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The otherworldly landscapes are best seen from lookout points, which you'll get to on this tour's guided walks around key sites. The well-marked tracks make this excursion suitable for people who are reasonably fit and enjoy exploring on foot.
Did this trip in June 2016 with two of my sons and it was very good. Our guides were David and Miguel, who did a great job. You do have to travel a fair way in the bus, because Alice Springs is some distance from Uluru etc, but it's ok and you can rest. Uluru is amazing, almost unreal. Kata Tjuta is also fascinating. We watched the sunset light up Uluru, whilst David rustled up an excellent BBQ.
It is also quite a drive to reach Kings Canyon from Uluru, but again you can rest in the bus. And we were rewarded with an awesome sunrise. The rim walk is quite strenuous, but is ok if you are reasonably fit. And there is an alternative for those who want something easier.
One word of caution. Be careful about your overnight stay. The shared accommodation isn't great. We had 2 bunk beds in a small cell like room - and in fact we changed to a local hotel. If you do go for the shared option, take a towel and a torch.
Driver/guide were very knowledgeable and friendly.
Very Good overall. Bus comfortable and good guides on all sections
This tour was to be with Alice Wanderer. They had trouble filling the 2nd day so they did their best by upgrading that day to AAT Kings. But it turns out it was not an upgrade. Having done both back-to-back, alice Wanderer is light years ahead of AAT Kings in every way.
The 1st day, with Mattie and Andrew as tour guides, was great. We really learned a lot about the region in general and the stops in particular. Their story-telling method was really refreshing. They were never boring and had answers to every question. Uluru and Kata Tjutu were every bit as awesome as expected. We never felt rushed. The bus was very comfortable. There were several food stops, all appreciated and at no extra cost. And supper on the barbie, along with champagne, at sunset viewing Uluru - how could one ask for more.
The 2nd day of the tour, with AAT Kings was disappointing. The tour guides, although personable, didn't seem to have the depth of knowledge that Mattie and Andrew had. Most info was delivered in the form of a video - boring, something one could see at home. The tour had 50 rather than the 30 on Alice Wanderer. It made the events always feel rushed, the people herded. And they spent much more time trying to sell other tours than giving information about the tour we were on. The seats were not very comfortable and close together, like coach airplane seats. The only food provided was breakfast. No lunch, no morning and afternoon teas, not even water at some stops. Kings Canyon hike was beautiful but due to the large number of people, felt rather rushed and herded. The guides were good here, very safety conscience.
If you are choosing between Alice Wanderer and AAT Kings, I would highly recommend Alice Wanderer. AAT Kings will always be our last choice. If both our days had been with Alice Wanderer, we would say we got our money's worth.
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