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Frequently asked questions

Getting to the trek

What to bring

On the trek

What about the camels?

Booking queries


Getting to the trek

Can I drive to your base camp in my 2WD?
Yes, many trekkers drive to our base camp on the Oodnadatta Track in their 2WD vehicles. The main considerations for getting to us in any vehicle are that you drive at a sensible speed (allow 3 hours to travel easily between Coober Pedy and William Creek), miss any larger stones to preserve your tyres and use your vehicle's ground clearance sensibly. These considerations are particularly relevant for 2WD vehicles. It is not uncommon to see 2WDs travel the Oodnadatta Track with caravans in tow so be assured that 2WD travel is a viable travel option. It is also worth noting that most vehicle hire companies do not let you take a 2WD hire-vehicle off the bitumen or sealed roads for insurance reasons.

Will my vehicle be safe left at your base camp?
Yes, very safe. Our trekking base camps are located well off the Oodnadatta Track and access is by authority only.

What about meals during transit to and from the base camp?
All meals are provided during camel trekking activity. Food and refreshments while enroute on transit service can be purchased at either William Creek or Oodnadatta.

Can I get to you from Alice Springs?
Yes. Perhaps the best and most interesting means of reaching us from Alice Springs is via the Wayward Bus. The Heading Bush travel company can bring you to Coober Pedy on a Tuesday and Groovy Grape travel company can do the same on a Saturday or Wednesday. Travel via the Greyhound Bus Service is also an option. Air travel form Alice Springs to Coober Pedy is also possible on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays via Aboriginal Air, see timetable.

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What to bring

What should I bring with me?
A comprehensive list of items to consider bringing with you is provided during the booking process. As a general guideline however an essential list of items to bring can be seen on the Information page. Perhaps the most important items to bring with you are a sleeping bag and quality walking footwear should you choose to walk extensively during the trek.
A small tent if you have one is nice additional piece of comfort if the weather turns so bring one if you have one. We provide share tents (x2/tent) as part of the package. Sleeping bags and tents for individual use can be hired for $15@ if requested.

What temperature should my sleeping bag be rated to?
If you come in April/early May or late September/October a sleeping bag rated to 0°C will be sufficient. If you come during the cooler months of June-August a sleeping bag rated to -5°C will be very comfortable.

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On the trek

How long will I ride on a camel each day?
A typical day's journeying encompasses approximately 5 hours of travel time. As a general rule of thumb we find that most adult trekkers prefer to walk for half of this time while children generally prefer to ride continually. Please plan to wear long pants and shirt while riding.

How fit should I be?
Explore the Outback camel safaris are leisurely but there is an inherent requirement for some level of physical fitness. We have found it sufficient to require that all trekkers be capable of walking relatively easily for half an hour.

What temperatures can I expect?
If you come in April or October, temperatures ranging from 10-35°C would be typical. If you come during the cooler months of May-September, expect temperatures ranging from 0-25°C - perfect!

How far will we be going each day?
Typically within the range of 10-16km. Much greater distances are possible but we spend our time learning about camels and the fascinating landscape through which we travel.

What sort of things will I be doing each day?
Perhaps the biggest surprise will be your engagement with our trek camels. They appear huge and intimidating at first but quickly you will learn to understand and work with them. A day's trekking activity is all about working with the camels - feeding, saddling, loading and riding. You'll learn to admire their individual personalities and see why camels are such magnificent travelling companions in a desert environment. In addition you'll join our ongoing exploratory/research work and hopefully see us place another piece or two into the regional cultural and ecological jigsaw. You can expect beautiful tranquil mornings filled with bird-song, fascinating desert landscapes during the day and brilliant star-lit evenings beside the campfire. Perhaps you'll even experience the desert at its most ferocious and hostile best ............. whatever happens, this will be a great experience for you and one that you'll never forget.

What will I be eating?
We cater for most dietary requirements so don't be afraid to inform us of your likes and dislikes. Breakfast is typically a choice of cereals with toast and fruit, lunch is a spread of delicious sandwich fillings with various snacks and fresh fruit and dinners are a combination of pasta, rice, meat, fish, vegetable and pulse based recipes with an international nomadic flavour. Wine, port wine and chocolate send you to bed with a smile and an eagerness for whatever the next day brings!

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What about the camels?

Do camels spit, bite or kick?
Only frightened or mistreated camels kick or 'spit' and it is very very rare for any camel to actually bite. Bull camels can be dangerous when mating but with proper handling and understanding these camels are harmless too. Explore the Outback uses gelded males and cow camels only in the safari operations and these animals are treated with respect and affection. Prepare to be surprised with the relationship that will spring up between you and your camel - anything negative you may have heard couldn't be further from the truth.

Will my children be OK with the camels?
Yes, very.

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Booking queries

Is there a penalty for cancellation?
The 10% deposit is non-refundable.
Cancellations outside of 30 days prior to departure result in a full refund (- deposit).
Cancellations at or inside of 30 days prior to departure and greater than seven days result in a 50% refund (- deposit).
Cancellations at or inside of seven days result in no refund.

What is your cancellation policy with rain?
Significant rain prior to, or during, a trek is rare.
Rain can however temporarily restrict transit vehicle access to base camp. Scheduled treks may be postponed by up to four days until roads re-open.
In the event of operator cancellation of a trek due to rain, a full 90% refund is applicable.
In the event of client cancellation due to rain; 50%, 70%, 80% and 90% refunds are applicable on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th day of trek postponement respectively.
In the event of trek extensions due to rain a surcharge of $65/day applies for additional days.

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