South Atlantic Islands to Cape Town
South Atlantic Islands to Cape Town 22 days aboard Le Lyrial
This very special extended expedition will take you from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, to mesmerising Cape Town in South Africa on a journey of discovery and exploration. Sailing aboard a luxury vessel in the company of National Geographic photographers and destination experts, you will enjoy a fantastic visit to the beautiful wildlife-rich Falkland Islands before sailing to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia. Home to millions of penguins and breathtaking scenery, South Georgia is the jewel in the Southern Ocean crown and is simply a delight for nature-lovers. You will then enjoy an exploration of some of the most fascinating Sub-Antarctic islands including Tristan da Cunha, the world’s most remote inhabited archipelago, before sailing around the Cape of Good Hope and arriving in Cape Town, South Africa’s dynamic capital city.
Please note, this itinerary does not visit the Antarctic Peninsula.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Abundant marine wildlife throughout
- Myriad terrestrial and sea birds including millions of penguins
- Spectacular South Georgia and Falkland Islands
- Remote Tristan da Cunha
- Historical sites
- Beautiful Cape Town
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- Flight Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
- Transfers between airport and ship
- Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Entertainment and expert lecture programme
- Optional excursion in Ushuaia pre-cruise
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
Special Offer Details
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ITINERARY21 Nights 22 Days
- Day 1 | Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
- Day 2 | At sea
- Days 3 - 4 | Falkland Islands
- Days 5 - 6 | At sea
- Days 7 - 9 | South Georgia
- Days 10 - 13 | At sea
- Days 14 - 16 | Tristan Da Cunha Archipelago
- Days 17 - 22 | At Sea & Cape Town
Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
Your adventure will start in Buenos Aires where after having arrived independently you will meet your representatives at the airport and join your included flight to Ushuaia in southern Argentina. The flight will take approximately 3.5 hours and upon arrival in Ushuaia you can choose to either spend some time at leisure, join your fellow passengers for lunch at the lovely Arakur Hotel, or join an additional excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. (Please note, Tierra Del Fuego excursion incurs an additional charge and should be booked when you book your cruise).
In the afternoon you will be transferred to the port to begin embarkation. As you settle in to your luxury ship, we will set sail through the scenic Beagle Channel where some time on deck should reward in multiple seabird sightings.
Today will be spent at sea sailing towards the Falkland Islands. Days at sea can be spent relaxing in your comfortable surroundings, availing of the luxury onboard facilities, and enjoying some time on deck searching for whale and seabird sightings including albatrosses and cape petrels.
Your informative and entertaining lecture programme will begin, covering everything from the wildlife and geology of the areas we’ll visit to historical polar explorations, and there will be bio-environmental briefings regarding the rules that must be adhered to during your visit to the wildlife-rich Falklands.
Having arrived along the western coast of the Falklands overnight, this morning the excitement will build as we prepare for the first of many landings of our trip. Our first stop in this scenic and wildlife-rich archipelago will be the distinctive jagged landmass of New Island, where we will make land to enjoy a walk across the golden sand of the flower-lined beaches to discover more of this remote natural paradise. A short walk through the typical Falkland moorlands will bring the first of many wildlife encounters of our trip as we reach a colony of southern rockhopper penguins. In this location we will also have the opportunity to observe large colonies of imperial shags and the mighty black-browed albatross as they swoop majestically from the cliffs to the waves.
After an enjoyable exploration of New Island, we will get back onboard to sail through the Woolly Gut strait to arrive at the rarely-visited Grave Cove to gain another perspective of these beautiful lands. Stepping off the boat and on to the white sandy beach you may well be greeted by the Commerson's dolphins that are often found here! More wildlife awaits as we make our way across the grassy dunes to one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies in the area that resides here alongside the famous Falkland Islands sheep. We may also have good chances of spotting sea lions here.
