The tour left from the Makana Aviation heliport next to the famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Our departure was smooth and steady. A smiling Kim Friderichs, my pilot that day, took me up on one of the most delightful helicopter rides I’ve had. Although there was a noticeable wind, as there often is in the environs of Cape Town, we pressed along the coast past the city, Camps Bay, and the Twelve Apostles turning back through the winelands just before Hout Bay. The sky was perfectly blue and the ocean seemingly infinite. From aloft everything was magnificent. From the comfort of the 2006 Robinson R44 helicopter I could see every corner of the city and beyond. My only regret? That the 20 minutes ended so quickly! Next time, I hope to try the longer excursion that reaches Cape Point. Since that day, I have recommended a helicopter flight over Cape Town as a must-do activity to a number of folks planning to visit that fair city.
About Our Pilot She was the lead pilot as well as the first woman pilot hired by Makana for the V&A Waterfront excursions. She has been flying since 2004 and to date has logged 2,150 hours.
Equipment Makana owned six helicopters at the time of this writing: two Bell Long Rangers, two Bell Jet Ranger and two Robinson R44.
Established The company was established in 2001as a joint venture between the two companies.
Flight Options The company offered four packaged flights and a variety of custom options with varied landing sights in the Cape Town area. Complimentary pick up service from Waterfront area hotels was available.
Handicapped Access Makana welcomed handicapped passengers although exit seating (windows) were not available for individuals with disabilities.
Helicopter We fly on a new looking and spotless 2006 Robinson R44, a three seater.
Manager Gary Wilson
Owned National Airways Corporation and Makana Investments
Pilot Kim Friderichs
Reviewers Article and photographs by Elena del Valle
Would You Fly With Them Again? Yes