Sightseeing by air is the best way to discover
Africa's diverse sights and sounds!
Our pre-planned helicopter safaris &
Our carefully planned safari routes
across South Africa has been specifically designed
to show you some of the possibilities available and some of the
safaris that work well. If you find one of the below itineraries
of interest, we will arrange it for you just as it is laid out,
but please do not feel limited by these itineraries!
If you would like to add an activity, destination or attraction,
we will work it into the safari.
The cost of a luxury helicopter safari is between
R10 000 and R 18 000 per person per day with a minimum of 2 guests
per safari. Click here for an easy-to-use currency
Our helicopter safaris are designed to be all-inclusive.
This includes luxury accommodation, all activities, entrance fees,
all meals and drinks, the expert services of a pilot/guide and
ofcourse all flights by helicopter. Once you are on safari with
us, there are no extra costs. We arrange our safaris to offer
the ultimate privacy and exclusivity. For this reason we prefer
to always use private vehicles when travelling by land (game drives,
short transfers, etc.).
Safaris are also offered in Botswana, Moçambique
and Namibia. Add ons to Zambia and Zimbabwe (specifically
Victoria Falls) are possible.
you will find a choice of carefully planned, opulant safaris
for the discerning traveller:
· Module 1: Kruger & Mpumalanga
area - From R16 800 pp per day
Highlight: Elephantback safari, cheetah program,
wild dog breeding program, Blyderiver Canyon, Sabi Sands Private
Game Reserve, the Big Five.
· Module 2: KZN & Drakensberg
(“Bush & Beach”) - From R15 700 pp
Highlights: Phinda Private Game Reserve, the
Big Five, St. Lucia, white beaches of the Indian Ocean, Maputaland,
the Kosi Bay Lakes, Shaka’s Kraal, Rorke’s Drift,
the Drakensberg, the Midlands, the Wild Coast.
· Module 3: Eastern Cape &
Wild Coast - From R14 600 pp per day
Highlights: Addo Elephant National Park, the
Hogsback Mountains, Maluti Highlands, Mkambati waterfalls, Port
St. Johns, the Wild Coast, the Big Five at Kwandwe Private Game
Module 4: Cape Town & Garden Route
- From R15 900 pp per day
Highlights: Cape Town, scenic flight to Table
Mountain, Cape Point, Simon’s Town, Chapman’s Peak,
wine tasting at Franschhoek, Cederberg Mountains, whale watching
at Hermanus, Cape Agulhas, the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay and
Knysna, the Outeniqua steam train.
The above rates are purely an indication.
Activity based helicopter safaris:
Safari: combine the thrill of saltwater fly-fishing,
tiger fishing, rainbow trout and wild trout.
Safari: we plan your safari to incorporate some of
the best golf courses in the world, designed by world-class players,
set in spectacular surroundings. Play a different course every
Safari: visit the historical battlefields of the
Zulu Kingdom where the British red coats engaged in a battle with
Safari: Visit spectacular wildlife areas such as
the Kruger National Park, combined with cheetah and wild dog breeding
programs and an elephant back safari.
Safari: sightseeing by helicopter is one of the best
ways to explore southern Africa and it offers incredible opportunities
activity of your choice: we will plan a luxury helicopter
safari around the activity of your choice.
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for our terms and conditions.
Detailed Itineraries for pre-planned Luxury Helicopter
1: KRUGER & MPUMALANGA
Day1: Johannesburg to Kapama Private Game Reserve
After your arrival at Johannesburg International Aiport you are
met by a Distinctive Africa representative and taken to your helicopter.
After a brief introduction and a refreshing drink we board the
helicopter for our flight to Camp Jabulani via Pilgrims Rest and
surrounding area (waterfalls). The area's scenic beauty is best
explored by helicopter and we make the most of our time while
in the air. Many waterfalls and beautiful gorges can be found
enroute. We overnight at the ultra luxurious Camp
Jabulani where we enjoy interaction with Africa’s largest
land animal - the African Elephant. Elephant
Back Safaris are the main emphasis during our stay, with game
drives, bush walks and night drives to round off the experience.
2/3: Camp Jabulani - Elephant Back Safari
The next two days will be used to explore the beauty of the area
by helicopter, 4x4 vehicle and on foot. Your day will consist
of the following: after a delicious breakfast we head out for
our first elephant back safari. This is a unique way of gameviewing
as you can get into close proximity of the wildlife without disturbing
them. We travel back to camp to board our helicopter for a sightseeing
flight to the Blyderiver Canyon (largest 'green' canyon in the
world) and the surrounding area. We enjoy a picnic lunch in a
secret spot and enjoy another encounter with the elephants.
