• Chinstrap penguins, Antarctica

Why Antarctic holidays and expeditions are truly unique

Following the paths set down by the first polar explorers on board ice-strengthened expedition ships, sailing through a landscape of sea-sculpted icebergs and crashing glaciers, Antarctica is the perfect destination for travellers who wish to experience one of the world’s last truly wild frontiers.

The surface of the 7th continent covers a mind-boggling 14 million kilometres and, as you might expect from the remotest of the Earth’s continents, the conditions are foreboding.

Antarctica is wild and vast. A land of superlatives, it is the driest and windiest of all the continents, relatively untravelled by man.

Highlights from our recent adventures in Antarctica

Ultimate Antarctica Photography Safari

Antarctica Highlights

See the penguins on the snow: If you time it right and travel at the beginning of the season you can see and photograph penguins on the snow! 

1000’s of Kings: King penguins can be seen in numbers up to 500,000 on the Salisbury Plains of South Georgia

Meet the Macaronis: These striking penguins, rather punk-like in appearance, can be spotted in various places, including South Georgia

Incredible Landscapes and Icebergs: Travelling this far south, you are far from anywhere and everywhere. This is as intrepid and pioneering as it gets; expect some overwhelmingly vast landscapes and stunning icebergs.

See the World’s Biggest Penguins: The emperor penguins stand at up to a striking 1.15 metres, walk among them, and their chicks on specific expeditions. 

Whales and Birds: A huge array of whales and birds can be spotted on your journey; watch for enormous blue whales and feisty orcas, as well as flocks of albatrosses and petrels.

Why we like Antarctica

Why We Like Antarctica

A wilderness like no other, Antarctica is just as incredible for it’s wildlife as it is for the vistas as you explore. Here you traverse wild waters, watch charismatic critters, and walk on ice never touched by man.

  • Exciting ways to explore: To explore Antarctica, you have to join a vessel heading that far south, or you can fly straight in. both ways are full of adventure!
  • The ultimate pioneering safari: Antarctica is the largest wilderness on earth, a vastly unexplored landscape perfect for intrepid explorers and those wanting to get incredible photos of the ends of the earth...
  • Wonderful wildlife: Here, you can walk among curious penguin colonies and see up close a fantastic array of wildlife, all of which is adapted to live in one of the harshest environments on the face of the planet.
Icebergs, Antarctica

Planning and what to expect

When planning your visit to the Antarctic timing is crucial as the visiting season is very limited, running from November through to February. During this time the sun does not dip below the horizon, casting us in an ever-ambient light. However, as soon as April comes, the area is cast into permanent darkness, making it completely unnavigable for tourists, rising around September once again. To guarantee a space in this short travel period, early booking is essential.

The ships themselves vary in standard from more basic to deluxe cabins and your time on board the expeditionary boats we work with will be anything but dull. 

One of the keys to a successful trip is flexibility, as the constantly changing conditions and ice can largely dictate what happens, making a rigid plan difficult to adhere to, but adding to the sheer adventure!

Read our Why Travel to Antarctica blog to find out more.

Antarctica Ross Sea Explorer; Penguins

Amazing Wildlife and Incredible Scenery

The elements of wind, cold and dryness all prevail here in their most extreme form but this should not be considered a deterrent, as the epic scenery and wildlife can be comfortably observed from the excellently equipped expedition ships that specialise in navigating the area. The Antarctic Peninsula itself is just under 48 hours from Ushuaia in Argentina by boat and is surprisingly mild, with temperatures of up to 15 degrees Celsius, despite having the highest average elevation of all continents. You can also fly to the Antarctic mainland from Cape Town. 

The range of exotic wildlife in this completely natural setting makes Antarctica completely spellbinding; loveable and comic penguins, including Emperors, Adelie, gentoo, Rockhopper and more, are found in huge numbers and may be witnessed hatching, feeding or courting depending on the time of year. Humpback, Minke, Sperm and Southern Right whales are often seen on migratory routes, while the rare Blue Whale may even be sighted on occasion. There are also a total of six different seal species, all with different characteristics and habits, and some stunning birding, with Albatross and Petrels ruling the sky.

Witness clumsy penguins in massive numbers, see lazy seals floating past on ice drifts and whales breaching the wild and wet southern oceans.

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Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

Antarctica, Kate Waite

Your Next Steps

Talk to one of our specialists for further details on travelling to Antarctica.