Follow in the footsteps of legendary adventurers on this encore expedition to the South Pole, travelling in a style that the early polar explorers could have only dreamed of. Geoffrey Kent, who travelled on the inaugural departure in December 2018, is on hand to welcome you in Cape Town and see you off on your departure to Antarctica. From there, fly with Otavia Kent across the Southern Ocean to your luxury wilderness camp, your home base for your days of discovery and adventure in the Antarctic. This expert-led, 12-day adventure takes you into the heart of the White Continent to meet emperor penguins, walk a natural ice tunnel and stand at the lowest point on earth — the South Pole, where only a very few are privileged to go.
Day 1 - December 11
On arrival in Cape Town, you’re met by one of the A&K
team for your private transfer to The Silo Hotel, one of
Cape Town’s most exciting hotels. With only 28 individually
designed rooms, it is located over six floors above the Zeitz
Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).
This evening, gather with Geoffrey and Otavia Kent at the
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art for cocktails, followed
by a private dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 - December 12
This morning, after meeting your expedition team, head out
with Geoffrey and Otavia from your hotel in style, driving
along the coast in a classic two-seater open-top Cobra.
Drive past the picture-perfect beaches of Clifton and
Camps Bay, beautifully located at the base of the towering
Twelve Apostles Mountains. Continue driving to Groot
Constantia, the oldest wine estate in South Africa. From
here, depart on a scenic helicopter flight to the elegant
vineyards of Stellenbosch. Arrive at the Delaire Graff Estate,
a world-class winery and luxury lodge. Enjoy lunch on the
grounds, and afterward begin a breathtaking journey in a
vintage World War II sidecar, meandering through superb
mountain ranges. Continue by helicopter to Cape Town and
transfer to your hotel.
Day 3 - December 13
Bid farewell to Geoffrey and, joined by Otavia, depart around 10:00 a.m. from the private jet facility at Cape Town International Airport,
where your Gulfstream pilots are waiting for you. Fly for five and a half hours across the mighty Southern Ocean, high above thousands
of icebergs floating across the sea. Halfway through the flight, cross the polar circle and enter 24 hours of continuous daylight.
Landing on your private ice runway (named Wolf’s Fang),
you’re struck immediately by the vastness of your surroundings
as the horizon stretches into the distance, punctuated only by a
row of jagged mountain peaks.
A separate ski-equipped aircraft then ferries you the short
25-minute hop to the luxury camp, Whichaway, which has
been diligently designed and meets A&K’s strict criteria. Set
out on a gentle trek around this snowy oasis to orientate
yourself to the new surroundings.
Day 4 - December 14
Head to the 200-yard-long ice tunnels made of iridescent blue ice, a
setting as surreal as it is unique. Walk through their extraordinary length,
breathing in the still air and marveling at the bizarre ice formations
carved by meltwater. On the way back, drive by 4x4 to the nearby
science base to meet some of the scientists who have been conducting
research throughout the winter.
Day 5 - December 15
Depart early in the morning in a BT-67 turboprop plane and fly five hours across the High
Polar Plateau, landing at 83-degrees south to refuel. Take the opportunity to walk around and
experience this daunting environment for yourself before continuing on for another two hours to
the South Pole. This is the lowest point on earth, the holy grail for explorers. Here you are standing
at a place that has no more east, south or west — the only direction from here is north.
At the South Pole marker, you can walk around the planet in just a few steps. After a special
ceremony, visit the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Science Station to witness firsthand the often
groundbreaking research conducted at this U.S. facility. Camp for the night at 83 degrees south in
a full-height tent with camp bed, mattress and polar sleeping bag, making you among the select
few who have spent a night in the beauty of the Polar Plateau, one of the wildest places on earth.
Day 6 - December 16
After a hearty breakfast, board the plane once again for the flight back to camp, the perfect
chance to truly appreciate the immense scale of Antarctica. Arrive at the Whichaway
Skiway airstrip and transfer in 4x4 vehicles back to camp.
Day 7 - December 17
Today, drive by 4x4 to a vast rock cliff overlooking the ice waves. Your guides have established a rope walk over the cliff edge. Crossing
it is technically easy, but thrilling nonetheless. There may be time for lessons in skiing, snowmobiling or, with expert tutelage, you may
choose to abseil off the nearby nunatak, a mountain surrounded completely by an ice field.
Day 8 - December 18
Fly two and a half hours across Antarctica, skimming across the
spectacular coastline before landing at an emperor penguin
colony. Your is the only group to visit this specific colony.
Surrounded by approximately 6,000 emperor penguins and
their newly hatched chicks, get up close and personal to these
real-life stars of March of the Penguins. At this time of year, the
chicks are still covered in their grey down feathers and you can
spend the day photographing them and their doting parents.
There are occasionally Weddell seals in the area as well, lying
next to their breathing holes, entirely unafraid of the proximity to
humans. Fly back to camp in the late afternoon.
Day 9 - December 19
A short 45-minute flight brings you to the Drygalski mountain
range, an area that consists of huge monoliths of rock rising vertically
out of the ice and often reaching 9,000 feet in height. Take the
opportunity to achieve something truly unique: Climb a virgin summit
in Antarctica, with your expert guides leading the way. Build a rock
mound (or cairn) on the highest point to prove you were there; you
even earn the right to name the mountain for the history books.
Day 10 - December 20
In addition to the numerous planned activities (subject to local conditions), your journey also includes a number of informal, riveting talks
by polar experts. One such talk is a presentation by a record-breaking
polar guide about the history of the race to the South Pole. Told in the most
evocative setting imaginable, the tale transports you back to the time of
Scott and Amundsen as they risked everything to be the first to reach the
lowest point on earth.
Today may also be a great day to picnic on the summit of a small ridge a
short way from camp. The location offers the most spectacular views out
across the frozen icebergs on the coast. Retrace your steps with a short
drive to Whichaway Skiway to board your 25-minute flight to Wolf ’s Fang,
where your private jet is waiting.
In the evening, catch your flight back to Cape Town.
Day 11 - December 21
Arrive Cape Town early this morning and transfer to your hotel,
The Silo, where you have a chance to relax in a hot bath while
reminiscing on your once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
Day 12 - December 22
After a good night’s rest, continue your onward journey.