Camping with Emperor Penguins
The Most Facinating Bird on the Planet
- 9 days November - December
- Combine Nov 27"Camping with Emperor Penguins" with Dec 5 "South Pole Flights" & save $15,950pp!
The Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is considered the only 'true' Antarctic bird. Breeding during the Antarctic winter when night lasts for months and temperatures drop as low as 60°C below zero, the males incubate the single egg atop their feet for approximately 60 days while their mates are at sea. The males huddle together in heat-conserving scrums, with the egg carefully balanced on their feet because they have no nest. Not only is the Emperor the largest and most vividly coloured of the penguin species - it also produces the most appealing chicks. Breeding in large colonies, Emperors are sheltered by icebergs and coastal ice cliffs.
Until 1990 the ability to observe this majestic creature was out of reach for private individuals. Then Adventure Network International, as a pioneering trip, took four photo journalists and Frank Todd, a world renowned ornithologist, to a remote colony on the southern coast of the Weddell Sea. The trip was an instant success and we have continued to take photographers and enthusiasts each year since.
- Camp near an Emperor Penguin colony on the remote southern coast of the Weddell Sea.
- Observe the largest of the 17 penguin species, standing 1-meter tall and weighing 40kg.
- Learn habits of these fascinating birds from our staff expert ornithologist.
- See thousands of majestic 'emps' and newly hatched chicks.