Overnight Uluru Trip (camping) Trip Notes

Overnight Uluru Trip (camping)

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. View the trip notes for departures between 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018


Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016
Overnight Uluru Trip (camping)
Trip code: PAYB2
Validity: 01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017
Journey into Australia's dusty Red Centre and experience for yourself two of the continent's star attractions. Explore the immense rock domes of Kata Tjuta, witness an unforgettable Uluru sunset and enjoy a 1000 star dinner of delicious local produce. Encounter the world's biggest rock up close on a walk around its base, learn of the indigenous mythologies woven into it and admire Aboriginal arts and crafts on display in the Uluru Cultural Centre. Short though this two-day trip may be in time, it's mighty large in attractions.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationEmergency contact
ThemesAccommodation NotesVisas
Is this trip right for you?Meals introductionWhat to take
Why we love itMealsClimate and seasonal information
MapTransportHealth
ItineraryMoney mattersTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderA couple of rules
Physical ratingSafetyResponsible Travel
Included activitiesJoining pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesJoining point instructionsFeedback
Group sizeFinish point
Your fellow travellersFinishing point instructions
Style
Original
Themes
Explorer, Short Breaks
Is this trip right for you?
- Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day the weather can be very hot so it’s important to bring the necessary sun protection, such as sunscreen, sun hat and extra layers, and to drink plenty of water. In the evenings it can get cold, so bring base layers and warm clothing.
- Camping may not appeal to everyone, although a proper bed, linen and electricity are provided. Motel accommodation can be provided for those who don’t want to camp.
Why we love it
- The ancient formations of Kata Tjuta and the monumental Uluru are synonymous with the quintessential Australian landscape
- Dine on local food and wine under the stars and camp on the vast red earth of the outback, well away from civilisation
- Guided walks at Kata Tjuta and around Uluru provide insight into Indigenous Australian history and spirituality
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Yulara/Kata Tjuta/Uluru
Start the day by visiting the 36 red rock domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), getting up close to this ancient geological formation. Get to know the domes, dunes and gullies on a walk through the Domes of Kata Tjuta. We make our way to Uluru (Ayres Rock) as the sun sets; enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and watch the colours of the rock change. In the evening, a 1,000 star dinner is awaiting you back at camp. With the red earth beneath your feet and the starry sky overhead, sit down to a candlelit spread of locally sourced food and wine. Spend the night in twin share permanent tents, with comfortable beds, linen, towels, lighting and cooling fans provided.

Notes: If you don’t want to camp, there’s the option of staying in motel style accommodation. Please see trip code PAYM2.
Included Activities
  • 1000 Star Dinner
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
  • Uluru sunset drinks
    Accommodation
    Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 dinner
    Day 2 Uluru Sunrise and Indigenous experience
    An early start today is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh, enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru and gain insight into the local Aboriginal culture on the Mala Walk, hosted by a local Indigenous Guide and translator. Perhaps purchase some Indigenous art and craft at the Uluru Cultural Centre before ending your tour at the Ayers Rock Resort. If your flight departs before 12:30 pm, you may require a private transfer to the airport and you may have limited or no time to explore the Cultural Centre.

    Notes: A compulsory $35 transfer fee will apply. If the levy isn’t paid in advance then you’ll have to make payment directly to your leader. Please ask the reservations team for more details.
    Included Activities
    • Mala cultural interpretative walk
    • Uluru Base Walk
    • Uluru Cultural Centre
      Meals
      1 breakfast
      Itinerary disclaimer
      The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia 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.

      ITINERARY CHANGES 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. 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.
      Physical rating

      To get the most out of this trip you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-9 km on some days. This may be on rough ground and perhaps getting feet wet in rivers and creeks. From Oct to March in the Red Centre, West Coast, and South of Australia 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. In the Top End of Australia (Kimberley and Kakadu) temperatures in the shoulder months of April, May and September, October humidity levels can be high and sometimes slightly uncomfortable.

