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Kakadu Litchfield 4WD Unleashed (dry season)

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
3 days
From: $ 500 $ 167 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the space of a small group, and the local knowledge of a passionate driver and guide
  • Discover the wonders of the Mary River westlands and Kakadu National Park with a wildlife cruise and hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls – so nice they named it twice
  • Get a taste of traditional Aussie cuisine – crocodile, kangaroo and buffalo
  • Camp real Outback style – zipped up in a swag under a starry sky

Short Description

Red dust and rock formations, countless gullies and gorges, billabongs and plunge pools, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture, and a whole heap of wildlife – Kakadu and Litchfield are the heroes of the Top End. This active Aussie adventure will get your right into the heart of this wilderness, and you’ll hike, climb, cruise, camp, swim, dip and soak your way through Jim Jim Falls, Barramundi Gorge, Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole. You’ll learn about the region’s original inhabitants, spots crocs in a billabong, see strange towering termite mounds, then bring the days to a close with some traditional Aussie cuisine and a swag right beneath the stars. In just 3 days you’ll get a great introduction to the waterfalls, unique landscapes and traditional culture of Kakadu and Litchfield National Park.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Darwin
End City Darwin

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Itinerary

Day 1 Kakadu and Ubirr

There’s a lot to the Northern Territory beyond its iconic red rock and dust – it’s also a place full of water and wildlife. Start today by entering the lands of a classic Aussie animal – the saltwater crocodile. After a pickup from the accommodation, head to Corroboree Billabong – part of the Mary River wetlands. See how many you can spot on a wildlife cruise – it shouldn’t be hard, the species found here is the biggest in the world. Afterwards it’s on towards Kakadu National Park, stopping by the bank of East Alligator River for a picnic lunch and some croc and flying fox spotting. Next, make a stop at one of the most unforgettable art galleries in the world – Ubirr. Learn about the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander groups that have lived here for more than 50,000 years with a viewing of its ancient rock paintings. Your guide will explain the cultural significance of this artwork before we clamber up a rocky escarpment for 360-degree views across the Nardab floodplain and Arnhemland. Tonight we’ll camp in an exclusive safari camp at Garnamarr – at the base of the escarpment and within the National Park. There’s only one way to end a day like this – a Great Aussie BBQ with a chance to try our taste plate of Crocodile, Buffalo and Kangaroo, followed by zipping yourself up in a swag. It’s like your own personal sleeping bag and tent in one handy roll. Notes: Walking distance today is around 6 kilometres.

Day 2 Jim Jim Falls and Barramundi Gorge

Rumbling around the Outback in a 4WD – it doesn’t get much more Aussie than that. That’s exactly what we’ll do after breakfast this morning as we drive out into Kakadu to Jim Jim Falls. The twin falls that cascade 200 metres down are said to be the jewel in the crown of Kakadu, and they’re surely one of this trip’s highlights. Take a 1- kilometre walk through monsoonal vine forest to the base of Jim Jim Falls’ towering sandstone cliffs, and soak up the views of another of Kakadu’s natural wonders. Then it’s on another of Kakadu’s hidden gems – Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), where the pools plunge and the water falls. A 1-kilometre walk through towering paperbarks is rewarded with a dip in those perfect pools. After you’ve swum yourself out, it on to the whole world of wilderness that is Litchfield National Park. Notes: Walking distance today is around 4 kilometres.

Day 3 Litchfield National Park

Litchfield might be near to Darwin, but we’re definitely in the heart of the wilderness here. The park is named after a Top End explorer but has long been important to the Mak Mak Marranunggu, Werat and Waray people. A collection of top-notch waterholes and waterfalls, Litchfield is somewhere you definitely want to have you swimming gear on hand for. Stop by the large falls and sunbathing rocks of Wangi Falls, before we make our way to Tolmer Falls for some spectacular views over the park. Relaxing or splashing about in the multiple plunge pools of Buley Rockhole is on the menu before a picnic lunch, then a final dip in the monsoon forest double- plunge cascade of Florence Falls. After we’ve had our final fill of swimming, we’ll head back towards Darwin, stopping to admire the building skills of termites, who’ve constructed the Giant Cathedral Termite and Magnetic Termite mounds. Appreciate the desert colours one last time as this Northern Territory adventure comes to an end back in Darwin around 5:30pm. Notes: Walking distance today is around 2 kilometres.

