Explorers' Academy

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

On this four-day adventure we offer you the opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced and accomplished polar explorers of our time - Ben Saunders.

Stepping onto the ice for the first time can literally take your breath away. the incredible vista of the Drygalski range offers an awe-inspiring start to your expedition. You will spend the day amongst these giants, learning the basics of cross-country skiing and summitting a small peak, before a short flight to our luxury camp - Whichaway.

This itinerary is entirely subject to weather conditions in Antarctica and is meant as an approximate guide of what clients can expect.

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

The flight to Antarctica is 5 hours, crossing the thousands of icebergs spread over the southern ocean. Halfway through the flight we cross into the polar circle and into 24 hours continuous daylight.

Landing on the specialist ice runway, you will be surrounded by the Wolf’s Fang range, a true spectacle of the continent. We spend the afternoon amongst kilometre-high monoliths of rock, before connecting to Whichaway camp.

Day 2

Ben will draw on his polar experience to teach you how to survive, and even be comfortable, in Antarctica. our first adventure begins at the base of a stunning ‘nunatak’ mountain. With crampons on your feet and ice-axes in your hands, we will scale a vertical wall of ice and ‘top out’ on the summit.

Returning from the summit, you will be collected by a fleet of Arctic truck 6x6 vehicles and discover just how capable these machines are in this environment. Learn to drive on incredible routes over seemingly impossible terrain!

Day 3

Tonight we camp out!
To prepare you, Ben will help you pack your sled and ensure you are ready for one of the most remote campsites on earth. We will cross-country ski (or walk) into the mountains, passing huge cliff faces, wind scoops and iridescent blue ice.

As you zip the door of your tent closed, you will experience what it is like to be a true explorer.

Day Four

We delve into the ice tunnels and caves near Whichaway camp, where the white landscape betrays nothing of the extraordinary environment just beneath the surface. Created by melt water, the caves extend for hundreds of meters and are a magical place to explore.

Later that day, we climb across a 200ft rock face that overlooks the ice waves. While the walk is not technically difficult it might get the adrenalin pumping, and will prove the perfect way to complete this unique experience.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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