      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
      1000 Star Dinner
      Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
      Uluru sunset drinks
      Mala cultural interpretative walk
      Uluru Base Walk
      Uluru Cultural Centre
      Important notes
      1. Tour commences in Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) on day 1 from 1:00pm and finishes in Yulara at approximately 12pm on day two, outbound flights should be booked after 12:30pm. Flights departing before this time will require a transfer fee.
      2. Please note pick up times from Ayers Rock Resort do vary at different times of the year due to daylight savings and flight time changes.
      3. This trip has the option to upgrade to a private Motel Room, see code PAYM2

      Group size
      Maximum of 24 travellers per group.
      Your fellow travellers
      GROUP TRAVEL
      As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

      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 accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
      Accommodation
      Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1nt)
      RED CENTRE ACCOMMODATION: PAYB2 / PAYM2
      Original camping and Motel accommodation are both available on this trip. Original camping consists of twin share permanent tents equipped with proper beds, linen, pillows and towels. A single supplement is available at Original level in both camping and Motel. You will be paired with another person of the same gender. Please ensure you have selected your desired accommodation style correctly.

      PAYB2 - Overnight Uluru Trip (Camping)
      PAYM2 - Overnight Uluru Trip (Motel)
      Meals introduction
      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.

      Your tour includes meals as indicated in our brochure and online. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour, however our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.
      Meals
      1 breakfast, 1 dinner
      Transport
      Minibus

      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. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

      Outbound flights must be booked to depart Ayers Rock Airport after 12:30pm on the day your trip finishes. If your flight departs before this you may require an early transfer to the airport. A compulsory transfer cost of $35 will apply. Please note that in order to arrive at the airport in time, you may have limited or no time exploring the Uluru Cultural Centre. If the levy is not paid in advance we will require payment to your Leader.
      Money matters
      Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.

      Credit cards are readily accepted just about everywhere and ATMs are common. Travellers cheques are easily exchanged. There may be some limitations in remote outback areas. Tipping is not essential anywhere, but is common in better restaurants.
      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 or kitchen 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.
      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:

      REMOTE AREA TRAVEL:
      We carry a satellite phone on all of our remote/overland trips to be used by our leaders in the event of an emergency and for your safety. In addition, all of our leaders are First Aid trained and certified.

      HYDRATION:
      Daytime temperatures can be extreme from Oct to March with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. Please bring a large refillable water bottle. We strongly recommend the use of dehydration salts and sports drinks as a way to combat dehydration during times of extreme heat.

      BEACH SAFETY:
      Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beach users. They can occur at any beach, and can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. Rip currents are responsible for around 15,000 beach rescues and up to 120 people being drowned each year in Australia (source: Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).

      To enjoy Australia's beaches safely, take the following simple precautions:

      * Always swim between the red and yellow flags, as these indicate it is a supervised location where a lifesaving service is currently on duty.
      * Do not swim at unsupervised locations.
      * Observe and obey safety signage, which indicates current and typical hazards for that location.
      * Ask a lifeguard or lifesaver for advice on conditions; they are there to make your experience safer and more enjoyable.
      * Always swim with a friend; never swim alone.
      * If you get into trouble, stay calm and signal for help by calling and waving your arm above your head.

      Be aware of your own limitations in terms of your physical health and your swimming ability in the given conditions. Never swim while, or after, consuming alcohol.
      Joining point
      Desert Gardens Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort or Airport (dependent on flight arrival time, confirm at time of booking)
      Yulara
      Yulara
      NT
      AUSTRALIA
      Joining point instructions
      Please note pick up times from Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) do vary at different times of the year due to daylight savings and flight time changes. Please refer to times above as a guide only and confirm details with your chosen airline ahead of travel. Please enquire with us if you need further information. The Yulara Airport Shuttle (free) is available to catch from the airport to the Desert Gardens Hotel. No bookings are required, just look for the shuttle out the front of the airport once luggage has been collected. Please be ready and waiting for pick up at the correct time and location as above.


