great tours. everything was organized well. Both experiences worthwhile and we were very impressed tha the information on the tours did not include any duplication. Your site was awesome as we saved, and got great value. We even had time in the cultural center.
This tour was definitely one of the highlights of our 3 weeks in central Australia. We got to view Uluru at dawn with a nice warm cuppa. Breakfast at the Cultural Centre with views to Uluru and the desert surrounds was very special. Then a small group experience with a senior Aboriginal woman showing us men's and women's tools and how they are made, how food is prepared. She spoke in her own dialect with an indigenous interpreter. Our base walk was really illuminating. A local woman, with interpreter told us an ancestor story which unfolded as we were observing the actual physical features we could see in front of us. In an informal manner we were able to have many questions sensitively answered about culture, art and bush foods by these gracoius, humble women.
Well worth waking up before sunrise to experience Ayers Rock as it comes alive in the morning light. The breakfast at the cultural center was very good and the guides were interesting and informative. Only the flies were a bummer, they are everywhere. The short walk around part of the base allowed time to hear interesting cultural stories and the drive around the base gave time to really see it close up. The Olgas walk was long, but you could turn back at any point. Great views. The sunset view of Ayers Rock was quite nice, but the BBQ dinner and stargazing was excellent, a real highlight. Wonderful food, drink, a fun atmosphere and the stars...amazing!
I had a great time, visiting in May 2013. The tour was very well organized and the guide knowledgeable, but you don't necessarily stay with the same guide the whole tour. I was a little nervous when I arrived as I wasn't sure about the schedule or confident that I was being picked up at the airport. But the tour company met the plane and it was easy to get bussed to the hotel. Once at the hotel, the hotel called the company to confirm my schedule. Once I had the schedule, I was set. Day One included a walk around Olga (watch out for the flies, they are out in force!) and a sunset viewing of Uluru. One thing, there is an evening dinner in Uluru park that wasn't included as part of this tour. I added it on and it was worth it. Seeing the stars at night in the desert was an experience. Next morning, up early to see Uluru at sunset and then walk around the base, finishing at a cultural center. Then I was off to King's Canyon, arriving in the evening. Next morning, walk around King's Canyon. You can choose to walk the rim, more difficult and longer, or the base. I chose the base walk. I added on a 15 minute helicopter tour which was great. Finally, the bus headed off to Alice Springs. In retrospect, I wouldn't have gone ton to Alice Springs. It's a long way on a bus and there's little to do there. Note, if you want to return to Uluru, it should be possible as the bus stops to exchange passengers, some go on to Alice springs and some return to Uluru. All my friends have asked me if it was worth the trip to Uluru and I say very much so. Yes, you can only take so many pictures of a big rock in the desert, but the views and landscape are amazing, and the overall experience of being in the remote desert and understanding the importance of Uluru to the aboriginal people really made my trip to Australia complete.
It was not a small group tour. We were picked up from the hotel with about 40 other people in a full size tour bus and delivered to Uluru sunrise viewing area with the masses. We then had to drop some of the other people at their various destinations before moving on to the cultural centre for a very ordinary breakfast, some items ran out within minutes. Our group was definitely more than 20.. The time with Anangu guide was very interesting and the short guided walk was nice but not worth what we paid.
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