“The Flight of Angels” aptly refers to the
Helicopter Flights over and around Victoria Falls.
It originated from the phrase coined by
David Livingstone when he first documented discovering the falls: “Scenes so
lovely must have been gazed upon by Angels in Their Flight”. I think it is a
great name, it describes this activity perfectly as it is surely one of the finest
experiences you can have.
At ground level you can feel the
enormous power of the Victoria Falls as tremendous volumes of water pound into
the chasm below. But it is only when you take to the air that you can take in
the whole panorama and enormity of this mighty spectacle.
Shearwater Helicopter circling over the Falls
You can see the lazy wide Zambezi
And the zigzag gorges below.
Looking along the length of the
Falls you can see right into the chasm. Devils cataract is closest
to us, and you can just see the new fault line starting to spilt,
which will be the new Falls in about a million years!!
Here you can see the how the wide
river abruptly plunges over the knife edge and how the river is
reduced to its narrow gorges, where the white water rafting takes
You can see how close the famous
Victoria Falls Bridge (where they bungi jump) is to the Falls.
The bridge was the brainchild of
Rhodes who insisted that passengers on the train should feel the
spray of the falls on their faces.
As you look upstream you can see the
lazy wide Zambezi River as it meanders along its course.
There are hundreds of islands and you
can see all the wildlife going about its daily business.
Then as if a line is drawn the water
plummets over a knife edge, at this point the river is almost one kilometre wide
but is immediately reduced to a width of no more than 50m contained within a
But what’s even more spectacular is that
as you look downstream you can see the zigzag of the gorges. These show a story
in time as each one represents a different
Victoria Falls from thousand of years
ago, as the river has eroded the softer sandstone in the fault lines between the
Basalt and cut its way upstream over the ages.
Up there in the air you can look at a millennia in time in
just one gaze.
Sadly the Victoria Falls helicopter flight is pretty
pricey for most of us but if you can get the money together it well worth it.
There are 2 different Victoria Falls
The first is a 12/13 minute flight which
takes off from
Elephant hills heli pad, which is just a few kilometres upstream
of the Falls.
The flight takes you over the falls several times in both
directions, the pilot’s bank the helicopters as you circle so you can really see
right into the chasm of the falls.
You can see the towns of
Victoria falls in
Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia and all the hotels which is quite impressive
and you can see up and down stream very clearly.
The second option is a 30 minute flight
which starts off exactly like the shorter flight but then takes you for an
enthralling Game viewing flight upstream along the Mighty Zambezi and the
adjoining Zambezi National Park.
You are likely to see quite a bit of Game
including many hippo in the river. The scenery is breathtaking and this is an
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All trips include
Shearwater Victoria Falls helicopter operate a
courtesy pick up and drop off from anywhere in the Victoria Falls town
centre and all the major hotels.
What to bring
There are no dress requirements
Personal Medication (if necessary)
National Parks fee US$10 per person
No Age restriction, children need to
be accompanied by adult or guardian
Children under 3 years of age are
flown free of charge sitting the parent’s lap
All children over 3 are charged full
A minimum of 2 guests to confirm a
12/13 min flight
A minimum of 3 guests to confirm a
30 min flight
Pick up times
All pickups are half an hour before
Indemnity and insurance
Shearwater adventures has a Public
Liability insurance cover of US$2 million per incident, which is
underwritten by Lloyds of London.
All Victoria Falls helicopter 's have radios, which
enable them to have radio communications with the civil Aviation Central
Tower, Helipad and Mars.
Videos and Photos
Professional personalised video production of the
flight is available for viewing and purchase at the end of your flight.
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by Kate (Zimbabwe)
Many thanks for all your assistance. You have probably been the most responsive and helpful tour organizers I have worked with- anywhere in the world. I'll be sure to recommend you to my colleagues and friends.
All the activities lived up to the hype!
by Alex (Swaziland)
Good Afternoon Boo,
Just wanted to let you know that we are now back in Swaziland and had an incredibly fun time enjoying Victoria Falls! All the activities lived up to the hype and I would like to thank you for all your help in organising a busy but full holiday for us! Everything went smoothly from the moment we arrived to the time we left.
Also wondering where you prefer to have your reviews written?
All the best
Memory I will not forget
by Sunitha (22.5.13)
Hope you are keeping well.
I must say a very big thank you for all your assistance and advice for my trip. I had the most amazing time at Vic Falls, a memory I will not forget.
Thanks a million once again.
by Graham & Janet (United Kingdom)
We would like to offer our thanks for sorting a fantastic itinerary for our all too short visit to Vic Falls. The cruise on the Zambesi at sunset was a delight and the helicopter flight breathtaking! The pick ups were punctual and staff members were all very smiley, friendly, helpful and good company. The whole experience of the actual Falls and the town itself was outstanding.
We will return! Your company will be our first port of call. Many thanks for a very efficient service.