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Meet the Emperors

Meet The Emperor Penguins of Antarctica in Sheer Luxury Journey

A Genuine David Attenborough-Style experience to meet the lively Antarctica emperor penguin colony

Introduction

Zoom into the Great White Continent by Gulfstream private jet and enjoy exclusive accommodation in state-of-the-art eco pods at the only luxury camp in Antarctica. Optional activities range from gentle hikes to adrenaline-fueled adventures such as abseiling and ice climbing. The expedition highlight is a two-hour flight by Basler BT-67 along the coast to land near an emperor penguin colony, home to more than 3,000 breeding pairs and their newly hatched fluffy chicks. The colony is extremely remote and seldom-visited by tourists which means the penguins and their youngsters are entirely unafraid of humans – creating endless photographic opportunities. Emperors are only found in Antarctica. Adept at survival in extreme cold, the males hold the eggs delicately balanced on their feet through the long winter months, huddling together to survive the freezing conditions in a phenomenon described by David Attenborough as one of nature’s greatest acts of survival.

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Highlights

  • Discover astonishing views of the high polar plateau aboard a Basler BT-67
  • Spend the day at an emperor penguin colony to enjoy one of the greatest wild life spectacles on earth
  • Indulge in epicurean cuisine paired with award-winning wines
  • Learn to ice climb, explore shimmering blue ice tunnels, abseil from the summit of a nunatak overlooking the Schirmacher Oasis

Highlights

  • Discover astonishing views of the high polar plateau aboard a Basler BT-67
  • Spend the day at an emperor penguin colony to enjoy one of the greatest wild life spectacles on earth
  • Indulge in epicurean cuisine paired with award-winning wines
  • Learn to ice climb, explore shimmering blue ice tunnels, abseil from the summit of a nunatak overlooking the Schirmacher Oasis
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Luxury pod accommodations in Antarctica

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Memorable encounters with emperor penguins, scenic flights over the high polar plateau and ample opportunity to explore the incredible scenery of Antarctica with options for ice climbing, abseiling and scaling glaciers.

When to visit

While winters are harsh and inhospitable our Antarctic expeditions take place in the milder summer months from November to March when temperatures reach up to a pleasant 15ºC (59ºF). With 24-hour sunlight, the long summer days grant plenty of time to explore the scenic wonderland.

6 Days / 5 Nights Itinerary

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Bring Your Own Private Jet to Antarctica

Day 1

Cape Town | Antarctica

Following an extensive safety briefing by your professional polar guides, board your Gulfstream private jet in Cape Town for a supremely comfortable five-hour flight over the iceberg-strewn Southern Ocean. Touching down in Eastern Antarctica you will be transferred to your luxury accommodation in a cutting-edge eco pod.

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Day 2

Whichaway

Enjoy the fantastical landscape surrounding camp which is located next to a dramatic 200-foot ice cliff. Before dinner enjoy a fascinating and highly informative talk about the life cycle of the emperor penguin ahead of your day trip to the penguin colony.

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Day 3

Emperor Penguin Colony

A two-hour scenic flight via Basler BT-67 provides startling views of the high polar plateau before landing at the emperor penguin colony – home to 6000 penguins and their young chicks.

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Day 4

Ice Tunnels

Join an experienced polar guide to explore the other-worldly maze of ice tunnels and caves beneath camp which have sculpted by seasonal melt water.

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Day 5

Nunatak Summit | Abseiling

In the afternoon climb a nunatak (a stony peak protruding from a glacier) for startling views over Schirmacher Oasis and the thrill of abseiling.

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Day 6

Antarctica | Cape Town

Say farewell to Antarctica as you board the Gulfstream private jet bound for South Africa and enjoy your last tantalising views of this remarkable continent and the mighty Southern Ocean that surrounds it. Your trip may have come to an end but your memories of Antarctica and time spent with the emperor penguins will last a lifetime.

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Penguin chicks follow adult penguin in Antarctica

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With a maximum of 12 guests, each expedition is highly personalized and can be as relaxing or thrilling as you wish

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