Black-necked Stork (Jabiru)
Duration: 6 days/5 nights - Kakadu & Arnhem Land
Type: Private Charter.
Interests: Birds, Land Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Reptiles & Amphibians.
Covering black soil floodplains, paper bark swamps, savannah woodlands, monsoonal rainforests, river mangroves and dramatic escarpments, this is the ultimate Top End adventure for wildlife enthusiasts. Highlights include a visit to Fogg Dam, the iconic Yellow Water Cruise and airboat rides across the Mary River Catchment.
The richness and diversity of wildlife is simply extraordinary with wallabies, wallaroos, quolls, dingos, bats, goannas, frogs, pythons, waterbirds, cathedral termite mounds and the legendary Saltwater Crocodile, a small sample of viewing opportunities across these diverse habitats.
Visitors will be captivated by the cultural offerings found at the rock art galleries at Injalak and the sacred sites at Mt Borradaile, with the opportunity to learn about Australia’s fauna from the land’s traditional owners an unforgettable experience.
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 venture towards the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park via the magnificent Fogg Dam Reserve. 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. Forest Kingfishers, egrets, ibis, herons, Whistling Kites, Brown Falcons, Green Pygmy Geese, cormorants and monitor lizards are common sightings.
A short detour off the highway is the beautiful Leaning Tree Lagoon; this Billabong is often covered in water lilies making it a popular quick stop for photographers. We will leave the main road to enter into Kakadu via the Old Darwin Road. Our last stop for today is a pristine waterfall, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). A one Kilometre walk through monsoon rainforest leads to the base of a beautiful plunge pool: Maguk is a scenic and tranquil place to enjoy a refreshing swim in the series of small waterholes. The water is crystal clear.
Overnight Accommodation: Lords Private Tented Camp
Departing the Northern region of Kakadu National Park, guests will cross the East Alligator River and enter Arnhem Land. 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.
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. Then after lunch onto Gunbalanya guests will visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre to meet and watch traditional local artists in action.
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.
Whilst visiting Davidson's, guests will enjoy Aboriginal Art, billabong cruises 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
Upon departing from Davidson's, guests will venture to Bamurru Plains located on the magnificent Mary River floodplains. This safari-style camp boasts comfortable free-standing rooms that are spacious and expose guests to the sounds of the floodplains, a dining area with commanding views across the vast wetlands, a 10 metre wet edge pool and a library.
The focus of the stay at Bamurru is the surrounding savannah woodland teeming with an amazing assortment of wildlife, reptiles and birds. This picturesque property covers various habitats including black soil flood plains, paperbark swamps, savannah woodlands, river mangroves and coastal beaches supporting an extraordinary diversity of birdlife.
Overnight Accommodation: Bamurru Plains
Spending the day at Bamarru, guests will have a choice of a variety of activities, from airboat rides to a four wheel drive safaris. A morning airboat ride across the floodplains of the Mary River catchments is an exhilarating way to see the the abundant wildlife such as Agile Wallabies, Saltwater Crocodiles, Jabirus, Brolgas, Magpie Geese, Great Billed Herons, Azure Kingfishers, Blue Winged Kookaburras, Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, Red Winged Parrots, lorikeets, honeyeaters, cuckoos, monitor lizards, Australian Bustard, curlews, falcons, Wedge-tailed eagles and Whistling Kites.
Overnight Accommodation: Bamurru Plains
Before returning to Darwin, guests will have the opportunity for a leisurely breakfast whilst listening to he morning chorus of tens of thousands of Magpie Geese, after whom the camp is named. The Mary River catchments is home to some 236 species of bird, many of which are found at Bamurru Plains.
Pricing: from $6,890 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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