4: Kapama to Sabi Sands
We board our helicopter and skim over the African plains to the
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve via Graskop (waterfall). On arrival
we are met by our personal ranger who will transfer us to the
lodge in a private 4x4 vehicle. The area is well known for its
exceptional wildlife encounters and we spend the afternoon and
evening in search of Africa's wildlife. Dinner is a culinary feast
and enjoyed in the boma, on your verandah or in the dining area.
Sabi Sabi/ Londolozi.
5: Sabi Sands
Go in search of the 'big five' in an open 4x4 vehicle. Sightseeing
flight after lunch.
6: Sabi Sands to JNB
After breakfast return to JNB via Waterval-Boven.
MODULE 2: “BUSH & BEACH”
Day 1: DBN to Phinda
We are met at our hotel or the airport and transferred to the
helipad. We leave the city of Durban to fly along the coast to
the wilderness area of Hluhluwe/ Umfolozi Game Reserve. Enjoy
lunch at St Lucia, situated in a World Heritage Site. After lunch
gently glide over dense forests to Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve
in search of Africa’s wildlife. Then to Phinda
Private Game Reserve to enjoy an afternoon game drive and
and dinner at Phinda.
2/3: Phinda to Rocktail Bay - Maputaland
After an early morning game drive or nature walk, enjoy breakfast
and board the helicopter for a spectacular flight over Maputaland’s
beautiful pans and coastal lakes - Muzi Pan, Lake St Lucia, False
Bay Lake and Lake Sibaya. Sightseeing by air is the best way to
discover Maputaland. The lakes make out part of the most spectacular
natural saltwater estuary in Africa. Lake Sibaya is the largest
freshwater lake in southern Africa where crocodile and hippo can
be observed from the air. Large concentrations of pelican and
flamingo are found in some of these lakes.
The highlight of our flight is the ascent over the high, tightly
forested coastal dunes to the unspoilt Maputaland coastline and
clear blue Indian Ocean. Along this unspoilt coastline dolphins,
turtles and whale sharks are frequently sighted.
Land at Kosi Bay for a picnic lunch on the beach. Then enjoy saltwater
fly-fishing at the mouth of the estuary, scuba diving at Rocktail
Bay or simply relax on the unspoilt beaches of northern Maputaland.
The scuba diving is world class. In the summer, witness Leatherback
and Loggerhead Sea Turtles heaving themselves onto the beach to
lay their eggs in this protected beach.
Dinner and overnight at Rocktail
Bay Lodge situated in this World Heritage Site.
4: Rocktail Bay to Drakensberg via Rorke’s Drift and Shaka’s
Today we include two intriguing cultural experiences. We first
fly to the Battlefields of Isandlwana where the Zulus won this
famous battle against the British. Allow the resident historian
to take you on a memorable journey of discovery while touring
the actual area where it took place. We enjoy lunch at the impressive
After lunch, travel into the heart of Zululand for a cultural
experience with a difference. Come face to face with the way of
life of the traditional Zulu.
In the afternoon we travel west towards the Drakensberg Mountain
range. These mountains are spectacular and the scenic beauty is
outstanding. There is no better way to experience the sheer magnitude
of these mountains than by helicopter. Enjoy a sunset drink at
a secluded spot on top of the world…
Overnight at Hartford
5: Drakensberg to KZN South Coast via Wild Coast
After an early breakfast, travel into the mountains by helicopter
and spend time in search of brown and rainbow trout in an unspoiled
mountain stream. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the mountains before
flying along the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains towards
Oribi Gorge and the Wild Coast. This rugged coast boasts waterfalls
that plummets into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, small
coves surrounded by sheer rock cliffs, green rolling hills and
secluded white beaches waiting to be explored.
Overnight at Lynton
Hall with its colonial majesty.
6: Lynton Hall to Durban
After breakfast, enjoy the scenic flight to Durban where the safari
MODULE 3: THE EASTERN CAPE & WILD COAST
Day 1: PE to Gorah Elephant Camp (Addo National Park)
After arrival at Port Elizabeth, transfer to Gorah Elephant
Camp by helicopter. This premier lodge is set in the heart of
the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest
elephant population on earth. Explore the bush with experienced
rangers in open 4x4 vehicles, on foot or horseback, or simply
relax by the pool. We fly along the coast to visit the sights
of the first explorers of this beautiful land.
