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ANTARCTICA 2018 – In the Footsteps of Shackleton (2 spaces left on this tour)

Photography Expedition in Antarctica 2018 with International Award winning wildlife and nature photographers, Scott Portelli and Joanna Lentini

TREKKING, PHOTOGRAPHY

This is an exclusive trip with a maximum of 10 guests  (2 spaces left on this tour)

Ever thought about getting up close and personal with Leopard Seals or Penguins, or just exploring the landscape and it’s natural wonders. Antarctica is the most remote destination on the planet. Abundant wildlife, massive icebergs the size of cities, spectacular untouched mountain ranges. whales glide by in search of food, penguins huddle together in the thousands and seals play in the nutrient rich southern ocean. It is a photographers paradise.

In March 2018 Award winning photographers Scott Portelli and Joanna Lentini are running a trekking and photography trip to Antarctica. Spend 17 days in Antarctica, the last remaining wilderness on the planet. The workshops are designed for all levels and if you are feeling brave you can grab a drysuit and get in the water for a different perspective.

We hope to explore fossil-rich islands, historic huts and set foot on the continent before retracing Shackleton’s heroic journey to save his men – first to Elephant Island, then on through waters where blue, sei and fin whales roam. South Georgia offers nesting albatross, mating elephant seals, the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and a visit to Shackleton’s grave.

  • Exploring the landscape surrounded by Icebergs and an abundance of wildlife
  • Trekking in the footsteps of Shackleton

Dates: 7 to 24 March 2018

Duration: 17 nights/18 days| Fly/Sail

Start: Ushuaia, Argentina

Finish: Santiago OR Punta Arenas, Chile (fly from Stanley, Falklands/Malvinas)

Ship: Polar Pioneer

Activities: Sea Kayaking (From US $1325pp), South Georgia Alpine Crossing (From US $1250pp), Snorkeling/Diving (US$975 Supplement)

Included: Accommodation on board Polar Pioneer, All meals, Daily cabin service, All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises, Port taxes and charges, All entry fees to historic landings sites, Lectures and educational and guiding services from our expert team, Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services, Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket, Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking), Free gumboot hire during the voyage, Luggage transfer from hotel in Ushuaia to Polar Pioneer on day of boarding, Transfer from Polar Pioneer to Stanley airport, including tour of Stanley, Post-voyage flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas OR Santiago (no reduced fare for finishing in Punta Arenas), Comprehensive pre-departure information.

 

Your Hosts:

Joanna Lentin

Joanna Lentini is an award-winning photographer and editor based in the greater New York City area. Joanna’s passion for the natural world and photography ignited from an early age and has led her to explore diverse environments around the planet—from the Arctic to the Coral Triangle.

Wildlife remains Joanna’s deepest passion, and her work both topside and underwater has taken her face to face with some of the planet’s most incredible creatures, ranging from sharks and crocodiles to polar bears and snow monkeys. Through her imagery she hopes to inspire a greater appreciation for the planet and its last wild places.

Joanna’s has contributed images and published articles for various print and online publications including: Sport Diver, Ocean Geographic, Dive Photo Guide, ScubaDiver AustralAsia, Dive Advisor, and ScubaDiver Ocean Planet. She has been awarded in several international photography competitions and was recently one of a few women awarded in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year photography competition.

Having lived in 4 countries across 3 continents, she has now visited 50+ countries, is a certified PADI Master Scuba Diver and Aquanaut, and is a member of the Ocean Artists Society. She holds a bachelors degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from Rider University, and is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography.

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Scott Portelli

Scott Portelli is a Sydney based photographer who has traveled the world extensively photographing in some of the most remote destinations, including The Arctic, Antarctica, Falklands, Galapagos, Azores, Africa and the South Pacific.

Scott is an award winning wildlife, nature, aerial and underwater photographer. A member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) he is regarded as a leading professional in his field.

In 2016 he was announced National winner of the Sony World Photography awards and in the same year awarded at the prestigious wildlife photographer of the year. He was recently awarded at the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the year, receiving an honorable mention.

With his experience in the Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic regions, he brings a wealth of knowledge to every expedition and ensures that each trip optimizes photographers chances to capture the best that the wildlife in the region has to offer. He teams up with one of the most accomplished wildlife and nature photographers, Joanna Lentin, to bring you an intimate experience in this amazing destination.

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DECK CABIN PRICE PER PERSON
Deck 3 Triple, shared facilities US $14,300
Deck 3 Twin, shared facilities US $17,200
Deck 4, 5 Twin, private facilities US $20,790

Sea Kayaking (From US $1325pp)
South Georgia Alpine Crossing (From US $1250pp)

To register your interest to join us in Antarctica for this once in a life time experience, click here.

Pre departure information for this tour, click here

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Expedition Highlights

  • Vast tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
  • Historic huts and whaling history
  • Attempt to land at Elephant Island
  • Fur seals, albatross & thousands of King penguins
  • Snorkeling option (surcharge applies)
  • Shackleton Alpine Crossing (surcharge applies)

Day 1 – Beagle Channel

Step aboard Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, introductory briefing and an evening departure along the Beagle Channel with your shipmates.

Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage

As we cross Drake Passage, we keep watch for giant petrels, wandering and black-browed albatross and our first icebergs. Fur seals and penguins pepper the sea surface as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Days 4 to 6 – Antarctica Peninsula

An autumn dawn greets us in spectacular Antarctic Sound where we may stop at towering Brown Bluff before pushing on into the Weddell Sea. There’s a strong fossil focus this time of year, as the pack ice movement may allow a continental landing and visits to the world-renowned fossil beds of Seymour, Vega and James Ross islands, and Nordenskjold’s Hut on Snow Hill Island.

Days 7 to 9 – Scotia Sea

So exposed is Cape Wild on Elephant Island, landings are rare, but we’ll try, if only to pay tribute to the man who’s leadership kept Shackleton’s men alive for four months while awaiting rescue. We keep watch for great whales while sailing the Scotia Sea to South Georgia.

Day 10 – South Georgia

We enter King Haakon Bay and attempt a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton’s first landfall before continuing up past Peggotty Bluff, where Shackleton, Worsley and Crean set off to cross the island.

Days 11 to 14 – South Georgia

While our “Crossers” negotiate Shackleton’s historic route, we immerse ourselves in one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. King penguin rookeries half-million strong, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguin colonies, wandering albatross on nests, beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. We hope to walk the final leg of Shackleton’s epic, from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visiting “The Boss’s” grave and whaling museum in Grytviken.

Days 15 to 17 – Scotia Sea

Crossing the Scotia Sea, we watch for whales and enjoy entertaining talks by our expedition team as we cruise back towards the Falklands Islands/Malvinas. On this leg we are usually travelling into the prevailing weather so it is difficult to estimate our arrival time in the Falklands.

Day 18 – Falkland Islands/Malvinas

Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands/Malvinas capital, Stanley; where we bid farewell to Polar Pioneer. You have the option of either spending more time exploring the Falkland Islands or continuing on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile.

Map of tour Antarctica 2018

Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

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Lord Howe Island Underwater Shootout

June 2nd – 12th 2017

Lord Howe Island Underwater Shootout

WIN Amazing Prizes!

Dive Packages for 10 days including flights & Accommodation
Categories for Amateurs & Professionals
Attend Photo Workshops, Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner

 
Includes:
Return flights from Sydney
10 nights accommodation at Leanda Lei Apartments
Return airport transfers
10 dive package around Lord Howe Island
2 night dives
All dive gear
Refreshments in between dives
Morning tea at the Museum to kick off the event
Gala Dinner at the Golf Club to conclude the event and announce the winners
Price: $2,950 
Workshops:
Attend workshops with Scott Portelli & Michaela Skovranova to learn more about your photography or tweak what you already know. workshops will include practical and in classroom techniques.
Prize categories
Wide
Macro
Black & white
Video (under 2 mins)
Endemic species
Split (Over/under shot)
Portraits
Behaviour
Portfolio
Amateur


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If you want to join us for this event and hone your skills at our workshops, please email scott@scottportelli.com for more information.

 

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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda & Uganda

There is nothing more intimate than being up close and personal with some of the most impressive creatures on the planet, the rare endangered Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda. There are two trips running, one will be a 6 day trip with 2 permit days and an optional 3rd in Rwanda. The other will be a 6 day trip with 2 days in Uganda trekking with the mountain gorillas and and an optional 3rd day with the Gorilla sin Uganda. If this is on your bucket list, now is the time to go. there are less than 800 Gorilla’s left in the Mountains.

Check out what it is like to spend time with these amazing primates that are virtually on the brink of extinction. This is your chance to see these beautiful Mountain Gorillas in their natural environment:

Gorilla Trekking Rwanda (6 day tour) 2018

Synopsis of Trip:

Where: Rwanda
When: March 2018
Length of tour – 6 days
Group Size: Maximum 7 people
Pricing:  £6,235 British Pounds

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For more information call us on +61 (0)402124453

Gorilla Trekking Uganda (6 day tour) 2018

Synopsis of Trip:

Where: Uganda
When:  April 2018
Length of tour – 6 days
Group Size: Maximum 7 people
Pricing:  £5350 British Pounds

Download Uganda Itinerary

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Includes: accommodation & meals as stated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), airport meet/greet & airport transfers as per itinerary, private professional English speaking driver/guide & private 4×4 vehicle throughout, transfers to all visited areas as per itinerary, park entrance fees as per itinerary, four Gorilla Permits per person.
Excludes: international flights, possible fuel surcharge, possible departure tax, early & late check in/out at lodges/camps/hotels, visas, tips, items of personal nature, items not mentioned in the `Includes` section

 

Day by Day Sample Itinerary Rwanda (6 day trip)

Day 1

Kigali – Volcanoes National Park

Upon your arrival into Kigali International Airport (KGL), you are met by your private professional English speaking driver/guide and private 4×4 safari vehicle and head up to the Volcanoes National Park. Note that arrival should be before 1pm, for those arriving on later flights, please book a night in Kigali beforehand. A ‘true island in the sky’, the Volcanoes National Park is home to some of the worlds few remaining Mountain Gorilla, which were first studied here in 1959 by George Schaller, and through the 1960’s by Dian Fossey and her colleagues. In the afternoon you’ll have a briefing where Scott will take you through the next few days and ensure you are properly prepared for your encounters with the gorillas!

