On this expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, a base camp is set up to allow for a variety of adventure activities such as overnight camping on ice, kayaking, mountaineering, snowshoeing and hiking. In addition there are professional photographic workshops available to all participants. This expedition offers unique opportunities to experience Antarctica, its environment and wildlife - truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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.
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway, followed by seabirds.2 - 3 Days
During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage and encounter a variety of seabirds - these can include wandering, grey-headed, black-browed and the beautiful light-mantled sooty albatross, southern fulmars, Wilson's storm, blue, Cape and Antarctic petrels. We also look out for whales and, as we near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.4 - 9Days
We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. The basecamp concept enables us to visit places where we hope to stay for longer than normal in order to conduct our activities. Several fantastic localities offer great opportunities for this and may include:
Neumayer Channel, where we may position our ship for the multi activity basecamp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island may become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment, there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shoreline, and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland. All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.
We hope to visit the old British research station, now working museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island.
Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo penguins and Blue-eyed shags. We look out for Leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.
If the ice conditions and time allows us, we may sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adélie penguins and Blue-eyed shags (normally not possible before New Year). In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback whales and Minke whales. The opportunities for kayaking, glacier walks or mountaineering that is more ambitious are excellent in this area.
Neko Harbour offers the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, walks, and kayak excursions. We may spend the night in Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore in one of several places good for camping. The area in and around Errera Channel is spectacular with possible sites for our activities like Danco Island and Cuverville Island and also lesser known, but equally great, sites such as Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island.
On our last day of near shore activities, we pass the Melchior Islands towards the open sea around noon. Keep a keen lookout for Humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. Alternatively, we may aim for Half Moon Island, South Shetlands, which offers a great opportunity for our activities. We depart from Antarctica around noon.
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On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.12Day
We arrive in the morning and disembark after breakfast.See All Itinerary