Emperors & South Pole Safari

Every minute of our trip was an adventure and I will never forget it. Thanks for the trip of a life time

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the ultimate Emperor  penguin safari

  • Emperor Penguins
  • South Pole
  • Photographers dream

This trip combines the magnificent Emperor Penguins with a flight to the lowest point on Earth - the Geographic South Pole.

Emperor Penguin Safari overview

If you have ever seen ‘March of the Penguins’ then you will have a clear appreciation of how spectacular the Emperors Penguins are. The colony at Atka Bay is no exception. Two hours flight via DC3 Basler from our main camp and you are at a site of over 6,000 penguins and their young chicks. Both are totally unafraid of humans and will come within a few meters of our group, immersing you in the noise, commotion and the sheer beauty of it all. This is one of the greatest and yet, least seen wildlife events on the planet. It does not disappoint.

This eight-day experience takes you into the heart of Antarctica. Flying in from Cape Town, South Africa you will cross the multitude of icebergs and watch the night turn into day as we pass into 24hrs sunshine.

After touching down, you will be transferred in 4x4s to our luxury camp perched by a frozen lake and overlooking a 200ft icefall.

The camp itself is totally unique, fusing old world luxury and high tech performance. It is also exclusively powered by solar energy and run on strict ecological guidelines.

With a maximum of 12 guests on each adventure and five professional polar explorers as your guides, the day’s itineraries are tailored to each individual. From gentle treks and picnics over looking the ice waves, to more adrenalin fueled activities, such as kite-skiing and ice climbing. Our philosophy is that you do as much or as little as you want.

At the beginning of the adventure, we first fly 2hrs along the coast to an Emperor penguin colony of over 6,000 breeding pairs and their newly hatched chicks. You will be the only tourists at the colony, with the chicks waddling right up to you. It is one of the greatest thrills on earth to witness such a rare and secluded wildlife spectacle.

Then, we fly to the South Pole - the holy grail of the early explorers and the lowest point on earth. It is a 2,400km flight over unexplored mountain ranges and the mighty High Polar Plateau.

After 7hrs, with a stop on the plateau to re-fuel, we land at the pole itself. At the designated marker, you will be at the lowest point on Earth. At this one point there is nomore East, South or West on the planet – only North and you will be able to walk around the world in just a few paces!

We then have the chance to enter the Amundsen-Scott American science station to learn about their often ground-breaking research, before going to their unique South Pole shop to buy souvenirs and even send postcards!

We will then spend the night in specialist tents near the South Pole. You will be comfortable and well looked after as we experience camping in one of the wildest places on earth!

The next morning, we fly back to our main camp and will have a couple of days to relax before flying back to the warmth and heat of Cape Town.

** Please bear in mind that the South Pole is situated at an apparent altitude of 4,000m with an approximate ambient temperature of -25 C (-13F). Those who have had issues with altitudes sickness previously should contact a member of White desert staff for further advise. We will also be camping at 83 degrees South for roughly 10hours as the pilots rest.

Every minute of our trip was an adventure and I will never forget it. Thanks for the trip of a life time

Gail Bongiovanni, USA

Sample Itinerary


DAY ONE

With the official destination registered as "Unknown International Airport" we fly to Antarctica (5.5 hours) crossing the thousands of icebergs spread across the Southern Ocean. Halfway through the flight, we cross into the polar circle and into 24hrs continuous daylight. Landing on the specialist ice runway, you will transfer to our camp and go for a gentle trek around the Oasis.

DAY TWO

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

DAY THREE

We fly two hours across Antarctica, providing immense views of the high polar plateau before landing at the Emperor Penguin colony. You will be the only people to witness this incredible wildlife spectacle and able to get up close and personal to these real life stars of "March of the Penguins".

DAY FOUR

We explore the ice waves beneath our camp, delving into the series of ice tunnels that are as surreal as they are beautiful. The day ends with a visit to the nearby Russian science base to learn more about their work, followed by a sauna.

DAY FIVE**

You will leave early on the morning in the DC3 Bassler Turbo prop plane. The plane will fly across stunning mountain ranges before landing at 83 degrees South to refuel. You will have a chance to walk around the high polar plateau before continuing onto the pole. At the South Pole itself, you will have lots of time for photos, a tour around the base and a chance to visit the souvenir shop before camping down for the night.

DAY SIX

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

DAY SEVEN

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

DAY EIGHT

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!

Please note this itinerary is for guidance only.

Hotel / Accommodations

Whichaway Camp

The camp has an easy and friendly feel to it, furnished in the old world opulence of African safaris. It is run along strict environmental guidelines to minimise any impact and powered by solar panels.

The main living area comprises of three large, dome tents. These are unique – fusing traditional materials with cutting-edge technology – and inside, house a dining room, library, kitchen and communications area.

We introduced six, state-of-the-art sleeping pods, each one shared by two clients. Made from extremely strong fibreglass panels, they are insulated and heated inside. The outer skin also means that during periods of high wind, the pods are very quiet, and the perfect place to relax. At just over 6m (20ft) in diameter, they are also spacious, with a double bed (for couples), a writing desk, wash area and toilet inside. For clients travelling separately, a dividing screen can be mounted for privacy, and the two single beds positioned on either side. We have a further pod containing a full shower and wash area, along with male and female toilets.

Our chef is one of the very best in Cape Town, preparing delicious, fresh food three times a day. There is seafood and barbequed steaks, full English breakfasts and light lunches. Come the evening time, we take things easy and relax over a glass of red wine.

Our philosophy is simple – do as much or as little as you like. It’s your adventure.

Dates and Rates

19-28 November 2017 - 9 nights / 10 days

14-21 December2017 - 7 nights / 8 days

28 December-4 January 2018 - 7 nights / 8 days


Price

from Euro 68.000 per person

Key Facts

Use of the Whichaway Camp  (max 12 guests)

Maximum 12 clients fly to the South Pole

No specific fitness level required.

Flight time to Antarctica – 5.5hrs

Flight time to South Pole – 7hrs each way


Included

  1. Airport collection in Cape Town and transfer to your hotel.
  2. Safety briefing in Cape Town.
  3. Return flight to Antarctica (incl. a 30kg baggage allowance).
  4. All accommodation, food and drink (including all alcohol) in Antarctica.
  5. All guiding fees, support of field guides and logistics staff.
  6. The use of certain items of polar clothing, as denoted on equipment list.
  7. All logistics and transport within Antarctica including DC3 plane and 4x4s
  8. ‘Carbon Tax’ for offsetting emissions created by all logistics associated with Antarctic travel.

Not Included

  1. Commercial flights to and from Cape Town, South Africa
  2. Accommodation and meals whilst in Cape Town (Please note, these can be organised through our Cape Town office).
  3. Polar clothing. Please note, most items can be purchased from the Waterproof Expeditions in advance of arriving in Cape Town.
  4. Comprehensive insurance cover. Waterproof Expeditions staff can assist you as to the right kind of cover required.
  5. Additional expenses incurred in Cape Town due to any delay.
  6. Additional baggage costs over the agreed amount.
  7. Cost of the use of a satellite phone whilst in Antarctica.

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