By private jet we cross the Southern Ocean, led by the promise of wilderness sublime. 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.
We leave Australia behind in pursuit of the rarest of experiences, which begins in Cape Town. 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.
A journey such as this one is to be savoured, so we’ve moved all the tedious details behind the scenes. You will never have to carry a map. Or your luggage. Or reach for your wallet. There are no hidden costs. Everything is included – your private jet to and from Antarctica, accommodation in our exclusive polar safari camp,V and each activity you choose to take part in. Even your travel insurance is included, and of course, it is the most comprehensive on the market. Our Valet Luggage service is also included. Simply pack your bags and let us take care of them. We will ensure they arrive safely in your next location. We even provide home-to-airport-to-home transfers.
Passport and visa charges, vaccinations and suggested on-tour medications, items of a purely personal nature, expenses incurred for items purchased away from group tour (meals, tours, transport, etc), excess luggage, insurance for extensions to travel dates/pre-existing medical conditions/age loading fees, plus any other items not mentioned in the brochure.
MEET ERIC PHILIPS – A POLAR VOYAGER
Eric has spent his lifetime cultivating a passion for the planet’s furthest reaches. With more than 20 trips under his belt and being the President of the International Polar Guides Association, there is no greater master to guide our quest.
THE GOOD LIFE AT THE END OF THE EARTH
Our rare adventure includes the finer things, such as a private jet flight to our Antarctic camp where meals are crafted from fresh ingredients collected in South Africa, and Champagne is plentiful.
AN EXCLUSIVE, ECO-FRIENDLY POLAR SAFARI CAMP
Driven by solar and wind energy, Whichaway Camp creates minimal disturbance to the delicate Antarctic environment. We join a past guest list that includes the likes of Buzz Aldrin, Bear Grills and Prince Harry.
A JOURNEY TIMED FOR RARE INSIGHTS
Our visit coincides with the best conditions for polar exploration, a highlight of which is the chance to watch newly-hatched emperor penguin chicks feeding. This is one of the most secluded wildlife events on Earth and we are privileged to visit this rarely visited destination.
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE
Whether your curiosities lie in gentle exploration, physical adventure or something in-between, polar activities cater for interests of all kinds. Easy walks through hidden ice caves, climb ice walls, zipline across a frozen lake or observe the wildlife.
VENTURE TO THE SOUTHERNMOST REACHES OF THE PLANET
You have the option of flying to the South Pole for an overnight stay on the ice. Scarcely frequented by humans, and largely inaccessible, we join the ranks of brave explorers who ventured here before us.
CAPE GRACE HOTEL, CAPE TOWN
Situated on a private quay and offering views of nearby Table Mountain, Cape Grace Hotel embodies the colourful, warm ambience synonymous with Cape Town. Each room here is inspired by a unique facet of the diverse South African landscape.
WHICHAWAY CAMP, ANTARCTICA
This eco-friendly polar safari camp grants us a rare experience in Antarctica's interior region. The individual sleeping domes provide lavish lodgings in summer, before disappearing without a trace as the warmth fades.
11 Day Journey departing Cape Town
$154,000 per person, twin share
13 Day Journey with flights from Australia
Business Class $162,000 per person, twin share
First Class $167,600 per person, twin share