Black-necked Stork (Jabiru)
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
Type: Private Charter.
Interests: Birds, Land Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials.
Combining the Mary River Catchment and Nitmiluk National Parks, this tour cover the spectacular landscapes with the premium lodgings in the area; Bamurru Plains and Cicada Lodge. Bamurru Plains is a birdwatchers paradise, with 236 recorded species including Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling- Duck, Egrets, Ibis and Brolgas, but also teems with an amazing assortment of reptiles, marsupials and buffalo.
Skimming across the floodplains by airboat provides abundant opportunities to spot Saltwater Crocodiles and Agile Wallabies. The Nitmiluk National Park containts 13 immense gorges carved over the millenia by the Katherine River through the ancient stone country of the region with helicopter tours available to obtain a bird’s eye view of the spectacular landscapes and to allow access to remote gorges and waterfalls.
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.
Upon leaving Darwin, guests will head to 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.
Before lunch, visitors will stop off at the beautiful Leaning Tree Lagoon, prolific with Blue Lilies flowering in their hundred of thousands. Guests will then 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 your stay at Bamurru is the surrounding savannah woodland teeming with an amazing assortment of wildlife, reptiles and birds.
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
After departing Bamurru Plains after lunch, guests will venture to the beautiful Edith Falls, a series of cascading waterfalls and pools on the Edith River, before arriving at Cicada Lodge in Katherine. This private sanctuary is located at Katherine Gorge, within the iconic Nitmiluk National Park, and is centred around authentic Indigenous and natural experiences.
Nitmiluk Gorge is the centrepiece of Nitmiluk National Park, and comprises a system of 13 immense gorges carved over the millenia by the Katherine River through the ancient stone country of the region. More than a location of beautiful landscapes, the gorges hold great cultural value for the Jawoyn people who will share their knowledge of the local flora and fauna as well as the ancient stories of creation.
Freshwater crocodiles, Agile Wallabies, Common Wallaroos, Antilopine Wallaroos, turtles and water monitors are common to this area, as are Red-tailed black cockatoos, Northern Rosellas, Red-winged Parrots, Red-collared Lorikeets, Great Bowerbirds and White-gaped honeyeaters. Near the water, Darters, Little Pied Cormorants, Fairy Martins, Peregrine Falcons, Red Goshawks, Azure and Forest Kingfishers can be spotted.
Overnight Accommodation: Cicada Lodge
This day provides guests with the opportunity to take helicopter scenic flights within the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park. There are a variety of flights to choose from and all offer magnificent views from the air, with photo opportunities of Nitmiluk Gorge, the Arnhem Land escarpment and local wildlife.
Lords Kakadu and Arnhem Land Safaris is the only company permitted to land inside the National Park and offers a unique selection of breathtaking landing sites that are only accessible by helicopter including landing on remote rock escarpments, for a unique photo opportunity of the gorge below.
There are over 192 different species of birds that may be encountered in the region, including favourites such as the Red-collared Lorikeet, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella and Blue-winged Kookaburra. Colonies of Little-red Flying Foxes, Freshwater Crocodiles, Agile Wallabies, Antilopine Wallaroos and Common Wallaroos can also be spotted around the gorges.
Later in the evening, guests will enjoy a very special dinner cruise, as the tranquil surroundings transport visitors into a spiritual world of the Jawoyn culture and history. Diners will discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of Nitmiluk Gorge, that changes colour with the setting sun. Touring includes a three course candlelit dinner, featuring fresh, local Australian produce cooked on board, and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Overnight Accommodation: Cicada Lodge
This morning guests will explore more of the area, with the option to take another scenic helicopter flight to visit gorges, tranquil waterfalls or swimming holes. Alternatively guests can visit remote rock art sites to see images painted thousands of years before by the Jawoyn people.
Pricing: from $5,460 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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