There are different ways to visit this vast white desert and cruises vary between a five night express trip to the Antarctic Peninsula to a ten night expedition to visit an Emperor Penguin colony to a three week extravaganza taking in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia as you follow Shackelton’s footsteps.
Some prefer to avoid the Drake Passage by flying to the Antarctic, but for those choosing to cruise all the way, most cruises depart from Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina.
Whichever option you choose, you will be rewarded with fantastic wildlife sightings. As the ship navigates its way through icebergs and past a background of rugged snow-capped mountains, you should be lucky enough to see Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins, several species of seal, Humpback and Orca Whales and of course excellent birdlife.
Accommodation on board, although not luxurious in the traditional sense, is far more comfortable than you might imagine from ice-breaker ships. Spacious suites with private bathrooms come equipped with the most modern of amenities and teams of specialist guides hold daily lectures on the region’s fascinating wildlife, history and geology.
For wildlife enthusiasts, our expeditions to the the wildlife rich sub-Antarctic Falklands and South Georgia islands is billed as the ultimate wildlife experience on earth.
Stunningly beautiful and rugged, the wildlife sanctuary of South Georgia - with its snow covered peaks, blue glacier ice, emerald green bays and its massive king penguin, elephant seal and fur seal colonies - is also home to a large populations of albatross including the majestic wandering albatross, five penguin species and eight seal species.
For the ultimate adventure, we fly you five and a half hours from Cape Town across the Southern Ocean right into White Desert's luxurious Whichaway Camp in the interior of Antarctica.
Here, we offer a range of adventures from 9-day safaris focused on visiting and interacting with a large Emperor penguin colony and setting foot on the Geographic South Pole, to shorter trips designed to cater for those with tighter schedules. With genuine polar explorers as your guides, you will see, touch and experience a place that is unlike anything on earth.
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We do not subscribe to the ‘one-size-fits-all’ philosophy. Sample itineraries and cost estimates are meant purely as a guide. To find out more, please contact one of our expert travel consultants to plan a customized itinerary based on your budget and interests.