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“Saved the best till last.”

Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safari Day Tour
Reviewed 15 May 2015

I often have a giggle at the couples logo that accompanies my reviews. We are, in fact, a couple in our 80s and having been bitten by the travel bug many years ago have consequently travelled extensively in Australia and beyond. For many years we have included a Gawler Ranges Wilderness tour in our bucket list and finally got to experience this adventure which is pretty much on our door step. It seems we have saved the best till last.
Right from the relaxed friendly nature of correspondence with Irene when booking the tour to the extraordinary day we spent with Geoff this was a wonderful outing.
A visit to the permanent camp left us wishing we had elected to spent time there. We were fascinated with the furniture made almost entirely out of the fallen branches of trees in the surrounding forest Unique but obviously extremely comfortable in these spacious tents.
Geoff is a man totally in love with his environment. He knows every aspect of it, vehemently seeks to preserve and protect it and desires to share his knowledge and passion with his quests. Yet he achieves this in such a relaxed conversational fashion that one feels that he is an old friend we are visiting and is showing us around his back yard.
We were astounded to find that the vast majority of his guests are from outside Australia. All you "grey nomads" touring the country should immediately plan to head for Wudinna S. A. and take a tour with Gawler Ranges Wilderness.

2  Thank Allen M
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Reviewed 11 April 2015

The Gawler Ranges are superb and Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris make you realize that everything you heard about Gawler Ranges is true!

This is the outback the way we felt outback should be although we learned from our hosts, that outback does not mean desert and wilderness but areas in which the Government does not draw provincial borders anymore. So we saw no borders, just a lot of farmers fences, which Geoff, the owner of Kangaluna Camp regularly "adjusts" to make them more kangaroo-friendly...
Gawler Ranges, the nature, animals, trees, plants, salt lakes, rock formations, unbelievable.

And Geoff, the "father" of this fantastic lodge is a very warmhearted man with an incredible knowledge and an affintiy for and about the aborigines with broad interests in all kinds of other things. It was very interesting and enjoyable to meet a person like him.
Besides, he is an excellent cook!

Rosy, our driver for two days knows everything about kangaroos and nature. She even illustrated a book about australian marsupials. It contains 140 beautifully detailed drawings of kangaroos and the like for which Rosy probably had to photograph thousands of them.
On top of that, she designed and constructed all the furniture in the camp using dead wood and all sorts of things she found, furniture you will find nowhere else, extremely tasteful!
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Fish (Mr. Fisher, actually), who drove and guided on the final two days, had loads of information about everything we saw and entertains on top of that with a splendid black sense of humor.
We enjoyed every minute with him!

Thank Peter F
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Reviewed 25 February 2015

We had three nights at this 'campsite' and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Our young guide, Jade, was the perfect host, driving the big 4WD, helping with the cooking, guiding our trip, providing tea and coffee, wine and nibbles on trips and so forth. Could only find the day trips bit on trip advisor, but if you get the chance to go, go for the whole deal - you need four days to fully appreciate what is offered by Geoff & Rene and his great team.

The 'tents' themselves were very comfortable, with a double and two single beds. Do be warned, thought, that it gets cold at night even in the height of summer.

the trips arranged on each of the four days we were there were totally different and very enjoyable: We saw plenty of kangeroos, emus and koalas in the wild, and lots of very colourful birds too. Every evening the food was fabulous - cooked by the host and his wife and a couple of staff, and nothing was too much trouble. It was all washed down with ample quantities of the Ozzie wine, to which you were invited to help yourself from the kitchen fridge whenever you liked (but no one on our trip abused this lovely privilege, which is good!).

The camp only takes four to six people on each safari, which means you all get individual attention. On the last day of our trip there was a swimming with sealions option. We went on the trip but didnt go in the water because the water was far too flipping cold, even with the wetsuits provided. We were the only ones not to go in the water, but on the plus side we got some amazing pictures and videos of the sealions, which of course those in the water didnt get....

So if you get the chance, do go on this trip. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend it to others and would definitely go again if we were ever in the vicinity.

1  Thank JanetWalf0rdOBE
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Reviewed 29 January 2015

Visited in April 2014. I flew from Moorabbin to Wudinna in a private air charter with Kirkhope aviation then out to Kangaluna and Gawler Ranges with Rene and Geoff and enjoyed the whole trip immensely. Also visited Baird Bay fantastic swimming with Seals and Dolphins and later in the trip Kangaroo Island. All great but the highlight was Kangaluna Camp, the trip through the Gawler Ranges and visit to Lake Gairdner and the hospitality and knowledge of Rene and Geoff - all in three days. Flying with Kirkhope Aviation with excellent pilot/guide was a great way to get to ths location from Melbourne. I will definitely return.

Thank Charles H
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Reviewed 12 December 2014

In November 2014, we have spent 4 fantastic days at Camp Kangaluna . We were picked up at the airport of Port Lincoln Jayde our tour guide for the coming days . She skillfully drove the SUV and gave us a lot about the plants and wildlife. After the southern coast of Australia we traveled 4 weeks and in vain looked for koalas out we experienced there , the animals nearby. Many other animals such as kangaroos , emus , sea lions , dolphins , etc., we could observe . The landscape was unique ( real Australia) huge salt lakes , unique rock formations and not a soul . Our accommodation was very well looked after and cooked by Geoff in Kangaluna Camp in comfortable safari lodges . Kangaroos and emus came to the front door. A great Erelebnis in the bush of Australia and the highlight of our 6 week trip to Australia .

Thank ursulavogel
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