Whereas cruise vessels allow you cover large distances and reach more inaccessible areas of this continent, expedition camps give you a more immersive experience of Antarctica, getting up close with the wildlife and exploring the fascinating terrain.
These camps boast state-of-the-art facilities yet built and used with minimal impact the environment. High standards of service and safety, including those all important creature comforts, make these camps a homely and secure base camp from which to explore the White Continent around you.
Expect a flexible choice of daily activities let by expert field guides such gentle treks, exploring ice caves and tunnels, getting up close to Adelie penguins or even Emperor Penguins, kite skiing, abseiling and even teaching you how to be a true polar explorer. Some offer flights to research stations and even to the South Pole.
When to go
During Antarctica's summer November to March is prime season, with December to January being the optimal time. From mid to late December the penguin chicks start to hatch, and in January you will catch the the feeding frenzy that ensues. February to early March is the best time to spot whales, and there are generally a good number of fur seals to be seen too.
What to do
- Daily activities in and around your camp can include:
- Gentle treks, exploring ice caves and tunnels, getting up close to Adelie penguins, kite skiing, abseiling, and even teaching you how to be a true polar explorer.
- Flights further inland to spend a day with the colonies of Emperor Penguins
- Day trips to the South Pole
Itineraries including Antarctica Camps
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Whichaway CampWhichaway Camp is an out-and-out leader in expert Antarctica expedition camps. All powered by solar panels, there are six fibreglass sleeping pods that are expertly insulated, heated, and sheltered from outside noise. At just over 6m (20 eeft) in diameter in diameter, they are spacious and come with either double or twin beds, a writing desk, and en-suite toilet and wash basin. There is also a separate pod complete with shower and further toilets. The main living area consists of three large dome tents housing a cosy dining room, library and communications area. The staff and guides at Whichaway are exceedingly professional, dedicated to looking after your comfort, safety and getting the most out of your stay here on Antarctica with incredible activities on offer.
Wolf's Fang Explorer CampJust a five-hour flight from Cape Town, you’ll find yourself being welcomed into this warm and relaxing basecamp where a heated tent and showers await you. There are six bedroom tents with en-suite washrooms, and two shared shower facilities. In the communal lounge and dining area you can unwind and tuck into meals created with and inspired by top South African produce. Expect hearty breakfasts with freshly-baked bread and fresh coffee, wholesome lunches and warming family-style dinners. Enjoy your meals with wines from the Cape vineyards and visit the camps Ice Bar for a refresting cocktail. Using Wolf’s Fang as a base you can head out to explore the stunning Antarctic wilderness and spend time hiking, climbing, ice-climbing, fat biking and skidooing. Pictures: Kelvin Trautman