      4th October 2015 - 2nd April 2016
      Lunch will be included on Day 1 for all passengers.

      Qantas QF1851, 0940/0950am from CNS 13:10 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
      Jetstar JQ664, 11:20am from MLB 13:10 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
      Virgin VA1627, 1215pm from SYD 13:00 Ayers Rock Airport (do not catch shuttle)
      Jetstar JQ660, 1235/1240pm from SYD 13:00 Ayers Rock Airport (do not catch shuttle)
      Qantas QF1941, 1450pm from ASP NA no pick up available, flight not possible to join trip

      3rd April 2016 - 3rd October 2016
      Lunch will be included on Day 1 for all passengers.

      Qantas QF1851, 0730am from CNS 13:45 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
      Jetstar JQ664, 0920am from MEL 13:45 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
      Virgin VA1627, 1005 am from SYD 13:45 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
      Qantas QF1941, 1345pm from ASP NA no pick up available, flight not possible to join trip
      Lunch will not be included on Day 1 for all passengers.
      Jetstar JQ660, 10:30 am from SYD 13:40 14:00 Ayers Rock Airport (do not catch shuttle)
      Qantas QF1941, 1345pm from ASP NA no pick up available, flight not possible to join trip

      4nd October 2016 - 4th April 2017
      Lunch will be included on Day 1 for all passengers.

      Qantas QF1851, 0700am from CNS 13:10 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
      Jetstar JQ664, 09:20m from MEL 13:10 Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort (catch airport shuttle)
      Virgin VA1627, 10:05 from SYD 13:00 Ayers Rock Airport (do not catch shuttle)
      Jetstar JQ660, 1030am from SYD 13:00 Ayers Rock Airport (do not catch shuttle)
      Qantas QF1941, 1355pm from ASP NA no pick up available, flight not possible to join trip


      If you are unable to find your Guide on the afternoon of day 1 at the above mentioned times and locations please contact our local operating office in Alice Springs on the below number:
      1800 88 33 55
      Finish point
      Yulara (Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort)
      Yulara
      Yulara
      NT
      AUSTRALIA
      Finishing point instructions
      Tour finishes at the Desert Gardens Hotel at Ayers Rock Resort approximately 12:00pm on the final tour day.

      If your flight departs before 12:30pm on day two you may require a private transfer to the airport. A compulsory $35 transfer cost will apply. Please note that in order to arrive at the airport in time, you may have limited or no time exploring the Uluru Cultural Centre. Please ask our Reservations team for more details, if the levy is not paid in advance we will require payment to your Leader.

      Emergency contact
      RED CENTRE: 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 on 1800 883 355. For all other enquiries please contact our reservations team on 1300 654 604.

      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.

      Outback Tour Services: 1800883355
      Visas
      Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

      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/
      What to take
      LUGGAGE RESTRICTION:
      Pack only your bare essentials. Due to limited space and strict road laws limiting gross weight of vehicles, you are required to limit your luggage to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack (max 15 kg, strictly enforced) and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle.

      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, particularly as there are some nights spent camping.

      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.
      Climate and seasonal information
      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.

      TRAVELLERS UNDER 18:
      All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child's day to day care. The minimum age for this trip is 8 years old.

      STYLES:
      This is an original trip, however we offer both options of furnished tents if you would like to camp, or Motel accommodation (PAYM2). Please see 'accommodation' for a break down of camping styles.
      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.
      Travel insurance
      Australians are not required to be covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation for trips within Australia. However we strongly recommend that you have a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

      Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without it. If you obtain travel insurance through us you acknowledge that you are satisfied with the level of insurance we have arranged.
      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 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.
      Responsible Travel
      We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

      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:

      http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

      Feedback
      After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

      http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback