Rated 4.7/5 out of 240 reviews
Since learning about the Ord River scheme in high school and reading of the Bungle Bungles in the 80s, I’ve wanted to visit this vast landscape. The 12 night journey with Thommo and Gools was everything and more than I’d expected.
Huge, spectacular landscapes, crystal clear waters, rugged red gorges and vast waterways were just the beginning.
Expert guidance, knowledge, history, botany and ecology were provided by Thommo and Gools.
The food was a highlight – fresh plentiful salads prepared daily, scrumptious dinners after energetic days, surprises and treats at every turn. Way above every expectation.
A diverse group of travellers all enjoying the various aspects of Adventure Wild.
( Tour 4 - 12 May 2017 )
We were on the 3 May trip through the Kimberley with Mark and Carmel Green.
We had a fabulous time.
The Kimberley itself needs no comment – what can one say- it is magnificent and unique. You provide a perfect route for a perfect place. We did the trip in reverse from your normal route. I’m not sure which would be the better way around- I don’t think it matters.
More important stuff though. I (Ant) am not a camper – never have been and never will, but I loved the trip. It was camping, but it was so much better than that. The tents were adequate, the swags comfortable and the facilities mostly acceptable.
What made the trip for me was the great guides. Mark and Carmel made us feel that everything was a pleasure and that everything was easy. They were charming, great fun, very funny, most accommodating, very knowledgeable (if they didn’t know their stuff they had us all completely fooled!!).
The evenings were wonderful. Sitting around the campfire being spoiled was the highlight of the trip for me – great settings, interesting conversations and fantastic food (often cooked over the coals).
To specifically answer your “Guest Satisfaction Survey”…….
Pre tour service – This was exceptional. Most professional. We were regularly updated and always knew well in advance what we were in for. Thanks for buying our drinks for us, and for organizing the horizontal falls. It helped enormously, and made for plain sailing.
Itinerary – As stated above, this can’t be bettered. We went to all the right places, and spent enough time at each one.
Meals – Great quality, quantity and variety. If anything, we were fed too much. I’m usually very disciplined when it comes to food, but (maybe it was the setting, who knows) I hoovered up anything and everything and went back for seconds!!
Campsites – The only one I found any fault with was the one at Manning Gorge. It was a bit grubby, and the power went off every evening by 8.00. There was also masses of thorns. I think I was the only one who felt that way though (remember I’m not a camper), but it was more than made up for by the Falls themselves and the wonderfultime we had at the site. I guess there’s nothing you can do about it – you have to stay there to see the falls.
Tour guides – Fantastic – see comments above. Thanks Mark and Carmel. There were also two apprentice guides on the tour – Chris and Jan Sanders. They were also great company and will make excellent guides.
Comfort generally – Hey, it’s camping. For what it was, the comfort was five star!
Hygiene – Not sure what you want to hear here. There were washing and bathing facilities everywhere, so the personal hygiene was fine. As far as the food etc went, Carmel did a superb job- how she kept the kitchen clean in all that dust is a miracle!
Other suggestions – Keep on doing things as you are. It was really awesome.
Yvonne and Ant Dry
Ant & Yvonne Dry
( Tour 1 - 03 May 2017 )
My wife and I had the happy experience of touring the Kimberly’s with Adventure Wild this August/September over a twelve day period. The North West of Australia had always been a destination that we had both wanted to explore for a long time and the only disappointment we had, was that the experience had to come to an end. The diversity of the region was astounding and came to life with background information provided by our knowledgeable tour guides, Mark and Carmel. It can’t be understated how much more alive the whole experience was due to the familiarity our guides were able to provide as to the history of the areas we visited. The Bungle-Bungle’s (what sort of name is that?), Zebedee Springs, El Questro are some of the finest memories we will have during this life-time and rather than satisfy our curiosity about this part of the world, it has stoked it and I’m sure we will be returning again to see more in the future. Our group was fantastic and the feeling of sharing these experiences together, reverent. We would like to express our thanks to all those at Adventure Wild, but in particular Mark and Carmel who showed us just a tiny fraction of the lucky country and reaffirmed our belief that we live in the greatest nation on Earth. Australia. Get into it!
Mark Williams and Kim Fleming
( Tour 31 - 24 September 2016 )
We would like to say that we have had the most wonderful holiday in the Kimberley, thanks to our very informative tour guides Carmel & Mark.
Adventure Wild you have the most amazing tour guides in Carmel & Mark, we have travelled all over the world and the two of them would be on top of our list. We had a great group that all came together and had so much fun.
The 12 day camping tour was everything we expected, the walks, the waterfalls, horse riding, the helicopter flight over the bungle bungles, sleeping under the stars, the food prepared by Carmel was plentiful, tasty and lots of variety, not forgetting the damper cooked by Mark, you will never go hungry. Sitting around the camp fire enjoying a drink or two and star gazing, very relaxing to finish up the day.
Would highly recommend Adventure Wild and our unforgettable tour guides Carmel & Mark.!!!!!!!!!!!
Coral and Peter Zarebski
( Tour 31 - 24 August 2016 )
I am a bit slow to comment on our experience with Adventure Wild but rest assured we have been recommending to our friends and family who are fit enough to put a trip of the Kimberley with Adventure Wild on their wish list.
Carmel and Mark are a great team who provided a memorable experience as well as being resourceful, helpful, kind, accommodating, great drivers, great cooks (best beer damper and amazing desert desserts) and demonstrating a range of other positive attributes to boot.
Our experience of the company was all positive from the time we first met Rory and Carl at the Lifestyle and Leisure show, to our online and phone dealings with Simone who helped us with bookings for the trip and ‘add-ons’ and the trip itself met or exceeded all our expectations.
Many thanks for providing the opportunity for us to see parts of our country that we might otherwise have missed.
On a personal note, I especially appreciated the effort that Carmel and Mark made so that we could visit the Yiyili community school and art gallery.
Bryan and Robyn Cummins
( Tour 31 - 24 August 2016 )