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Lord's Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris - 4 Day Kakadu, Arnhemland & Maningrida( 4 persons)
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Monday to Saturday
(1st Apr - 31st October)
Adelaide River (cruises), Arnhem Land, Kakadu, Yellow Water Cruise
Pick up from all accommodation in Darwin
9am or by arrangement
8.00PM or by arrangement
This morning I will collect from your accommodation (9.00am) before
we begin making our way south for a short time on the Stuart
Highway until we turn left on to the Arnhem Highway which leads to
the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park. Our first stop en
route is Fogg Dam Reserve, Fogg Dam has year round water
coverage which assures its position as an important feeding and
roosting site for a wide variety of both water birds and other animals.
Next we travel onto the Adelaide River where we have the
opportunity to witness the fabulous jumping crocodiles and other
wildlife. These Saltwater Crocodiles are a magnificent sight - these
animals are surprisingly powerful as they can project their bodies
almost totally out of the water - you will gain a good understanding of
why they have survived for more then two hundred million years! This
serves as a great introduction to how wild the Top End still is today.
A short detour off the highway is the beautiful Learning Tree Lagoon;
this Billabong is often covered in water lilies making it a popular quick
stop for photographers.
Lunch is at the Bark Hut Inn; this Aussie Roadhouse was built during
the buffalo era and is a reminder of earlier, wilder times.
We will leave the main road to enter into Kakadu via the Old Darwin
Road. Our last stop for today is at Cooinda - here we will experience
one of Kakadu's icons - a Yellow Water Cruise. This 10sq. km
pristine environment supports a truly wonderful variety of plants,
birds, crocodiles and Top End wildlife. The wildlife on this pristine
billabong is too numerous to mention, you may see saltwater
crocodiles, a Jacana bird walking on water, the magnificent sea eagle
or any one of the many other 280 species that call this billabong
home. Here we will witness at close hand the wealth of wildlife in this
tranquil habitat and enjoy one of the Top Ends great sunsets.
Overnight: Cooinda Lodge (L)
Today we visit Aboriginal Lands (Arnhem Land) access to this area is
restricted to a select group of tour operators.
Visitors to Arnhem Land are able to experience a fascinating mixture
of traditional and living culture. Arnhem Land is perhaps the one area
in Australia where indigenous culture is still dominant, despite a long
history interacting with other cultures. For example the Macassens
who visited the shores of Arnhem Land for more then five hundred
years to harvest sea slug. They came by sailing boats from
Indonesian Island of Sulawesi and left their legacy with the Aboriginal
Then the Europeans, their impact on Aboriginal people was more farreaching
and profound. Arnhem Land today has weathered all the
storms and it has managed to stay as a last frontier and homeland of
around 20.000 people.
While we are in Arnhem Land a traditional Aboriginal guide will show
you excellent examples of rock art on Injalak Hill (Long Tom
Dreaming), this area has some of the best rock art examples in
Western Arnhem Land and some say Australia. The view from the top
of the hill is simply breathtaking, looking out across the floodplains
and around the escarpment. When we farewell our Aboriginal guide
back at the Injalak Art & Craft Centre there is an opportunity to
browse or purchase goods from this non-profit Aboriginal
organisation. At the award winning Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre
there is time to watch the traditional Aboriginal people painting and to
see the women weaving pandanus baskets.
From I will escort you further into Arnhemland onto Maningrida where
shall spend the next two nights. The drive from Gunbalanya to
Maningrida is about 200km (3 hours), we will past a verity of
landscape, from floodplains, rivers crossing through to savanna
woodlands. On our arrival at the comfortable Arnhemland Nature
Lodge, which is a nature, lodge located about 30 mins from
Maningrida in Arnhemland.
We will stay at Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) Eco Lodge
"Djinkarr" overlooking the Tomkinson Flood plain is reward alone.
Overnight: Eco-Cultural Lodge (B, L, D)
Today we will have a unique opportunity to have a real Arnhem Land
experience with local Aboriginal people. Your hosts are not
professional guides but Aboriginal people who are keen to show you
their country and to have you join them as they hunt and gather.
Enjoy meeting people who are still speaking their own languages,
living on their own country and practicing some aspects of their
traditional culture. Expect the unexpected! You are joining the world
of your hosts not vice versa so do come with an open mind and be
prepared to go with the flow. Spend time visiting various clan estates
with Traditional Owners and see and experience a variety of country
ranging from rocky uplands, woodland and floodplains and onto the
beaches and mangroves. View ancient rock art sites and experience
the beauty and power of this remote and picturesque area. The
highlights of the tours are many and varied. The people, the culture,
the rock art, the country, the wildlife and the unique environment will
provide you with an experience that will be remembered for a life
time. Out day out with the local Aboriginal people with an emphasis
on gathering bush tucker, or possibly the raw materials for weaving/
painting/carving. Lunch is on one of our lovely Arafura Sea beaches
or by a shady river. Join in or be a spectator; the choice is yours.
What we hope that each guest leaves with a solid understanding of
the local indigenous culture and an insight into how it relates to
modern Australian culture.
Overnight: Lodge (B, L, D)
After leaving the lodge we will visit the Maningrida settlement sits on
the coast of central Arnhem Land at the estuary of the Liverpool
River, home to about 2400 people. Maningrida ('mann-in-gree-da') is
a town that was established as a trading post in the late 1940s. It is
400 km (250 mi) by road east of Darwin. Maningrida and the
surrounding outstations (small settlements), over 10 different
languages are spoken and most people can speak three or four of
these languages. Maningrida Arts and Culture is one of Australia's
largest Aboriginal artist's co-operatives, concentrating on the
marketing of traditional and contemporary arts, including bark
paintings, wooden sculpture, fibre craft, prints and items of material
culture. Maningrida artists are best known for their weaving, and
while traditionally both men and women learn to weave, the women
now produce the most creative weaving. At the Maningrida Arts and
Culture Centre (the Djomi Museum), you may purchase quality
traditional Arnhem Land Aboriginal Artwork.
The adjacent air-conditioned Djomi Museum and Cultural Keeping
Place protects valuable artworks, artifacts, traditional fishing and
hunting implements and an excellent photographic display depicting
the region's history.
Then you will be taken to the Maningrida airport for your flight
back to Darwin: (B)
(Please note, that the art centre at Maningrida is not
open on a Saturday, Sunday or public holidays.)
(Access to Arnhemland is by invitation by the local
Aboriginal people, and the traditional owners may deny
access at any time.)
- Luxury Toyota Air Conditioned GXL for 4 days with Sab Lord
- Jumping Crocodile Cruise
- Bark Hut Lunch
- 1 Night Cooinda Lodge
- Yellow Water Cruise
- Both Art Centre’s (Injalak & Maningrida)
2 Nights Maningrida Lodge (Alcoholic Beverages available here)
- Royalties & permits to enter Aboriginal land
- Aboriginal guides at both Injalak Hill & Maningrida Area
- Flight back to Darwin
- All Meals Where Marked (B, L, D)
What To Bring
Sturdy, non-slip comfortable walking shoes
Suitable swimming attire
Clothing suitable for hot days and cool nights (natural
fibres are best as they let the skin breathe)
Personal toiletries/medications etc
Minimum age 5 years.
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