5 Days Explorers Academy

5 Days Explorers Academy


On this five-day adventure, we offer you the opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced and accomplished polar explorers of our time – Ben Saunders.

  • Day 0. Arrival Capetown

    We will host a safety briefing in Cape Town. This is where we will check all your polar clothing and prepare you for your flight south.


    Day 1. Flight to Antarctica

    You fly over thousands of icebergs on our 5-hour flight across the Southern Ocean to Antarctica, leaving the African night for the 24-hour daylight of the Antarctic summer. After landing on the ancient blue ice of the runway, you’ll transfer aboard our BT67 skiplane to our camp at Whichaway, where you’ll have the chance to get used to your crampons and polar equipment on a hike around the Oasis.


    Day 2. 

    Settle into Whichaway Oasis and take part in a range of activities hosted by Ben Saunders, including trekking, summiting a nunatak, ice climbing and even abseiling. During your trip, you’ll hear talks from our mountain guides about their world recordbreaking expeditions as well as some of the lesser-known history of Antarctica.


    Day 3. Camping Night

    We’ll spend the day exploring the blue river below our camp. The rivers form from seasonal glacial melt which transforms the waves into translucent blue ribbons running through the white ice waves. Then you’ll be off on an Arctic Truck safari, winding your way through the snow and ice to an incredible vantage point where you can take in the panoramic view over the waves that you have just explored.


    Day 4. 

    Tonight we camp out! An opportunity to experience the reality of Antarctic exploration in one of the most remote campsites on Earth. We will cross-country ski (or hike) into the mountains, passing dramatic wind scoops and iridescent blue ice. As you zip the door of your tent closed, you will experience what it is like to be a true explorer on the Antarctic glacier.


    Day 5

    We’ll return to camp via an adventurous hike along a winding cliff face which affords guests stunning views of the extraordinary waves of ice that have been created over millennia by constant pressure from the ocean. Our world-class mountain guides will lead you on this challenging hike, ensuring your safety at all times on this unforgettable day.


    Day 6

    The flight out of Antarctica will be the last of your enduring memories of the great White Continent before you dive back into the vibrant energy of Africa. You will be transferred to your hotel where you will have a chance to relax and reflect on your Antarctic adventure!