Touring From A Bird’S Eye View

Touring From A Bird’S Eye View

There is arguably nothing more exciting than sitting strapped into your seat and moving at a pace over some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world. Scenic helicopter flips have become a popular means of getting an eyeful of the splendours and sprawl of Cape Town.

Get the full picture…and in a fraction of the time

Helicopter tours offer a very different view of the world; a view that takes in the minute detail of the landscapes and ocean vistas that stretch out as far as the eye can see – a bird’s eye view. It is the one rare opportunity for visitors to the magnificent Cape to get the complete picture…. and in a fraction of the time overland tours take.

There is a wide array of scenic flights in and around Cape Town that offer glimpses of all sorts of treasures, from majestic mountain peaks to the tumultuous oceans around Cape Point, an area once described by the Portuguese explorer, Bartolomeu Dias, as the ‘Cape of Storms’.

Superior whale watching

During the months of July through to November, whale watching from above has become a popular choice amongst tourists and locals. The sheer magnitude of the beast in the surrounding azure waters really hits home when viewed from on high and, if you’re really lucky and have eyes of the proverbial hawk, you may well be able to spot a rather more intimidating denizen of the deep – the ferocious and feared Great White shark!

The intensity of the Cape coast, particularly in winter, has claimed a flotilla of sea worthy victims in all shapes and sizes. Keep a glad eye out for the dozens of shipwrecks that litter the entire coastline and bear in mind that many of the maritime tragedies have happened in the modern era – yet another indication of the relentless energy of the surrounding seas.

No need for a designated driver

If your time in the Cape is limited to a couple of days, there are helicopter tours dedicated to the wine routes of the region. It is possible to pop into a number of the leading wine estates in the blink of an eye to enjoy the tastes of the locally crafted tipple. Top flight restaurants abound, so make sure you have a luncheon venue earmarked and be thankful you can taste with impunity as the long suffering helicopter pilot can only watch, not imbibe.

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