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Antarctic Frontiers with Eric Philips

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Cape Town
  • Queen Maud Land
  • Atka Bay
  • The South Pole

11 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 26 Nov 2019

By private jet we cross the Southern Ocean, led by the promise of wilderness sublime. Stay on the Great White Continent for 7 nights. The South Pole, seldom-seen Emperor penguin colonies and luxury domes await, as does Master Polar Guide Eric Philips – our host on this rare adventure to the ends of the earth. This journey is available for just 12 guests.

Antarctica Frontiers with Eric Philips Map

From the lavish Cape Grace Hotel, our home for the next two nights, our discovery includes an ascent of Table Mountain by cable car and an enlightening discovery on foot. A polar safety briefing precedes dinner at our hotel’s Signal Restaurant, where breathtaking views of the waterfront accompany our meal.

To reach the southernmost continent most must face a long and uncomfortable journey across the Drake Passage by sea. But that is not for us. After a five-hour flight by private jet, we touch down on Antarctic shores and transfer to Whichaway Camp. Our exploration kicks off with a Your World experience. Trek to see ice waves, hike to the Russian Antarctic station, go ice climbing or kite skiing, or perhaps abseil down an iceberg.

A two-hour flight across the Polar Plateau lands us at the normally inaccessible emperor penguin colony in Atka Bay. Watch on as young chicks, still coated in their fluffy down, are fussed over by their devoted parents. Back at our base, journey downward through an intricate network of tunnels to explore the ice caves that lie beneath our campsite and enjoy a picnic lunch while watching icebergs drift past.

While some may choose to stay at the camp, the rest of us rise early for a flight to the remote South Pole. Accompanied by a guide and a doctor, we step off the plane to be greeted with an endless blanket of crisp white snow. After touring the research base, our guide assembles our tented camp and we prepare for an evening in our toasty warm Arctic Oven tents.

From our temporary home on the South Pole ice our private turboprop returns us to Queen Maud Land. Our final day in Antarctica includes the chance to go kite skiing before ascending a towering glacial island on foot then abseiling back down to reality. Alternatively, choose to take a gentle guided trek out over the expansive sea ice.

Reluctantly, we must leave Antarctica behind. Boarding our private jet, we return to Cape Town where the warmer weather makes for a pleasant change. The staff at the Cape Grace Hotel welcome our return and we enjoy a Farewell Dinner at the sumptuous La Colombe Restaurant. A transfer to the airport the next day signals the end of our journey.

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