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Explore the Outback Camel Safaris

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Please note that this guide was last updated quite a few years ago (2006), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Phil and Ifeta Gee
PMB 118 William Creek, Via Port Augusta, South Australia

Tel: + 61 (0)8-8672-3968 / Freecall in Oz 1800-064-244
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)8-8672-3990

A brilliant dawn draws me from my swag. I have a camel to look after (or is that vice versa?) and, hobbling his feet, I realize that camels are the largest animal that I’ll ever handle.....

.... Later, I walk out to shepherd their short-step grazing: a futile task. Back at camp, the morning ritual begins. Under Phil’s watchful gaze, we buckle girths and clip sacks to saddles in sequence. We fumble over intricate knots barely learned, our cuddly dromedaries silently suffering us. Then we’re off, at a relaxed pace, alternating walking and riding – Phil leads the string on foot. Inquisitive eagles and intermingled red and grey kangaroos watch from a distance; unthreatened, a perenti lizard waits patiently for us to pass. We’re following the path of the Overland Telegraph Line and come across the ruins of a copper mine, an artesian spring and a bore to swim in. By mid-afternoon we’ve made camp and gather firewood to get that old billy boiling. As the sun smears the sky, we huddle round the campfire, nursing wine, and listen to Phil’s cracking tales. This is a unique opportunity to experience the outback in safe hands. Phil and Ifeta have been researching the Lake Eyre basin for 15 years. Join them on their next expedition and let some of their passion for camels and knowledge of this country rub off on you.

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Rooms: Swag (canvas bedroll with mattress), sheets and pillows provided. If you don’t have your own sleeping bag, you can borrow one. No en suites.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: All meals included in price. Vegetarian menu available.
Directions: By car: Stuart Highway to Coober Pedy, then across to William Creek. North from William Creek to Warrina. The Outback Mail Run can take you from Oodnadatta or Coober Pedy. Check with Ifeta.

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