The following day we will visit the impressive Steeple Jason Island to see the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world as well as huge numbers of Caracaras, gentoo penguins and Magellanic penguins. We will then make our way towards The Neck which connects the two sides of the blustery natural paradise of Saunders Island. Accompanied by your naturalist guides you will go ashore to enjoy a walk along the endless shoreline lapped by turquoise waters where you will be able to spot several bird species. Making our way to the other end of The Neck a walk should reward in the delightful sight of king, southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins as well as more black-browed albatrosses.
Sailing south towards South Georgia, your informative and entertaining lecture programme will continue, along with bio-environmental briefings for your time on the island. Take some time to relax after a busy day in the Falklands and enjoy some of the fantastic hospitality on board. Some time on deck should reward with multiple seabird sightings and possibly some whale sightings.
We will now spend three exceptionally enjoyable days sailing around the wildlife paradise of South Georgia. We hope to make land at some enchanting landing sites to discover up-close what makes this remote island so remarkable. Millions of penguins, including king penguin colonies numbering up 300,000, crowd the beaches alongside enormous elephant seals, various breeds of seals and abundant seabirds, all surrounded by the most spectacular glacier and mountain scenery you could imagine. Places we hope to visit during our time here include Fortuna Bay, Gold Harbour, Salisbury Plain and Grytviken to visit the grave of the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Somewhere along the South Georgia coastline we will enjoy a truly special Christmas dinner onboard!
Leaving the wonders of South Georgia behind we will now spend four enjoyable days relaxing at sea as we sail towards Tristan Da Cunha. This will be the perfect time to make the most of your luxury onboard facilities including the spa and fitness centre and welcoming lounges and bars. Your entertaining lecture program will also continue and some time on deck should reward in multiple seabird sightings.
Tristan Da Cunha Archipelago
Over the next three days we will explore around Tristan Da Cunha, the world’s most remote inhabited archipelago. This small archipelago is made up of several islands scattered off the South-African coast, most of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our first stop is likely to be the eponymous main island which is home to the archipelago’s only village and is set amongst the backdrop of an imposing volcano. We will then visit the small active volcanic island of Nightingale Island to discover its incredible diversity of birdlife. Totally uninhabited by humans apart from a few researchers, the island is colonised by over a million birds including Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross and great shearwaters. Our last visit in this area will be to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gough Island. Being located in the midst of the Roaring Forties winds, land visits here are quite a feat and require prior authorisation, but should we not be able to land then a Zodiac cruise will give us enough chance to take in the beauty of this wild island that is lined by steep cliffs that plunge dramatically into the ocean. Home to one of the largest colonies of seabirds in the world, the Zodiac cruise here could bring us sightings of various endemic species including the Gough moorhen and the Gough finch.
At Sea & Cape Town
A relaxing four-day sail will take us into African shores where you can enjoy a scenic cruise around the famous Cape of Good Hope, one of the most iconic sites in the world. From the ship you can take in the impressive scene of the clear ocean waves crashing against the steep, towering cliffs, and search for the abundant marine wildlife that is found here.
Upon arrival in Cape Town you can spend a day discovering some of what this vibrant, peaceful and cosmopolitan capital city has to offer. Today’s available optional excursions include a ferry to Robben Island, a drive to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Table Mountain walks. Please enquire for full details and prices of all optional excursions. In the evening you will return to the ship for your last night on board before disembarking the following morning and continuing onwards to the airport or downtown if you are extending your stay in South Africa.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
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We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.
We had the most fantastic time! Everything exceeded our expectations - the ship, the expedition team, the scenery and the most amazing wildlife experiences - 15 humpback whales around the ship one sunset was particularly stunning. Thank you so much to you and your colleagues for your expert advice (the cabin choice was just perfect, especially for the bumpy days!) and guidance and helping made this experience so great. My lifetime's ambition was to visit Antarctica and you all helped make that possible. I should also say that the arrangements in Buenos Aires worked really well too. I think we all have ideas about the next trip - Svalbard or the NorthWest Passage - but maybe in a couple of years, although we do each have $1500 in vouchers from Quark! I am not on Facebook myself but will try to put a review on either of the links below. I've received the new brochure already.
A great big thanks to all at Wildfoot Travel for making my Antarcti Expediton an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. A truly mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken. Looking forward to the next trip with you.
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