Nardus in Antarctica

Life before Swoop

Before joining Swoop, I spent my time playing rugby and working as an engineer in South Africa and New Zealand. While hiking the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the travel bug truly took hold. This inspired me to pursue my travel goals worldwide. I taught English online for 2 years to people all over the world.

During my travels I have embarked on unforgettable adventures into the Namib Desert, sleeping stretched out on the warm Namib sand and getting lost in the beauty of the Milky Way overhead. When I am not throwing a rugby ball around you’ll find me busy planning my next travel adventure!


Why I love travelling

My fascination with awe-inspiring wildlife and diverse landscapes started in my home nation of South Africa but has expanded as I have explored further afield. Travelling excites me and inspires me. It challenges me and teaches me so much about nature, the world and myself. The most unexpected emotion I have felt whilst travelling was humility; travel puts life into perspective and gives you a fresh lens through which to view the world. I love meeting new people, learning new languages and trying different cuisines, though it can be tough to beat a South African braai!

Nardus from Swoop in Antarctica

Day to day at Swoop

As a Polar Consultant I love creating a personalised and fun travel experience for each traveller I chat to. With so many voyages to choose from, I enjoy using my knowledge to match you with the perfect expedition for your interests and requirements. 

Nardus from Swoop in Antarctica

Ready to plan your Antarctic adventure?



We'll spend some time listening to your aspirations, then discuss the kind of experience that might suit you.



Next we'll discuss the options, shortlist the best trips for you and present you our impartial recommendations.



We'll place a 24 hour hold on your preferred option - without obligation - whilst we talk through the details.

With over 100 years of Antarctic experience between us, we can help guide you to exactly the right trip for you.

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What our customers think of Nardus

10/10 - Very happy with the service from Carola and Nardus. They were very responsive and answered all my questions very promptly. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2024

Farhad Vatcha - USA