0. Arrival Day
We will host a safety briefing in Cape Town. This is where we will check all your polar clothing and prepare for your flight south.
Day 1 Cape Town, South Africa
We fly to Antarctica (5hrs) and cross thousands of icebergs as we pass over the Southern Ocean. During the flight, we cross into the polar circle and into 24hrs continuous daylight. landing on the specialist ice runway, you will transfer to our camp and go for a gentle trek around the oasis.
Day 2 Whichaway Camp
Settle into ‘Whichaway camp’ and do as much or as little as you like each day. Activities range from gentle treks to the incredible ice waves, summiting a nunatak, ice climbing and even abseiling!
Day 3 Emperor Penguins
We fly 2hrs across Antarctica, providing immense views of the high polar plateau, before landing at the emperor penguin colony. You will be among the very few who have ever witnessed such a spectacle and be able to see the reallife stars of “march of the penguins”.
We explore the ice waves beneath our camp, delving into the series of ice tunnels that are as surreal as they are beautiful. The day ends with a visit to the nearby science base to learn more about their work
Day 5 South Pole**
You will leave early in the morning in the Dc3 Basler plane. We will fly across stunning mountain ranges before landing at 83 degrees south to refuel. You will have a chance to walk around the high polar plateau before continuing onto the pole. At the south pole itself, you will have lots of time for photos, a tour around the base and a chance to stamp your passport before camping down for the night.
After a night spent camping, you will be given a hearty breakfast before boarding the plane once again for the flight back to our camp. The flight is the perfect chance to really appreciate the immense scale of Antarctica, before you return to our camp for a three-course dinner and champagne to celebrate your achievement.
This is an easier day with talks from our polar explorer staff about some of the lesser known history of Antarctica and their world record-breaking expeditions. Then its time for a giant abseil off the nearby nunatak mountain.
The penultimate day at Whichaway exposes guests to one of the wonders of the oasis. An adventurous hike along a cliff path exposes guests to sea ice that has been folded by constant pressure from the Southern Ocean. Guests are safe at all times and the view from the very edge of the oasis is unforgettable.
Day 9 Back to Capetown
The flight out of Antarctica will be the last of your unforgettable Antarctic memories before you delve back into the noise and heat of Africa. You will be transferred to your hotel where you will have a chance to relax in a hot bath and reflect on your Antarctic adventure!
**Please bear in mind that the South Pole is situated at an apparent altitude of 4,000m with an approximate ambient temperature of -25C. Those with pre-conditions for altitude sickness should not choose this option.