A phenomenal adventure exploring Antarctica’s landscape and wildlife highlights, bookended by a luxurious stay in Cape Town

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  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Suggested places to visit


  • Explore the scenic Cape Peninsula
  • Head out on thrilling ice treks
  • Spend time at a science research base
  • Visit an incredible emperor penguin colony
  • Venture into otherworldly ice caves

What's included

  • Completely private tours of Cape Town
  • Luxury accommodation in Cape Town
  • Specialist Antarctica camp
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your travel concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

This is a once in a lifetime, in-depth Antarctica experience; staying and exploring its landscapes and wildlife from an expert, hi-tech camp base for six days. Including a flight further inland to observe an Emperor penguin colony up close.

There is an incredible selection of activities to chose from. Think exploring remarkable ice caves and giant abseiling. Your options depend on which camp you choose and will be tailored to your interests. You can also rest assured that each will be accompanied by a team of experienced, professional Antarctica guides.

Flying from Cape Town gives you the opportunity to experience all this spectacular city has to offer and explore the Cape Peninsula. Again, there are a wide variety of excursions and activities to choose from making your time in the Mother City a memorable one.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

Cape Town

Meet and greet at Cape Town airport Meet and greet at Cape Town airport

On arrival at Cape Town, you will be met airside by a Jacada representative, as you enter the terminal building. You will be fast-tracked through immigration, assisted with baggage collection and assisted to your onward arrangements.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel in Cape Town

Accommodation in Cape Town

Twelve Apostles Mountain, Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Two days exploring Cape Town Two days exploring Cape Town

Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.

Constantia Winelands South Africa
Private full day Best of Cape Peninsula Private full day Best of Cape Peninsula

You’ll get to experience the best of the Cape Peninsula on this full-day excursion. Visit Cape Point Nature Reserve, stroll along the raised walkways at the Boulders African Penguin Colony in Simonstown, and breathe in the fragrant air as you wander through the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

It’s the perfect way to explore the majestic coastline that early seafarers once called the Cape of Storms. Follow the winding coastal road along the slopes of the towering Twelve Apostles mountains with breathtaking views of the sheltered coves and ocean below you. You’ll pass through the historic fishing village of Hout Bay before making your way over Chapman’s Peak towards Cape Point Nature Reserve. Here you’ll head out to the lighthouse which overlooks the southwestern most point of Africa. Not only is the marine life in the colliding currents below you rich and varied, but the reserve is full of incredible flora and fauna as well.

From there you’ll continue along the False Bay coastline through Simon’s Town, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg, before heading into the lush and fruitful Constantia region where the South African wine industry had its beginnings. From there it’s on to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where you’ll have the chance to marvel at the plants and flowers that make this part of the world so special.

Private half day classic city tour and Table Mountain Private half day classic city tour and Table Mountain

If you'd prefer to keep your Cape Town activities more central ahead of your Antarctica visit, you might choose to take a half day tour of the city and Table Mountain, instead of taking in the whole peninsula. On this half day tour you’ll get to see some of Cape Town’s best highlights. Your experience will start with a drive to the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa, and take in the Grand Parade where Nelson Mandela addressed the nation when he was released from prison in 1990. From there, take a stroll through the Company’s Garden which was once the fresh produce garden for passing ships in the 17th Century. Nearby, you’ll discover the Iziko South African Museum.

Heading back towards the city centre you’ll pass the Iziko National Gallery, the Houses of Parliament and St George’s Cathedral. Just a short distance away you’ll find yourself in the bustling Greenmarket Square where you can browse for curios at the various stalls.

Your next stop will be the District Six Museum where you can spend time looking at a collection of pictures and memorabilia highlighting the colourful life of the now-demolished suburb. If the museum is open and available to visit, entry is for your own account.

Either in the morning or afternoon, you’ll take a trip up to the top of Table Mountain on the aerial cableway.

Antarctica pre-departure safety briefing Antarctica pre-departure safety briefing

During a safety briefing, your camp's representatives will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions about any element of the journey. They will be with you every step of the way, from explaining how the clothing systems work to what you can expect once actually in Antarctica. During this briefing, they will also confirm the exact time of departure for the flight according to the latest weather analysis. Weather can mean that schedules change.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Cape Town airport


Special flight from Cape Town to Antarctica

Days 3-8


Flights & transfers


Transfer to your Antarctica camp

Antarctica camps

Days exploring Antarctica from your luxury camp Days exploring Antarctica from your luxury camp

Usually your stay here kicks off with you getting settled into your sleeping pod before an introductory afternoon trek and evening presentation. With only 12 clients on each adventure and professional polar explorers as your guides, the day to day itineraries are tailored to each individual. They can be as relaxed or adventurous as you want. You don’t need to be an athlete to come with us, only in normal physical condition. With gentle treks and picnics overlooking the ice waves, you will have all the time in the world to truly explore this great wilderness.

Then, for those searching for more adrenaline, your guides can push you as far as you want to go; from kite-skiing around camp to ice climbing up virgin peaks. Put simply: the landscape is as big as your imagination.

Ice trekking Ice trekking

Head out across the ice in the footsteps of some of the early explorers.

Visits to Science Research Bases Visits to Science Research Bases

Spend some time getting to know some of the scientists and researchers who call the Antarctica home, and find out about what they're working on.

Overland flight and Emperor Penguins Overland flight and Emperor Penguins

A two hour flight from camp you'll find yourself at a site of more than 14,000 penguins and their young chicks. Both are totally unafraid of humans and will come within a few meters of your group, immersing you in the noise, commotion and the sheer beauty of it all. This is one of the greatest – and yet least observed – wildlife events on the planet.

Ice Caves and Tunnels Ice Caves and Tunnels

Explore a series of ice tunnels and caves that have been sculpted by seasonal melt water.

Giant Abseiling Giant Abseiling

Experience an exhilarating decent from the summit of a 100m high cliff surrounded by an amphitheatre of glimmering blue ice.

'Neverland' Hike to see the Ice Waves 'Neverland' Hike to see the Ice Waves

You will drive to an area named “Neverland” and, using ropes, walk on the edge of a 200ft cliff overlooking the magnificent ice waves.

Flights & transfers


Transfer from your camp to the airport


Special flight from Antarctica to Cape Town

Days 8-9

Cape Town

Flights & transfers


Private transfer from Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel

Accommodation in Cape Town

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Cape Town airport

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