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Helicopter tours in Cape Town – prices, duration, timings


A helicopter tour in Cape Town is one of the most exciting and profound ways to see the city. 

In fact, many tourists who have been on a helicopter ride in this South African city believe that the terrain of the city is perfect for a helicopter ride.

Within 20 minutes, one can take off and experience some of the world’s most spectacular mountains, coastline, beaches, and the city’s skyline.

In this article, we share everything you must know before you book your helicopter tour in Cape Town.

Cost of Cape Town helicopter tours

The cheapest helicopter ride in Cape Town will cost approximately US$193 per person.

The most popular helicopter ride in Cape Town is priced at US$256 per person.

At the higher end is the Cape Town Scenic helicopter flight, the tickets of which can go up to US$490 per person.

Helicopter rides can be a costly affair.

So, it is important to know the tour costs in advance to plan your trip and factor it in with other considerations.

But there is no doubt that a Cape Town heli tour is a perfect addition to your trip to this city.

Best Cape Town helicopter tours

With so much to see around Cape Town, helicopter tours come in various flavors. 

We present below our favorite eight tours, which are popular with vacationers in this South African city. 

Helicopter tour of Atlantic Coast

The Cape Town heli tour of Atlantic Coast may be a shorter chopper tour but is equally majestic. 

You get to see the Table Mountain from all sides and also fly over the beautiful Atlantic coastline. 

During this thrilling 20-minute ride, you also get to see attractions such as Twelve Apostles, Lion’s Head, Robben Island, Signal Hill, etc. 

Route of the tour:

Cost of the tour: US$193 per person

Robben Island Scenic Helicopter Flight

The Robben Island Scenic Helicopter Flight in Cape Town shows you the best of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison.

On this 20-minute tour, you take off from Cape Town and fly over the Atlantic coast while listening to your pilot/guide’s live commentary.

Once you reach the Island, the pilot will navigate the helicopter around the Island, helping you get the best possible views of the prison, the village, etc.

Route of the tour:

Cost of the tour: US$213 per person

Two Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight from Cape Town

Th Two Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight from Cape Town is an exciting helicopter tour where you get to see two oceans in a 25-minutes flight.

You fly around Table Mountain to see the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the Cape Peninsula and then check out the Indian Ocean on the other side.

If you are lucky – and most tourists are – you also get to see great white sharks off the coast of Muizenberg Beach.

Route of the tour:

Cost of the tour (2+ years): US$256 per person

Cape Peninsula, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Scenic Helicopter Flight

During this 48-minutes scenic helicopter flight in Cape Town, you enjoy the beautiful scenery of both Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.

Some of the other highlights of the tour are Table Mountain, False Bay, Long Beach, Robben Island, the Twelve Apostles mountain range, etc. 

Look out for the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.

On the way back to Cape Town, you admire the rows of vineyards in Constantia.

Route of the tour:

Cost of the tour (2+ years): US$490 per person

Private Heli Tour + Cape Winelands Meal and Wine 

Private Heli Tour + Cape Winelands Meal and Wine is a scenic helicopter flight from Cape Town over South Africa’s gorgeous Cape Winelands terrain.

Your helicopter then lands at the stunning Groot Constantia wine estate for a session of wine tasting. 

Wine tasting at Groot Constantia wine estate
Wine tasting at Groot Constantia wine estate. Image: Grootconstantia.co.za

After you have tried some of the best South African wines, you start your gourmet 3-course meal which watching fantastic views of the valley and mountains.

The duration of this trip is 3-4 hours.

Cost of the tour: US$1,442 (R 27,305)

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What to expect?

A heli ride is one of the top three experiences in the city. 

This video details what one can expect on such a tour – 

Departure point

Hotel pick-up facility is available for all of the above Cape Town helicopter rides.

However, if you have not opted for pick-up, you can head straight to the meeting point.

The aircraft for Cape Town helicopter tours take off from V&A Helipad.

Address: Breakwater Edge, 220 E Pier Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town. Get Directions

You will meet the tour operator at the Cape Town Helicopters base. First Red Building on East Pier Road, just past circle.

The heliport is near public transportation.

The tours end back at the meeting point.

There are multiple take-offs daily, so book early to get your preferred time slot.

Timings of the tours

Two Oceans Scenic helicopter tour from Cape Town operates from 10 am to 5 pm.

Cape Peninsula, Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Scenic helicopter tour is serviceable from 10 am to 4 pm.

Cape Town helicopter tour of Atlantic Coast runs from 10 am to 4 pm.

Robben Island scenic helicopter ride in Cape Town takes off at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm

Restrictions strictly followed

Weight limits apply for safe and comfortable helicopter rides over Cape Town.

A minimum and maximum number of passengers are required on these tours, failing which, it will be canceled.

Infants and children are allowed onboard, but infants must sit on the caregiver’s lap throughout the flight.

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

A valid passport is required.

No pets are allowed onboard except service animals.

Check in at least 30 minutes early.

Flight times are approximate based on winds, weights, and conditions.

Seating arrangements may often be in the hands of the tour organizers for a safe and stable flight.

Exclusions of the air tours

Cape Town heli tours do not include food and drinks unless stated otherwise.

Your ticket price also excludes gratuities.

Accessibility to the tours

Cape Town helicopter tours are completely accessible to guests with disabilities.

The aircraft, transportation, and surfaces are completely wheelchair accessible, preventing any inconvenience for the guests.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before your tour date. 

If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, a 100% percent cancellation fee is applicable.

No changes are allowed within 24 hours of the experience’s start time.

Helicopter tours require good weather. 

If the tour is canceled due to poor weather or non-fulfillment of the minimum number of passengers, you may be offered a different date or a full refund.

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