Ultimate Antarctica: Emperors & South Pole
Cape Town, Wichaway Camp Antarctica, South Pole, Wichaway, Cape Town
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
Private transfers in Cape Town
Shared transfers to/from and in Antarctica
Daily experiences in Antarctica
Full Board and activities in Antarctica
Daily Breakfast in Cape Town
Price based on two guests sharing all services.
At a Glance
Reach the holy grail of the early explorers, the geographic South Pole
Land at an Emperor penguin colony and join the very few to meet the real life stars of the March of the Penguins
Private charter flight over thousands of icebergs as the African night turns to 24 hours of continuous sunshine
An exclusive Antarctic experience, shared amongst a maximum of 12 guests
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Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F. Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.
If you're searching for the ultimate bucket list trip, it doesn't get better than this. Only for the boldest of adventurers, this itinerary takes you deeper into the Great White Continent, lands you at the incredible Emperor penguin colony and offers you the chance to overnight at the South Pole. Share the experience with a maximum of 11 other guests as you embark on adrenaline-fuelled activities, delving deep into the ice tunnels, kite surfing across vast expanse & hiking above the ice waves.
Fly to Cape Town
Days 1-4: Cape Town & the Western Cape
Your ultimate Antarctic adventure begins in the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, South Africa. Enjoy a private transfer to your hotel, where you are treated to beautiful views over the bay. We have left your time at leisure to prepare for your Antarctica trip but there is plenty to be organised should you choose such as the rewarding hike up Table Mountain. Cape Town draws cities from around the world. If you would like us to secure you a reservation at one of the city's best Michelin star restaurants, please speak to your travel specialist.
On the evening before your departure for Antarctica, White Desert will host a safety briefing at the hotel, where expedition staff will check your kit and prepare you for your flight south.
Accommodation: Ellerman House (3 nights)
Days 4-8: Antarctica
The real adventure begins as you board a Gulfstream private jet, enjoying uncompromised comfort as you soar over thousands of icebergs in the Southern Ocean below, before landing on the White Continent and last great wilderness. Witness the African night turn into 24 hours of continuous sunshine during the five hour flight as you cross the polar circle and approach your destination: Wolf Fang's runway. Touch down on the this specialist runway, disembark and transfer to Wichaway Camp.
Activities on offer at Wichaway range from gentle treks to the breathtaking ice waves to kite-skiing, ice climbing and even abseiling.
Your third day at the camp offers an unforgettable experience in the shape of a visit to the incredible 6000-strong Emperor Penguin colony. Enjoy immense views of the high polar plateau as you fly 2 hours across Antarctica before landing at the colony. Count yourself among the very first and lucky few to witness such a spectacle and visit the real life stars of March of the Penguins. A real pinch yourself experience.
Accommodation: White Desert Antarctica (4 nights)
Days 8-9: South Pole
Today's the day you tick the ultimate experience off your bucket list with a visit to the South Pole and camp overnight. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Board the DC3 Basler plane early this morning and fly across stunning mountain ranges before landing at 83 degrees South to refuel. Take the chance to walk around the high polar plateau before continuing on to the pole. Once at the South Pole, enjoy plenty of time for photos, a tour around the base and the opportunity to stamp your passport before you camp overnight.
Days 9-11: Antarctica
After a night camping at the South Pole, return to Wichaway Camp for a celebratory meal and a toast to your achievement.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast today before boarding the plane and heading back to camp. The flight presents an excellent opportunity to really appreciate the immense scale of Antarctica and reflect on the incredible feat of the last 24 hours. Back at camp, you're greeted with a three course dinner and champagne to celebrate your achievement.
Spend your final day at the camp attending informative talks from the expert polar expedition leaders in the morning followed by extreme sports in the afternoon. Try your hand first at kite-skiing around camp before embarking on a giant abseil off the nearby Nunatak mountain.
Accommodation: White Desert Antarctica (2 nights)
Days 11-12: Cape Town & the Western Cape
Wave good bye to the wilderness and sheer magnitude of Antarctica today as you fly back to Cape Town and are welcomed by the heat, hustle and bustle of the South African port city. As part of White Desert's commitment to preserving Antarctica, all emissions from flights made during your experience are offset by fully accredited carbon-neutral schemes. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, signalling the end of your Antarctic adventure.
Accommodation: Ellerman House (1 night)
Fly home from Cape Town