A guide to planning your safari to the Okavango DeltaRead More
Helicopters provide a unique perspective of the delta. Used both to conduct air transfers and for scenic flights, a flight over the delta is not to be missed.
Helicopter Horizons is a Maun based operator offering a range of air transfers and scenic flight options.
Travelling between camps by helicopter gives the visitor an outstanding perspective of the breathtaking beauty of this water wonderland. The views of the delta are complemented by pilot commentary about the delta throughout. Both Robinson and Bell helicopters for these transfers and all flights are private. Champagne stops on palm islands can be arranged by prior arrangement at an additional cost and are highly recommended.
Operating from most camps in the delta scenic flights allow visitors to explore the delta for 30, 45 or 60 minutes. These flights depart from locations deep in the delta and immediately allow visitors breathtaking views of the crystal clear waters of the Okavango and the large animals which live within the delta.
Scenic flights can be conducted throughout the day with photographers often choosing early morning or late afternoon and other guests preferring to fly during siesta periods so not to miss any game activities. Doors are removed to allow for uninterrupted photographic and video opportunities – a big advantage to the transfers where doors must remain on due to the baggage on board.
Scenic flights from Maun can also be arranged – flying deep into the Okavango to the permanent waterways. The return flight takes you over the seasonal floodplains and west of the main Boro channel. The flight covers the South Western portion of the Okavango system.
Rates start at $325 for 30 minutes, $490 for 45 minutes and $640 for 60 minutes per person. A 15 minute champagne stop can be added for an additional $50 per person. There is a departure tax of $20 per person payable too.
Excursions and Helicopter Safaris
Helicopters allow visitors to explore areas of the delta and surrounding country which would normally be inaccessible. Departing from the delta’s camps and lodges visitors can visit traditional villages or the rock paintings of the Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This two hour excursion allows visitors to complement their wildlife experience with an insight into the traditional way of life some local people still lead, deeply respectful of the delta. Led by a local guide visitors gain an understanding of all aspects of village life including architecture, religious beliefs, hunting and fishing. There is an opportunity to meet local craftspeople.
Sacred to the San Bushmen, the Tsodilo Hills have been inscribed as a World Heritage Site. These rocky hills contain over 4500 rock paintings, some dating back over 26 000 years. Accompanied by a San guide, visitors develop an insight into this extensive artwork and an understanding of a way of life few get to experience.
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Simon Tunstall - travelled Nov 2019
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Kerstin Schonherr – travelled Nov 2019
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Johnathan Manners -July 2019
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