The airboat epitomised the Bamurru Plains experience. We floated across floodplains, past waterlilies, reeds, stringybark trees reflected standing in water, swamp buffalo eating then wallowing away, brumbies, jabiru, even our own crocodile as we drifted closer till it awoke. No news from the madding world, no digital distractions -- with other guests gathered for canapes at sunset and dinner party with our conservation experts. Lunch and dinner were fresh, top quality designer cuisine with recommended wines. The birds woke early, and so, in our semi-outdoor bungalow, did we. But evenings were early, saving solar electricity with long sleeps. This is an African-style safari holiday with kind and considerate people, an enormous amount to learn about wildlife on the teeming flood plain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the midst of the savannah bush on the edge of the Mary River floodplains, Australia’s answer to the Okavango delta, Bamurru Plains’ is the setting for a wilderness experience like no other. With just nine safari suites, each blending seamlessly with the surrounding bush and with a focus on the key luxury comforts, a supremely comfortable bed, innovative Australian cuisine and premium wines (no TVs, minibars or telephones to distract from the wildlife outside), Bamurru deliberately tries not to be a typical luxury hotel room in the bush. The floodplains and savannah woodland offer one of Australia’s richest wildlife experiences: tens of thousands of Magpie Geese mingle with Whistling Kites, egrets, herons and buffalo on the floodplain, while Blue-winged Kookaburras, parrots, cockatoos and Agile Wallabies inhabit the fringing woodlands. Bamurru’s team of passionate field guides offer a variety of activities, including exhilarating airboat trips on the floodplains, cruises on the Sampan River to spot crocodiles, four-wheel drive safaris, scenic flights over the floodplains and coastline. We can also arrange tours to the rock art galleries of Arnhem Land or guided fishing trips. In the evening, sit back with a sundowner drink and canapés and enjoy the soft ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ touches that are the Bamurru trademark. There is also an open bar, a small swimming pool and nature reference library. Bamurru Plains, its facilities and 300 km² of country are exclusively for the use of its guests, so you can be assured of a quiet, privileged outback experience. Bamurru Plains is a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia ... more less
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