TwoDays: 6th – 7th April 2020
Twin Share: $569 per person. Sole Use: $629 per person.
- Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
- Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
- All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
- Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.
Monarto Safari Park is one of the largest open-range zoos in the world. More than 500 animals roam in a natural safari-style setting spanning over 1,500 hectares. Their breeding program was a huge success again in 2019 as Monarto celebrated the birth of four Tasmanian Devils, three giraffe calves, two chimpanzees, a zebra foal and two baby Nyalas (antelopes). On this popular tour, we are taken around to the different wildlife viewing platforms so that we can see the animals, up close in this protected nature sanctuary. We spend the night in Mannum and the next day enjoy a peaceful morning tea cruise before taking a beautiful scenic drive to the Barossa Valley.
Day One – MONDAY 6 APRIL 2020
(includes light lunch and three course dinner)
We depart this morning after completing home pick-ups (limited areas*) and head into the Adelaide Hills. Continuing east through Littlehampton, we reach Monarto Safari Park where we have morning tea upon entering the park.
Monarto Safari Park is a magnificent open-range sanctuary, home to more than 500 animals from all over the world! Monarto plays a major role nationally and internationally, breeding rare and endangered animals and the species in their breeding programs include giraffes, lions, rhinos, hyenas, chimpanzees and rock wallabies. A team of keepers, vets and vet nurses care for the park’s unique residents.
An informative guide from the Park joins our bus to take us on a tour around to the different wildlife viewing areas, so that we can be in close proximity to the animals.
Returning to the Visitors Centre, we will enjoy lunch in the bistro before having some free time to wander around the enclosures and perhaps revisit our favourite animals. For those who wish, you can join Monarto’s animal experiences: Lions 360 or the Giraffe Safari (These optional experiences are at an additional cost to this tour. Spots are limited, so please let our office know at time of booking if you are interested in these experiences and we will book a space on your behalf and request payment of the additional cost with your deposit).
Lions 360 is the only experience of its kind in Australia; enter through a tunnel and emerge into a purpose built large viewing cage. This gives you a prey’s-eye view into the world of these awesome predators where you are both absolutely safe and within clawing range of the lion pride! (1 hour 20 mins, $55pp viewing only or $90pp to include lion feeding as part of the experience. Prices correct at time of publication).
The Giraffe Safari allows you to experience the thrill of hand feeding these majestic animals in a rarely seen, off limits area. (45 minutes, $45pp. Prices correct at time of publication).
At the conclusion of a wonderful day at Monarto we take a scenic drive to Mannum, where we check into our accommodation at the Mannum Motel (Ph: 08 8569 1808). We have time to relax before coming together for our three course meal this evening.
Day Two — TUESDAY 7 APRIL 2020
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
This morning we wake to the sound of birds along the river and enjoy breakfast in the motel restaurant.
After boarding our coach, we take a short drive to the Maryanne Reserve to join a delightful morning tea cruise. We can sit back and relax as we journey along the Murray River, enjoying the unique scenery while our hosts tell us about the birds, plants and other features of this magnificent river.
After disembarking we begin our drive across to the Barossa Valley. Our delicious two course hot lunch today is in the beautiful setting of Angaston.
We take the opportunity to visit Gully Gardens, a delightful farm shop with delicious Angaston-grown dried fruit, homemade confectionery, jams and much more. There will be time to purchase some goodies for family and friends, and of course enjoy some ourselves!
This afternoon on our way back to Adelaide we make a short stop at the famous Whispering Wall which is the retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir. The wall has unique acoustic effects, as words spoken on one side can be clearly heard at the other, more than 100 metres away.
We then make our way back into Adelaide’s suburbs and return everyone home after a wonderful overnight escape.