Northern Territory Encompassed Southbound Trip Notes

Northern Territory Encompassed Southbound

Last Modified: 01 Feb 2016
Northern Territory Encompassed Southbound
Trip code: PKOSC
Validity: 01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017
Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Darwin to Alice Springs, taking in the region's biggest and best-known drawcards along the way. Witness Uluru during a stunning sunrise, wander through the majestic canyons of Kata Tjuta and admire the views from Kings Canyon. Head out croc spotting in the Mary River Wetlands and get a taste of the tropics in Kakadu National Park. A region of exceptional landscapes and intriguing cultural attractions, this top-to-tail adventure of the Territory is a trip that will leave you with a profound appreciation of Australia's raw and rugged natural beauty.
ATA & Intrepid Relationship:
For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid’s global product range and Adventure Tours’ local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it’s local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we’re proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you’re travelling with the best.
Table of Contents
StyleGroup sizeVisas
ThemesSingle travellersIssues on your trip
MapAccommodationWhat to take
ItineraryMealsHealth
Itinerary disclaimerTransportSafety
Culture shock rating Group leaderTravel insurance
Physical ratingJoining point A couple of rules
Physical preparationJoining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Included activitiesFinish point Feedback
Optional activitiesFinish point instructions
Important notesEmergency contact
To save you money and the hassle of booking multiple trips, this journey is a combination of some of our most popular adventures so your leader and the composition of your group may change.
Style
Original
  • Our Original style trips have a great balance of included activities with your group and free time to explore independently. Where we stay ensures we keep our travellers firmly entrenched in a region’s people and culture, and provides them with unique local experiences that benefits the community too. In most locations we stay in simple tourist-class hotels (i.e. 2-3 stars), plus on many trips you'll also get to experience a night with a local family on a homestay or something a little different like a Bedouin camp in the Sahara. Original style trips come with all manner of transport modes and use a mixture of local and private transport. You might find yourself sailing in a dhow in Zanzibar, jumping on a rickshaw in Sri Lanka or sailing on a yacht through the Galapagos. No matter the mode, it's all about minimising our environmental impact and making getting around part of the adventure.
Themes
Overland
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River
Welcome to the Northern Territory! Your adventure begins in the tropical city of Darwin. Set off from Darwin and head south to Lichfield National Park, a huge sandstone plateau with dozens of waterfalls. Explore Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rockholes. After a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's picturesque swimming holes. The day draws to an end with a wildlife cruise in the Mary River Wetlands, a network of waterways home to crocodiles and native bird species. Enjoy an Aussie pub meal before climbing into bed at the secluded Mary River campsite. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed. (LD)
Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. There are also a few short, easy walks.
Included Activities
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
Meals Included
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 2 Kakadu National Park
After breakfast this morning, head to Kakadu National Park and discover ancient Aboriginal rock art in Ubirr. Your guide will lead an interpretive cultural walk through the numerous rock galleries, before you climb to the top of a lookout for views over the Nardab floodplain. Take a three-hour hike to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) and be rewarded with a reviving swim in the clear plunge pools. Tonight, relax by the pool at the Jabiru campground and enjoy a group dinner at the site’s bistro. (BLD)
Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours, depending on the trails taken.
Meals Included
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 3 Kakadu to Katherine
This morning you have the option to take a scenic helicopter flight over Kakadu (at your own expense). The flight takes in views over the Arnhem Land escarpment, vast flood plains and billabongs. Later spend time exploring Kakadu’s other major Aboriginal rock art site - Nourlangie (Burrunggui), while your guide provides a glimpse into how the local Aboriginal people live. After lunch head south and stop to visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek. Stop for a quick dip at Edith Falls, before continuing on to Katherine, where you'll settle in for the night at a private campsite near Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge). (BLD)
Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to an hour-and-a-half.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Helicopter flight over Kakadu from $150
Included Activities
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Meals Included
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 4 Darwin
Depending on the season, head out on a morning cruise along the inky waters of Katherine Gorge, or canoe between red rock walls that are up to 70 metres high (both of these activities are optional and at your own expense). This 23 million-year-old landscape was formed by the Katherine River, which flows from Arnhem Land out to the Timor Sea. After lunch experience an Aboriginal interpretive display to learn about the local indigenous culture. You'll have the chance to get involved in some great hands-on activities, such as fire-making, boomerang and spear throwing and painting your own indigenous-style artwork to take home as a souvenir. Afterwards hit the road back to Darwin, perhaps dine together in Darwin after you have checked into your hotel, the Value Inn.
Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours, depending on the group's choice of optional activities.
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
Indigenous Cultural Experience
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Katherine Gorge Cruise
Kayaking
Day 5 Flight Travel Day
Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Darwin to Alice Springs with Qantas airlines. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines.
We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. When you are in Darwin on night 4 of your trip, please call the transfer company in Darwin and Alice Springs and confirm your flight time and they'll advise what time you'll be picked up from your Darwin hotel, and that somebody will be waiting to meet you in Alice Springs.
Included Activities
  • Airport Transfers
  • Qantas Flight
Day 6 Alice Springs/Kata Tjuta/Uluru
Pick up from Alice Lodge Motel in Alice Springs. Starting in Alice Springs, set off to experience the wonder of the iconic Uluru. Along the way, make a stop at an authentic outback camel farm and, for those that are keen, there's the option to go for a short ride on the back of one of these desert animals (at your own expense). Continue onto the permanent campsite at Yulara for lunch, before exploring the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta.
As the sun begins to set below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a famous 1,000 star dinner. With the red earth at your feet and an infinite sprawl of stars overhead, sit down to a candlelit spread of locally sourced food and wines. (LD)
Notes: Total driving time is approximately four and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
- National park fees
- 1000 Star Dinner
- Kata Tjuta
Included Activities
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 7 Uluru/Kings Canyon
An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of the rock, gaining insights into the land and the local Mala Aboriginal people on an interpretive cultural walk with an Aboriginal guide. It's also a unique opportunity to share experiences, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on Earth. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some indigenous art and craft at the Uluru Cultural Centre. Travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night. (BLD)
Note: Total driving time today is around three and a half hours. Total walking time is approximately two hours.
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
- Mala interpretative walk
- Uluru sunrise
- Cultural Centre
Included Activities
  • Mala cultural intrepretive walk
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 8 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs
After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon, as you trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, before you make your way back to Alice Springs where you'll be staying at The Alice Motor Inn for the evening. (BL)
Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
- Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Day 9 Alice Springs/ Western MacDonnell Ranges
Pick up Alice Motor Inn 07:00am
Leave Alice Springs this morning and journey through Ormiston Gorge, witnessing contrasting colours as the light reflects off the cliffs. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Move on to Ellery Creek to enjoy panoramic views of the area, perhaps taking a dip in its still waters. After lunch, visit the world famous Simpsons Gap, an important site to the local Aboriginal communities. Head to the Western MacDonnell Ranges and watch the colour of the peaks transform under the setting sun. An optional, hour-long sunset camel ride is also available. Head back to Alice Springs, where your trip comes to an end.
INLCUDED ACTIVITIES:
Guided walk of West MacDonnell Ranges
INCLUDED MEALS:
L
TOTAL DISTANCE TRAVELLED:
17km / 30mins
TOTAL KM WALKED: 5
      Itinerary disclaimer
      Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
      Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
      ABORIGINAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCES/COMMUNITIES:
      Please note due to cultural sensitivities, entry to particular parts of local Aboriginal communities may be unavailable.
      Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable in Red Centre an Intrepid guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk. Top End cultural experiences are only available during the dry season (May-Oct) as site is subject to flooding (contact our customer service team for availability). Participants may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Intrepid reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.
      Culture shock rating

      At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
      Physical rating

      This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
      Physical preparation
      To get the most out of this trip you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-8 km on some days. This may be on rough ground and perhaps getting feet wet in rivers and creeks. From Oct to March you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius (and sometimes well into the 40’s) so be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks.
      These extreme outside temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist in keeping well hydrated.
      Included activities
      Please note that if you start this trip in Yulara you will not be able to participate in the optional camel ride, this is done shortly after the group has left Alice Springs.
