Uluru & Kings Canyon holiday

“Camp under the stars, but with proper beds and electricity, giving you the best of both worlds as you travel between the stunning highlight’s of Australia’s Red Centre. ”

Highlights

Alice Springs | Uluru | Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) | cultural walk with a Mala Aboriginal guide | King’s Canyon | Watarrka National Park | Ormiston Gorge | Ellery Creek | Simpsons Gap | Optional: camel ride

Description of Uluru & Kings Canyon holiday

Alice Springs provides a convenient hub for trips out into this ancient landscape, with the Kata Tjuta rock formations creating a dramatic backdrop of canyons and domes. One of the most special things about this land is not just its geological formations, but its significance to the Aboriginal people who live here. A walk with an indigenous guide around Uluru’s base is a truly unique opportunity to connect with one of the most ancient cultures on earth, learning about the ties between the people and this iconic rock. What’s more, you’ll witness Uluru at sunrise – not an experience which is easily forgotten.

A hike around the rim of the Kings Canyon is another breathtaking experience, with its Garden of Eden and natural amphitheatre, while a drive through Ormiston Gorge offer the chance to look out for wallabies and other native creatures. As the sun falls behind Simpsons Gap and the peaks glow fiery red, you may realise you’ve created your own connections with this remote land, and created your own stories during your journey.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
During our trip, our group leaders take active steps to ensure our groups behave in an environmentally responsible manner, such as sticking to established trails, not leaving anything behind and not removing any plants. They are also always eager to share information about their country and culture.

Our local partners in Central Australia are committed to preserving the fragile desert environment and are well versed in ways of minimising the impact of activities such as driving through remote areas and camping in the bush.

Before travellers are taken to Uluru, they learn about the indigenous culture of the area at the Interpretive Centre and are encouraged to not climb the rock but to walk at the base in line with requests by the traditional owners.

As a company we aim to contribute to the environmental preservation of the destinations we visit and to reduce any negative impacts our operations may have. This translates to actions such as using local transport where safe to do so in order to reduce emissions, observing all national and marine park visitor rules and operating a ‘take in, take back out’ waste management system, to name but a few examples. Through our inhouse foundation we also invest money into environmental initiatives that benefit the planet, including restoring kelp forests to help reverse the effects of global warming and protecting endangered species such as sea turtles and elephants.
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The Impacts of this Trip

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world through which we are journeying, this is our commitment as a global tour operator.

As a company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. We run and support a variety of projects globally, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

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3 Reviews of Uluru & Kings Canyon holiday

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Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cultural Aborigenal tour at Uluru. Great second night at King’s Canyon since lovely spot and possibility to make a fire.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Helped local people hopefully. Unfortunately a lot of food being thrown away. Travellers could keep at least their towel for the whole trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Competent guide, but not too much local knowledge shared during trips - which I would have expected. Not knowing in advance where we would sleep, we missed out on going to light fields in Yulara, big disappointment. People should be made aware of where the last spot with phone service for the day is, since some may need to contact family.Guides are put under enourmous stress, having to wake up early, hike and then drive long distances. This proved to be dangerous. Great places to visit, not the best tour.

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was all interesting and well organised. Particularly enjoyed the West MacDonell
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2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack warm clothes for early mornings

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Environmental impact considered at all stages

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really good. Local guide was excellent.

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Meeting the traveling group and getting to know their travel history and sharing ours. Also, sunset at Uluru was fantastic.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Consider a day before and after this trip in Alice Springs.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Somewhat. There wasn't much interaction with the aboriginals as expected. The food preparation and camping was good for the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great - first trip with this operator and set a great tone with us for consideration for future trips. Our guide George was exceptional. Would it be possible to get his email?

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