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Combine the best camping with an amazing nature watching experience and what do you get? A 4-day safari in the South Australian outback! This tour places you in a luxury camp far away from civilisation but close enough to the coastal region to make for the ultimate Down Under experience.
Australia is one of those places everyone with wanderlust should visit. It’s too gigantic to effectively tour in one trip, but this 4-day safari is one heck of an introduction to the beautiful wilderness the country is famed for.
For the duration of the tour you’ll be staying in a raised camp near Wudinna, a tiny settlement of around 600 people and surrounded by… well, pretty much nothing! There are no physical barriers between your party and mother nature, making this a great platform for exploration. During your time here you’ll see some of Australia’s endemic wildlife such as emus and kangaroos, and end the trip with a climactic swim in the clear oceans with dolphins and sea-lions.
It may be only four days, but this tour packs a punch. Every day of your safari is packed with focal points to such an extent you won’t know what to put down in your postcard to the unlucky folk back home. You could start with having a camp dinner underneath the South Hemisphere stars, the bizarre salt landscape of Lake Gairdner or lagoon swimming with a sealion - the list goes on.
Your helpful guides for the tour are Aussies born and bred and have been running tours for over twenty years, so you’ll be in good hands while you enjoy your break.
The Gawler Range tours are safe, well designed and most importantly, fun! This particular four-day safari is excellent when coupled with other tours to give an extensive three or four week stay in Australia. It is also suitable for all ages and very family friendly - any kids on the tour can expect to see a wide array of animals, and the guides make it an incredibly educational experience.
Do note that swimming with sealions is not guaranteed during June, July and August.
It’s a slog to get there with a 50-minute flight to Port Lincoln from Adelaide, plus a two-hour drive to Widunna (pop: 680), but if you want to see the real thing, this is it. So far Geoff is the only person with a concession to run a camp on the boundary of the Gawler Ranges National Park, 1,500 sq km (600 sq miles) of film-set Australia with red-dirt tracks, sheep stations, gullies, creeks and gum trees.
Nothing beats seeing your first roo in the wild, and unless you really want to be a jolly swagman you may as well do it in comfort. Geoff’s Kangaluna Camp equals five-star Africa, with three roomy tents, sleeping four each. They have sisal floors, sheepskin rugs, hot showers and flushing loos, plus extra touches such as beds made from local woods, silk throws and cushions painted with cockatoos, wombats and other Oz wildlife.
The Australian bush hasn’t got the cover-girl cats and big game of Africa, and it helps if you love birds, but for me the kangaroos make any effort worthwhile. We had countless encounters with these gentle creatures, who always stop to stare back, gazing obligingly into the camera.
There were so many highlights: the emus of course, but also the time Geoff persuaded me at a slow limp to stalk a wombat. It twitched its cute piggy nose at my strange shuffle and let us get close before it ambled off down its hidey hole. Then there was the day he drove us to Lake Gairdner, a spookily beautiful white salt pan that featured recently in a series of BMW car ads. It’s a famed beauty spot, but it was ours alone.
(Jill Hartley for The Times, October 27 2007,
Times reviewing South Australian Outback Safari
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