WHY SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND IS A MAGNET FOR WILDLIFE EXPLORERS
Antarctic Explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton
Sir Ernest Shackleton and his epic voyage to South Georgia are legendary. He is is synonymous with Antarctic exploration. A highlight for many travellers when they visit this majestic place is to drink a toast to ‘The Boss’ at his grave in Grytviken.
St. Andrew’s Bay and Salisbury plain are greeted with disbelief at the sight of hundreds of thousands of king penguins filling every available inch of space, and vast quantities of elephant and fur seals occupying the sands along the water. The sights, sounds, and smells will not be forgotten soon. Visited by only a lucky few people each year, this is a very special place.
Quick Facts about South Georgia
Here are some insights for you about South Georgia that will get you excited and enthusiastic about a trip to this natural and untouched haven.
- There are over 30 million breeding birds found in South Georgia and among those, 7 million are penguins.
- Among the overall world population of southern elephant seals, almost half of them reside in South Georgia.
- South Georgia is considered one of the most crucial places in the world for penguins and seabirds to breed.
- Along with the Falkland Islands, South Georgia is home to at least 250,000 albatrosses.
- Over 2 million fur seals reside in South Georgia.
- It is unmatched in terms of the numbers when it comes to the density of wildlife in the world.
The statistics speak for themselves; South Georgia is a not to be missed destination. November to March is the ideal time for visiting South Georgia as the breeding season occurs over this period, allowing you to see maximum experiences put on by nature.
But that is not all. A few other things are there that make the place worth visiting for every nature lover.
Up close with whales
South Georgia has a dark history regarding human settlement there. It has in the past been one of the world’s major whaling stations, but although its past may be dark, the future is very bright.
Apart from the mind-blowing numbers of land-based wildlife, South Georgia has numerous whale species in its proximity.
Humpbacks are the most likely to be encountered, but you will also be able to see fin whales and blue whales in South Georgia.
So, as we claim that Antarctica is a breathtaking banquet of wilderness and wildlife, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia are just as magnificent, giving you the best of the best that nature has to offer.
With Forward Travel, the polar travel specialists of Australia, your journey to South Georgia will be an extraordinary one. You will be exposed to the natural world like never before.
Contact us now to discuss how you could be experiencing this amazing destination and going to places that very few people get to see.