Small Group Safari

South Georgia Photography Safari with David Yarrow

Explore the beautiful island of South Georgia, capturing the dramatic landscapes and unique Antarctic wildlife on camera alongside celebrated wildlife photographer David Yarrow.

Duration 15 days
When Nov
Destination South Georgia

Safari Overview

Join internationally acclaimed fine-art photographer David Yarrow on this exclusive expedition to the remote and beautiful island of South Georgia. Situated in the sub-Antarctic region of the Southern Ocean, South Georgia is known for being one of the most intense places to experience wildlife, set against a scenic backdrop of snow-capped mountains and rugged cliffs. Home to raucous king penguins numbering in the hundreds of thousands and around a million pairs of yellow crested macaroni penguins, as well as gentoo and chinstrap penguins, elephant and fur seals and huge seabird colonies, South Georgia is brimming with diverse wildlife.

This safari is focused on capturing the incredible wildlife and landscapes of the region on camera. David Yarrow will be on hand throughout your journey to provide tips and advice, and will spend time with each traveller individually to make sure you get the most out of your experience. 2017 saw David lead his first trip with Natural World Safaris, an expedition to Svalbard on which he captured his now iconic polar bear image 78 Degrees North, now on sale for close to £50,000 at London's Maddox Gallery. “I have been planning an autumn 2018 trip to South Georgia for some time," David writes, "and Natural World Safaris have offered me the chance to design a bespoke expedition. I have, to date, only led trips with Natural World Safaris as it is a partnership that works well. They do not compromise and neither do I."

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Observe and photograph vast colonies of king penguins on the famous Salisbury Plain
  • Learn how to capture the perfect wildlife photograph with award-winning photographer David Yarrow
  • Visit the historic whaling station of Grytviken and the final resting place of the famous polar explorer Ernest Shackleton
  • Sail aboard the luxurious expedition superyacht the Hanse Explorer, complete with on-board Finnish sauna

Accessible only by boat, South Georgia has a rich history of exploration and an abundance of fascinating Antarctic wildlife.

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Day by day

Day 1

Stanley - Falkland Islands

Flying into Stanley is an experience in itself. With sweeping views over the islands, and charming brightly coloured houses and buildings, this quaint town is complete with red phone boxes, a café serving typically British beans on toast, and a local pub where the fish and chips is a firm favourite. Transfer to the Hanse Explorer and settle into your new home for the next couple of weeks. Cast off for South Georgia where adventure awaits.

Overnight: Hanse Explorer D

Days 2-3

Southern Ocean

You will have approximately two days to make the most of the Hanse Explorer and to spend time with your on board leaders learning more about this incredible part of the world. David Yarrow will be on hand to offer hints and tips and will have you ready and waiting to take full advantage of the incredible photographic opportunities which await. You will cross the Antarctic convergence during your journey, and continue to chart course through Antarctic waters to South Georgia. Your days at sea can be used to photograph the many sea birds who will accompany your journey.

Overnight: Hanse Explorer B, L, D

Days 4-12

South Georgia

You will spend the majority of your trip discovering the unique landscapes and wildlife of South Georgia. Undoubtedly one of the most well-known visitor sites in South Georgia is Salisbury Plain, where the landscape is comprised of black sand beaches and dunes, and a staggering 100,000 king penguins can easily be found at one time. We plan to spend at least a full day with the penguins, getting to know their behaviours and observing their courtship rituals. South Georgia is home to some 400,000 king penguins, around a million pairs of yellow crested macaroni penguins, and many thousands of gentoo and chinstrap, which you will spend time with throughout your trip. We also hope to visit Prion Island, a birders paradise, home to Antarctic prions, Antarctic terns, skuas, gentoo penguins, northern giant petrels, and the wandering albatrosses who breed here. We will also plan for a stop at Right Whale Bay, to visit the huge colonies of elephant seals who inhabit the area and the fur seals who take over the bay in November. You can step back in time and explore the abandoned whaling station of Grytviken; not much has changed since it was deserted, so it will give you some idea of what life may have been like on this remote part of the island. Grytviken is most known for being the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, who visited South Georgia on many occasions during his expeditions - it is traditional to toast at his grave with a shot of whiskey. Other possible stops include King Haakon Bay for huge numbers of seals, Stromness Harbour for Gentoo penguins and Drugalski Fjord for glaciers and spectacular scenery. Once you have photographed every angle of the penguins, evenings will be spend back on board the Hanse Explorer, where your expedition team will be on hand to discuss the day’s activities with you, and teach you more about the history of this incredible region.

Overnight: Hanse Explorer B, L, D

Days 13-14

Southern Ocean

As you depart South Georgia and set course north again for Stanley, you’ll have time to edit some photographs and get some tips from David Yarrow, who will be able to help each traveller get the very best out of their images.

Overnight: Hanse Explorer B, L, D

Day 15

Stanley - Depart

Upon arrival back into Stanley, it’s time to depart and head back to the mainland.

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