33º 58’ 00” S 18º 36’ 00” E

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Start Point: Cape Town, South Africa.

We will host a safety briefing the day before the flight where our staff will welcome you. We will also update you on the latest weather forecasts in Antarctica and assist with any last-minute preparations.

Flight

South Africa to Antarctica

On the flight from Cape Town, you will pass into the Antarctic Circle and into 24 hours of continuous sunshine. The private plane will be equipped with return range. All carbon is offset with fully accredited projects.

 

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THE GEOGRAPHIC SOUTH POLE

Even now, reaching the southernmost point on earth is a feat that very few people have achieved. During the seven-hour flight, we land on the polar plateau to refuel, and you will have a chance to walk around this vast, foreboding wilderness getting a real taste for the immense scale of Antarctica.

Back on board, we continue to the South Pole, landing at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station. At the designated marker, you will be at the lowest point on earth. A place with no more East, South or West – only North and you will be able to walk around the world in just a few paces!

70º 38’ 16” S 8o 15’ 45” W

EMPEROR PENGUINS

Two hours flight via Basler BT-67 from our main camp and you are at a site of more than 6,000 penguins and their young chicks.

Both are totally unafraid of humans and will come within a few meters of our group, immersing you in the noise, commotion and the sheer beauty of it all. This is one of the greatest, and yet least seen, wildlife events on the planet.

Accommodation

White Desert’s uniquely located camps are designed to be easily dismantled and removed, leaving no trace on the pristine environment. Guests can choose to stay at either Whichaway, an oasis of luxury overlooking freshwater lakes, or Wolf’s Fang, where the spirit of adventure is discovered in some of the most dramatic mountain ranges on Earth.

Compare our two camps below

Whichaway

70º 48’ 00” S 11º 23’ 00” E
$96,000 PP

Whichaway is our flagship luxury camp and sits on the shores of one of the freshwater lakes of the ice-free Schirmacher Oasis. We’ve designed 6 heated ‘polar pods’ with cutting-edge exteriors and old-world interiors that conjure up images of Antarctica’s rich heritage of exploration. A warm and inviting communal area with lounge, library and dining room is the ideal setting to relax and recount the day’s activities with friends.

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Activities Around Camp

Ice Tunnels

A photographer's dream. Explore a maze of surreal ice tunnels that have been sculpted by seasonal melt water
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Nunatak Climb

With the help of our expert guides, scale a blue-ice glacier and reach the easy summit of "Nunatak" mountain for spectacular views
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Mighty Abseil

Experience an exhilarating descent from the summit of a 100 metre-high cliff surrounded by an amphitheatre of glimmering blue ice
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Ice Climbing

Learn this exciting sport using crampons and ice-axes, allowing you to scale seemingly impossible walls of ice
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Rock Climbing

Our former world champions will teach you how to safely scale the stunning red granite walls that encircle our camp
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Rope Walk

An easy traverse above a 200ft cliff with spectacular views across the ice waves below
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4X4 Excursions

We offer daily driving safaris to explore the wonders of the Schirmacher Oasis
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Adventurers Picnic

Refuel on the top of a rugged peak with views to every horizon, the perfect opportunity to sip on a cocktail with 1,000-year-old ice
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Science Bases

Learn first-hand about the important scientific work that is underway at the different Antarctic research stations near our camp
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Zip Line

Sometimes the fastest way is to zip! Feel free as free as a snow petrel as you fly across an ice lake, suspended in the air
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Polar Talks

Learn the extraordinary tales of the explorers of old whilst in the same environment
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Wolf’s Fang

71º 32’ 00” S 8º 50’ 00” E
$83,000 PP

Our brand new camp, Wolf’s Fang, is set in a dramatic mountain range. Wolf’s Fang caters to adventurous guests and is the ideal base for them to explore or relax, with 6 state-of-the-art sleeping tents around a welcoming central lounge and dining area. Wolf’s Fang blends luxury with a light environmental touch and its style draws on the golden age of polar explorers.

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Activities Around Camp

Nunatak Tour

The promise of incredible views atop a majestic summit
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Abseiling

Embrace the thrill of abseiling frozen cliffs under the guidance of our certified mountain guides
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Fatbiking

Test your skills astride a fatbike and tackle our especially groomed 25km Explorer's loop
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Ice climbing

Scale walls of ice and develop your crampon and ice axe techniques
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Skiing

Test your skiing skills on the exhilarating Explorer's loop
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Skidoo tour

Venture out on a skidoo tour and discover Wolf's Fang in style
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Arctic Truck safari

Enjoy an action packed drive across the ice aboard specialised Arctic Trucks
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Explorers traverse

Walk in the steps of the original explorers and overcome the same extreme conditions
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Camp out

Spend a night under canvas for a chance to use life-saving explorer techniques
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Mountaineering expeditions

Follow our UIAGM mountain guides and traverse rarely seen ranges
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Iconic Climbing

Challenge your skills and join the ranks of the few who have scaled a nunatak
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