EMPERORS & THE SOUTH POLE
This 8 day adventure takes you into the heart of Antarctica to see the Emperor Penguins & then to the lowest point on earth the South Pole.
Even now, reaching the South Pole remains an amazing achievement. But this adventure goes a step further and you will stand amongst a thriving colony of Emperor Penguins. For those not wanting to compromise, this is the ultimate Antarctic experience!
The start point of this adventure will be in Cape Town, South Africa. The team will host a safety briefing the day before the flight. our staff will be there to welcome you and update you as to the latest weather forecast in Antarctica as this will determine the exact timing of your flight.
You will then travel from Cape Town to Antarctica in uncompressed comfort across the mighty southern ocean in a Gulfstream private jet.
After touching down in Antarctica, you will be transferred in specially modified 4x4s to the luxury camp.
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.
Accommodation & Service
The 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.
The dining table accommodates 14 people, a space for sharing adventures and enjoying great food. Busy days exploring Antarctica are sure to work up an appetite that will be satisfied by meals served from our award-winning chefs. Hearty breakfasts, elegant lunches and three course dinners ensure a well-fed experience at the bottom of the world.
With the official destination registered as “Unknown international Airport” we fly to Antarctica (5.5hrs), 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.
Settle into 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!
We fly 2hrs 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 be able to get up close and personal to these 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, followed by a sauna.
You will leave early in the morning in the Dc3 Basler 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.
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 kite-sking around camp, followed by a giant abseil off the nearby nunatak mountain.
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
Safety briefing in cape Town.
Return transfers for Antarctica flights.
Return flight to Antarctica (inc. a 30kg baggage allowance).
All accommodation, food and drink (including all alcohol) in Antarctica.
All guiding fees, support of field guides and logistics staff.
The use of certain items of polar clothing, as denoted on equipment list.
Payment by White Desert ltd of a ‘carbon Tax’ for offsetting emissions created by all logistics associated with Antarctic travel.
Commercial flights to and from Cape Town, South Africa
Accommodation and meals whilst in Cape Town
Comprehensive insurance cover.
Additional expenses incurred in Cape Town due to any delay.
Additional baggage costs over the agreed amount.
Cost of the use of a satellite phone whilst in Antarctica.