Northern Territory:    Central Australia

Kakadu Animal Tracks Safari

Kakadu Animal Tracks Safari

PO Box 28, Jabiru, 0886
Jabiru, Northern Territory 886

Phone: 08 8979 0145
Mobile: 0409 350 842

Kakadu Animal Tracks Safari has been operating since 1999 and prides itself on giving people the most authentic bush experience available in Kakadu from one of the most traditional, knowledgeable bush aboriginals in the area. It provides a unique and unforgettable 'real taste of Kakadu' where tourists can experience a hands-on education about bush foods, medicines and a whole lot more.

The tour operates from Cooinda and spends the day traversing around the Kakadu Buffalo Reserve. This is the only access available to witness a huge gathering of local birds mid-way through the dry season, the largest gathering of anywhere in the Top End at that time of the year. The Safaris began when the Arnolds were asked by local Traditional Owners to set up a tour in hope that money from the tour could be used to fund a farm to provide meat to local communities. Now, as a very important community service, Asian water buffalo and other bush meats are collected and provided by the farm manager, free of charge to the local people. This activity is not seen on the tours, but because the tour funds the farm, in return it is given exclusive access to the massive reserve and its adjoining floodplains which are home to an incredible number of birds.

The small-group non-commercialised safari is an earthy experience which shows visitors the Kakadu they imagined and suits independent travellers seeking an exclusive tour product at a very reasonable price whilst enjoying wildlife viewing opportunities, including buffalo. The authentic bush aboriginal guide shares hands-on experiences and the seven-hour tour includes bush food hunting and gathering, story-telling, collection of bush materials, bush medicines, and extensive interpretation of natural and cultural facets of Kakadu. The tour culminates in a spectacular wildlife sunset meal where you can see traditional food preparation and cooking techniques then savour new flavours of foods gathered throughout the day.

Tour tickets are sold at most tour-selling operations in the NT and Gagudju Lodge Cooinda, Kakadu.

Tours available: May to October, daily 1pm-8.15pm. Bookings essential. Directions: Gagujdu Lodge Cooinda, Kakadu Hwy, Kakadu National Park NT.

GPS coordinates: -12.6688351000, 132.8345405000

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