Spring Emperor Penguins of Atka Bay

An incredible journey flying into the Great White Continent and sleeping on the ice in a camp made using aerospace technology. Spend your days hiking, skiing and exploring one of the most unique areas of the world.

Itinerary Summary

Duration
6 Days
Price
When
Nov - Dec
Destination
Antarctica
Type
Small Group Safari or Tailor-Made
Duration Price When Destination Type
6 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 of the surrounding mountains. 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. This safari is for those who want to experience the Antarctic continent without compromising on luxury.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • See Antarctica from the air as you fly across the Antarctic Circle, including an aerial view of the Atka Bay Emperor Penguin Colony.
  • Spend your time exploring the Antarctic continent, including ice tunnels beneath your camp.
  • Photograph the Akta Bay emperor penguins in spring as the chicks are just leaving their parents feet for the first time and venturing out to explore.
  • Enjoy the luxury of Whichaway Camp and the surrounding area with your expert guides.

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On this 8 day adventure you will meet Emperor penguins and visit unexplored mountain ranges of Antarctica

from $58,650 per person, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Cape Town

Tonight’s accommodation is not included, but it’s mandatory to arrive into Cape Town a minimum of 2 days before the start of your trip so that you can participate in briefings and be available to fly just in case weather dictates that the trip dates need to change. We also strongly recommend being available for at least 2 days from the end date of your trip in case of delays returning to Cape Town. This afternoon you will have a briefing from your guides in a hotel in Cape Town. Meet the rest of the passengers for your extraordinary journey and pick up any clothing you have pre-purchased. This is your opportunity to ask questions before you set off tomorrow! Speak to us about adding excursions and hotels in this fascinating city.

Overnight: Whichaway Camp (L, D)

Day 2

Cape Town - Whichaway Camp

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 hour daylight. You will need to change into your Antarctic gear (and apply sunscreen!) on the flight, so we suggest wearing your thermals underneath your clothing to make it easier. You will be met on arrival and taken to the incredible Whichaway Camp where you can settle in to your warm and comfortable ‘pod’ and go for a gentle trek around the Oasis.

Overnight: Whichaway Camp (B, L, D)

Day 3

Whichaway Camp

Today you can do as much or as little as you like. There are a range of activities on offer from ice climbing to abseiling, or simply taking in the scenery. In the evening, you will learn more about the life of the Emperor Penguin before you visit their colony.

Overnight: Whichaway Camp (B, L, D)

Day 4

Atka Bay Emperor Penguin Colony

Today you have the unrivalled opportunity to visit an Atka Bay Emperor Penguin Colony. Fly 2.5 each way hours across the high polar plateau on board a DC3 Basler plane, 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’. We visit in the beginning of the season when the colony is still in full swing and emperor chicks are leaving their parents feet for the first time.

Overnight: Whichaway Camp (B, L, D)

Day 5

Antarctica (Whichaway Camp Ice Tunnels)

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 6

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!

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Nov 18 - Nov 23 2020
Nov 23 - Nov 28 2020
Dec 29 2020 - Jan 02 2021

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