WHICHAWAY OR ECHO & ATKA BAY
Off the Beaten, Nature & Wildlife
The ultimate once-in-a-lifetime trip. Experience a stay at Antarctica’s only luxury camp at Whichaway or the newest Echo Camp on the Queen Maud Land, accessible only by private charter flight from Cape Town in South Africa.
Get acquainted with a breeding colony of Emperor Penguins, the largest of its kind in the world. You will also get the opportunity to extend your stay and lay claim as one of the few to have ever flown to the lowest point on Earth – the Geographic South Pole.
Our journey begins with a 5-hour private aircraft flight from Cape Town to Antarctica, across the Southern Ocean and Polar Circle and the continuous daylight of Antarctic summer.
Upon landing in Wolf’s Fang Runway, the only blue ice runaway in Antarctic, you will be transferred by a 30min flight (Basler BT-67) to the luxury camp at Whichaway and have chance to stretch your legs on a gentle trek around the oasis.
For those staying in the Echo Camp
From Wolf’s Fang Runway, you will be transferred 5km to the futuristic luxurious Echo Camp and take in the view from fat bike ride.
Settle into your camp and do as much or as little as you like each day. Activities range from restorative massages and inspiring treks to exploring incredible mountains and glaciers, summiting a nunatak, ice climbing and even abseiling! After the day’s activities you will hear a talk about the incredible life cycle of the Emperor Penguins in preparation for your visit the following day.
Today, we fly 2.5 hours across Antarctica on the BT-67 aircraft, enjoy immense views of the High Polar Plateau before landing at the Emperor Penguin colony at Atka Bay, the site of the first episode of Sir David Attenborough’s groundbreaking documentary Seven Worlds, One Planet. With the exclusive access to see the penguins early in their lifecycle, we can also get to see over 14,000 breeding pairs with their newly-hatched chicks.
Wrapped up in the sights and sounds over thousands of penguins, you will be among the very few who have ever witnessed such a spectacle, observing the real-life stars of March of the Penguins before flying back.
We spend the day exploring the ice waves below Whichaway camp, delving into the series of ice tunnels that are as surreal as they are beautiful. Or explore the Echo camp’s nearby mountains and enjoy a gentle hike overlooking the endless ice sheet, followed by a champagne picnic.
Then you’ll be off on an Arctic Truck safari, winding your way through the snow and ice to an incredible vantage point where you can take in the panoramic view over the mountains that you have just explored.
An adventurous hike along a winding cliff presents guests with stunning views over the last pristine wilderness on Earth. The world-class mountain guides will lead you on this challenging hike, ensuring your safety at all times on this unforgettable day.
Finally, we bid farewell to your unforgettable Antarctic adventure on a 5-hour flight to the vibrant Cape Town. We absolutely recommend extending your stay in South Africa to discover a world of incredible wildlife!
We leave early in the morning in our Basler BT-67 aircraft, flying 5 hours over stunning mountain ranges before landing at Dixie’s camp at 83° South to refuel. After a walk on the High Polar Plateau we will continue 2 hours to the South Pole, where you will have plenty of time for photos and a chance to stamp your passport before flying back to Dixie’s camp and overnighting in the great wilderness
Please note that the South Pole has an apparent altitude of 4,000m with ambient temperature of -25° C, thus may not be suitable for those with pre-conditions for altitude sickness.
After a night under canvas, you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast before boarding the plane once again for the flight back to Whichaway or Echo. The flight is the perfect chance to appreciate the immense scale of Antarctica, before you return to our camp for a three-course champagne dinner to celebrate your achievement.
Embark on an adventurous hike along a winding cliff led by world-class mountain guides, where you will be bestowed with a breath-taking aerial view of ice sea waves folded over millennia by constant ocean pressure.
An adventurous hike along a winding cliff face presents guests with stunning views over the last pristine wilderness on Earth. Our world-class mountain guides will lead you on this challenging hike, ensuring your safety at all times.
Finally, we bid farewell to your unforgettable Antarctic adventure on a 5-hour flight to Cape Town. We absolutely recommend extending your stay in South Africa to discover a world of incredible wildlife!
On the ice-free Schirmacher Oasis in the heart of Queen Maud Land sits Whichaway, White Desert Antarctica’s flagship luxury camp. Surrounded by freshwater lakes, a 60m (200ft) icefall, blue rivers and crystal caves. The 6 heated ‘polar pods’ with cutting-edge exteriors and old-world interiors that conjure up images of Antarctica’s rich heritage of exploration.
Enjoy sumptuous dining and bespoke wines from the Cape vineyards, lined across Victorian-styled table and warm fur chairs, as well as a lounge area with wood burning stove, plush sofas and tables.
Inspired by astronauts and the seminal age of Space exploration, the space-age design of the ‘Sky Pods’ makes them look like they’ve been beamed down from Mars. Futuristic and luxurious, the six bedrooms for catering up to 12 people are created from composite fibreglass with floor to ceiling windows allowing guests to soak in the moon-like landscape beyond.
Only select few have ever spent a night under the canvas in the High Polar Plateau, one of the wildest sites on Earth set at a staggering altitude of 2,640m, with a true sense of remoteness where the white horizon meets the blue sky.
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