On Monday 11 November, Garmin organised a helicopter flip to give a few lucky people the chance to try out the new Garmin Virb – a great little action camera. I was very fortunate to be able to cover the morning for Nightjar Travel.
The day started at the NAC Makana heli pad near the V&A Waterfront, where we were given our cameras for the trip and shown how to use them. The Virb is incredibly easy to use – you just slide forward the record button and you’re A-for-away.
Then we had a quick safety briefing, met our pilot for the flip and headed across the tarmac to our ‘bird’ for the morning. I’d never been in a helicopter before and was so excited for this opportunity to see the most beautiful city in the world from the air (not that I’m biased or anything about Cape Town).
We got our seatbelts strapped on, headgear adjusted and took a few selfies – helicopter headsets are a good look on anyone. Then it was up and away.
Cape Town obviously heard that we needed some excellent shots for this whole day to be worth it and decided to put on a real show for us. Blue, blue waters and bright, sunny skies made this helicopter ride absolutely magical.
We took a quick spin past the Cape Town Stadium, and then headed off down the coast.
As the helicopter flew down the peninsula, we passed all of the beautiful beaches at Clifton, Camps Bay, Hout Bay and Noordhoek.
Cape Point put on a spectacular show for us, with gorgeous blue waves crashing against the rocks. It was also great that our pilot took us round the point twice so that the people sitting on either side of the helicopter got a good view of the point of the peninsula.
Our route back took us up the other side of the peninsula. The Indian Ocean looked beautiful and quite inviting – until the captain said he regularly sees sharks and was hoping that we would see one on this trip. It would’ve been quite something to see that large shadow lurking under the water, but fortunately for the swimmers down on Muizenberg beach, the great whites stayed away.
From here, we cut inland across the southern suburbs – giving us a bird’s eye view of the massive houses in Bishopscourt and Constantia. As we rounded the mountain, the city bowl sprawled out before us. Cape Town really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
This whole experience was fantastic – and the NAC Makana pilot was brilliant, giving us so much information and history about what we were seeing all the way through the flip. I would highly recommend taking a trip around the peninsula and seeing it from the sky.
Guest blog by Faeron Wheeler
For more awesome footage filmed with the new Garmin Virb see http://faeronwheeler.com/15/11/2013/im-leaving-on-a-helicopter