Antarctica & Principe Safari

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Antarctica and Principe Expedition

Day 1 – Cape Town
On your arrival into Cape Town you will be met and transferred to the hotel for the night. This evening the team from Antarctica will meet you at the hotel for a briefing prior to your flight tomorrow. 

Days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 – Antarctica
Today you transfer to Cape Town international Airport for your 5-hour flight to Antarctica aboard the luxury Gulfstream G550. During the flight you pass into the Antarctic Circle and into 24hours of continuous sunlight. The Gulfstream lands at Wolf’s Fang Runway where you disembark and board a Basler BT-67 for a 2 ½ hour flight to Whichaway Camp, your home for the next 8 nights. This is your base from where you explore the wonders of Antarctica.
 
Whichaway Camp consists of 7 sleeping pods, that each sleep 2 people. Each pod has a desk, wash basin and toilet. There is a separate shower pod and central area which makes up the reception area, lounge and dining room.
 
Daily activities on offer from Whichaway Camp include exploring ice tunnels that have been eroded over years of melt water, Nunatak Climb, ice abseiling, ice climbing, rock climbing, cliff traversing, 4×4 excursions, ice picnics, ziplining and visits to some of the research bases near the camp.
 
The trip includes a very special excursion that require flights in their Basler BT-67 plane. On one of the days you fly for 2 ½ hour to the Emperor Penguin colony. Here you get to spend time with over 6,000 penguins and their chicks. The penguins are not scared of humans and so will come within a few meters of the group, immersing you into the noise and commotion of the colony. This is a photographers dream as you can get some close up experiences of the penguins and their chicks in their natural habitat. 

Days 7, 8 and 9 – Cape Town
From Antarctica you fly back to Cape Town for 3 nights. Cape Town is one of the most scenically beautiful cities in the world, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and crossed by mountains, it really does have it all. Stanley Safaris has partnered with some of the best guides in the city so you can spend your days exploring Cape Town and surrounding winelands in a unique way, specifically tailored to your interests. Whether you are interested in the arts, the history of South Africa, the vibrant food scene, being active or simply wanting to explore a variety of wine farms and sample the incredible wines, we can make that all happen. Cape Town is our home, this what we live and breathe each day, so we know the secret little spots away from the crowds. 

Days 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 – Sao Tome and Principe
From Cape Town you get a flight to Luanda and connect to Sao Tome for the night. The following morning you get a 35-minute flight to Principe for the next 4 nights in paradise. Principe is known as the Galapagos of Africa. Towering volcanoes covered in dense rain forest flow down to deserted golden beaches and turquoise waters teeming with marine life. Spend your days exploring the island and its rich historical past of ruins and grand cacao plantations. Learn more about the environment and immerse yourself in the local culture. If this sounds too strenuous for you, then simply explore the many deserted beaches and find the perfect one to lay your towel and relax.
 
Between September and April turtles make their way onto the beaches to lay their eggs. After 30 days the eggs hatch and the baby turtles make their way down the beach to the ocean. Between August and September, whales and dolphins can be seen off the northeast of the island via a boat excursion. 

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