Helicopter Experience - Shearwater Victoria Falls (2024)

Flight of the angels, the ultimate view of one of the seven wonders of the world

It’s time to whip out your bucket list. There’s no better way to see the scale, magnificence and beauty of the Victoria Falls than from the air. But it’s not just the Falls that you’ll see from a different angle. Depending on the flight you choose, we also take a whirl around the Batoka Gorge, the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Zambezi River before we fly over the Zambezi National Park where you’ll have the opportunity to spot game from up above.

Our helicopters have specially developed bubble windows for the best views possible, and we don’t sell middle seats, so guests are guaranteed uninterrupted views. Our helipad is five minutes from town, it’s the closest in Victoria Falls, so you’ll be over the Falls almost immediately after take-off.

We will also pick you up for free from any hotel or lodge within the Victoria Falls town area.

FLIGHT OF ANGELS

  • 13-15 minutes

  • US$150

Named after David Livingstone’s famous quote, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight.”. After take-off we head straight for the Falls. After doing a figure of eight over the Falls, which gives you the best views possible, we head upstream and fly over the Zambezi National Park where you get the opportunity to spot game from the air.

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SCENIC GORGE FLIGHT

  • 22 minutes

  • US$235

Embark on a mesmerising journey that combines the awe-inspiring Flight of Angels with a breath-taking scenic flight over Batoka Gorge, extending up to Rapid #14 and back. On your return, enjoy another captivating view of the Falls. Our helicopter gracefully hovers just above the gorge, ensuring both safety and environmental mindfulness. This unique vantage point allows you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and grandeur of this natural wonder, providing the perfect opportunity to capture stunning photographs.

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ZAMBEZI SPECTACULAR

  • 25 minutes

  • US$284

Combine the beauty and thrills of the Flight of the Angels with a flight downstream over the Batoka gorge and additional time over the Zambezi National Park, where you have another opportunity to spot wildlife. This flight gives you the opportunity to view the magnificent Zambezi in its three states: the meandering peaceful river above the Falls, the Falls themselves and the rapids and white water of the Zambezi below the Falls.This flight should not be missed.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

How are the helicopters maintained?

Our Bell 206 Long Ranger and Bell Jet Ranger helicopters are the most reliable aircraft on the market. They’re maintained to the highest industry standards as specified by the manufacturer, Bell Textron. We follow the South African Maintenance Organisation and Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe guidelines and our service centre is the only one in Africa that’s International Business Aviation Council and Helicopter Association International accredited.

How do I get there?

We’ll pick you for free from any Victoria Falls hotel.

What is not included?

Please bring cash with you to cover park fees. You can also purchase videos and photos of your experience to take home with you.

What should I bring?

Your camera. Money for park fees and photos or videos.

What should I leave behind?

Anything too heavy or that will take up unnecessary space.

Is there an age limit or weight restriction?

There are no age restrictions, although children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 3 fly for free, sitting on a parent’s lap. Children over 3 pay full price and have a seat. There is generally a weight limit of 120kg per passenger, but this can often be worked around depending on the weight of other passengers.

Is there insurance?

The company has $5m USD in public liability for in helicopter incidents and $2m for any of incidents outside of the helicopter, this is underwritten by Lloyds of London.

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Helicopter Experience - Shearwater Victoria Falls (2024)

FAQs

Is a helicopter over Victoria Falls worth it? ›

Flying over Victoria Falls in a helicopter isn't cheap, but it is worth it. Victoria Falls, which straddles the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is twice the height and twice the width of Niagara Falls.

Are helicopter rides worth it? ›

A helicopter trip for single or group travel is certain to be one of the most unforgettable experiences. Not only is it a novel activity (similar to a safari or a hot air balloon ride), but it is also captivating to view your city from a different vantage point.

What to expect when you go on a helicopter ride? ›

SMOOTH RIDE – You might think that a helicopter ride would be a bumpy experience, but in reality, it's incredibly smooth. Thanks to the helicopter's advanced technology, you'll hardly feel any turbulence during the flight.

