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Cape Horn To The Cape Of Good Hope: South Georgia and The Falklands To Cape Town

Cape Horn To The Cape Of Good Hope

Cruise Highlights:

  • Traverse the South Atlantic Ocean on one of the great nautical journeys
  • Connect South America to Africa and learn about the amazing landscapes, exotic wildlife and people who live in some of the world’s most remote and beautiful places

At a glance

Duration: 23 Days/20 Nights

Coverage: Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cape Town, South Africa

From: $11,690

Season: March

Activities: Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Zodiacs

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic

South Georgia and The Falklands To Cape Town

Extraordinary and unusual, an expedition from Cape to Cape has been the challenge and dream of many explorers and sailors. Colorful milestones line our route from Cape Horn at the tip of South America to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa — where we spend two days in lively Cape Town, South Africa, one of the great seaside cities of the world, celebrated for its landmark, flat-topped Table Mountain.

Accessible only by sea, no place can compete with South Georgia when it comes to its abundance of wildlife: gentoo, macaroni and chinstraps. People stop dead in their tracks when they see their first king penguin colony — 300,000 on a single beach. Plus soaring seabirds and seals: fur seals, crabeater, Weddell and fearsome leopard seals. Add the green tussock grass-covered landscapes of The Falklands, and the wandering albatross with its 11-foot wingspan — and you have one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet.

“Welcome to the Remotest Island” reads the sign on Tristan da Cunha, in many ways as rare a trophy as a photo from the summit of Everest. A far-flung outpost of Britain, it holds the record for the most remote inhabited archipelago on Earth: population 300 (only eight surnames exist here). And it’s spectacular, quite mountainous with a subtropical climate, known primarily for its wildlife, including rare northern rockhopper penguins and Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross. And we’ll also explore nearby Inaccessible Island, a World Heritage Site, and Nightingale Island, both uninhabited wildlife havens with inspiring scenery.

There’s no question that there are incredible photo ops. Along with our all-star expedition team, you’ll travel with a National Geographic Photographer for in-the-field tips. On days at sea you’ll hear talks from our staff. And all along the way, our ace wildlife spotters will be on deck — and our Zodiacs, kayaks and an Undersea Specialist help us understand these remote lands.

Exclusive Global Perspectives Program

Explore with Guest Speakers providing Global Perspectives. Travel with Simon Winchester, author of best-seller Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

DAY 1 — U.S./Fly overnight to Buenos Aires, Argentina

DAY 2 — Buenos Aires/Overnight Caesar Park Hotel

Arrive in Buenos Aires and check in to the excellent Caesar Park Hotel. This seductive city set along the Rio de la Plata has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. We have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. Return to our hotel for a relaxing dinner. (L,D)

DAY 3 — Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship

This morning's LAN charter flight offers some rare views of Patagonia en route to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Take a catamaran cruise through Patagonia’s scenic Beagle Channel. Embark our ship, National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 — At Sea

Awake well into our journey en route to the Falklands, with time to settle in to shipboard life and hear talks from our staff preparing you for the exciting days ahead. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 — Falkland Islands

Lace up your walking shoes and hike the tussock grass-covered landscape. Our staff’s relationships ensure you see another side of the Falklands: meeting the rugged, friendly islanders who live in this isolated outpost of the United Kingdom. Visit the photogenic, Victorian town of Port Stanley. Hoist a couple at the local pub and stop at the Anglican Cathedral with its Gothic archway of whalebones. (B,L,D)

DAY 6-7 — At Sea

En route to South Georgia we traverse 750 nautical miles. Stop by the Bridge to meet the officers and keep watch for whales and seabirds. (B,L,D)

DAY 8-10 — South Georgia

Renowned for its beauty and vast colonies of king penguins, this is also the final resting place for the legendary Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. We make the most of our three days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected—perhaps watching a 40-ton whale surface off the bow. We walk the wild beaches. Paddle a kayak as curious fur seals play alongside. Hike mountain passes along Shackleton’s epic route. And stand in awe surrounded by 300,000 king penguins! (B,L,D)

DAY 11-14 — At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s amenities: have a massage, work out in the gym, savor time in the Observation Lounge, or listen to presentations by our expedition team. (B,L,D)

DAY 15 — Tristan da Cunha

Land ho! On this leg of our voyage, we experience firsthand the islands of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, with their volcanic origin and still-active cones to be seen en route. Tristan is primarily known for its wildlife, including rare northern rockhopper penguins and Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross. The fiercely proud islanders were evacuated to England in 1961, due to a volcanic eruption — with most voting to return to Tristan. A visit to this enchantingly remote but enterprising community provides the explanation: tropical weather, self-sufficient farming and a lucrative lobster trade. We meet the islanders, who are proud of their international status as ‘the remotest island,’ to learn firsthand about their culture and history — and discover what ‘rush hour’ is like on an island of 300 hardy souls. (B,L,D)

DAY 16 — Nightingale & Inaccessible islands

With no humans, neighboring Nightingale and Inaccessible islands are a pristine wildlife haven, where you are likely to encounter ‘Life List’ species. Several endemic wildlife species, such as the unique Moseleyi rockhopper penguins and the Tristan albatross can only be observed along the Atlantic Ridge. One look at Inaccessible Island explains the name, as sheer cliffs rise from the sea. In 2004, it became a UNESCO Site in recognition of an ecosystem almost untouched by mankind, with many native species of plants and seabirds. (B,L,D)

DAY 17-20 — At Sea

Last chance to linger in the Library, enjoy a wellness treatment or send e-mails home saying “Don’t want this to end.” Celebrate your adventure at our farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 21 — Disembark Cape Town, South Africa/Overnight Hotel

Disembark in Cape Town, the premier city in South Africa, celebrated for its great seaside location and vistas. For a spectacular view of the Cape, take a cable car to the top of the city’s landmark, flat-topped Table Mountain (weather permitting). Then visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, known for its remarkable collection of Cape flora. Check in to the Table Bay Hotel, on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with the rest of the day free to explore. (B,L)

DAY 22-23 — Cape Town/Fly Overnight to U.S./Home

Fly on an overnight flight to the U.S. (B)

Dates & Rates

National Geographic Explorer Cabin Categories
2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 2S 3S
March 5 $11,690 $12,380 $12,990 $13,590 $15,690 $18,690 $20,790 $15,480 $16,290

Included in Cruise Fare

  • All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar
  • All meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, meals on land as indicated
  • Air transportation where indicated as included
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks (where available)
  • Gratuities (except to Egyptologists and ship’s crew)
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Air transportation (except where shown as included)
  • Extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees
  • Scuba diving (where available)
  • Meals not indicated
  • Baggage/accident/travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry
  • Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion

Map

Cape Horn To The Cape Of Good Hope: South Georgia and The Falklands To Cape Town Itinerary Map

Ships

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and the latest addition to the Lindblad fleet. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world. View ship details...

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