Namibia & Antarctica Expedition
Day 1 – Sossuvlei
On your arrival into Windhoek you will be met you and assisted with your onward flight to Sossusvlei where you will be met and transferred to the lodge for the night.
Days 2, 3 and 4 – Wolwedans
The following morning you will have an early start to get to Deadvlei and enjoy the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei. These are some of the highest dunes in the world, towering over 300 meters high. Deadvlei is one of the famous sights of Namibia and is a white vlei surrounded by red sand dunes. Inside the vlei are petrified trees that make for some incredible photo opportunities. Get there early to avoid the crowds and to get the best light.
After your visit to Deadvlei, you will be met by your driver who will transfer you to the private NamibRand Nature Reserve for the next 2 nights. This afternoon enjoy a game drive in the reserve, in search of the desert adapted animals that live here. Oryx, springbok, bat eared foxes, ostriches and if you are lucky cheetah.
The following morning after another early start you will have the chance to enjoy one of the highlights of your Namibian safari, a hot air balloon over the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Float silently over the reserve and admire the vast expanse of desert and mountains below you. Once you have safely touched down, you will be treated to a champagne breakfast in the middle of the reserve.
Other activities from the lodge include game drives, bushmen walks and horse riding. Game drives are either done in the mornings or afternoons and explore the fauna and flora of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Bushmen walks take place on the reserve and allow guests the opportunity to learn more about the smaller aspects of the desert. Bushmen have been traversing these deserts for many years and being able to learn from them is an experience you will remember for a long time. The next best thing to being on foot in the desert is being on horseback and exploring the dunes and valleys of the reserve.
Days 5, 6 and 7 – Cape Town
From Wolwedans you fly back to Windhoek in time for your flight to 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 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 – 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 4 nights. This is your base from where you explore the wonders of Antarctica.
Whichaway Camp consists of 6 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.
2 ½ hour flight from the Wichaway Camp is a colony of over 6,000 Emperor Penguins. 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. The trip coincides with the time the chicks leave the warmth and safety of their parents’ feet and step off onto the ice and snow for the first time.