United Air Charters (UAC) recently acquired a new helicopter, a Huey. It is big and takes up to 13 passengers and two pilots. And there are no doors, so passengers are open to the elements and the noise. It is quite a different experience from the smaller helicopters.
In a Huey helicopter skimming over the African bush, deep down into the Batoka Gorge over the Victoria Falls. Experience the thrill of low level flying and sharp manoeuvring over the African bush and down into the gorge in this legendary helicopter.
Being one of those people who does not like heights, I found it a bit scary and felt the need to hold onto something. I don’t think I was the only one as another passenger was clinging on to side of the cabin.
UAC has their helipad at Baobab Ridge. It is a lovely spot overlooking the river and the National Park. I arrived for my flight and signed the indemnity and joined the rest of the group for the safety talk. And then we all walked to the helicopter and found our places and strapped ourselves in.
We took off from Baobab Ridge helipad and fly low level over the African bush to the Zambezi Gorge entering below rapid 26. The flight continues in the bowls of the steep Batoka gorge, above the raging river to rapid 22. At rapid 22 the pilot will fly you out of the gorge, back to the Victoria Falls where you will have a brief view of the mighty Victoria Falls.
We did a couple of spins over the Victoria Falls. As the helicopter banked to turn, I found myself saying: oh my goodness me, or words to that effect. I am a real wimp. The helicopter then headed back to Baobab Ridge.
I admired the water over the Zimbabwe side and then looked at Zambia’s grim spectacle at this time of year. There was only one stream of water
coming over and soon, we know that this will be gone until the rains send us some more water.
I noticed clearly the water intake for ZESCO taking our water to generate power. And I know we need power, but isn’t there a compromise? Could we have our cake and eat it too?
I know my photos are rather hazy, but it is that time of year. Bushfires and extreme heat…
Come to Livingstone Zambia and view one of the seven natural wonders of the world – the magnificent Victoria Falls, also known as “Mosi Oa Tunya” – the smoke that thunders – the Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular sights in the world and you will be able to view this amazing waterfall from the comfort of one of our helicopters. This experience will definitely qualify as the flight of your life as you embark on the “Flight of Angels”.
From: thelivingstoneweekly / 5VictoriaFalls24
Date: 29 September 2013