Antarctica, the southernmost continent on Earth, is a land of remarkable extremes with its frigid temperatures, icy landscapes, and abundant wildlife, a destination like no other with unimaginable beauty.

An Untamed Polar Wilderness

Despite being the fifth largest continent, Antarctica is also the least inhabited, with no native human population. The white continent’s scenery includes towering glaciers, shimmering icebergs, and snow-covered mountains. Visitors can explore the continent by ship, taking in the incredible views while watching for seals, whales, and penguins. Activities such as kayaking, snowshoeing, and even camping on the ice are available for the adventurous. 

Antarctica is a destination that offers unparalleled discovery. From its stunning scenery to its unique wildlife, it is a place that will leave you in awe of the natural world and inspires a sense of wonder and respect for its remote and fragile beauty. Explore icy landscapes, witness the wildlife, Emperor Penguins and seals, and visit scientific research stations, making for an unforgettable adventure in one of the most remote places on Earth.


From 1,100 in the Winter to around 4,400 in the Summer




Antarctic Dollar


English, Russian


14,200,000 sq km


In the Summer months of November to March

At a Glance

Experience Antarctica

Travel to Antarctica is tightly regulated to preserve the delicate ecosystem, and most visits are conducted by guided tours. Trips typically depart from South America, with popular starting points including Ushuaia, Argentina, and Punta Arenas, Chile. However, we partner with a company offering flights from Cape Town for greater convenience, and so that this remote destination can be combined with a safari or time in the Cape. White Desert offers a range of unique experiences in Antarctica. From gentle treks and picnics overlooking the ice waves to more adrenalin-fuelled activities, such as kite-skiing and ice climbing. From gentle treks and picnics overlooking the ice waves to more adrenalin-fuelled activities, such as kite-skiing and ice climbing.

REGIONS OF Antarctica

Pristine Peninsulas,
Majestic Ice Realms

Antarctica is divided into several distinct regions, each offering unique characteristics and attractions. The Antarctic Peninsula in the northwest is the most accessible region with stunning landscapes, glaciers, and abundant wildlife including penguins, seals, and whales. East Antarctica is the largest region, with a vast polar plateau and extremely cold temperatures, ice sheets, and remote research stations. West Antarctica, is known for its massive ice shelves, including the famous Ross Ice Shelf, and is home to a variety of wildlife, such as Adélie penguins and Weddell seals. Ross Sea in the southernmost part, is a pristine marine ecosystem with ice formations, historic huts, and where important scientific research is conducted. The Weddell Sea has dramatic icebergs and offers opportunities to witness Emperor penguins. Queen Maud Land is characterised by tall mountain ranges, including Ulvetanna Peak, providing mountaineering and skiing adventures for daring explorers.

Find your perfect stay

After landing on the ancient blue ice of Wolf’s Fang Runway, you’ll be whisked away to Whichaway, White Desert’s flagship luxury retreat with endless views across the freshwater lakes of the Schirmacher Oasis, or to Echo, their brand new camp in the imposing mountains of Queen Maud Land. The accommodation offers the perfect balance between polar functionality and luxury camp comfort.

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