South Africa & Antarctica Expedition
Days 1, 2, 3 and 4 – Cape Town
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 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 – 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 24 hours 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 2 very special excursions 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.
On another day, you head as far south as you can go. A 7-hour flight from camp (including a refueling stop) gets you to the South Pole. After 5 hours, the plane must land to refuel giving you the chance to get out and explore this vast expanse of ice and snow. This trip really drives home how vast Antarctica really is. After refueling, you continue south to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station. At the true South Pole marker, you will be at the most southerly point on earth, something very few people have been able to achieve.
After 8 nights in Antarctica, you head back to Cape Town.