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Deserts & Glaciers

Africa & Antarctica

9 nights / 10 days

AN EXPEDITION BY PRIVATE AIRCRAFT 

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If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art , and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater: the only place on earth that is still as it should be.

May we never tame it.”

Andrew Denton

1 night Johannesburg, South Africa |  3 nights Skeleton Coast, Namibia|

1 night Cape Town, South Africa | 4 nights Antarctica 

10

Days 

3

Destinations

Private

Departure

Light

Jet/Aircraft

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Highlights

  • The Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean clashes with the dune and desert landscape of north-western Namibia.

  • The Skeleton Coast with its huge numbers of stranded whales that lost their life here

  • The desert-adapted wildlife: elephants, rhinos, desert lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, seals, oryx, kudus and zebras.

  • Mowe Bay seal colony – Flamingo pools

  • Hoarusib River and the Clay Castel

  • Sundowner drive to the dunes

  • Conservancy Tour in 4×4

  • A bird's eye view of Cape Town by Helicopter

  • Artic Truck Experience

  • Glacier Traversal

  • Glacier Camp OUt

This itinerary can be curated to your bespoke requirements.  Alternative commencement and destination cities available on request.

International flights to and from South Africa are excluded as are visa charges as are polar clothing, satellite phone usage and weather delay costs

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Day One |

Start your Journey in Johannesburg

Welcome to Johannesburg, the bustling metropolis and a South African powerhouse.  Upon arrival at O R Tambo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel for one night. 

If you are arriving by private jet, we can arrange for a helicopter transfer from Lanseria International Airport (optional). Relax at the hotel or why not take one of our optional excursions such as a visit to the moving Apartheid Museum or delve into life in South Africa's largest township, Soweto. 

This evening, relax at the Four Seasons Westcliff and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

 

 

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ACCOMMODATION

Four Seasons The Westcliff

Four Seasons Westcliff feels like a chic hillside village, with nine sun-splashed villas woven with courtyards, fountains and gardens.

Take a ride up the glass elevator for dinner and drinks at View, meet friends for a traditional braai (barbecue) at Flames, or simply step out onto your room’s balcony to enjoy a quiet moment as you admire the endless canopy of jacaranda trees that stretches out before you, which, come springtime, will blanket our northern suburb streets in a sea of purple blooms.

Day Two |

Skeleton Coast

After breakfast, a transfer by helicopter directly from the Four Seasons Westcliff to Lanseria Airport to meet your private jet for your flight to Windhoek, the Capital of Namibia.   

Upon arrival in Windhoek and completing customs and immigration formalities, you will transfer to a light aircraft for your flight to Mowe Bay Airstrip in the Skeleton Coast.  

A transfer by four wheel drive vehicle to one of the world's most exciting new lodges - Shipwreck Lodge - your home in the desert for two nights. 

Dinner most probably al-fresco this evening.

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ACCOMMODATION

Shipwreck Lodge

The innovative design of the lodge echoes the ghostly remains of the derelict ships — pale wooden frames jut from the sands at striking angles.

Inside, however, the rooms are spacious and modern, with generous windows to allow you to drink in the views of this pristine swathe of wilderness. The rooms are solar powered, though there are wood burning stoves to stave off the Atlantic morning chill. The central area of the lodge also mimics the remains of a long-wrecked boat, but the interior boasts a wealth of comfortable seating and images illustrating the coast’s deadly history. Wide windows and a wrap-around deck allow guests to admire uninterrupted views of the rippled dunes and crashing waves beyond.

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Day Three |

Skeleton Coast

“The earth is not ours, it is a treasure we hold in trust for future generations”
Namibia proverb

Reality of contrasting landscapes, boundless deserts, rich of colours, animal and natural species able to adapt to live in one of the most arid and inhospitable places of the planet. Lions, black rhinos, elephants have adapted their physical characteristics and habits to the extreme environmental conditions of this fascinating country.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THE EXPERIENCE

  • The Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean clashes with the dune and desert landscape of north-western Namibia.

  • The Skeleton Coast with its huge numbers of stranded whales that lost their life here

  • The desert-adapted wildlife: elephants, rhinos, desert lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, seals, oryx, kudus and zebras.

  • Mowe Bay seal colony – Flamingo pools

  • Hoarusib River and the Clay Castel

  • Sundowner drive to the dunes

  • Conservancy Tour in 4×4

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Day Four |

The Mother City

Transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Windhoek and your private jet flight to Cape Town, one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world.  A melting pot of cultures and people who come together in a colourful explosion to create one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. 

 

You'll be met on arrival and transferred privately to the architecturally noted Moondance Villa overlooking the city for 2 nights.  You may choose to relax to recover from your travels or take advantage of one of our included activities such as yoga, pilates, a personal trainer or a guided hike to set you in the frame of mind for your Journey.  

A dinner prepared at Moondance tonight by a Private Chef or head down to the Waterfront for dinner at one of Cape Town's noted seafood restaurants. 

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ACCOMMODATION

Moondance Villa

Amenities are endless, from the fully equipped gym, indoor cinema, spit braai (barbecue), pizza oven and wine tasting cellar, to multiple private, outdoor entertainment areas acting as world-class bonuses to this sought after property.

 

An exquisite contemporaryart collection, housing artists from across the continent, showcases the much celebrated variety and beauty of our African culture.  

With Butler Service, a fully stocked pantry, afternoon tea and a private chef, you will certainly not go hungry.

Day Five |

Cape Town

After breakfast we have an exciting day planned.  You'll be whisked off to the Cape Town Heliport for an orientation tour of the Cape Peninsula by air giving you a bird's eye view of Cape Town.   

