From Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Outback Safari + Picnic
- Pickup available
- Duration: 10.5 hours
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The day was very fast paced, to no avail. It felt pressured and hurried in the morning, yet, despite a breakdown and a deviation, we were back in Alice by 5.00 pm for first drop off. I would not advise it as a tour, due to hurried nature of guide, which removed the enjoyment and presence of the walk and of being in and seeing Hermannsburg and the palm valley. A little more time to breathe and enjoy the surrounding would have added enormous value to the day, given we were back in Alice with plenty of time to spare. I will not recommend it to fellow travelers, despite the safety and driving skills of the driver - guide.
The tour was a good introduction to the Kakadu and NT history. The cruise along Yellow Waters billabong was beautiful with lots of bird spotting along the shorelines. The lunch was a little underwhelming; consisting of cold cuts and salads, I also missed out on the scenic flight optional even though I was one of the first people to place my name in cue. Would of preferred more time to explore Nourlangie independently as this part felt a little rushed.
The tour itself was very good and we had an excellent tour guide. However, the pre-trip administration was appalling. We could not get through to the local operator (AAT KING) so we did not know until we were actually on the trip whether lunch was provided. There was also no pick-up information and the promised drop down list of locations did not exist. Your customer service desk could not help us either. Very poor indeed.
Our tour guide, Myles, was a very skilled driver with a wealth of knowledge and an obvious commitment to his passengers experiencing the best possible outing on the day. It was well-paced and he ensured that allowances were made for different levels of fitness and interests within our group. Our picnic lunch too was very good.
Tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I and another were gluten free and there was no option for that. I do not recall being asked about this at the time of registering on-line. It would be helpful to have this. Thank you.