      Optional activities
      Sunset camel ride is at own expense, $68 for adults and $40 for children 14 and under. Your Leader will explain the optional activity in the morning and book for those who wish to participate. This activity can also be pre-booked through our Reservations team. Those passengers doing the sunset camel ride will be dropped back to Alice Springs accommodation by staff at Pyndan Camel Tracks shortly after the sunset ride concludes.
      A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
      Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
      Important notes
      AIRPORT TRANSFER CONTACT DETAILS SOUTH
      DARWIN, Darwin Airport Shuttle: Transfer accommodation to Darwin Airport
      +61 8 8981 5066
      Admin.support@darwinairportshuttle.com.au
      ALICE SPRINGS, Alice Wanderer: Transfer Alice Springs Airport to accommodation
      1800 1800 722 111 (free call) or +61 8 89522111
      info@alicewanderer.com.au
      ITINERARY CHANGES:
      Please note that some of our planned activities are contingent on seasonal conditions. We will arrange alternative activities if this is the case. This is a flexible itinerary and may be altered to allow for better times to view certain inclusions depending on sunset/sunrise and weather conditions.
      WET SEASON & WEATHER:
      Given the unpredictable nature of weather and travel in the tropics, we are sometimes forced to make late itinerary changes due to unexpected heavy rain and/or storms and road closures. In the event of this occurring, itinerary changes may need to be implemented after commencement of you trip. In this event, your Tour Leader/Driver has full authority to change the itinerary and/or order of activities and substitute alternative destinations and activities as necessary. No refunds are available due to itinerary changes and missed activities caused by extreme weather conditions and/or road closures.
      AGE RESTRICTIONS IN AUSTRALIA:
      Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 8 for all Original trips and 18 for all Basix trips (with the exception of trips that are camping only).
      This trip is made of two separate tours, so you may be traveling with a different guide and passengers on each leg.
      ATA & Intrepid Relationship:
      For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid’s global product range and Adventure Tours’ local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it’s local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we’re proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you’re travelling with the best.
      Group size
      Maximum of 24 travellers per group.
      Single travellers
      Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in twin share accommodation both whilst camping and staying in motel accommodation in cities. On this trip, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a private tent/room. Please NOTE that a single supplement is not available in the Top End portion of this trip due to limited campsites, and you will be in twin share tents. Pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a private room basis.
      Accommodation
      Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (5 nts)
      ACCOMMODATION PKOSC
      This trip is Original level. Original accommodation consists of permanent twin share tents with furnishings, and twin share motel rooms. Camping consists of twin share permanent tents equipped with proper beds, linen, pillows and towels. Passengers will be paired with a traveller of the same gender, a single supplement is available at Original level, excluding the Top End due to capacity restrictions Please ensure you have selected your desired camping style correctly.
      PKOSC - Original Trip start Darwin
      Night 1: Mary River - Tents with furnishings
      Night 2: Jabiru - Tents with furnishings
      Night 3: Katherine - Tents with furnishings
      Night 4: Darwin - Value Inn Motel
      Night 5: Alice Springs - Alice Motor Inn
      Night 6: Yulara - Tents with furnishings
      Night 7: Kings Canyon - Tents with furnishings
      Night 8: Alice Springs - Alice Motor Inn
      FINISH TIMES:
      Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.
      PARTICIPATORY CAMPING:
      Although evening meals are catered whilst camping, to participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, and collecting firewood in all conditions.
      Meals
      4 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
      AUD 200.00
      DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
      Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
      No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)
      No Dairy (soy milk provided)
      Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)
      Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
      Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)
      *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.
      Transport
      Private vehicle, All Terrain vehicle
      Group leader
      All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by a group leader. In Australia your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a specialised safari vehicle. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, organise the camp and cooking for camp cooked meals (though passengers are required to help out) and recommend great local eating venues. They will also introduce you to our local friends along the way. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the areas visited on the trip, including historical, environmental, cultural and social aspects.
