The White Desert | South Pole | Antarctica

Property Description
Arriving at White Desert Antarctica is like arriving nowhere else on the planet. This luxury lodge that sits at the end of the Earth. After the private jet touches down on a blue-ice landing strip, its doors open and you’re hit with sub-zero temperatures. The cold can take your breath away. It’s sensory overload, Pure white as far as the eye can see.

A six-wheel-drive truck outfitted for the elements arrives to take 12 guests to their home for the week: Whichaway Camp, a cluster of sand-colored pods perched over the rugged terrain. From a distance, our camp looks like Mars or a lunar camp.
 
Inside, fur throws are draped over mid-century modern chairs in a dining room that’s straight out of “Game of Thrones.
 
White Desert is the brainchild of Robyn and her husband, Patrick Woodhead, both polar explorers who sunk their life savings into creating one of the most dramatic — and exclusive — luxury camps on the planet.
 

White Desert, a luxury adventure company for Antarctica offers a private jet service to the remote continent from Cape Town, South Africa. The super-exclusive service, maxing out at 12 guests per trip, has attracted some high-profile guests such as astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Bear Grylls, and Prince Harry. On each trip, a Gulfstream jet flies guests about 2,400 miles over the Southern Ocean and lands on a blue-ice runway where the sun shines for 24 continuous hours. It’s the perfect trip for thrill-seekers who want to travel the globe in luxury.

 
While more than 30,000 travelers visit the periphery of Antarctica by cruise a year, only about 300 venture into the interior of this last great wilderness, partly because it’s so difficult to get to, partly because of the cost.  White Desert hosts about 100 visitors a year, giving those lucky few guests a chance to explore neon-blue ice tunnels, get an up-close look at a colony of 6,000 emperor penguins, visit the South Pole and experience the real Antarctica.
 
For the upcoming season and beyond, White Desert is offering guests a range of private jet trips. Their signature experience “Emperors and South Pole“ is an 8-day trip into the very heart of Antarctica. Starting at the White Desert’s Whichaway camp, guests will fly two hours along the dramatic coast to visit a 6,000-strong Emperor penguin colony and their newly hatched chicks; one of the most remote and unseen wildlife spectacles on Earth. Further highlights include a visit to the American science station at the Geographic South Pole, the lowest point on earth. Also available this season is the 4 day “Ice and Mountains“ adventure and the “Greatest Day“, a private chartered one day trip to Antarctica. The new experiences are designed to cater for time-strapped adventurers wishing to experience the real interior of Antarctica. Another exciting addition to the season is a one-off trip hosted by NASA Astronaut Terry Virts, which will include a special Antarctic screening of his recently released IMAX movie ‘A Beautiful Planet’, with Terry narrating astounding tales from his time as International Space Station commander. Limited space are available on trips and bookings are now open for the upcoming season.
Amenities
FEATURES

 

  • Stylish tented camp in the white wilderness of Antarctica
  • Choice of specially constructed, high-tech polar tents
  • Solar and wind powered for eco conservation and minimal footprint as part of a carbon neutral, zero impact policy
  • Decorated in Victorian-explorer style with leather armchairs, picnic hampers, brass fittings and hardwood floors
  • Wash areas and conveniences
  • Warm and very comfortable with centralised heater in each tent
  • Delicious hot food, with speciality dishes prepared by top Cape Town chefs
  • Mobile camp that changes location in accordance with Antarctica’s daylight hours
  • Choice of astonishing adventures with flights from South Africa
  • Trip to the South Pole, trekking to ice tunnels, rock climbing, abseiling and kite-skiing
  • Flights to watch – and stand amongst - emperor penguins on their 6,000-strong march to the sea
  • Transfer by private jet
Basic Details
Property Type : Luxury Camps
Listing Type : Vacation Rental

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