There are two ways of viewing the immensely beautiful and historically rich UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Robben Island, the one is by ferry and by land, and the other is by air, both are definitely recommended as both provide a completely different perspective on the magnitude of cultural and historical essence that makes up this large expanse of land. Taking off from the grandly majestic Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, in the highly capable hands of your top professional pilots from Cape Town Helicopters in a first class helicopter, is where your journey toward the Aerial experience of Robben Island begins. Continue reading “Robben Island brought to you by Cape Town Helicopters”
Robben Island is one of South Africa’s extremely rich iconic sites, and it belongs solely to Cape Town. It is very true when people say viewing the world from the air and from the ground are two comprehensively different experiences. Even though Robben Island is known and made famous for the fact that the Father of the Rainbow Nation, late president of South Africa Nelson Mandela was kept prisoner there, it has so much more history, and all this history can be viewed from the air, coupled with a hugely exhilarating experience.
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.
The father of the Rainbow Nation that is South Africa, Nelson Mandela once wrote to a journalist that the view of the sea from his prison cell on Robben Island, where he spent 18 â€“ 27 years was divinely beautiful. Upon visiting Robben Island the journalist discovered that Nelson Mandela had a white brick wall outside his window. Robben Island is probably more famous for the fact that the late legend Nelson Mandela was incarcerated there, however Robben Island has even more stories to share.
Were this world an endless plain, and by sailing eastward we could for ever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage. But in pursuit of those far mysteries we dream of, or in tormented chase of that demon phantom that, some time or other, swims before all human hearts; while chasing such over this round globe, they either lead us on in barren mazes or midway leave us whelmed.
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