Huey Adventure Flights in Livingstoneon December 20, 2013
The Bell UH-1 Iroquois is a helicopter that is better known as a Huey. Developed in the United States for the military, it has become well-known to many of us from movies and TV series such as “Mash” (I’m showing my age here!). Now Livingstone has its own Huey! Our Huey is definitely not used for military purposes; it is used for enjoyment. I had to give it a try!
The Huey can take up to thirteen passengers comfortably, so works well for groups and families. What makes the Huey helicopter flight different; it that it is flown with open doors to incredible and panoramic views.
We took off and the noise was incredible; it was difficult to chat. But that was because, in addition to the doors being open, we did not wear headphones. We took off from Baobab Ridge helipad, flying low level over the African bush to the Zambezi Gorge and entered below rapid 26. Flying through the gorges just above the river was awe-inspiring! Our flight continued through the steep Batoka gorge, above the raging Zambezi river to rapid 22. At rapid 22 the pilot flew us out of the gorge, back towards the Victoria Falls where we enjoyed a brief view of the mighty Victoria Falls before heading back to Baobab Ridge.
Whew – it was such an adrenalin rush – I can’t wait to do it again!