Wilderness Safaris and White Desert have come together to design a series of joint itineraries highlighting the best of Africa and Antarctica. Through this partnership, the companies’ shared guests will enjoy “awe-inspiring” experiences, designed to highlight the best of what Wilderness Safaris and White Desert have to offer. The first two itineraries are set to take place in November and December 2021.
The first itinerary, “Legendary Landscapes: Antarctica and Botswana,” is a 15-day journey that will take place from November 22 to December 6, exploring the highlights of Cape Town, Antarctica and Botswana. After two nights at the Cape Grace Hotel, a maximum of 12 guests will depart on a private jet to White Desert’s brand-new Wolf’s Fang Camp.
During their four-night stay, guests will take a two-and-a-half-hour flight to Atka Bay, where they will experience one of nature’s most spectacular and least-viewed wildlife events: The birth of emperor penguin chicks. Guests have exclusive access to Atka Bay to witness baby chicks walk off their parents’ feet for the first time; additionally, they can participate in a host of activities, including trekking through ice waves, exploring crystal caves, and exploring ice tunnels, accompanied by White Desert guides.
Guests will then return to Cape Town on the same private jet for two nights to regroup and relax while being looked after by a Wilderness Safaris Private Journeys guide. The Botswana leg of their adventure will kick off in the Okavango Delta—one of the most wildlife-dense and extraordinary regions in Africa. Accommodation will include three nights at Wilderness Safaris’ contemporary Vumbura Plains Camp, before flying to the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve for three nights at the newly rebuilt DumaTau.
From guided game drives and mokoro (dug-out canoe) trips in the Delta, to interpretive nature walks and drives in the Linyanti, guests will have the opportunity to experience a range of wildlife encounters, while being hosted by a Wilderness Safaris specialist private photographic guide throughout their journey in Botswana.
The 19-day second journey, “Wild Desert Adventure: Antarctica and Namibia,” takes guests from the southernmost point of the Earth to the deserts of Namibia. Set to take place from December 27, 2021 to January 14, 2022, the itinerary follows a similar format, albeit with a longer, six-night stay at Wolf’s Fang Camp to allow for an overnight excursion by plane to the South Pole, which is visited by fewer than 800 people each year.
In addition to standing on the bottom of the world, guests will enjoy the same penguin experience and activities per the above itinerary. Guests will then return to Cape Town for a short, two-night stay at the One&Only before flying to Namibia to experience the highlights of the Namib Desert, and dramatic landscapes of the Sossusvlei Dunes while staying at Wilderness Safaris’ newly rebuilt Little Kulala. Guests will then fly to Namibia’s remote northwest to experience a journey at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, photographing the desert-adapted wildlife of the Hoanib Valley, finally ending at the Serra Cafema to visit the Himba people.