The Explorer Academy
On this four-day adventure, White Desert offers you the opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced and accomplished polar explorers of our time - Ben Saunders.Watch video
Ben Saunders is a polar explorer, endurance athlete and motivational speaker who has covered more than 7,000km of Arctic and Antarctic terrain in the past two decades.
As the leader of the longest human-powered polar journey in history, Ben will impart his incredible knowledge of what it takes to survive in Antarctica and teach you the skills of a true polar explorer
Start Point: Cape Town, South Africa. We will host a safety briefing the day before the flight where our staff will be there to welcome you. Ben will host a presentation on the importance of what gear to pack to be prepared for the polar elements.
We will also update you as to the latest weather forecasts in Antarctica and assist with any last minute preparations.
White Desert is the only company in the world to offer a private jet service to access Antarctica. Sit back and relax as we fly over hundreds of icebergs and into continuous sunshine.
Destination: Wolf's Fang runway, which sits beneath one of the most spectacular and iconic mountains on the entire continent.
- Whichaway Camp is totally unique and the perfect place from which to base your adventure. There are six state-of-the-art sleeping pods that are heated and designed for two people in each. At just over 6m (20ft) in diameter, they are also spacious, with a writing desk, wash area and toilet. The rest of the camp comprises a shower pod, kitchen and three centralised pods that make up the reception, lounge and dining room. While the exterior is made from cutting edge materials, the interior has an old-world feel with rich textures. Here you can relax and enjoy the food from our award-winning chef.
Ben will guide you out of your comfort zone as he teaches you to embrace your own explorer ambitions.
You will learn the art of man-hauling, navigation, topping out on small Nunatak peaks and abseiling from the summit. From driving 6x6 vehicles across seemingly impossible terrain, to learning how to cook in one of the most remote campsites on earth – this is about experiencing what being a polar explorer is all about.