This sub-Antarctic adventure takes you to the wildlife sanctuaries of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Join our on-board photography workshops and capture the region's untouched beauty and meet the fascinating fauna that inhabits these unique islands: get up-close with one of the world's largest king penguin rookeries at Salisbury Plain in South Georgia, observe the majestic wandering albatross, keep an eye out for funny rockhopper penguins in the Falklands, or watch male elephant seals fight for territory!
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Start your expedition in Santiago, Chile. Make your own way to Santiago airport to board your flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands, where you’ll experience a short town visit, followed by embarkation of Polar Pioneer in the afternoon.2Day
Attempt to land on Steeple Jason island in the West Falklands to view the world’s largest colony of black-browed albatross. Alternate landings if weather conditions do not permit landing include Saunders island or Carcass Island.3-4Days
On the way to South Georgia, we are in the company of seabirds and also on the lookout for marine mammals, especially whales which migrate south at this time of the year.5 - 12Days
We have ample time to explore South Georgia’s spectacular coast, including the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. In Stromness and Grytviken harbours, 3000-metre peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins. We also follow in the footsteps of the great explorer, Ernest Shackleton, and pay our respects at his grave in Grytviken.
We spend our last days organising out thousands of images and looking out for final glimpses of seabirds and whales.15Day
Arrive in Port Stanley and transfer the airport for flight to Santiago (or Punta Arenas). There is an option to stay in the Falkland Islands for a further week to visit some of the outlying settlements for more close-up wildlife encounters and battlefield visits.See All Itinerary