Camel Safari – SA

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Trek Summary

This is a trip that starts where the road stops – there are no tracks on Beltana Station, so we are blazing our own trail, learning about outback Australia and all it offers. This impressive landscape in the Flinders Ranges is timeless and wild and home to a unique variety of fauna and flora, including kangaroos, emus and many species of birds.

A unique experience in the Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia, trekking with a team of camels to the magnificent Lake Torrens, the second largest salt lake in the southern hemisphere. Students experience rugged peaks, red sand dunes and river red gum lined rocky creek beds as we make our way on this most incredible trek, supported by experienced, accredited and professional cameleers.

Students on this outdoor adventure develop relationships with the camels, sleep inside comfortable, fully netted swags and dine on meals they prepare in supervised groups over the camp fire. Wherever possible students are encouraged to be hands on and actively involved, caring for the camels, setting up and dismantling camp and other aspects of trek operations.

Our trek begins and finishes at Beltana Station, created more than 160 years ago. Beltana Station was once home to Sir Thomas Elder who instigated camels coming into Australia in 1866. The camel teams supported exploration and provided transport from the various railheads that serviced the Flinders Ranges in its early days.
Whether you choose to ride on top of your camel or walking alongside, you fill find the scenery is spectacular. In camp at night, sit back and take in the sunset, relaxing as the outback sky fills with stars you would never see in a city. You will love the meals our crew prepare for you each day over the campfire, before enjoying a comfortable night within a king size swag or two-person swag. Just heaven!
This is a place rich in Aboriginal history and home to a vast array of wildlife. The Adnyamathanha people are the traditional owners of the northern Flinders Ranges. Adnyamathanha means ‘hills’ or ‘rock people’ and is a term covering various groups in the Ranges including Kuyani, Wailpi, Yadliaura, Pilatapa and Pangkala.

Getaway Trekking & Adventures acknowledge the Adnyamathanha Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nation of the lands and waters we live and work upon and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal have with the land.

Departure & Return Location

Adelaide, South Australia

Price Includes

  • Fully escorted tour – GT Leader & experienced cameleer team
  • Tents
  • All meals
  • Detailed Risk Management Plan
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Luggage transported daily

Price Excludes

  • International and Australian Domestic flights
  • Pre and post accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • All items of a personal nature, including trekking equipment
  • Meals other than those specified on itinerary
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

FREE!

  • Getaway Trekking quick-dry Walking Shirt
  • Getaway Trekking Certificate of Completion
  • Training Walks in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia & Tasmania
What to Expect
  • Form lasting bonds and friendships with your fellow trekkers
Itinerary

Day 1Commence Trek

We will collect you in Adelaide in our bus and transfer you to Beltana Station. Enroute, we will have refreshment and sightseeing breaks, and enjoy the scenery of the Flinders Ranges. On arrival we will start getting to know the camels and how to take care of them, meet our cameleers, have a briefing and commence our trek.

Day 2Onwards

Each trek takes in a loop that includes different elements of the Flinders Ranges environment. The duration of the trek and the requirements of the group will determine the exact journey – there are no specific tracks per se, hence we have a great deal of flexibility in determining our course.
We will trek to Lake Torrens, the second largest salt lake in the southern hemisphere, marvelling at this landscape, and learning about the unique geology. Our days will cover 8-15km depending on terrain, conditions and available feed for the camel team. Camels walk at a slow pace which sets the scene for a very relaxed trekking experience.

A typical trekking day looks like:

  • Mornings begin with hot water available for tea & coffee from 7am
  • Breakfast options are served between 7.30 – 8.30am
  • Cameleers release camels for shepherding at sunrise
  • Camels enjoy several hours of eating; great light for photography
  • Guests are welcome to assist with shepherding camels every morning & afternoon
  • After breakfast camp shift crew take all luggage and guests depart with camels
  • Cameleers bring camels in for brushing and saddling between 9 – 9.30am
  • Guests are welcome to watch, learn and participate
  • Camels are ready to ride between 10- 11am, trekking to our next campsite
  • Guests can choose to walk, ride or travel with the base camp crew
  • We always have vehicle back up for guests who wish to have a lazy day
  • Camels walk at the slow speed of 4 – 5 km’s per hour, eating along the way
  • Cameleers and guests rest for a picnic style lunch half-way
  • Camels, cameleers and guests arrive at a new campsite in the late afternoon
  • Cameleers remove camel’s saddles and blankets, guests are welcome to assist
  • Cameleers shepherd the camels before tethering them for the evening, guests are welcome to assist with these activities; great time of the day for photography
  • Cameleers prepare the evening meal, collect wood and light the campfire
  • Evening yarns under a thousand stars, new friendships, lots of laughs
  • Treks are well staffed with helpful cameleers; guests can choose their level of participation, from being totally catered to, or becoming an assistant cameleer!
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