Emperors and South Pole

Whichaway Land-Based Antarctic Specialty Trips
Whichaway Camp from Cape Town
12 Passengers
South Pole & Emperor fly-in

This luxury adventure takes you into the heart of Antarctica to see the Emperor Penguins.
Then it's on to the southernmost point on earth – the South Pole!

Two hours' flight via Basler BT-67 from our main camp and you are at a site of more than 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.

Even now, reaching the southernmost point on earth is a feat that very few people have achieved. During the seven-hour flight, we land on the polar plateau to refuel, and you will have a chance to walk around this vast, foreboding wilderness getting a real taste for the immense scale of Antarctica.

Back on board, we continue to the South Pole, landing at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station. At the designated marker, you will be at the lowest point on earth. A place with no more East, South or West – only North and you will be able to walk around the world in just a few paces!

This itinerary is entirely subject to weather conditions in Antarctica and is meant as an approximate guide of what clients can expect. The highest priority is given to visiting the Emperor penguin colony and the South Pole.

Day Prior to Departure

Cape Town is home to award-winning vineyards and stunning ocean vistas. it is often tipped 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 update you as to the latest weather forecasts in Antarctica.

Day 1

We fly to Antarctica (5hrs) and cross thousands of icebergs as we pass over the Southern Ocean. During 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 2

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, summiting a nunatak, ice climbing and even abseiling!

Day 3

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”.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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.

Day 9

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!

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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