The Falkland Islands are one of the best kept wildlife secrets in the world. During your first 10 days, you can view a large variety of birds and other species close up; birds such as nesting black-browed albatross, five species of penguin, giant petrels, the endangered striated caracara and endemics such as Cobb's wren and the Falklands flightless steamer duck. On the beaches or offshore ...
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.
Arrive at Mount Pleasant Airport, either from RAF Brize Norton or on scheduled LAN Chile flight from Punta Arenas. Transfer to Darwin House Lodge at Darwin. Remainder of day at leisure with dinner and breakfast.2Day
Flight to Carcass Island for two nights at Carcass Island Lodge on full board basis. This island is cat and rat free, so many birds to be seen, including the endemic Cobb’s wren, striated caracara, etc. Elephant seals can be seen on the beach here plus Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins offshore.3Day
Boat trip to West Point Island, where the highlight is a large nesting colony of black-browed albatrosses shared with rockhopper penguins.4-5Days
Fly to Pebble Island for two nights on full board basis. Half day wildlife and historical site tour.
Full day wildlife and scenery tour, including the colourful pebble beach which gives the island its name. Gentoo, rockhopper, macaroni and Magellanic penguins nest here as well as waterfowl, southern giant petrels, ground nesting birds and king shags.
Fly to Sea Lion Island for two nights on full board basis. Orientation tour included.
The lodge is within walking distance of various beaches, where elephant and fur seals can be seen, along with nesting gentoo, rockhopper and Magellenic penguins. There are also various ground-nesting and other birds to be seen. Orcas and dolphins can often be seen offshore.
Fly to Stanley and transfer to Malvina House Hotel. Remainder of day at leisure to visit the excellent museum and cathedral and to explore the colourful streets. Lots of birds are also seen within town.9Day
Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion with expert guide by 4 x 4 vehicle to Volunteer Point to view breeding colonies of king, gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Other birds to be seen include Falklands thrush, blackish and Magellanic oystercatchers, terns, shags, ground tyrants and pipits. Includes packed lunch. On the drive, you will also see the unique stone runs, geological remnants from the ice age.
After breakfast, the remainder of your day is free, until you transfer to your ship, which will be advised to you in advance.11-12Days
Home to many interesting sights (including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton), South Georgia has several former whaling stations and boasts plenty of wildlife. Visiting a huge colony of king penguins is a major highlight of this part of the journey. Weather permitting, spend three full days exploring the island.
Sail for two days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards on course towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the world while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting), and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history.
As we cross the Drake Passage, reflect on a memorable adventure and take in some final lectures on route back to Ushuaia. Keep a careful lookout for a last chance to spot whales
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to airport for onward or return travel.See All Itinerary