Our Guides Among the Best
One of the most important aspects of M16112 is the calibre of our guides. They are among the best in Central Australia through their enthusiasm and ability to bring people together to have the best time. This is backed up with extensive local knowledge of geology, the Aboriginal (Anangu) people, plus local and European history. Please note that you will have one M16112 guide for the duration of your safari. Enhance Your Safari with Optional Experiences. Sounds of Silence Dinner. You can enhance your M16112 Safari with the very popular Sounds of Silence Dinner+ which is an open air dinner set in the stunning Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park.
Learn From the Traditional Aboriginal Land Owners. While at Uluru you have the opportunity partake the Aboriginal guided Mala Walk+ where you will learn a great deal from Anangu about their mythological stories tied to Uluru and the intimate relationship they have with it. Please note that the Mala Walk is in place of doing the base walk or climbing Uluru for guests that want a direct indigenous experience.
Accommodation Options: Guests have two accommodation options at the beautiful 4.5 star Desert Gardens Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort and Kings Canyon Resort, close to Watarrka National Park + cost additional to M16112 safari.
Day 1: (Dinner) You have the choice of either Alice Springs or Uluru commencement. Please specify at the time of booking. Uluru Commencement. Your guide will meet you at either Ayers Rock Airport or Ayers Rock Resort before immediately setting off towards Kings Canyon. The latest flight arrival we meet is Virgin Blue at 1.20 pm.
As we make our way toward Kings Canyon Resort, keep an eye out for feral Camels, Brumbies, Wedge Tail Eagles and a host of other exotic wildlife along the way. We will include stops at Curtin Springs Cattle Station, Mount Connor (mesa tableland), Lake Amadeus (giant salt pan), The George Gill Ranges, Kings Creek Station and finally Kings Canyon Resort where you will check in and have some time to relax. Time permitting, enjoy a sparkling wine and canapés as we watch an amazing sunset on Carmichael Crag at the western end of Kings Canyon. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at Carmichael’s Restaurant at the Resort.
Alice Springs Commencement: We have designed this Safari for guests flying into Alice Springs to visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Kings Canyon without the need to stay overnight prior to departure. We'll collect you from Alice Springs Airport or the Alice Springs Rail Terminal up to 2:00 pm before heading south along the sealed Stuart Highway and then west along a typical outback dirt road, the Ernest Giles, en route to Kings Canyon Resort. There will be refreshment stops along the way including Camels Australia (Stuarts Well) where you can choose to take a short camel ride*.
On arrival at Kings Canyon Resort, our home for the night, check in to your 4 star hotel room before enjoying your evening dinner at Carmichael’s Restaurant within the Resort. If time permits, we will enjoy a sparkling wine with a selection of canapés whilst watching the amazing sunset on Carmichael Crag at the western end of Kings Canyon.
Day 2: (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). Breakfast can be enjoyed from 6.00am in the hotel restaurant, before checking out and taking a short drive to Kings Canyon for an early walk to beat the heat of the day. The guided Rim Walk is an amazing experience and something that many people regard as one of the highlights of Central Australia. Botanically and spiritually rich, combined with scenic opportunities such as the weathered and buttressed domes that surround the Amphitheatre, the Lost City and Garden of Eden which will leave you in wonder. The walk is suitable for people with a good fitness level and takes approximately three hours to complete. For those wanting the softer option, you may take the shorter and easier Kings Creek Walk leading into the centre of the Canyon.
Rejoining our 4-wheel drive we stop for a short break at Kings Creek Station before travelling to Willonga Well where, under the shade of the mighty Desert Oaks, we enjoy lunch and perhaps a glass or two of wine. Arriving mid afternoon at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park experience Kata Tjuta and the Walpa Gorge “Windy Gully” walk, suitable for most fitness levels. Your M16112 Desert Safaris guide will impart their extensive knowledge of the geology and unique botanical adaptations present on the walk as well as the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta to the local Anangu people. The striking colour and sheer enormity of these ancient dome like structures is absolutely awe inspiring and a highly treasured location to the local people.
Afterwards, check in at your hotel within Ayers Rock Resort. For guests choosing to participate in the Sounds of Silence Dinner* there is time to prepare for your evening under the stars. This includes transport to an exclusive sunset location, a la carte 3 course dinner, beverages, didgeridoo performance, star talk and return transfers to your hotel by approximately 10:30 pm. Those not attending Sounds of Silence, join your M16112 Desert Safaris guide and travel to a remote location to observe the changing colours of Uluru and Kata Tjuta at sunset. This will be accompanied with canapés and wine or cool refreshments. At the conclusion of sunset we return to the hotel for a 3 course dinner and time to chat about the days events and discuss what’s in store for the next day.
Day 3: (Breakfast & Lunch**). Today it is up before the birds, departing the Resort under darkness as we travel to a location to witness the birth of a new day, observing the sun’s rays enveloping the mighty monolith of Uluru along with Kata Tjuta in the distance, a site often just as inspiring as Uluru. Guests electing to climb Uluru will be supplied with a breakfast box and taken directly to the base of Uluru to commence their 2 – 2.5 hour climb (Anangu discourage people from climbing). After sunrise, those not climbing will return to the hotel for breakfast, check out and luggage store.
For those wanting to experience Uluru with a local Aboriginal guide, you may undertake Anangu Waai’s Aboriginal guided Mala Walk* learning of the Mala (Hare Wallaby) people who lived at Uluru, how they lived and prepared for ceremonies at the base of Uluru, visit their caves and the sacred Kantju Gorge, a quiet water hole at the base of a dramatic rock face. This guided walk is approximately 3 hours and you will be returned to your hotel before midday. For those choosing to visit Uluru with your M16112 Desert Safaris guide, we will rendezvous with guests that climbed Uluru to experience the wonderful walks around the base, learning of the creation myths and fascinating geology of Uluru.
There is time to visit the Cultural Centre and its Interpretative Display and Galleries before returning to the hotel to collect your luggage. For those departing from Ayers Rock Airport, your guide will deliver you by 12.30 pm. For those returning to Alice Springs with us, we will commence our journey from the airport and stop at Curtin Springs Station for a typical Aussie BBQ lunch before carrying on to Alice Springs where we will return you to your hotel at approximately 5:30 pm after three days of stunning beauty and adventure.
* Denotes additional charge applies.
** Lunch included on day 3 for Alice Springs originating guests only. No discount applicable to guests departing Safari at Uluru.
- Sounds of Silence Dinner: Additional $100.00/person
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