Set against the back drop of Elder Range, and Wilpena Pound in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, an Arkaba walking safari is an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds, the scale and space of outback Australia in a style that is exclusive and authentic. Guides will reveal the secret spots on the property and recount stories of the people, indigenous inhabitants, explorers and settlers, who have created the human history of this area. Camps are set up in spectacular locations on the property and provide the chance to sleep out under the stars in a swag – the bedroll of choice for generations of Australian bushmen. The walking safaris cater for up to a maximum of 8 people in a group.
Departures are set for a Thursday. Departures on other days are available on request.
This season provides warm days with cooler evenings. Day temperatures will average between 15 – 25c with the later part of the season being cooler. The evening temperatures will be much cooler and warm clothing will be required.
This season provides ideal walking weather with daily temperatures of around 15c and occasionally as high as 30c. The evenings and early mornings will be very cold and winter clothing will be required. During this season you carry dome tents on the swag decks for protection from the elements at night.
This season provides warm days with cooler evenings in the early part of the season. Day temperatures will average between 20 – 25c with the later part of the season getting warmer. The evening temperatures will be cooler in the early part of the season so a warm layer of clothing will be required.
This season is the hottest and driest season to walk. Day time temperatures will average 30c and upwards. Evenings will be temperate. Please note that walking season is closed from 1st December 2011 until 16th March 2012.
A walking holiday can be a very personal experience – one man’s stroll can be another’s expedition. It is important that you choose the right holiday for your capabilities. The Arkaba Walking Safari is a ‘moderate to challenging’ walk. You will cover between 6 to 15km per day over various terrain along creeks beds, flat plains and some steep, hilly ground with mountain scrambling over rocky surfaces. You can be walking for up to 7 hours per day with plenty of ascents and descents. Whilst you do not need previous trekking experience a good level of fitness is required.
We ask that all guests arrive at Arkaba Woolshed for 10:00 noon on day 1. Our guide/s will be there to meet you for a cup of tea, overview and briefing. On day 1, we aim to set off on foot at 11:00 noon. On day 4, we estimate the arrival to Arkaba Woolshed to be approximately 12:00 noon. Guests who have opted to stay on at Arkaba Homestead can either continue by foot or by vehicle to the homestead, an additional 3km. If you are taking the 2 night / 3 day Arkaba Walk & 1 night Homestead option day 3 will end at the homestead at approximately 2:00pm.