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Antarctica in 24 Hours


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Photo credit | White Desert Antarctica

A remote land of elemental forces - snow, ice, water and rock make up the otherworldly landscape of Antarctica. The seventh continent’s barren terrain remains untouched by humans, belonging only to the penguins colonizing the white wilderness and the pods of killer and humpback whales in the waters. A bucket list destination for most and final frontier of adventure travel, Antarctica is so remote that few will ever experience its coastline, let alone its interiors. But Ker & Downey® Africa, in collaboration with our expert on the ground team, now offer an exclusive day trip to Antarctica from Cape Town.  

Time restricted travelers can now experience the thrill of Antarctica within a 24 hour day trip from Cape Town. Previously only accessible by a 10-21 day boat cruise from Argentina or New Zealand, you can now board a private Gulfstream jet in Cape Town and arrive in the interior of Antarctica a mere 5 hours later.

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Flying above Antarctica, photo credit | White Desert Antarctica

About Antarctica


Covering approximately 540,000 square miles, 98% of Antarctica is covered by a 40 million-year-old ice sheet, roughly the same size as the USA. The isolated continent remains uninhabited by humans and instead, the frozen landscape is home to million-strong Emperor Penguin colonies, the colossal albatross, 6 different species of seal and whales that migrate through the iceberg flanked channels each year. Visiting this immense, untouched landscape can be dwarfing. From enormous ice shelves, jarring mountain peaks, and tremendous glaciers, Antarctica gives everyone who discovers its remote interiors a newfound perspective on man vs. nature.

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Traverse the white desert landscape on gentle treks with expert guides.

So, what would a day trip to Antarctica look like?


Starting in the City of Cape Town, your day trip to Antarctica begins with a safety briefing and a weather forecast to ensure you are properly kitted out for the icy landscapes down south. A mere 24 hours later, board a private 12 seater jet and transfer 2,400 miles from the southernmost tip of Africa to the icy wonderland of Antarctica. The 5-hour flight takes you through the dark African night into 24 hours of continuous sunshine while soaring over thousands of icebergs floating in the Southern Ocean. Touch down on the blue ice runway at Wolf Fang’s mountain range where you’ll be greeted by your expert guides. Surrounded by the white deserts of Antarctica, the runway sits beneath mile high monoliths of rock rising vertically from the ice. From here, you will be guided on a gentle hike to the base of the nearby Nunatak mountain and enjoy a champagne picnic at the summit with unrivalled views of the surrounding landscape. Who would guess that only 5 hours ago you were still in warm South Africa? Capture that photo for your bucket list album before being guided back to the jet for you return flight. End it all off with a drink chilled with 10,000-year-old Antarctic ice as you soar over the Southern Sea back to Cape Town.

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Gulfstream jet on Wolf Fang's runway, photo credit | White Desert Antarctica

Board a private 12 seater jet and transfer 2,400 miles from the southernmost tip of Africa to the icy wonderland of Antarctica. 

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Nanutak summit, photo credit | White Desert Antarctica

When is the best time to go?


With (sometimes) brutal katabatic winds reaching speeds of 198 mph, a trip to Antarctica is entirely weather dependent. Antarctica remains the coldest location on Earth and ‘Summer’, if you can call it that, in Antarctica falls over the months of December to March. Here the sun shines for over 24 hours a day and temperatures reach 34 degrees Fahrenheit / 1 degree Celsius. During the months of December to February, young penguin chicks start to hatch, pods of whales migrate to the icy waters and wildlife is plentiful. However, to catch the icescapes in their most undisturbed state, we suggest taking a trip to Antarctica during the month of November before the summer sun melts the colossal icebergs and glaciers.

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Emperor penguins in Antarctica.

Interested in staying longer?


One day not enough for your liking? Check out our 10 day Africa to Antarctica LuxVenture® Expedition. Catering to only 12 guests per expedition and professional polar explorers as your guides, the days’ itineraries are tailored to each individual. From gentle trekking through ice tunnels, traversing the snow in a 4x4 and hiking under gigantic ice shelves to more adrenaline-fueled activities, such as kite-skiing, ice climbing, zip lining and rappelling down mountainsides. And your shelter for the night? The uber-luxurious Whichaway Camp - a constellation of igloo-inspired sleeping pods complete with old-world style interiors and a private chef.

The uber-luxurious Whichaway Camp - a constellation of igloo-inspired sleeping pods complete with old-world style interiors and a private chef.

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Dining room at Camp Whichaway, photo credit | White Desert Antarctica
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Igloo-inspired pods at Camp Whichaway, Antarctica.

Planning to tick Antarctica off your adventure bucket list? Get in touch with one of our expert Ker & Downey® Africa Adventurists who can help you add this day trip to Antarctica to your next South Africa safari or extend your trip with our epic 10 day Africa to Antarctica LuxVenture® Expedition.

Lindsay Krause
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Lindsay Krause

Lindsay gained her traveling chops from spending 4 years living in and exploring South East Asia. From motorbiking her way through Vietnam, scuba-diving with whale sharks in Thailand, sipping on coconuts in the Philippines and exploring ancient temples in Cambodia, Lindsay's got a case of the travel bug and looks forward to ticking African adventures off her bucket list. 


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