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel – You will find a warm welcome at Five Volcanoes, which is ideally situated close to the park headquarters for the start of the gorilla treks. The hotel comprises of 13 double/twin en-suite rooms and a two bedroom VIP cottage. After a day of trekking what better way to relax than in the sparkling swimming pool followed by a visit to the sauna and/or steam room. The hotel also has on site massage rooms to help you unwind even further.

Day 2 -3

Volcanoes National Park

Enjoy 2 days of gorilla tracking. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of ten habituated family groups. An early breakfast and you’re off to the park headquarters at Kinigi to register and be allocated your gorilla family for today. Once this is done, you set out by vehicle to the start of on your gorilla safari. The gorillas are by no means tame, and are completely wild animals. However, experienced guides will accompany you on your gorilla tracking, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts.

Scott will guide you through how to get the best out of your photographs and in the evenings, go through them with you so you can improve your skills in following days.

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 4

Optional Gorilla Trek, Golden Monkey or Dian Fossey Visit

Today you have a chance to either track the gorillas another time, head out in search of the golden monkeys or visit the remains of the Karisoke Research Centre where Dian Fossey worked, which includes a chance to visit the meadow of where her mountain hut used to be, with views of Bisoke, Karisimbi and Sabyinyo peaks. These activities must be booked at time of booking and are not included in the quote. For those who wish to relax at the lodge and recuperate after the last day’s activities, then this is of course also an option!

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 5

Optional Gorilla Trek, Golden Monkey or Dian Fossey Visit

Today you have a chance to either track the gorillas another time, head out in search of the golden monkeys or visit the remains of the Karisoke Research Centre where Dian Fossey worked, which includes a chance to visit the meadow of where her mountain hut used to be, with views of Bisoke, Karisimbi and Sabyinyo peaks. These activities must be booked at time of booking and are not included in the quote. For those who wish to relax at the lodge and recuperate after the last day’s activities, then this is of course also an option!

Overnight accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Day 6

Volcanoes National Park – Kigali

Breakfast at the lodge. Hot lunch or packed lunch from the lodge depending on flight departure time (earliest flight should leave at 2pm). Drive back to Kigali and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Gorilla Trekking 2017 Trip Report

Have a read of the Gorilla Trekking Trip report visit to Rwanda and the Volcanoes National Park:

Video Footage from our 2017 Trips:

 

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Antarctica Expedition 2016/17

Antarctica Expedition 2016/2017

Ever thought about snorkeling with Leopard Seals or Penguins, or diving beneath the ice in a polar region, or just exploring the landscape and it’s natural wonders. Antarctica is the most remote destination on the planet. Abundant wildlife, massive icebergs the size of cities, spectacular untouched mountain ranges. whales glide by in search of food. It is a photographers paradise.

In December/January 2016/17 we are running a snorkeling and photography trip to Antarctica. Spend NYE in Antarctica, the last remaining wilderness on the planet. The workshops are designed for all levels and if you are feeling brave you can grab a drysuit and get in the water for a different perspective.

Snorkeling/Diving in Antarctica with Leopard seals and Penguins
Exploring the landscape surrounded by Icebergs and an abundance of wildlife

Dates: 25-12-2016 to 04-01-2017
Duration: 11 days | Fly/Sail
Start: Punta Arenas, Chile (fly to King George Island, Antarctica)
Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina
Ship: Polar Pioneer
Activities: Snorkeling/Diving, Kayaking (US$975 Supplement)

Included: Accommodation on board Polar Pioneer, All meals, Lectures, Naturalists, Photography Guidance, flight from Punta Arenas to King George island and all facilities.

DECK CABIN PRICE PER PERSON
Deck 3 Triple, shared facilities US$ 8,725.00
Deck 3 Twin, shared facilities US$ 10,200.00
Deck 4 Twin, private facilities US$ 12,340.00

Snorkeling/Diving Supplement US$975

To register your interest to join us in Antarctica for this once in a life time experience, click here.

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Day 1

Make your way to our joining hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile. This evening’s briefing will prepare us for our charter flight and our first leg of our expedition to Antarctica!

Day 2

We first fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica to be warmly welcomed aboard Polar Pioneer. We settle in for safety and environmental briefings to prepare us for landings as we set off across Bransfield Strait.

Days 3-8

We wake in the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations. Zodiac cruising brings us close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice floes whilst our kayakers glide into secluded bays.

Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory, especially if it involves a bum-slide down snow slopes. We immerse ourselves in nature, spontaneity and having fun, making sure to pause and celebrate as we bring in the New Year.

We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night as well. If the weather allows, we’ll have a sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!

Days 9-10

As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, our minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories.

Day 11

We enjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. We disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savour more time in Ushuaia.

Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

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