Your Ticket to Spectacular Views and Unparalleled Access

It’s no secret: the landscapes you’ll discover with Extraordinary Journeys are nothing short of incredible, whether in Africa or in other destinations around the world. What better way to take in the sights on your trip than with a helicopter safari? Get a true bird’s-eye view of hard-to-reach locations, eye-popping geography, and a vast array of wildlife.

Helicopters afford you unbelievable access.

Think your dream destination is too remote or hard to reach? Think again! Your helicopter safari can take you to places virtually inaccessible by car. And your journey is likely to be faster and less bumpy, too!

Helicopters make the most of your precious time.

Too busy to safari? You really CAN do it all in the short time you have to get away from work! With a helicopter, there’s almost zero travel time. Every minute is fascinating and special. Drop down and land to experience remote areas, not just see them. Whether you want to splurge on a weeklong helicopter safari or book a shorter excursion (even 15 minutes to an hour!), this is the unique, next-level upgrade you’ve been waiting for.

African Helicopter Safaris

If you think you’ve seen Africa, think again. Taking in this gorgeous continent by helicopter will surprise even the most experienced safari-goers. Even Elizabeth, our co-founder, couldn’t believe the amazing new perspective over the Laikipia region! She saw her beloved Kenya with new eyes.

8 Once-in-a-Lifetime Helicopter Safaris in Africa

  • Visit the beautiful, otherworldly Danakil Depression in the Afar region of northern Ethiopia.

  • Indulge in a weeklong helicopter safari over Northern Kenya and Ethiopia with Tropic Air Kenya. The price isn’t cheap, but the once-in-a-lifetime experience is worth every penny.

  • Fly fish in Lake Alice, the largest of Mt. Kenya’s great lakes. Soak in the blissful solitude and crisp, clear air at an altitude of 8,600 feet.

  • Take in the dazzling jade-green waters of Lake Turkana from the air. Read EJ co-founder Elizabeth Gordon’s firsthand account of her experience here: Helicopter Safaris: My New Favorite Way to See Kenya.

  • Add a helicopter transfer in Botswana, and land on an island in the Okavango Delta for champagne!

  • Fly into Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta for a day of Living With Elephants. Go for a bush walk and ramble alongside rescued elephants. Watch them forage and play, at ease and well cared for. Learn about their place in the ecosystem and in conservation overall.

  • Soar over stunning Victoria Falls along the border between Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You might even get the chance for some game viewing as you pass over Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park!

  • Soak in an aerial view of Cape Town, and enjoy lunch in the winelands. The vineyards and mountains here are spectacular. Discover one local’s guide to the Cape’s best wineries here!

Out of Africa Helicopter Safaris

Looking for spectacular views beyond Africa? A helicopter safari is still top of our list. Whether you want to reef snorkel or hike a glacier, you can’t beat the flexibility and access of traveling by helicopter.

6 Unbelievably Gorgeous Out of Africa Helicopter Safaris We Love

Australia

  • Helicopter over the majestic, rust-red landscapes of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and stay at Longitude 131°, a luxury, eco-sensitive desert oasis in the heart of the outback.

  • Fly over Western Australia’s magnificent Bungle Bungle Range, one of the most extensive sandstone karst terrains in the world. The alternating orange and black bands of these incredible beehive-shaped towers are a sight to behold.

Then touch down at El Questro Homestead, in the heart of the Kimberley. This 700,000 acre property is as chock-full of adventure as it is vast. And it offers plenty of privacy and laid-back luxury.

  • Fly along the Queensland coast before cutting inland to the astounding rainforests of Mossman Gorge. You’ll feel like you’re in a scene from Jurassic Park. This route is only accessible by helicopter, so don’t miss out!

New Zealand

  • Experience the massive Fox or Franz Josef Glaciers before they disappear (yes, they’re receding). Sure, you could choose the 8-hour hike in. But for those feeling less fit or lacking the time, we recommend you helicopter to these must-see gems in New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

  • For even more access to New Zealand’s dizzying array of scenic landscapes, take advantage of extended flying time with a private helicopter charter from Queenstown.

Chile & Peru

  • Splurge on a truly once-in-a-lifetime trek across the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Fly in from Chile’s Torres del Paine to spend 2-3 hours on the glacier, exploring cracks, rivers, lagoons, and tunnels. The pristine views, helicopter overflight, and celebratory whiskey toast in the middle of nowhere simply can’t be beaten.

If your budget allows, do not miss this opportunity. The landscape is melting and changing dramatically all the time. See it before it’s gone.

  • Bypass the crowds at Machu Picchu, and helicopter to fly over Choqueriquirao or the Cradle of Gold. This lesser-known ruin is estimated to be three times the size of Machu Picchu, yet it sees only a fraction of the visitors per day.

The trek there on foot is said to be twice as difficult as the Inca Trail. Intrepid hikers should plan for two to four days of hiking from Cusco--the payoff is in the views!

Affordability and Safety

For a private all-day flight or a multi-day excursion, expect to pay a minimum of $2,000 per hour.

If budget is a concern, why not try a short, shared flight? These experiences are quite reasonable. A spin over glaciers or the Great Barrier Reef, for instance, is priced in the low hundreds of dollars.

Helicopters are also a great choice in terms of safety! A flight with an ultra-experienced heli pilot is actually safer than driving.

Discover Your Perfect Helicopter Safari

Wherever you’re traveling, whatever your budget, we help make your dreams a reality! Get in touch today to start planning your unforgettable helicopter safari adventure.

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