See the world from a different perspective with the world’s top five sites to charter a private helicopter.
There are some places in the world that can’t be appreciated on land the same way they are from above. It would be like only seeing Mona Lisa’s smile and nothing else, or one star in Van Gough’s Starry Night. With a scenic helicopter flight, you can see the full picture. And truly know the beauty of mother nature.
1. Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
There is a two-kilometre sheet of waterfall separating Zambia and Zimbabwe. Described as “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight” by David Livingstone in 1855, the falls make for an incredible site from above.
The renowned ‘Flight of the Angels’ by Zambezi Helicopters will take you soaring into the sky. Although the helicopter tour only last 12-13 minutes, there is ample opportunity to see the falls and the Batoka Gorge from every angle. Those wanting a more personalised experience can book a private charter to see the falls. The best way to experience the majesty of Victoria Falls is with a scenic flight.
Zambezi Helicopters | Flight of the Angels | 12-13 minutes | From US $150
2. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,300km along the coast of Queensland, Australia. Home to a plethora of marine wildlife and coral forests, the Great Barrier Reef is a remarkable sight. While many dive to see the beauty below the surface, few experience this exceptional reef from above.
There are plenty of companies that run helicopter tours over the reef. The deluxe reef explorer scenic flight with GBR Helicopters offers an exceptional experience flying off the coast of Cairns, over Arlington Reef. This reef is great for turtle, dolphin, and if you’re lucky, whale spotting.
GBR Helicopters | Deluxe reef explorer | 40 minutes | From $ AU549
3. The Grand Canyon, USA
The Grand Canyon is over 445 km long (277 miles). Formed from millions of years of erosion by the Colorado River, The Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight. What would a holiday to the USA be without a scenic flight above the Grand Canyon?
Helicopter tour company, Papillon, offers a private tour of the Grand Canyon and the Las Vegas strip. Starting with a limo ride to the luxurious EC-130 helicopter, the tour is set to ‘wow’. Experience the Grand Canyon’s Western Rim from above before landing on a private plateau overlooking the Colorado River. The experience finishes with an aerial view of the Vegas Strip and a limo ride back to your hotel.
Papillon | Private Grand Celebration with Vegas Strip | 3.5-4 hours | From US $936 per person
4. Denali National Park, Alaska
Most people know about Africa’s ‘Big Five’ but what about the ‘Big Five’ in Alaska? The remote Denali National Park is home to moose, caribou, grizzly bears, wolves and dall sheep. The national park stretches into the far reaches of Alaska and features, glacial rivers, gorges, taiga forests, alpine tundra environments and the country’s tallest peak – Mt. McKinley.
Taking a casual stroll through this vast park unfortunately won’t get you very far. The only way to experience Denali is with an aerial view. Temsco Air offer two exclusive Denali Helicopter Tours. The Denali Glacier Landing will have you walking on the massive Yanert Glacier. And the Tundra Express, provides the opportunity to see the mountains just outside Denali National Park and view Denali, Mt Deborah, and local wildlife.
Temsco | Denali Glacier Landing | 2.25 hours | From US $536
Temsco | Tundra Express | 1.5 hours | From US $249
5. The Dolomites, Italy
Found in the northern Italian Alps, the Dolomites is considered one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. Comprising of 18 peaks, the Dolomites not only offer some of the best skiing but offer exceptional aerial views.
Allure of Tuscany offer two helicopter packages: Heliskii Dolomites and Dolomites Private Helicopter Tour. Heliskii Dolomites will get the adrenaline pumping. This adventure will take you off the beaten path into the soft snow terrain on the high peaks and valleys. Dolomites Private Helicopter Tour will see you fly around some of the highest peaks, with beautiful landscapes and valleys below.
Allure of Tuscany | Heliskii Dolomites | Price per individual request
Allure of Tuscany | Dolomites Private Helicopter Tour | Price per individual request
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