Abercrombie & Kent Returns to the South Pole for an Inspiring Expedition
Join a group more exclusive than those who have climbed Mount Everest
March 01, 2021
Geoffrey Kent, founder of Abercrombie & Kent and a pioneer in luxury and adventure travel, has been introducing guests to some of the most remote destinations on Earth for nearly sixty years. His wanderlust was the driving force behind an extraordinary expedition in 2018 to the heart of Antarctica to see emperor penguins, then on to the South Pole. His stories and photos have inspired a return trip in December 2022; Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent: Emperors & South Pole.
“My expedition to the South Pole was the most challenging and yet one of my most rewarding adventures,” says Kent. “When most people speak of having been to Antarctica, they have travelled by cruise ship from Ushuaia to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. This journey to the South Pole is dramatically different, revealing a vast continent that is the last true wilderness on our planet.”
The 12-day journey kicks off from Cape Town where Geoffrey Kent will personally host a welcome gathering at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art to share his experiences and prepare guests for the adventures and challenges to come. The next day is spent exploring the countryside, driving along the scenic coastline in a classic two-seater open-top Cobra, followed by a helicopter ride to the vineyards of Stellenbosch for lunch and a local tour by vintage sidecar.
The real adventure begins as guests, along with Geoffrey’s wife Otavia Kent, board a private jet that flies directly to the white continent, across the Southern Ocean to land inside the Antarctic Circle with 24 hours of continuous daylight this time of year. A true testament to Geoffrey Kent’s motto, “adventure by day, luxury by night,” accommodations are luxurious space-age pods, just over 20-feet in diameter, with en suite facilities. A richly-appointed dining room serving gourmet food, fine wines and espresso stands in stark contrast to the 200-foot icefall and frozen lake outside.
From this comfortable base camp guests may choose from a variety of activities. Walk through iridescent blue ice tunnels; visit a nearby base to meet the scientists and learn about their research; abseil off a mountain surrounded by an ice field; and trek to the summit of a mountain that has never been climbed -- earning the privilege of naming it.
Then guests embark on a quest to the very bottom of the planet. “Standing at the South Pole, there is no more east, south or west – the only direction is north. It is remarkable to think that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have ever been in the South Pole,” says Kent. At the South Pole marker, walk around the planet in just a few steps and visit the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Science Station. Join the select few who have spent a night in the beauty of the Polar Plateau, camping at 83 degrees south, one of the wildest places on earth.
The final element of the adventure can be found two and a half hours across Antarctica, in the middle of one of the largest emperor penguin colonies on the continent. Spend the day photographing the penguins and their chicks, which are still covered in grey down feathers this time of year.
Travel With Confidence
On A&K’s Inspiring Expeditions journeys, guests travel in confidence knowing that A&K has enhanced health and safety protocols, with a full-time physician accompanying guests in Antarctica and the South Pole. A&K’s more than 55 offices around the world fully vet each on-the-ground partner and work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure they meet A&K’s exacting standards.
For more information on Emperors & South Pole (December 11-22, 2022; $250,0000 per person, double occupancy) and other Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent, go to abercrombiekent.com, download a brochure, call 800.554.7094 to speak with an A&K Travel Consultant or contact your travel professional.
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