The Polar Regions
Discover A Paradise For Wildlife In The Southern Ocean
In May 1916, Ernest Shackleton, along with Frank Worsley and Tom Crean, completed the first ever crossing of this mountainous, ice-covered island. So linked to South Georgia did Shackleton become that, when ‘The Boss’ died six years later, Lady Shackleton had his body returned to rest in the cemetery at Grytviken. Since the rediscovery of his ship, the Endurance, in March 2022, this story of survival against the odds is on everyone’s lips once more.
Today, South Georgia would be almost unrecognisable to Shackleton and his crew. The whaling stations that wreaked such devastation among the southern oceans are now rotting hulks and the successful eradication of non-native species – rats, mice, reindeer – means wildlife is flourishing. Colonies of king penguins at St Andrews Bay, Sailsbury Plain and Gold Harbour comfortably exceed 100,000 birds. Wandering albatross breed and fledge their chicks on the windswept grasslands of Prion Island, black sooty mantle albatross can be spotted in the cliffs and everywhere you go fur seals follow. Giant male elephant seals weighing up to four tonnes fight it out over their hareems while leopard seals and orca patrol the waters in search of an easy meal. When people want to see polar wildlife in action this is where they come.
Reaching South Georgia is only possible by ship: there is no runway, and it is too far for any helicopter to reach. While there are a few dedicated South Georgia voyages, most last around three weeks and include time in the Falkland Islands as well as the Antarctic Peninsula itself. Choosing the right ship, with the right expedition team and focus of interest is the key to an unforgettable voyage, which is where our specialists come in.
South Georgia Key Features
The last resting place of Ernest Shackleton was chosen by his wife after he passed away in 1922. Nearly 100 years later, his trusty lieutenant, Frank Wild, was laid to rest with him. All visitors raise a glass to “The Boss”.
450,000 breeding pairs of king penguins are joined by twice as many yellow-crested macaronis and thousands of chinstraps. The sight, sound and smell of the vast colonies are a cacophony of noise and colour.
Although their numbers have dropped in recent years, Prion Island is a haven for a small colony of wandering albatross. While parents head out on hunting missions, the chicks spread and strengthen their wings in the wind.
Snapshots of South Georgia
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Once we know you, we can match our years of specialist knowledge to you and begin designing your extraordinary trip.
We will continue refining your itinerary adding in those special touches and leaving no stone unturned to make sure that every day is spectacular.
From the moment you leave home, we will be on hand to ensure a totally seamless experience.
We work in some of the most ecologically and culturally sensitive parts of the world, so have always been conscious of operating in a way that has a positive impact on both the environment and the people.
When you travel with us, we will make a contribution on your behalf to one of the following charities: All About the Light Foundation in Africa, ABOUTAsia Travel & Schools in Cambodia, the Alalay Foundation in Bolivia and Scott Polar Research Institute in the Polar Regions.
If clients are interested, we are always keen to get them involved in local projects and conservation efforts. Whether it be whale counting in Antarctica or rhino relocation in Kenya, you will leave knowing your actions have made a difference.
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