Exploring the White Desert
Exceptional Ellerman Experiences
The Ellerman House concierge team has been working hard to add new and innovative experiences to the ‘Exceptional Ellerman Experiences’ collection. In addition to the one-of-a-kind Benguela Diamond Safari, we have now collaborated with the incredible White Desert – the only company in the world to fly into the interior of Antarctica in a private jet. A carbon neutral experience that is as luxurious as it is adventurous.
Let us introduce you to the ‘Greatest Day’ – 24hrs to the White Desert and back!
After arriving in Cape Town and enjoying a few days of complete relaxation at Ellerman House, you will be primed and ready to take on the ‘Greatest Day’ – a 24hr round trip to Antarctica. Your Antarctic Adventure is set to depart in the African night on a private gulfstream jet for a quick 5.5hr flight. Travel over thousands of icebergs as you enter 24hrs of continuous sunshine.
Landing at the specially prepared ice runway, you will then be transferred by 4x4s to the magnificent Schirmacher Oasis. A land of cliffs, lakes and science bases – all of which will be explored throughout the day.
With an aim to spend 8hrs on the ground, you can partake in a host of activities ranging from completely gentle to as adrenaline-fueled as you wish. Expert guides are on hand to escort you every step of the way.
The day culminates with a gourmet Champagne dinner, in celebration of the spectacular setting that is the Antarctic.
Landing back in Cape Town 24hrs later, nestle yourself into the crisp white sheets of your Ellerman House bed. Pinch yourself – it’s not a dream, you just experienced the greatest day.
If you don’t think 24hrs is enough to satisfy your need to explore the white desert, then consider going for the 4-Day or 8-Day experience.
Ice & Mountains – 4 Day Experience
Travel via private jet from Cape Town for 5.5hrs and land on the specialist runway amid the spectacular Wolf’s Fang mountain range in Antarctica. The afternoon is spent amongst kilometer high monoliths of rock, before connecting to Whichaway Camp – the only camp of its kind in the world. Wake up at Whichaway Camp and select your activities for the day. Activities range from painting the beautiful vistas to learning how to rock climb on a nearby ‘Nunatak’ mountain. Your third day is spent exploring Schirmacher Oasis – a rare stretch of terra firma surrounded by the ice cap of Antarctica. Visit a nearby science base to learn more about the research and work happening in the world of discovery. On the last day after a hearty breakfast, you board your final flight which crosses the Drygalski Mountains to the Wolf’s Fang runway. Enjoy a final Champagne celebration to salute your unforgettable trip to the last great wilderness on earth.
Emperors & South pole – 8 Day Experience
This luxury 8-day adventure takes you into the heart of Antarctica to see the Emperor Penguins, then on to the lowest point on earth – the South Pole.
After settling into Whichaway Camp and taking part in the various activities on offer for the first two days, day-3 will start with a short 2hr flight across Antarctica, landing at the Emperor Penguin colony. You will be the only people to witness this incredible wildlife spectacle and be able to get up close and personal with these real-life stars of ‘March of the Penguins’. Day-4 marks the halfway point of your adventure and what better way to celebrate than exploring the ice waves beneath the camp? Delving into the series of ice-tunnels that are as surreal as they are beautiful. The day ends with a visit to the nearby Russian science base to learn more about their work – followed by a sauna.
Day-5 is the day you journey to the South Pole – starting early morning by flying on a DC3 Bassler Turbo prop plane. The plane flies across stunning mountain ranges before landing at 83 degrees South to refuel. Here you will have a chance to walk around the high polar plateau before continuing onto the pole. At the South Pole itself, you will have plenty time for photos and a tour around the base before camping down for the night. After your night camping at the South Pole, you fly back to Whichaway Camp. The evening ends with a wonderful 3-course dinner and champagne to celebrate your achievement. Enjoy talks delivered by the extremely experienced polar explore staff about the lesser known history of Antarctica and their world-breaking expeditions on day-7. Day-8 is your journey back to reality. Sad to leave, but excited to share your experience with whoever will listen.
Whether it is the 24hr, 4-day or 8-day voyage, stay at Ellerman House before and after to experience a truly unique adventure combining the best of both South Africa and Antarctica.
To enquire about more information and availability on this or any other Exceptional Ellerman Experience’s, contact our reservations on firstname.lastname@example.org.