Overnight at Gorah
Day 2: Addo to Tenahead in the Maluti Mountains via Hogsback
After a morning game drive and breakfast, we set out
to the northern outskerts of the eastern Cape and fly via the
quaint village of Hogsback, magnificently sited on the slopes
of the Amatole Mountains, overlooking the rivers and fertile plains
of the Tyume Valley in a region dominated by three ridges said
to resemble the bristles on a hog's back. Hogsback is famous for
its spectacular waterfalls such as Madonna and Child, Swallowtail
and Kettle spout.
We fly along the Amatole Mountains and travel into the heart of
the Tenahead mountain reserve. Mighty Mountains with huge vistas
raked by deep, lonely valleys. Hillsides are carpeted with a myriad
grasses and flowers. This special place is home to many antelope
and smaller animals including lynx, jackals, rock rabbits, amphibians,
reptiles and over 300 species of birds.
Overnight at Tenahead
Day 3: Tenahead to Wild Coast via Mkambati
Today we leave the mountain behind and head for the east
coast of South Africa, to a place called the Wild coast. We witness
spectacular sights where waterfalls plummet into the sea and an
unspoilt, remote coastline of incredible beauty. One of the amazing
sights we encounter is the Hole in the Wall - it is a unique structure
with a huge detached cliff that has a giant opening carved through
its centre by the waves. The local Xhosa call this place "izi
Khaleni", which means "place of thunder". At certain
times of the year the waves hit the hole in such a way that the
sound can be heard throughout the valley.
Overnight at Sandcastle.
Day 4: Wild Coast to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
After breakfast we fly directly to Kwandwe Private Game
Reserve where we go in search of the 'big five' in our private
4x4 vehicle. The 15 800 ha reserve boasts black and white rhino,
buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, gemsbok, lion, elephant, zebra, hippopotamus,
eland and blue wildebeest to name but a few.
Overnight at Kwandwe.
Day 5: Kwandwe to PE
Enjoy a morning game drive or nature walk before breakfast.
We fly along the coast to Port Elizabeth where the safari ends.
4: CAPE TOWN & THE GARDEN ROUTE
Day 1: Cape Town
After your arrival at the airport, transfer to your hotel in Cape
Town, situated at the V&A Waterfront with stunning views of
Table Mountain. Today includes a scenic flight around Table Mountain
and the Cape Peninsula (Cape Point, False Bay, Simons Town, Hout
Bay, Clifton). Then it's off to Franschhoek to try some of the
best wines in the world. Wine tasting and lunch in the Franschhoek
and Stellenbosch area.
Overnight at The
Table Bay in the V&A Waterfront
Day 2: Cape Town to Bushmans Kloof - Cederberg
Fly along the West Coast and turn inland at Elands Bay to the
Cederberg Mountains (Clanwilliam area) for an African Wilderness
and Wildlife experience.
Enjoy a delicious lunch and an afternoon game drive. The lodge
offers a revitalising health spa. Overnight and dinner at Bushmans
Kloof Game Reserve.
Day 3: Cederberg to Hermanus
Head south today towards Hermanus via the Swartland and Hottentots
Holland Mountains to enjoy shore-based whale watching after lunch
and a scenic flight in the afternoon.
Overnight at Birkenhead
House in Hermanus
Day 4: Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay via Oudtshoorn and
W e travel inland to Oudtshoorn for a visit at the Cango Caves
and an ostrich farm. We enjoy lunch at Belvedere Lodge close to
Knysna. This part of southern Africa is famous for its natural
beauty and scenic coastline. We explore the area by helicopter
and enjoy a sumptuous dinner at Tsala
Treetop Lodge where we overnight.
Day 5: Plettenberg Bay
Today we relax on the beach and unwind in the waters of the Indian
Ocean. We enjoy a boat cruise to experience the wealth of marine
life at close quarters and explore the Tsitsikamma area on a scenic
flight. The Tsitsikamma National Park is also known as "the
place of much water". Where the waves of the Indian Ocean
relentlessly pound rocky shores, where temperate high forest and
fynbos roll down to the sea in an unspoilt verdant carpet, where
ancient rivers carve their paths to the ocean down rocky ravines…this,
"the place of much water", is the Tsitsikamma National
Overnight at Tsala
6: Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the lodge before departure for
Cape Town or George for your onward flight.