We will hike to rocky cliffs to see rookeries where Black-browed Albatross, Rockhopper Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags share the same nesting area. On approach to West Point Island we will watch for Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin, while in Stanley we will get to see the various highlights the town and surrounding area have to offer.
See one of the large King Penguin colonies found on the island. Enjoy the opportunity to hike looking for flora and fauna. See Grytviken’s museum and the historic whaling station, the rusted hulls of long abandoned sealing and whaling ships and working sheds. Pay homage to Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Wild at Grytviken's cemetery.
Tristan da Cunha, UK
A highlight will certainly be to step ashore on the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world. The main island is home to some 300 hardy residents. Weather and landing depending, we hope to enjoy guided walks with the inhabitants of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, the main village on the island’s north coast. We will be looking for Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, Sooty Albatross, Tristan Thrush, and Tristan Wandering Albatross.
Gough and Nightingale, UK
If conditions permit, a Zodiac cruise will be offered at Gough Island. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gough and Inaccessible Islands is a protected wildlife reserve and an “Important Bird Area”. We will look for Tristan Albatross, Atlantic Petrel, Gough Moorhen, Gough Bunting, and Northern Rockhopper Penguins. Weather permitting; we hope to land on uninhabited Nightingale Island, a protected wildlife reserve and World Heritage Site, where one can see the most magnificent wildlife, flora and fauna all unspoilt by people.
Cape Town, South Africa
You can choose to ascend Table Mountain by cable car and explore in the protected area, having a look at the many endemic plants and animals to then travel by bus to Signal Hill for dramatic views over Table Bay and Cape Town. Or you can go on an excursion to see an African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach going along the Atlantic seaboard, continuing through the prestigious suburbs of Bishopscourt and Constantia into the region where South Africa’s wine industry began over 3 centuries ago. At one of the local wine estates you will enjoy a formal wine tasting.
Silver Wind offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special excursions are a chance to appreciate the Falkland Islands and South Georgia in peaceful silence.
• Meet Falkland Islanders and learn how the Falkland Conflict changed their lives. Meet inhabitants of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas.
Wildlife Watch List:
• Penguins (Magellanic, Gentoo, Rockhopper, King and Macaroni)
• Seals (Antarctic fur seals and elephant seals)
• Whales (blue whales, humpback whales, Southern right whales)
• Birds of note: Blue-eyed Shags, Upland Geese, Black-browed Albatross, Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, and Sooty Albatross, Tristan Thrush, Tristan Wandering Albatross, and Atlantic Petrel, Gough Moorhen and Gough Bunting.
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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