      Joining point
      Default pick up Melaleuca on Mitchell 06:50am (52 Mitchell St)
      Central Darwin
      Darwin
      Darwin
      Northern Territory
      0800
      AUSTRALIA
      Joining point instructions
      Meet your Leader at the default pick up location; Melaleuca on Mitchell (52 Mitchell St). There are many other hostels and hotels in close walking distance, or we can also arrange to pick you up at your selected Darwin accommodation. It is your responsibility to advise us of your accommodation if it differs from the default location. Pick up times and locations will be advised by our customer service team when booking.
      Finish point
      Select Alice Springs accommodation
      Alice Springs
      Alice Springs
      NT
      AUSTRALIA
      Finish point instructions
      This tour finishes on arrival in Alice Springs at around 6pm. Finishing times may be earlier during the summer months. Please take this into consideration when booking any onward travel out of Alice Springs. We cannot guarantee arriving in time to board the Ghan or any flight on this day.
      We strongly recommend you book an extra night of accommodation to extend your stay here. Please contact our sales staff if you would like to arrange accommodation in Alice Springs after your tour.
      Airlines change the flight times in and out of Yulara throughout the year. Please ensure you have checked the ‘pick up list’ to see where your pax will be collected from (airport or Desert Gardens Hotel). Record flight time as a Leader Note.
      Emergency contact
      ‘In the case of a genuine emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up on the day of departure please contact your local ground operator in Darwin on 1800 807 278. For all other enquiries please contact our reservations team on 1300 654 604.’
      Visas
      AUSTRALIA:
      Belgium: Yes - required in advance
      Canada: Yes - required in advance
      Germany: Yes - required in advance
      Ireland: Yes - required in advance
      Netherlands: Yes - required in advance
      New Zealand: Not required
      South Africa: Yes - required in advance
      Switzerland: Yes - required in advance
      United Kingdom: Yes - required in advance
      USA: Yes - required in advance
      All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. Failure to do so means you may not be allowed to board your flight to Australia. Most nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority via the internet before arrival. Please check the following website or with your relevant Australian visa issuing office for your nationalities requirements. http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/index.html
      Issues on your trip
      While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
      We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
      You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
      What to take
      LUGGAGE RESTRICTION:
      Pack only your bare essentials. Due to limited space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, Intrepid travellers can carry a maximum of 15 kg (10kg for any trips visiting Kakadu). You are required to limit your luggage to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle. Intrepid cannot guarantee to carry overweight or oversized luggage. Please store bulky items at your pre tour accommodation. It may be necessary to freight excess luggage at your own expense.
      CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
      Daytime temperatures can be extreme from Oct to March with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. Night time temperatures can also be high at this time of year.
      Australia has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress, however the extreme sunshine can cause sunburn- particularly in summer. We recommend that you bring loose, cool, cotton clothing to protect yourself from the harsh sun. A sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.
      CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
      Winter (June, July, August) night time temperatures in the Red Centre and South of the country can reach below zero. Please ensure you pack appropriately. Warm jacket, thermals, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Depending on the region you are visiting, particularly the South, you may also need to pack waterproof trousers and a jacket. Daytime temperatures can be extreme from Oct to March with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. In the Top End Night time temperatures can also be high at this time of year.
      Australia has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress, however the extreme sunshine can cause sunburn- particularly in summer. We recommend that you bring loose, cool, cotton clothing to protect yourself from the harsh sun. A sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.
      From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated.
      Please come prepared for all extremes.
      WATER BOTTLE:
      Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
      BATTERIES/POWER:
      Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We always recommend that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Your vehicle will be equipped with a 12 volt “cigarette lighter” socket which may be used at the crew’s discretion, however, do bear in mind that only one piece of equipment can be charged at a time and it will not be allowed if there is a risk of running the vehicle’s batteries low. Batteries may also be recharged from hotel room wall sockets. Hotels and many campsites have electricity and charging of batteries is advised before checking out the following day.
      HEADLAMP OR TORCH:
      A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night. Some properties have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time. It’s a good idea to bring a headlamp or torch to navigate your way around at night.
      Health
      All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
      You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
      Safety
      Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
      We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
      Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
      For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
      Travel insurance
      Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
      When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
      If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
      Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
      A couple of rules
      Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader or local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
      Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
      The Intrepid Foundation
      Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
      The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website: