Black-necked Stork (Jabiru)
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Type: Private Charter.
Departs: On Request
Interests: Birds, Land Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Reptiles & Amphibians.
One of the most desired locations for photographers to visit in Australia is the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park and for good reason. It is one of the most pristine environments left on the planet and the combination of soil floodplains, paper bark swamps, savannah woodlands, monsoonal rainforests, river mangroves and dramatic escarpments provide endless opportunities to capture stunning landscapes.
But it is the highly diverse wildlife in the region that many wildlife photographers find captivating. Numerous marsupials and mammals inhabit the region including wallabies, wallaroos, quolls, dingos and bats as well as reptiles and amphibians such as goannas, frogs, pythons and the legendary Saltwater Crocodile. It is a paradise for bird photographers with 280 species including Brolgas, Great-billed Herons, Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, Red-winged Parrots, Comb-crested Jacanas and Azure Kingfishers to name a few.
This five day photography tour is presented as an indicative itinerary and can easily be adjusted to cater to the interests of guests and seasonal wildlife photographic opportunities. The duration can also be adjusted depending on the amount of time spent up in the ‘Top End’.
About Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris: Lords Kakadu and Arnhemland Safaris has been connecting guests to the Top End’s remarkable natural beauty and indigenous culture for over 25 years. Consummate bushman and owner, Sab Lord leads the team of advocates, active in protecting and preserving Kakadu & Arnhem Land, one of the most cherished ecosystems and untouched wilderness areas of Australia. The team’s passion for the region is infectious as is the connection with the land and the indigenous communities that call the area home.
This relationship formed over many decades, allows access to a range of culturally significant sites. Combined with the vast unpopulated pristine landscapes, guests can not helped being moved and reinvigorated by this World Heritage Listed area.
Guests will depart from Darwin early morning towards the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park to visit the magnificent Fogg Dam Reserve during morning light. These wetlands fringed by rainforest are a birdwatchers paradise, with year round water coverage assuring its position as an important feeding and roosting site for over 200 different bird species, water pythons and freshwater turtles. The large expanses also provide fantastic opportunities for panoramic photos. There will be abundant opportunities to capture Forest and Azure Kingfishers, Magpie Geese, spoonbills, egrets, ibis, herons, Whistling & Black Kites and cormorants.
Then onto Mary River wetlands where you shall enjoy a 45 min Airboat Safari is a truly unique experience which takes you where no one else can go. Travel through the seemingly endless floodplains of the Mary River Wetlands system spotting crocodiles and countless birds on one of our amazing airboats. You will feel like you are hovering above the blanket of lilies and reeds that add to the natural beauty of your surroundings.
A short detour off the highway is the beautiful Leaning Tree Lagoon; this Billabong is often covered in flowering Blue Lillies 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. The last stop for the day is at Cooinda to experience one of Kakadu’s icons; a Yellow Water Cruise.
This pristine environment supports a truly wonderful variety of plants, birds, crocodiles and Top End wildlife. The immense concentration of birds, especially in the dry season including Magpie Geese, Whistling Ducks, Great Egrets, Royal Spoonbills, Black-winged Stilts, Comb-crested Jacanas, Azure Kingfishers, Sacred Kingfishers, White Bellied Sea-Eagles, Brahminy Kites, Plumed Whistling Ducks, Nankeen Night-Heron and Little Bitterns make this one of the world’s greatest birdwatching sites. Around the conclusion of the cruise, guests will witness at one of the ‘Top End’s’ great sunsets and stunning photography opportunities.
Overnight Accommodation: Lords Private Tented Camp
The second day of touring will take guests to the Southern end of Kakadu, to experience a spectacular pristine waterfall, Gunlom (Waterfall Creek). This area was immortalised in the first 'Crocodile Dundee' movie, due to its white sandy beach and 120 metre cascading waterfall, that is best experienced until the end of July, providing another fabulous photo opportunity.
A more challenging walk to the top of the waterfall is rewarded with a swim and the best view for miles around. It is common to see the Antilopine Wallaroo and Black-breasted Buzzards, with the Gouldian Finch and Hooded Parrot an occasional sighting. There are many unique plants in the area including the beautifully coloured Salmon Gum, Freshwater Mangrove, Silver-leafed Paperback and Yellow Bladderwort orchid.
Overnight Accommodation: Lords Private Tented Camp
Departing the Southern region of Kakadu National Park, travellers will venture across the East Alligator River and enter Arnhem Land; this area is restricted to a select group of tour operators. The scenic drive to the Gunbalanya Aboriginal community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End with floodplains, billabongs & the Arnhem Land escarpment. Guests will stop off at scenic viewpoints along the way to capture the remarkable colours that makes this region so famous.
We shall then head up into Mikinj Valley where you shall be able to see some amazing Rock art & some incredible views. This is a very special place not only for the local people but for the Lord Safaris. Upon arrival at Gunbalanya guests will visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre to meet and watch traditional local artists in action. This offers an intimate setting to get to know the artist and see first-hand how artworks are created.
Gunbalanya is the Aboriginal name for the Oenpelli settlement (which was originally a mission). The area includes the flood plains of the East Alligator River that are covered by water from December to April and a rocky sandstone plateau rising up to 200 metres above the plains. Photographers will see excellent examples of rock art on Injalak Hill, documented as having some of the best rock art examples in Western Arnhem Land, up to 8,000 years old. The rock art on Injalak Hill reveals facets of Pre-Estuarine, Estuarine and Contact periods identifying them as between 100 and 8,000 years old.
The view from the top of the hill is simply breath-taking, looking out across the floodplains and around the Arnhemland escarpment while having lunch in the shade of one the many overhanging ledges. When travellers farewell the Aboriginal guide back at the Injalak Art & Craft Centre, there is an opportunity to browse or purchase goods from this non-profit Aboriginal organisation.
Across the sandstone escarpments, visitors may spot the Brolga, Black Necked Stork (Jabirus), honeyeaters, Sandstone Thrush, Black Wallaroo, Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Wilkins' Rock Wallaby, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Pheasant Coucal and the Fire-tailed Skink. Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris lodge is the next stop, situated in the northwest corner of Arnhem Land, adjacent to Kakadu National Park and the Coburg Peninsula.
Overnight Accommodation: Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris Lodge
Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris at Mt Borradaile is a registered Aboriginal sacred site nestled against the majestic Arnhem Land escarpment. This is a landscape of rugged ranges fringed by idyllic billabongs, flood plains, paperbark swamps and monsoonal rainforests. Valleys, overhangs and caves have been occupied for over 50,000 years and offer magnificent galleries of rock art as well as occupation and burial sites.
Photographers will have the opportunity to capture both sunrise and sunset shots across these idyllic landscapes, as well as billabong cruises for more wildlife captures. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Aboriginal Art and wetlands exploration to spot numerous species including Agile, Wilkins' Rock and Nabarlek Wallabies, Ghost Bats, flying foxes, Freshwater and Saltwater Crocodiles, Dingos, Leichhardt Grasshoppers, Jabirus, Brolgas, egrets, kingfishers, Blue Winged Kookaburras, Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, Red Winged Parrots, Black Tailed Tree Creepers, White-faced and White-bellied Cuckoos and various Honeyeaters.
Overnight Accommodation: Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris Lodge
Photographers will have the opportunity to capture one more sunrise and spot numerous species including Agile Wallabies, Saltwater Crocodiles, Jabirus, Brolgas, Magpie Geese, Azure Kingfishers, Blue Winged Kookaburras, Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, lorikeets, honeyeaters and Whistling Kites. The group will enjoy a delicious lunch before heading back to Darwin, undoubtedly with a series of photos and memories that will last a lifetime.
Pricing: from $4,840 per person (based on 4 guests, twin share including touring, meals & accommodation).
Group Size: Maximum 6 guests.
Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Darwin
Pick-up and Drop-off Time: Approximately 8:00am, returns at approximately 5:00pm.
As part of our commitment to sustainability we have developed a code of practice relating to our wildlife interactions. We have also sought independent verification of our practices through Ecotourism Australia. Our Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation is awarded to a select number of Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
WINNER Most Outstanding Interpretive Guide Brolga NT Tourism Awards - Dean Hoath 2012
WINNER Most Outstanding Interpretive Guide Brolga NT Tourism Awards - Sab Lord 2006
WINNER Heritage and Cultural Tourism 2009 • 2008 • 2005
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"Dean and Sab, with their deep understanding of Kakadu and Arnhem Land, were able to provide a unique experience for us. With their expertise, planning and their friendly approach we were able to share their understanding of Kakadu. We enjoyed their private accommodation and were able to experience a diverse set of wonders. We would have been unable to do this in a much larger group. It was an immense privilege to experience Kakadu and Arnhem Land with them." - John, Sydney
"The five day four night trip through Kakadu and Arnhemland was superb. Sab Lord is an outstanding tour leader and guide. He is very knowledgeable and has some great stories to accompany his facts. The longer drives are enjoyable due to his interesting commentary. The main campsite used is very clean and comfortable. The attractions on this trip were memorable. The crocodile tour, the hike into spectacular swimming spots, the rock art stop, they were all first class. A memorable trip, Sab is a legend."- Stuart, Perth
We wanted to email you to say thank-you for the absolutely fantastic Kakadu safari we experienced with our two boys, George & Harry! We had a terrific time with our guide, Dean. As a family we had been looking forward to the safari for months and had spent many hours wondering what it might be like. Under Dean’s expert guidance the trip completely amazed us all! From lunching in the bush to waterboating across the Bamurru floodplains, from swimming at Maguk to crocodile-spotting at Cahill’s Crossing, Dean catered for our every need in his relaxed style, ensuring we were able to take in everything that Kakadu has to offer. We’ve never experienced such a wealth of wildlife previously and our time spent with Dean in the Top End will live long in our memories. Please accept our thanks for delivering such an amazing tour!" - Allister, Vicky, George & Harry
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