rochelle Estate, where you will be invited to taste their delectable wines, followed by lunch in the vineyards.

Upon your return to the V&A Waterfront, you’ll no doubt be absorbed in your thoughts as you replay key moments of the day, pondering what life must have been like for these two remarkable men, brought together by such hapless circumstances.

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What is included?
  • Private helicopter flight
  • Guided curated tour by Christo Brand
  • 2 Signed copies of Christo Brand’s book, “Doing Life with Mandela – My Prisoner, My Friend”
  • Wine tasting and 3-course lunch (set menu) at MIKO, Mont Rochelle Estate, Franschhoek
Tour details
  • Valid all year round, except on Christmas Day
  • Meet at NAC Helicopters, East Pier Road, V&A Waterfront
  • Duration: 4 ¼ hours
  • Starting at 10:45, and returning at 15:00
  • Regrettably no children under 2 years old
  • Subject to availability and weather dependent
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We loved everything about the Hopper helicopter ride with NAC. From the pick up to the ride itself, it was absolutely amazing and one of our biggest highlights during our Cape Town trip.
Important Flight Information
Please arrive 30 minutes before your flight. NAC offers a complimentary vehicle transfer service within the CBD, Green Point, Sea Point and Waterfront area.
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