Emperor Penguins & The South Pole

Spend your days exploring the Great White Continent and you will even have an opportunity to visit the geographic South Pole and spend a night camping here. Your main camp has been created using aerospace technology in order for you to experience one of the world’s toughest climates.

Duration
8 Days
Price
When
Nov - Dec
Destination
Antarctica
Type
Small Group Safari or Tailor-Made
Duration Price When Destination Type
8 Days Nov - Dec Antarctica Small Group Safari or Tailor-Made
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About this trip

Starting in Cape Town, you fly down to the world’s largest desert, Antarctica; where upon arrival you settle into one of the most luxurious camps you can find in the Polar Regions. Each day of your safari you will be able to choose from a range of activities, taking it as easy as you like, or packing your days with adrenaline-charged adventures. Enjoy trekking, exploring ice tunnels and hikes to see colonies of Adelie penguins. Fly to Atka Bay, home to a breeding colony of Emperor penguins, the largest penguin species in the world.

These incredible animals stand at up to 1.3 metres in height, and weigh in at up to 45kg, you’ll truly appreciate them as they wander around you. Another highlight of this trip is your flight down to the geographic South Pole, a feat that very few people get to experience – this is truly once in a lifetime adventure! This safari is for those who want to experience the Antarctic Peninsula without compromising on luxury.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Be one of the few to visit the very bottom of the planet and stand at the South Pole.
  • Visit a colony of Emperor penguins.
  • Explore the wilderness of Antarctica, trekking, hiking, venturing through ice tunnels and seeing magnificent ice waves from atop a 200ft cliff.

An 8 day ultimate Antarctica safari, including Emperor penguins and the South Pole

from $89,762 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day 1

Cape Town - Antarctica

With the official destination registered as ‘Unknown International Airport’, you will board your 5.5 hour flight to Antarctica, crossing the polar circle into 24 our daylight. Please note that the aircraft is designed for military transport and to cope with severe weather conditions, so it is not as comfortable as a commercial airliner. There will be other passengers on the flight, primarily scientists, and some other explorers. You will be met upon arrival to the ice runway and taken via specially modified 4x4s to the incredible Whichaway Camp where you can settle into your warm and comfortable ‘pod’.

Overnight: Whichaway Camp (L, D)

Day 2

Whichaway Camp

Settle into Whichaway Camp and do as much or as little as you like each day. Explore your surroundings, and get to know your group. Activities range from gentle treks out to the incredible ice waves, to kite-skiing, ice climbing and even abseiling into crevasses!

Overnight: Whichaway Camp (B, L, D)

Day 3

Atka Bay Emperor Penguin Colony

Today you have the unrivalled opportunity to visit an Atka Bay Emperor Penguin Colony. Fly 2 hours across the high polar plateau delivering spectacular vistas of this beautifully barren landscape before reaching the colony which is home to over 6000 birds and their chicks. A land unfrequented by humans means these majestic birds have no fear of man. You will stand where few have stood before and watch as their curiosity draws them closer and closer to you. You will have the pleasure of filming, or capturing your very own ‘March of the Penguins’.

Overnight: Whichaway Camp (B, L, D)

Day 4

Antarctica

Today you will get to explore the ice waves beneath the camp, delving into the series of ice tunnels that are as surreal as they are beautiful. You’ll want to photograph every moment of this experience, but remember to take it in without looking through the lens of your camera! The day ends with a visit to the nearby Russian science base to learn more about their work, followed by a sauna.

Overnight: Whichaway Camp (B, L, D)

Day 5

South Pole

Please keep in mind that the South Pole is situated at an apparent altitude of 4,000m with an approximate ambient temperature of -25 C. Those with pre-conditions for altitudes sickness should not choose this option. If you are unsure in anyway, please contact us for any advice or further information, or alternate trip options.

Overnight: Whichaway Camp (B, L, D)

Day 6

Return to Whichaway Camp

After a night spent camping, you will be given a hearty breakfast, before boarding the plane once again for the 7 hour flight back to Whichaway camp. The flight is the perfect chance to really appreciate the immense scale of Antarctica, before you return to camp for a three-course dinner and some champagne to celebrate your achievement.

Overnight: Whichaway Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7

Antarctica

Today is an easier day with talks from the polar explorer staff and guides about some of the lesser known history of Antarctica and their world record breaking expeditions. Then, it’s time for kite-skiing around camp, followed by a giant abseil off the nearby Nunatak mountain.

Overnight: Whichaway Camp (B, L, D)

Day 8

Depart Antarctica

The flight out of Antarctica will be the last of your unforgettable Antarctic memories before you delve back into the noise and heat of Africa. You will be transferred to your hotel where you will have a chance to relax in a hot bath and think back to your Antarctic adventure!

TRIP DETAILS

DATES AND PRICES

This is a set departure for up to 12 guests at a time. Trip duration may vary, and weather conditions may result in changes to this itinerary. Please contact us for more details.

Trip date Prices from
Jan 06 - Jan 14 2020
Jan 14 - Jan 22 2020
Nov 28 - Dec 06 2020
Dec 06 - Dec 14 2020
Dec 14 - Dec 21 2020
Dec 21 - Dec 29 2020
Trip date Prices from
Jan 02 - Jan 10 2021
Jan 10 - Jan 18 2021

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