What is the flight of angels helicopter? ›

The spectacular helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls is known as the 'Flight of Angels'. David Livingstone famously wrote on seeing the Victoria Falls for the first time in 1855 that “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”.

What time of day is best for helicopter ride? ›

Timing. Consider the time of day you'd like to fly when planning your helicopter tour. Early mornings and late afternoons typically offer the most stunning lighting for photography and cooler temperatures for a more comfortable flight.

Is doors off helicopter worth it? ›

At the end of the day, both options have their benefits and drawbacks. What you need to assess is what you want and what you can handle. If you're a person who likes adventure, the doors off option sounds appropriate. Someone who feels nervous about flying should stick to the comfortable option of a closed-door ride.

What percent of helicopter rides crash? ›

Understanding a Helicopter Accident

The crash rate for general aircraft is 7.28 crashes per 100,000 hours of flight time. For helicopters, that number is 9.84 per 100,000 hours. That means helicopters have a 35 percent higher risk of crashing compared to airplanes.

Do you tip helicopter drivers? ›

Some sources recommend tipping 15-20% of the tour cost. This guideline aligns with the standard tipping practices in many service industries. However, it's important to note that if the pilot also owns the aircraft, the etiquette around tipping might differ.

What is the disadvantages of a helicopter? ›

4. Weather: Helicopters are more susceptible to weather conditions than airplanes. They cannot fly in heavy rain or strong winds, which can limit their use.

What is the hardest thing to do in a helicopter? ›

That being said, one of the maneuvers often considered challenging for helicopter pilots is the “hovering autorotation.” Hovering Autorotation: Autorotation itself, which involves descending safely without engine power, is a critical skill that all helicopter pilots must master.

What to wear on a helicopter ride? ›

Don't wear clothes that are too loose and flowy because they can get caught in the helicopter's doors or windows. But also, don't wear clothes that are too tight, as you need to move easily when getting in and out of the helicopter. Choose something in between for comfort and safety.

Do they weigh you before helicopter rides? ›

Note: Per FAA regulations and in the interest of your safety, all passengers must be weighed upon arrival. But don't worry, only the flight crew will have access to passenger weights, and all information will be kept confidential.

Are angel flights free? ›

Angel Flight West's network of volunteer pilots provide free medical transportation to people in need. Need a Flight?

Who is eligible for an angel flight? ›

Patients must be medically stable, ambulatory and capable of sitting upright and wearing a seat belt for the duration of the flight. There must be either a demonstrated financial need or reason why public transportation cannot be utilized.

What is a helicopter vortex? ›

In all flight circ*mstances there is a degree of airflow circulation at the tips of the blades where the air forced downwards aerodynamically rotates around the aerofoil tip and forms a vortex; this happens with all aerofoils including fixed wing aircraft wings. The vortex generated increases drag and reduces lift.

Can you survive going over Victoria Falls? ›

Assuming you don't actively court disaster, there is no significant risk of being swept over Victoria Falls. The short swim or wade across is also safe, provided you obey the guide's instructions. A less obvious cause for concern is the hippos and crocs that lurk in the Zambezi upriver of the waterfall.

How long is the helicopter ride from Vancouver to Victoria? ›

During the 35 minute (to Victoria) or 18 minute (to Nanaimo) flight in our spacious 12 passenger Sikorsky-S76 helicopters you'll experience some of the most beautiful scenery in British Columbia.

Is it safe to walk in Victoria Falls? ›

VICTORIA FALLS TOWN

Purpose-built to attract tourists to the area, the town itself is worth a visit. It's a pleasant and safe town to walk around, and the locals are very friendly. Here you'll find a variety of lively bars and eateries as well as high-quality crafts for sale.

Is it safe to go on a helicopter tour? ›

Flying in a helicopter, particularly with trusted operators, is demonstrably safe and low-risk, thanks to stringent safety measures and a consistently low accident rate, allowing passengers to confidently enjoy the unique experience.

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