Our Classic Antarctica birding cruise is a ‘must’ for every wildlife and nature enthusiast, and we guarantee that you will return not only enriched but totally blown-away by this experience of a lifetime! During this incredible journey we will explore the remote Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Shetlands and, finally, the Antarctic continent. Along the way we will marvel at some of the world’s last truly pristine wildernesses and be treated to spectacular vistas, hauntingly beautiful icebergs and the planet’s greatest concentrations of marine wildlife. Walking amongst vast, crowded nesting colonies of over 200,000 displaying King Penguins and their fluffy young is an experience that defies description. We will also set foot on Antarctica at the aptly named Paradise Bay, while our return via the Drake Passage promises to produce some thrilling pelagic birding, as we search for species including Wandering and Light-mantled Albatross, Snow and Antarctic Petrel and South Georgia Diving Petrel. This cruise also offers unbeatable photographic opportunities, and some of our departures will have onboard specialist Rockjumper birding and professional ORYX photographic leaders!
Our Antarctic Peninsula Adventure is a shorter wildlife and birding cruise, aimed at those with less time who nonetheless wish to experience a wide array of fantastic Antarctic fauna against the scenically unmatched backdrop of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. This cruise takes us through the seabird-rich waters of the Southern Ocean to bustling penguin colonies on the shores of the Great White Continent.
Our South Georgia in Depth cruise takes us to one of the jewels of the South Atlantic Ocean. This incredibly remote and wild island is home to an abundance of wildlife; and in fact, South Georgia has rightly been called ‘the most staggering wildlife show on earth’!
This particular birding cruise is timed to coincide with the arrival of spring as South Georgia emerges from the long and frigid winter – a really exceptional time to visit! Late October marks the beginning of the wildlife migration and commencement of the breeding cycle for many species on the island. Scenes of male Southern Elephant Seals battling for control of the beaches (and their female harems), and the intimate and beautiful courtship rituals of the albatrosses and antics of the young penguin chicks, will have you believing you are ‘on the set’ of your very own wildlife documentary. For lovers of remote, small-ship expedition cruises, this voyage ticks every box you could possibly imagine; and, for photographers in particular, this cruise will leave you with a plethora of images and some amazing memories that are certain to linger for a lifetime!
Our Atlantic Odyssey cruise is an epic 32 day birding adventure that traverses some of the most interesting and least explored areas in the Southern Ocean; besides the Antarctic Peninsula, we plan to stop at numerous islands including Deception, Paulet, South Orkneys, South Georgia, Gough, Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale, Inaccessible, St. Helena and Ascension.
We also offer a 7-day, post-tour Ascension Island to Cape Verdes extension, which will see us crossing the equator while witnessing the northbound spring migration of birds. Special targets of this cruise include Northern Rockhopper Penguin, Ascension Frigatebird, Gough Island Moorhen, Inaccessible Island Rail, St Helena Plover, Tristan Thrush, Gough Bunting and a mind-boggling variety of pelagic species.
We are thrilled to finally be offering some of the most exciting Antarctica expeditions currently available anywhere: our brand new suite of Emperor Penguin Fly-in Safaris!
Our Emperors & South Pole tour takes you deep into the ‘last frontier’. Vast and inhospitable to humans, Antarctica it is both brutal and delicate. The world’s largest desert, it holds almost three quarters of the world’s fresh water. Historically, Antarctica probably supported the largest concentration of wildlife known on earth, virtually wiped out by sealers, whalers and fishermen in a matter of decades in the early 19th century. A tour to Antarctica, and more specifically the South Pole is no mean feat even today, though certainly more comfortable and attainable that it was over 100 years ago when Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton vied to be the first to reach it.
‘Experience of a lifetime’ is an often over-used and under-defined phrase, but we believe this short tour will surpass even your greatest expectation of just what it does mean. We depart the ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town on-board an opulent Gulfstream private jet, touching down on the Antarctic massive in a little over 5 hours. Based at a private camp, we explore our immediate surrounds as well as making a visit to an immense Emperor Penguin colony. A visit to the South Pole will put you in exalted company, as one of the very few humans to have ever stood here.
These journeys to Antarctica are truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and cannot come more highly recommended!