After lunch, select from your choice of afternoon activities:

  • Yoga, Pilates, Personal Trainer, Afternoon Hike

  • Visit to Stellenbosch & The Winelands

  • Visit to Robben Island

  • Excursion up Table Mountain

  • Visit to the Penguin Colony at Simonstown

This evening enjoy dinner at one of Cape Town's fine restaurants.

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Day Six |

Cape Town to Antarctica

After breakfast this morning, check out of Moondance Villa and transfer to the Private Terminal at Cape Town International Airport for your private flight to Antarctica.  

Stepping onto the ice for the first time can literally take your breath away. The incredible vista of the Drygalski range offers an awe-inspiring start to your expedition.

You will spend the day amongst these giants, learning the basics of cross-country skiing and sumitting a small peak, before a short flight to our luxury camp – Whichaway.  On this four-day adventure, we offer you the opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced and accomplished polar explorers of our time – Ben Saunders.

The flight to Antarctica is 5 hours, crossing the thousands of icebergs spread over the Southern ocean. Halfway through the flight we cross into the polar circle and will experience 24 hours continuous daylight.

Landing on the specialist ice runway, you will be surrounded by the Wolf’s Fang range, a true spectacle of the continent. We spend the afternoon amongst kilometre-high monoliths of rock, before connecting to Whichaway camp by light aircraft, a 25 minute flight.

Ben Saunders is a polar explorer, endurance athlete and motivational speaker who has covered more than 7,000km of Arctic and Antarctic terrain in the past two decades  As the leader of the longest human-powered polar journey in history, Ben will impart his incredible knowledge of what it takes to survive in Antarctica and teach you the skills of a true polar explorer.

Day Seven |

Antarctica

Ben will draw on his polar experience to teach you how to survive, and even be comfortable, in Antarctica.

Our first adventure begins at the base of a stunning ‘Nunatak’ mountain. With crampons on your feet and ice-axes in your hands, you will scale a vertical wall of ice and ‘top out’ on the summit.

Returning from the summit, you will be collected by a fleet of Arctic truck 6×6 vehicles and discover just how capable these machines are  in this environment. Learn to drive on incredible routes over seemingly impossible terrain!

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Day Eight |

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Tonight, we camp out! To prepare you, Ben will help you pack your sled and ensure you are ready for one of the most remote campsites on earth. We will cross-country ski (or walk) into the mountains, passing huge cliff faces, wind scoops and iridescent blue ice.

As you close the zip on the door of your tent, you will experience what it is like to be a true explorer.

Day Nine |

Antarctica

We delve into the ice tunnels and caves near Which away camp, where the white landscape betrays nothing of the extraordinary environment just beneath the surface. Created by melt water, the caves extend for hundreds of metres and are a magical place to explore.

Later that day, we climb across a 200ft rock face that overlooks the ice waves. While the walk is not technically difficult it might get the adrenalin pumping, and will prove the perfect way to complete this unique experience.

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Day Ten|

Antarctica to Cape Town

This morning we take our flight across the ice to Wolf's Fang to meet our Private Jet for our flight back to Cape Town.  Upon arrival in Cape Town, connect to your international flight or our team will be happy to co-ordinate an extension stay in this vibrant city.

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from $ 43 125.00 per person (8 passengers)

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What's Included

Your Iconic Journey Includes: 

Private Jet/Light Aircraft Flights | Road Transfer to Four Seasons Westcliff | 1 night Four Seasons Westcliff Bed & Breakfast | Helicopter transfer to Lanseria Airport | 3 nights accommodation Shipwreck Lodge | All Inclusive including Premium Drinks and Laundry | Return road transfers in Cape Town | 1 nights accommodation at Moondance Villa |  Butler service, A private chef to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner, Afternoon tea – including aperitifs and cocktails, Fully stocked pantry, Full bar – excluding french champagne and premium wine, Wine tasting experience in our exclusive wine tasting room, 24/7 Security, Daily cleaning service, Laundry | Safety briefing in Cape Town, Return transfers for Antarctica flights, Return flight to Antarctica, including a 30kg baggage allowance, All accommodation, food and drink (including all alcohol) in Antarctica. All guiding fees, support of field guides and logistics staff. The use of certain items of polar clothing, as denoted on equipment list | Aircraft Crew Expenses | Airport Departure Taxes.

Your Iconic Journey Excludes: 

Items of a personal nature | Meals and Drinks not mentioned above | Laundry if not included above | Gratuities | National Park Fees where these cannot be prepaid. Commercial airfare between your home city and departure/arrival destination | Polar clothing​ | Additional expenses incurred in Cape Town due to any weather delay | Additional baggage costs over the agreed amount | Cost of the use of a satellite phone whilst in Antarctica | Accident/baggage/cancellation insurance | Passport and visa fees | Inoculation,  testing and medication costs

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Your Flights

We operate a varied fleet and your specific aircraft type may vary from city to city.    We offer a range of private jet aircraft as well as turboprops and your Travel Planner will discuss your specific requirements at time of enquiry. 

 

Private flying offers a host of benefits both from a convenience point-of-view as well as health & safety.  To learn more about our Health & Safety Policy and Procedures, please Click Here.

We are also able to assist you with First/Business Class flights to and from your home city as well as exclusive private jet pricing.  

For Online Estimates on Private Jet Flights, CLICK HERE

CONSULT YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL PLANNER.  THEY HAVE DECADES OF TRAVEL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE! 

 
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