From US$96,000 per person
This luxury 8-night adventure from White Desert, takes you into the heart of Antarctica to see the Emperor Penguins, then its to the lowest point on earth - the South Pole!
With only 12 clients on each adventure and professional polar explorers as your guides, the day’s itineraries are tailored to each individual. From gentle treks and picnics overlooking the ice waves, to more adrenalin-fueled activities, such as kite-skiing and ice climbing.
Price : US$96,000 per person
Clients: 12 maximum
Fitness: No specific level required
Flight to Antarctica: 5 hours
Flight to South Pole: 7 hours each day
A safety briefing will be held in Cape Town. Cape Town is home to award-winning vineyards and stunning ocean vistas and is often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.We will host a safety briefing the day before the flight where our staff will explain all kit requirements, assist with any last minute preparations and updates as to the latest weather forecasts in Antarctica.
We travel to Antarctica in uncompromised comfort in a Gulfstream private jet, across thousands of icebergs as we pass over the Southern Ocean. During the 5 hour 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.
Settle into White Desert’s ‘Whichaway camp’ and do as much or as little as you like each day.
Whichaway camp is totally unique and the perfect base from which to start your adventure. There are six state-of-the-art sleeping pods that are heated and designed for two people in each. At just over 6m (20ft) in diameter, they are also spacious, with a writing desk, wash area and toilet. For guests travelling separately, the room can be partitioned for privacy.
The rest of the camp comprises a shower pod, kitchen and three centralised pods that make up the reception, lounge and dining room. While the exterior is made from cutting edge materials, the interior has an old-world feel with rich textures. Here you can relax, enjoy the fantastic food from our award-winning chef and take things easy.
Activities that guests can choose from range from gentle treks to the incredible ice waves, summiting a nunatak, ice climbing and even abseiling!
We fly 2hrs across Antarctica, providing immense views of the high polar plateau, before landing at the emperor penguin colony. You will be among the very few who have ever witnessed such a spectacle and be able to see the real-life stars of “march of the penguins”.
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 science base to learn more about their work.
You will leave early in the morning in the Dc3 Basler plane. We 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 stamp your passport before camping down for the night.
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 champagne to celebrate your achievement.
This 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 a giant abseil off the nearby nunatak mountain.
The penultimate day at Whichaway exposes guests to one of the wonders of the oasis. An adventurous hike along a cliff path exposes guests to sea ice that has been folded by constant pressure from the Southern Ocean. Guests are safe at all times and the view from the very edge of the oasis is unforgettable.
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 reflect on your Antarctic adventure!
Note: This itinerary is entirely subject to weather conditions in Antarctica and is meant as a day-by-day guide of what clients can expect. Exact dates and types of plane may vary.
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