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Kakadu Litchfield 4WD Unleashed (dry season)

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We did this trip, Explore Southern Africa, from Aug 9 - 26 this year and we thought it was probably our most memorable trip ever. The variety of wildlife (we saw the big 5 plus giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, wildebeests, impalas, baboons, ...) and our proximity to them that we experienced was unparalleled. The scenery was like nothing we had ever experienced before (our first time anywhere in Africa). Although it was winter time there when we went and many areas were looking very dry it was an experience not to be missed. Additionally we were made to feel welcome everywhere that we went. The highlights of the trip for us would be the two days to the Okavango Delta, the optional game drive through Chobe National Park and day 13 with our guide tracking rhinos in Matabos and going to the African village. Our tour leader, cook and drivers were excellent as were our co-travellers. The meals that were prepared for us tasted great, were well balanced and no one ever left hungry. The 2 person tent accommodations weren't the most luxurious but they allowed one to stay right in the "middle of the action" with the animals in close proximity to our overnight homes. This being the case, we never felt unsafe in our tents at any point. The overlander vehicle didn't have air conditioning, as is standard, however if you made sure to open windows for air circulation during the drive the heat wasn't so bad. If one is prepared to put up with these few inconveniences and willing to help out with camp set up, vehicle clean up, and meal clean up afterwards (this is a participatory type of trip where certain tasks are required of the travellers) it is an experience not to be missed. It all makes one more appreciative of the luxuries that we have at home that many do not have in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
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Faultless service and incredible trips, at a really good price. Plus they are all really nice peeps, by email or phone, and we need more of that in the world.

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My daughter and I recently returned from a tour in Central Asia booked through Intrepid Travel. After about 24 hours of travel, we were not met at the airport nor did we have a room. After getting that straightened out, the next morning we were informed that the vehicle we would be traveling in had no air conditioning. The temperatures were over 100 degrees to about 115 degrees or more. The heat was unbearable and no one inquired about how we were coping or their health. Our welfare was ignored. So ww left the tour early so we wouldn’t have to camp in the desert for two nights.
The tour leader booked our flights to Istanbul but neglected to tell us we would have to rebook our flights to Los Angeles. Upon arriving at the airport in Istanbul, we were told we couldn’t get on the flight. New tickets cost us $1800 EACH!
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We just wrapped up a Tanzania family safari. It was an incredible experience!

Even the cook made sure my picky teenager would like his breakfast by fixing him his scrambled eggs the way he likes them.

I’ve been dreaming of this trip with my son for a long time and I’m glad I booked it with you guys! We’ll cherish the memories we made for ever

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Perfect Itinerary, Guide spoiled a lot of the trip

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The perfect itinerary allowed us to efficiently visited all the top sites with great lodgings. Unfortunately, the guide cut short stops at the Bahai Gardens, Acco, Tel Aviv, and Jerrico on days when we got to our hotel room in the early afternoon--all group members were upset by this. This Palestinian Christian guide emphasized unimpressive churches and minimized all sights that were secular, Muslim, Jewish, ancient, or other faiths. He made bizarre strident political comments about how great Mao Zedong was, praised Putin, said Palestinian people "had never done anything wrong in their history," talked about the Jews killing Jesus--all with a lot of anger. He knew a lot of about Christinaity, not much about anything else. He did a lot to make what could have been the perfect trip, mediocre.

(I would recommend the trip, but only if I knew it was a different guide.)
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I loved the history of this trip, as well as the spectacular scenery. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Having arrangements made for places to stay and transport, plus some activities, but with plenty of free time, made for a perfect balance for me. Breakfasts were delicious!
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Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nts)

Additional Information:

Finish point

  • Central Darwin accommodation
  • Darwin CBD
  • Darwin
  • Northern Territory
  • AUSTRALIA

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