Chopper dudette!

Table Mt

I recently wrote, somewhat enviously, about a bloke going on a chopper ride over the city. Well, yesterday I finally got my chance. I’ve never been in a helicopter and a flip over Cape Town has been my dream for several years. This weekend I got my chance when clients were booked for a ride and there was space for me. It was only a 20 minute ride, down to Hout Bay and back again, via the coast both ways but it was a thrill of note!

Sorry about the lousy photos, I only had my phone and I’ll know next time to just take in the views and not bother with photos at all as it’s very difficult if you’re not an expert. But I’m chuffed to have them as a reminder. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m showing off big time.


Tiny little 4 seater

seapoint pav

The ‘Pav’ looks very small from above (700 metres)


Sea Point, very built-up!


Somewhat classic shot of the mountains and stadium

little lions head

Little Lion’s Head and Sandy Bay.


I was fascinated at the way this ship was being brought in – the tug in front seemed to be pushing it to steer it to the left.


Coming in to land. It was over too quickly!


Charlie, the very very cute pilot who permitted me to hitch a ride.


Who’s chuffed with herself, then?

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

4 responses to “Chopper dudette!

  1. I’ll be there next week, I was happy to find your blog a week or so ago! We’re hoping for a chopper ride if it’s not too windy. Beautiful pictures!

    • Hi MaryPat, thanks! Tip: book your ride for as early in the morning as possible because the wind tends to pick up as the day progresses. If they can’t fly at the booked time your tickets are still valid for another time. Enjoy!

  2. Wizzard

    Some interesting images here. CT has grown up since I was last there in 1981. Places that had some buildings on the beach front are now surrounded by concrete.

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I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

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