Kata Tjuta

The tour I am on is the Australian Adventure Tour 4 day outback safari. Compared to the previous tour this one was more to my liking. We camped each night in swags (bedrolls) under 100,000,000,000,000,000 stars, ate good but simple bush tucker, that we helped to prepare, and took lovely but challenging bush hikes every day.

Our first day we drove 380km down to our Yalaru camp which is situated in the area of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. After a lunch of burgers we headed out to an 8km hike around that dozens of domes of Kata Tjuta, into and through the Valley of the Winds.

This is beautiful country, again reminiscent of Arizona, but more like red rock country around Sedona, and in some ways (due to the wind erosion) a bit like Bad Lands South Dakota. The landscape has a surreal quality to it; it would be easy to imagine being on some planet other than Earth.

Our guide Carl, is something of a mad bushmen himself, with his mop of dreadlocks and his small wiry frame, claiming to have slept our under the stars for every day in the past 7 years. He is a good guide who is a bit of a prankster, but very well studied in the geology, history, botany, and culture lore of the area. Having a highly knowledgeable guide can add great value to the experience.