Kangaluna Camp a luxury safari experience set in the stunning mallee wilderness region of the Gawler Ranges in South Australia. The Ranges’ diverse terrain changes from semi-desert to arid to eucalypt woodland, while the age old volcanic landscape is spectacular with its gorges and weathered rocky outcrops.
From Kangaluna Camp you have the opportunity to a profusion of wildlife in numbers rarely seen elsewhere in Australia. It is one of few places that three large species of kangaroos can be seen together, together with over 100 species of birds and wild koalas at Port Lincoln, the experience is perfect for the nature lover who really wants to get off the beaten track.
The Camp has been developed by the Scholz family from a life time of experience on how to best live in this dry climate. Three large (7x5m) en suite safari tents have been designed by a well-known wildlife artist, the furnishings have been built from local mallee wood and feature native mammals and birds. Each has two rooms; a queen and 2 single beds.
Built and run on ecological principles, curved roofs create natural airflows for ventilation and rainwater is collected as the only water source in the camp. Techniques are used for its preservation but guests still have the luxury of private showers and flushing toilets. Meals at Kangaluna Camp are served in the central dining room which is mostly open sided but is closed when the weather is a little less than perfect.
No vegetation has been removed from the site but the camp was designed and built using the natural fire breaks that the trees in this place create for their own protection. The open mallee woodland environment is home to many animals which still have their original tracks through the camp, and over a hundred species of birds frequent the area.
For a truly inspiring experience, spend the night in the Swagon, a renovated covered wagon with a Swag bed where you can gaze at the stars all night long. There is nothing like star-gazing at a clear bright sky in the middle of the nowhere, that makes you remember the true delight and beauty of travelling. At your disposal is an 8 inch computer controlled telescope, which even allows you to snap a shot to remember with your compact digital camera of Saturn and Jupiter.
Gawler Ranges Kangaluna Camp Information
- Location: Gawler ranges, Port Lincoln, 600km north west of Adelaide, 45min flight from Adelaide to Port Lincoln airport.
- Accomodation: 6 luxury safari tents (Sleeps 12).
- Facilities: Private shower, safari vehicles, campfire.
- Activities: Wildlife viewing, bird watching, face painting at natural ochre pits, day trip to Lake Gairdner, visit to a colony of wild koalas at Mikkira Station, visit to the Organ Pipes, rich loval Aboriginal heritage and site visit, swimming with sea lions.
- Weather: South Australia has mild winters and warm, dry summers. Summer runs from December to February. The average temperature is 28.3 degrees Celsius (°C) but often soars above 30°C. It gets most of its rainfall during the winter months of June, July and August. Autumn (March to May) is a great time to visit Adelaide. There’s a lot of sunshine and the weather in Adelaide usually stays in the low to mid 20s. Spring (September to November) is awash with colour. Flowers bloom and the wildlife flourishes.
- Children: Ages over 15 are welcome.