When to Visit the World’s Most Alluring Wildlife Eden
One simply must experience
The tourist season in South Georgia is during the austral summer (October to March). The cruising season starts in mid-October when winter has sufficiently loosened its brutal grip on this remote and rugged subantarctic island. This is the time when millions of ocean-going seabirds return to start their breeding season. Courtship rituals are taking place and eggs are being laid. Wandering albatross chicks are now spreading their wings for their first flights. Even more dramatically, gigantic elephant seal bulls are battling ferociously for control of harems on the beaches. Newborn pups are soon to follow.
The possibility of fresh snowfall makes for wonderful landscape photography. Also, in this early season (October and November), fewer vessels in the area means your South Georgia expedition cruise may have more flexibility of exploration.
Mid SeasonDecember and January are the high summer months in South Georgia. This is a great time to witness fluffy penguin chicks gorging themselves on seafood regurgitated by their parents. Beaches are absolutely packed with seals and their pups. Feisty fur seals have arrived by the millions to start their breeding season. Care must be taken to avoid inciting aggressive behavior from large males.
The late season is also a great time to experience South Georgia wildlife. As the breeding season winds down in February and March, adult fur seals leave the beaches to their adorable and curious pups. Fledging penguins are starting to test the waters. An abundance of young animals and their many predators set the stage for dramatic events and provide excellent photo opportunities. Also, whales such as minke, humpback and orca are now at their most numerous. As in the early season, fewer ships in the late season means more flexibility for you. Whenever you choose to visit South Georgia, it will be the experience of a lifetime.