Unique experiences have emerged as the fastest-growing travel sector globally since the pandemic, and the aerial adventures, premium destinations and authentic interactions offered by EXPLORE COLLECTION are undeniably world-class. Their tailor-made tours and activities include anything from wildlife tracking with San hunters or wilderness camping, to gourmet cuisine offerings and desert photographic safaris.

Tourism stands as a key driver in the South African economy and have been proven as one of the most effective tools used in empowering individuals and uplifting communities. SA is often referred to as ‘a world in one country’, and as such our Rainbow Nation boasts an array of award-winning destinations and cultural experiences, with a solid infrastructure for visitors, to boot.

Statistics SA reports that the local tourism industry is rising from the post-pandemic ashes, with tourism accommodation bookings up by 86.6, a significant year-on-year increase. Search trends indicate an up-swing in keywords focusing on premium and authentic experiences, with many locals specifically swopping the ski slopes of Biarritz or beaches of Croatia to instead explore SA.

Explore Experiences offer all manner of boutique trips and tours. Photo by Jacques Marais.

This is precisely the market that EXPLORE COLLECTION is aiming to attract, explains Neil Warren, CEO of CAPE TOWN HELICOPTERS. “Our vision behind this component of our business is to enable a new brand of contemporary South African travelers to experience world-class adventures, right here in our magnificent backyard”, he explains.

What sets the EXPLORE COLLECTION experiences apart are their unique nature. “We have – as a family, and with friends and colleagues – explored the unrivalled Cape and adjoining regions for decades, and our dream is to now share these diverse secrets with our guests”, Warren continues.

Their bouquet of experiences truly transcends the imagination, with the central theme being aerial adventures. Many tourists have delighted in their helicopter flips, reveling in an eagle eye’s view of iconic landmarks such as Robben Island, Table Mountain, and Cape Point, but this is but a tiny part of their elevated view of the southern tip of Africa.

Heli biking is just one of the many experiences that Cape Town Helicopters has created. Photo by Jacques Marais.

There is so much to choose from: imagine tailor-made tours to the West Coast, to join an award-winning chef on the beach for a magnificent meal capturing the local flavour of West Coast seafood prepared while you sip on chilled champagne.

Or book an extended trip into the Kgalagadi Desert where, you can go on a dawn game drive to see the legendary, black-maned Kalahari lions, or listen to fiery-necked night jars shrilling outside your luxury tent at night. Nothing stops you from joining the ancient San hunter-gatherer people from the area to go wildlife tracking in one of the oldest deserts on the planet, either.

Plus, there is the helibiking adventure, which is an experience like no other. Fly directly from the Cape Town Waterfront to the Stellenbosch mountains. Cape Town Helicopters state-of-the-art chopper is equipped with aviation-approved bike racks, allowing you to experience this natural high with your mountain bike on some top-class Cape’s singletrack.

Photo by Jacques Marais.

The helicopter seats up to 6 PAX, and the short travel duration enable visitors with limited time to quickly reach inaccessible locations, with both half-day and full-day trips on offer. Or extend your adventure to include overnighting in selected wilderness destinations, including the Cederberg and Karoo. Game viewing, nature immersion, star gazing, peak bagging … the sky is the limit!

The bottom line? The team at EXPLORE COLLECTION has curated a combination of the continent’s most authentic destinations and premium experience, and they are waiting to hear from you. And as they say in the classics, there’s more good news…

For more information to to book an adventure visit www.helicopterscapetown.co.za.