Top End Encompassed Safari
Complete Top End Safari and Katherine
Why we Love a Top End Encompassed Safari
Visit the Big Four; Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge!
Top End Encompassed offers maximum exposure to several Indigenous experiences and ancient rock art sites.
Explore with a custom built 4×4 safari style truck in a group no bigger than 17 getting up close and personal to wildlife and giant crocodiles on the Yellow River.
Your nights are spent in private campsites, cooking over the campfire and marvelling at a million stars over the clear Southern skies.
Your tour will include the following highlights;
- Swim in the pristine waterholes of Litchfield National Park
- Spend a day in Arnhem Land with an indigenous guide
- Yellow Waters cruise spotting crocodiles and other wildlife
- Kakadu National Park & Remote 4×4 Tracks
- Witness 20,000 year old indigenous art of Nourlangie and Ubirr
- Canoe, hike or cruise the majestic Katherine Gorge
- Hands on cultural experience in Katherine
- Professional guide
- Air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
- Yellow Waters Wildlife Cruise
- Camping equipment including permanent tent with beds and mattress
- All linen: pillow & pillowcase, fitted sheet, sleeping bag, towel
- Lodge Accommodation: Twin / Single basis with towel
- 3 Breakfast – 4 Lunch – 3 Dinner
- Drinking water (please provide your own bottle)
Itinerary and Sleeping
Camping Accommodation is at private campsites offering shared facilities.
Campsites include hot water, flushing toilets and permanent safari tents.
Tents include real beds, all linen, pillow, sleeping bags and towel.
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation between 6:00-7.00am for the short journey to beautiful Litchfield National Park.
This park offers the chance to explore stunning waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments. Discover intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls before enjoying a picnic lunch.
After lunch we leave the highway behind and hit the dirt travelling along the Marrakai Road before joining the Old Jim Jim Road taking us deep into Kakadu National Park.
Travelling past billabongs and traversing water crossings brings ample opportunity for wildlife spotting. Arrive at your private campsite complete with comfortable permanent tents where we spend the night enjoying dinner and some stargazing.
Awake for breakfast this morning before joining an iconic Yellow Waters Cruise. A must do activity within Kakadu National Park, the award winning Yellow Waters cruise is Aboriginal owned and centres around a spectacular billabong system that is home to some remarkable and diverse wildlife. Spotting crocodiles is only one of the many wildlife viewing opportunities on this unique water system.
Departing camp we travel to nearby Nourlangie Rock. Here you can see how local Aboriginal people lived in this area through changing times. Environmental and social changes are reflected in the rock art and in the ground, where archaeologists have uncovered over 20,000 years of Aboriginal occupation.
After lunch visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, a Gun-djeihmi name for the local area and creek on land owned by the Mirarrclan. See the audio-visual presentations and Marrawuddi Gallery showcasing Aboriginal art by artists from within Kakadu and the wider region.
Later this afternoon we arrive at the culturally significant Aboriginal art site of Ubirr, located within the East Alligator region of the Park. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land.
After learning about the area, it’s time to pick out a quiet spot to sit while we watch the sun set over the Kakadu escarpment before making the short journey to our private and permanent campsite for the night where you can choose to spend the night in our comfortable permanent tents.
Today, a once in a lifetime experience awaits.
Travelling into remote Western Arnhem Land you will witness Ancient Aboriginal Art brought to life by your indigenous guide at Injalak Hill.
Take in the amazing views across the escarpment before travelling to the Injalak Art Centre where you say goodbye to your Indigenous guide and hello to some amazing art on offer or simply watch the indigenous artists at work.
Tonight we return to camp for another hearty meal and talk about the day’s adventures with your guide.
Today, the pace relaxes as we head into Gunlom Falls for a full morning to enjoy all the spectacular area has to offer.
Relax around Gunlom’s lower plunge pool before hiking to the top of the falls where an amazing view is on offer, while you can enjoy the many rock holes. For the energetic, keep going to the rear fall where you will be rewarded with a swim under the waterfall.
After a tasty lunch it’s all aboard as we travel on to the Katherine Region. Later today stop at Edith Falls for a refreshing dip in the plunge pool there before retiring to our private campsite near Katherine for dinner, good company and a well deserved rest.
It’s up early this morning to get into Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) before the masses arrive.
You can go on a boat cruise, energetically canoe (both optional and own expense) or walk along the sheer rock walls that make this place so spectacular.
Spend some time here exploring the spiritual home of the Jawoyn Aboriginal people before enjoying lunch.
Afterwards we visit the award winning *Top Didj Cultural Experience. Interact with Top End Aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal and ask questions about aboriginal culture while being enlightened on the significance of his painting style, weapons used and how he lives off the land.
Later on, it’s time to sit back and relax for your journey back to Darwin where your guide will deliver you at your chosen accommodation.
- Optional Boat Cruise & Canoe Hire at own expense
This tour runs seasonally only.
- Departs Darwin:
1 May 2019 – 31 October 2019
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Pick-ups from 6:00am
- Returns Darwin:
Day 5 approx. 7:00pm
Is this Top End Encompassed Safari right for you?
- These tours are active participation based tours, relying on the good will of all passengers to make them a success. This may include your assistance in the preparation of meals, washing up, gathering firewood and loading/unloading vehicles.
Important Tour Information
- Child age: 5-15 years
- Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
- Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to one day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack.
- Most additional Dietary Requirements can be catered for – Please ask upon booking.
- *Top Didj Cultural Experience may be substituted with an alternative indigenous experience due to cultural reasons and accessibility issues.
What to Bring
- Wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
- Sustainable Water bottle/container (at least 1.5 litres)
- Walking shoes/boots
- Toiletries, swim wear, towel
- Comfortable and casual clothing
- Head Torch and Camera
- If you cancel at least 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 25% cancellation fee.
- If you cancel between 15-29 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee.
- If you cancel within 14 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
- Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 10% administration fee
We recommend you purchase Travel Insurance which would cover for such things as road closures, flight, bus or other travel cancellations that would contribute to you missing the departure of your tour.
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