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Whichaway Camp in Antarctica

Experiences

Luxury Camping in the Icy Desert of Antarctica

Pristine wilderness, leading science bases and iconic wildlife, it’s hard not to be drawn in by the unique appeal of this icy desert. This experience offers a rare insight into the savage beauty of Antarctica – the least explored continent on the planet.

When to go:
November – January

Board your fully carbon offset flight in South Africa and embark upon the journey of a lifetime, flying to the white desert of Antarctica. As you cross into the Arctic Circle, you enter a barely touched, desolate world of 24-hour daylight and unparalleled scenery. Arriving at Whichaway Camp – the only luxury accommodation on the continent – you will check into one of seven state-of-the-art sleeping domes, complete with cosy beds, wash areas and toilets. This is the perfect place from which to base your Antarctic expedition. 

After a leisurely breakfast, don your warm gear and head the plane to embark upon a short flight to Akta Bay, home of over 6,000 emperor penguins and chicks. These loveable characters are totally unphased by human presence and will happily come within mere metres of your group, surrounding you in chattering, noise and general commotion. This breathtaking sight is one of the most spectacular yet unseen wildlife events on the planet – a truly unique experience. 

Today you will venture out on a journey that very few have taken. Even now, reaching the southern-most point of the earth is no easy mission, and is something not many have achieved. During your 7-hour flight from camp, you will stop for a refuel, giving you the opportunity to disembark on the polar plateau – it is only now you will begin to comprehend the vast scale of this immense wilderness. Another 2 hours on and it’s arrival time. Land at Amundsen-Scott South Pole station, home to the lowest point on earth. Head to the marker and take a trip around the world in just a few paces! Secure your passport stamp and board your flight back to camp for an evening spent feasting on an exquisite six-course tasting menu, designed to take you on a sensory adventure.

Whichaway Camp offers plenty of excursions closer to home. After a hearty breakfast, undertake a day of climbing, abseiling and hiking the surreal natural landscape around you. Following your experienced guides (former world champions in the sport), learn to safely scale the looming granite walls surrounding the camp, offering epic views and a great sense of achievement. Refuel with lunch back at the camp, before testing your skills in the other direction with an exhilarating abseil down a 100-metre cliff face. Get your adrenaline pounding as you work your way down this rocky wall, surrounded by a shimmering amphitheatre of Antarctic ice. Spend your evening in the cosy interior of the communal pod, wrapped in plush furs and listening to the extraordinary tales of polar explorers to go before you.

For those on the hunt for a challenge, test your physical and mental strength with a morning spent ice climbing. Grapple with crampons and axes to scale seemingly impossible walls of gleaming ice. To recuperate after your strenuous morning, enjoy a gourmet picnic atop a rugged peak; sit back under the Antarctic sun and sip on a refreshing cocktail poured over 1,000-year-old ice. For a slightly more relaxed afternoon, delve into the maze of perfectly formed ice tunnels – a natural architectural phenomenon created by powerful waters of the seasonal melt.  Snap unrivalled photos and explore this web of surreal beauty.

On your final day, soak up the last of the magnificent scenery with a climb to the summit of Nunatak Mountain. After scaling the vast blue-ice glacier, survey the great expanse of white wilderness before you and reflect on the adventures of this once-in-a-lifetime trip, before heading back to reality.