‘Get to the uberCHOPPER!’: Uber celebrates first Cape Town anniversary with on-demand helicopter rides

Uber, next to angel investors and pop-tarts, is possibly one of the best innovations of the modern age. This on-demand cab service operates across the world, and is especially useful in road-congested South Africa. And to celebrate its one-year anniversary of operating in Cape Town, Uber’s “taking off” with the uberCHOPPER as of 10 October 2014. It couldn’t be easier to call a helicopter: simply log into the Uber app, toggle the uberCHOPPER option, select a pickup point and an Uber limousine (price separate to helicopter ride) will pick you up, for delivery at the V&A Waterfront, the location of the helicopter.

This isn’t an ad-hoc helicopter ride though, and there’s three prescribed routes the user can take — here’s the breakdown with pricing.


Take a scenic flight along the Atlantic Coast over to False Bay, passing Fish Hoek to Muizenberg
R1800 per person (minimum two people per flight)


Cruise along the coast of the Cape Peninsula; from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope
R3500 per person (minimum two people per flight)


Customise your trip to any helipad in Cape Town and the surrounds: winelands tour, shark-cage diving…with uberCHOPPER the sky is quite literally the limit!
Prices vary based on trip: Cape Town helicopters will assist you with this

The first “celebrities” to ride the uberCHOPPER tweeted their happiness:

Those keen on a possible free ride can use the #uberCHOPPERLOVE hashtag when tweeting. UberCHOPPER operates from Monday till Sunday, 9-5, from Friday 10 October 2014 until 31 March 2015.



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