(South Coast Departure)
Two Days: 27th – 28th April 2021
Twin Share: $595 per person. Sole Use: $655 per person.
Included in the tour:
- 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.
If you love animals and nature, you don’t have to travel far from Adelaide. Just on our doorstep, Monarto Safari Park provides a unique home to more than 500 animals that are free to roam in a natural safari-style setting spanning over 1,500 hectares. The size of the park is impressive and with plans for redevelopment currently underway, it is set to become the largest safari experience outside of Africa. Join us on this popular tour, where we get to ‘meet the locals’ in the comfort of our own bus, take a peaceful cruise on the mighty Murray River and explore the enchanting Barossa Valley.
Day One – TUESDAY 27 APRIL 2021
(includes light lunch and two course dinner)
We depart this morning after completing home pick-ups (limited areas*) and travel through Strathalbyn and Woodchester. It’s not long before we reach Monarto Safari Park where we have morning tea upon entering the park. Since its opening in 1983 as a breeding and pasture area, Monarto has become one of the world leaders in habitat restoration, captive breeding, conservation education and environmental sustainability.
We are joined by one of Monarto’s expert guides who will take us to meet this diverse and sometimes mischievous ‘family’ of animals that represent 50 different species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles. We view them from the safety of the bus on a guided tour stopping at the different wildlife viewing areas, so that we can be in close proximity to the animals.
Many of these animals are vital to regional and global breeding programs, as well as Monarto’s breeding and reintroduction programs which help ensure the long-term survival of threatened species. The success of the parks breeding program is evident from the births they have experienced over the last 18 months, including chimpanzees, a zebra foal, lion cubs and baby antelopes. In September 2020, the park also celebrated the birth of a rare Southern White Rhino, whose species are thought to number less than 15 thousand.
After the tour we return to the Visitors Centre where we enjoy lunch in the bistro followed by some free time to wander around the enclosures to revisit our favourite animals, or join one of the ’Meet The Keeper’ sessions scheduled throughout the day.
For those who wish, you can participate in one of Monarto’s spectacular 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 the time of booking if you are interested in these experiences. 2021 prices are yet to be confirmed. We will contact you 6 weeks from departure of the tour to confirm your interest in these experiences and advise of the cost. Once payment for the experience has been received, we will make the booking on your behalf. Please note that these tickets are non-refundable.)
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. ).
The Giraffe Safari allows you to experience the thrill of hand feeding these majestic animals in a rarely seen, off limits area. (45 minutes).
Mid-afternoon, we take a scenic drive to Mannum, where we check into our accommodation with the wonderful hosts at the Mannum Motel (Ph: 08 8569 1808).
Day Two – WEDNESDAY 28 APRIL 2021
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After enjoying breakfast in the motel restaurant we board our coach and take a short drive to the Maryanne Reserve where we join a delightful morning tea cruise. We can sit back and relax as we journey along the Murray River, admiring the unique scenery of this magnificent waterway. While we enjoy refreshments, our hosts share their knowledge about the birds, plants and other features of the Murray.
After disembarking we begin our drive through rolling hills and green valleys to the Barossa. With a long history and distinguished heritage this region always welcomes visitors with open arms and an abundance of amazing local produce. Our delicious two course hot lunch today is in the beautiful setting of Angaston.
Before departing, 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 taste and purchase some goodies for family and friends or as a treat for ourselves!
Our last stop is the famous Whispering Wall. This retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir gets its name from its unique acoustic effects and there may be the opportunity to test it by whispering kind words on one side of the wall, to your friends on the other side, more than 100 metres away.
Late afternoon, we make our way back through the hills, passing towns such as Gumeracha and Lobethal. We return everyone home after a wonderful overnight escape, meeting the unique wildlife of Monarto Safari Park.