Cape Town from the Air

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In Cape Town, helicopter flips and gyro flips are on offer ranging from 15 minutes to two hours giving photographers exceptional photographic opportunities.

What you will see

Cape Town is beautiful from any angle, and the aerial view is no exception. From the winelands to the mountains to the sea, there is plenty to look at. You might get lucky and spot marine life such as whales and dolphins.

Best time to shoot

Usually flying on the Peninsula is best in late morning from 10 – 12 when the air is usually clearest and the wind is not too strong. Flying is of course weather dependent. Autumn is a good time. Summer can be good, but it is often windy in summer.

Helicopter

For helicopters we recommend NAC charters, which operate a Bell 4 and 6-seater at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The rates start at R3740 per person, or you can charter for R14,960 for the 45-minute flight around the Peninsula including the Waterfront, 12 Apostles, Camps Bay and Hout Bay areas.  It’s always best to have a view out of both windows for photography. Longer flights are also available to fly over the Winelands. The downside of the experience is that photographers will be shooting through Perspex.

Gyrocopter

If you are feeling really brave, the best experience is to get into a gyrocopter and photograph without glass and at slow speeds. With a bit of luck, you will have a pilot with a keen eye for marine life like whales. Gyrocopters are based north of Cape Town and the peninsula flight is usually in the region of 2 hours. You should expect to pay about R2,500 per hour.

While we have had positive experiences with helicopters and gyrocopters, flying is not without its risks.