There is nothing more exciting than seeing the world from a birds point of view, except seeing one of the most iconic UNESCO heritage sites in South Africa from a almost silent state of the art helicopter, flown by some of the most professional and friendly pilots known to the South African shores. Cape Town helicopters offers this phenomenal experience to you at the best rates in Cape Town. The entire experience of flying with Cape Town Helicopters in their top class EC130 and viewing the entire Robben Island with expert commentary and knowledgeable answers to all the questions you may have is an unmatched voyage which must be undertaken when visiting Cape Town.
The entire history of Robben Island is mainly encased in the fact that the late president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was incarcerated in one of the prisons on the Island. It is common knowledge that he served 18 years on the island during the Apartheid regime. However the rest of the rich history of the island is lost in light of this, and what an immensely rich history it is. One can of course take the online tour and see all the sights there are to be seen, you can also take the tour by ferry and then by foot, but even though any tour of Robben Island adds great value to your historical knowledge and is truly awesome, the aerial perspective that one gets from a helicopter tour over the island is truly awe-inspiringly amazing. The helicopter tour gives one the understanding of the distances from the Cape Town coastline and the surrounds, as Robben Island was used as a WW2 defense base, and has a high concentration of WW2 artifacts.
Above and beyond holding former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Robben Island’s prisons also saw the likes of former acting president, Kgalema Mothlanthe who served a short term as president after Thabo Mbeki stepped down, Thabo Mbeki’s father, Govan Mbeki was also held on the island and even though he was sentenced to life, was released in 1987 by P.W. Botha. Current president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma also served time on the island. The former Arch bishop of Cape Town, Njongonkulu Ndungane, as well as Robert Sobukwe, former leader of the PAC, whose house can be seen from the air, also spent time being incarcerated on the island. The list of well known politicians, presidents, freedom fighters, activists as well as many other people who helped reform South Africa into the rainbow nation that it has become, which was the life long dream of former president, Nelson Mandela, can be added to the rich history of Robben Island.
Robben Island has so many millions of historically rich details that are lost when traveling by foot on the island, there are so many more rich and epic treasures to be seen from the air. Even though Cape Town offers many companies which offer fabulous helicopter rides across the island, none have the silent EC130 by their side as well as having the most professional and well versed pilots to take you on a trip across the most epic pieces of South African history.