Helicopter Horizons have introduced a small chopper to their fleet, enabling affordable helicopter transfers between camps in Botswana’s Okavango Delta as an alternative to light aircraft transfers.
Some colleagues of ours recently enjoyed the full experience, spotting herds of zebra, elephant, journeys of giraffe and pods of hippo from the air before stopping for a refreshing glass of champagne on a remote palm island in the delta. The agility of the chopper added a touch of adrenaline with low-flying passes over the channels as well as superior opportunities for aerial photography.
For bookings of 2 pax, not only is the chopper a highlight of any safari in Botswana, but it’s private, turning an inter-camp transfer into a memorable and exclusive activity for two. The helicopter also drops off and picks up right at camp, removing long airstrip transfers.
The surcharge for helicopter transfers ranges from no additional cost to around $200 per person (based on the surcharge vs a fixed-wing aircraft), and a 15 minute champagne stop on a palm island in the delta can be added to any helicopter scenic flight or transfer for $50pp in 2013.
Now that’s our idea of travelling in style!