White Desert to Open New Antarctica Camp

Inspired by the seminal age of space exploration, White Desert, will open its new Antarctica camp, Echo, in November 2022. 

The stylish, modern new eco-camp will feature six heated, cutting-edge bedroom ‘sky pods’ complete with expansive floor to ceiling windows commanding views of the dramatic landscape beyond. Crafted from composite fiberglass, each of the space-inspired sky pods will be designed for two guests, with interiors featuring retro space-age detailing and luxurious furnishings.

Original photos taken from the International Space Station (ISS) by former Commander, White Desert guest and retired astronaut colonel Terry Virts will be featured in each pod. The camp will also offer a central lounge area, dining and heated shower pods.

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As with all their camps, White Desert has designed Echo to be dismantled without a trace, leaving no more than a transitory impact on Antarctica.

Inspired by the seminal age of space exploration, White Desert, will open its new Antarctica camp, Echo, in November 2022. 

Futuristic in design, Echo has been created especially for clients who’ve traveled the globe in style and understand the privilege of effecting positive change through travel. Perfect for exclusive use groups, Echo caters for up to 12 guests. Echo allows guests to combine an ultra-luxury experience with a once in lifetime adventure. An experienced team of chefs, hosts and expert guides allows guests to relax or explore at their leisure. Guests of Echo will step from the plane and be escorted to a private lounge where a martini, shaken with 10,000 year old ice, will be waiting.

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Guests will have access to all White Desert activities, which include fat biking, skiing, skidooing and 4×4 Arctic Truck driving as well as expertly guided hiking, ice-climbing and mountaineering. Antarctic interior highlights such as visiting Atka Bay to see the 28,000 strong Emperor Penguin colony or a bucket-list journey to the South Pole are also on offer.

Prices for the new camp start from US$780,000 for an exclusive group of 12 pax or US$65,000pp for independent guests for a 5-day tour that includes return flights and transfers from Cape Town to Antarctica, all accommodation, food and beverages and activities around camp. White Desert Antarctica have pledged to use US$1,000 per person per trip on their conservation, community and sustainability initiatives.

Inspired by the seminal age of space exploration, White Desert, will open its new Antarctica camp, Echo, in November 2022. 

White Desert was established by record-breaking polar explorer duo Patrick and Robyn Woodhead in 2005. Born out of a desire to allow people other than scientists and polar explorers to see the wonders of the interior of Antarctica, the company has been established for 16 years and now employs 80 people from 17 different nationalities. Winner of five World Travel Awards, the company is the only operator to fly guests out of South Africa to the Continent

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Nick Walton

Nick Walton

Nick Walton is a leading travel and lifestyle journalist, magazine editor, publisher, photographer, travel commentator, and media trainer, based in Hong Kong. He is also managing editor of Artemis Communications, the titles of which include Ultimate Encounters, Alpha Men Asia, and The Art of Business Travel.


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