July 14, 2014
5 Daring Ways to Explore Cape Town
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What most pilots see in a day, most people won't see in a lifetime. Why do we want to fly? Why do we want to climb mountains? Why do our lucid dreams take us into the skies, the whole world beneath us?
Find out YOUR answer with these 5 ways to explore Cape Town by air:
1. Hover Over The City
From the jagged glory of the craggy tip of Africa, Cape Point to the ethereal cloud tablecloth of Table Mountain, take off for a Capetonian adventure in style and safety in a private helicopter rides. Rides last from between 12 - 60 minutes depending on locations covered, all of them immensely beautiful (check out the video if you don't believe us!). You can also explore other operators here.
Cost: From R750 per person
PRO TIP: Get a 15% discount on your helicopter ride and free harbour cruise tickets! Valid 01 May – 31 August 2014. Reference: Cape Town Tourism Winter Special
Contact: NAC Makana Helicopters
Tel: +27 21 425 3868
2. Take a Sky Taxi
Launch over the city from the magnificent heights of Signal Hill and Lion's Head, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face with the sparkling Atlantic soaring out beneath you. Flights last from 5 to 30 minutes depending on conditions.
Cost: From R950
Contact: Cape Town Tandem Paragliding
Tel: +27 (0) 76 892 2283
3. Float in Serenity
Glide over the skies of the Winelands as the emerald orchards and vineyards meditate in the fresh sunlight. The silence of flight is punctuated only by the occasional blast of powerful burners and the faint call of birds beneath you.
Cost: From R2950 per person
Contact: Black Horse Centre, Corner of Dorp and Mark Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: +27 21 882 8112
4. Fly Face First
Adrenaline screams through your veins right before you leap in the gorgeous abyss. With a tandem dive, an experienced instructor controls all the action, so you don't have to worry about messing up the parachute!
Cost: From R1,900
Contact: Skydive Cape Town
Telephone: +27 82 800 6290
5. Lean into Beauty
Imagine a rugby field. Now imagine a rugby field vertically. Down a mountain. 112m. Down one of the world's 7 natural wonders. Just lean into the abyss as your heart pounds 1,000m above sea level down the world's highest commercial abseil.
Cost: R695 per person, excluding the cable car ticket (R205, adult return)
Contact: Abseil Africa
Tel: 021 424 4760