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“A real cultural experience of Kakadu” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kakadu Culture Camp
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A real cultural experience of Kakadu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2010

If you really want a taste of the real Kakadu then stay here.
My husband and I stayed 2 nights at Kakadu Culture Camp and loved it! Late July was the perfect time to visit, the temperature during the night was in the low 20's which made it easy to sleep. The tents, though basic, were very comfortable. You get a proper bed (clean), a lantern, towels and soap. The shared showers and toilets are a short walk away from camp area.
The night boat cruise is a must. We saw crocodiles, snakes and birds as tracked by Freddie with his spotlight and Dougie safely driving the boat. They gave a unique experience and perspective of the wildlife that inhabit Kakadu. Freddie is a park ranger who is amongst it everyday.
We ate crocodile, kangaroo and yummy buffalo sausages for dinner. We both left KCC with a feeling of gained respect and a better understanding of the local aboriginal culture.
Andy, Jenny, Dougie, Freddie, Catherine & Jessie made us feel very welcome and were more than happy to pass on their expert knowledge of the area. Thanks!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank ATCF
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2010

This place is the best in Kakadu and definitely one of the best natural environment+ indigenous culture experiences I have had ....so why is it stacked out with international tourists: Germans, French, Belgians, etc but very few Aussies ?? If you want to understand and immerse yourself in the amazing, subtle, cultural and spiritual beauty of Kakadu... then Kakadu Culture Camp is the ONLY place to stay. Although you can pitch a tent at the campgrounds I would strongly recommend being a guest at the Culture Camp and participating in the activities, meals and getting to know the hosts: Andy & Jenny. The safari tent accommodation is great and the evening meals are highly enjoyable culinary experiences: barramundi, kangaroo, water buffalo etc, But what makes this place really special is the hosts: Andy, Jenny their daughter Catherine and Jenny's brother Doug- Jenny and Doug are members of the local indigenous community and are keen to share their cultural traditions with their guests, Andy has amazing local knowledge and phenomenal energy and Catherine is a delight. As one of the long term Kakadu National Park Rangers said to me Kakadu Culture Camp is the "real deal" and he wants to stay with them on his next holiday !!! What better recommendation could you have......

Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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4 Thank helmah
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Brussels, Belgium
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63 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2010

Have kids? You won't be disappointed. You can have a good night's sleep in comfort, great food and all the entertainment you are interested in having (or just read a book in a relaxed camp). A really excellent way of experiencing some of the culture without a sore back in the morning! Great for kids (ours were 4 and 6) but also great for adults. The night boat safari was a hit. GO!

  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank TravelandKids2010
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KakaduAndy, General Manager at Kakadu Culture Camp, responded to this review, 4 June 2010
Hey great to have you at the culture camp. It's great hosting children from all over the world; our kids love teaching girls and boys how to throw a spear, going out with them on our spotlight wildlife boat cruise, and generally having fun. Come back again soon! Cheers, Andy.
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Coromandel Valley, South Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2009

My wife and I planned to spend 4 days in Kakadu and didn’t want to stay in standard fare hotel/motel style accommodation, nor be with the crowds of day trippers and bus tourists. We chose the Kakadu Culture Camp based on a personal recommendation and subsequent follow-up through the Kakadu Culture Camp website.

The camp seemed to offer everything we desired and we were not disappointed. We were looking for good quality accommodation within easy reach of all the major Kakadu attractions, good food, clean amenities and relative solitude. We got all that and more.

The solid floor, comfortable and spacious tent, was tucked away in the local bush with plenty of distance from the other tents, yet a short walk from the dining area and amenities.

The real secret of our wonderful stay at the Kakadu Culture Camp was the friendliness and hospitallity of our hosts. Andy, Jenny, Catherine and Dougie are locals with lots of stories to tell, lessons to teach and great fun to be with. Dining with the hosts each night was a real treat and featured barramundi, kangaroo and water buffalo, vegetables to die for, plus Jenny’s exquisite flavourings, garnished from local plants.

The night lagoon cruise provided everything promised in the brochure and website. Crocodiles and birds abounded and the night sky was brilliant.

There was only one thing that disappointed us and that was, that we couldn’t stay longer. A longer visit would have further strenghtened the friendships Rosemary and I developed with Andy, Jenny, Catherine and Dougie, delivered even more delicious and varied meals and more information about the Bininj (aboriginal) culture and way of life.

We can’t wait to visit again next year.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank John A
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Los Angeles
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2009

My family and I had a great time staying at Kakadu Culture Camp. We stayed at many places in NT Australia, but our stay here was one of the best.

For starters there's really only a few places to stay out at Kakadu. Or you can stay in a hotel or similar in the nearby town of Jabiru. Kakadu Culture Camp provides you with these great Safari tents, that are well ventilated, and wooden floors. We had a double and a bunk bed in our tent.

The people are what really make the stay worth while. Andy and Jenny are the main hosts and Fred and Doug are also excellent value. Andy and Jenny's daughter Catherine is also great entertainment, as she loves to help out with the different activities. What was especially good was Catherine also took our children under her wing and went adventuring with them.

Have to say the food is fantastic! We had Kangaroo, Buffalo and some great aussie salads.

We got to see a range of different wildlife on the Boat Cruise, although I would have liked to see more crocs. Everyone on the boat was really friendly and the sunset/night cruise adds to the whole experience.

If you're going to Kakadu, stay at this place for the night and you won't regret it.

  • Liked — Clean and Cool and Comfortable
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank get_me_out_of_LA
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Boulder, CO
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2008

Lodging options in Kakadu are few and range from a few very expensive hotels, camp on your own, or book with a tour company. After much searching I found Kakadu Culture Camp which is a 5 tent-cabin safari style camp and offers a nice compromise in cost and amenities
The owners are Andy and his (aboriginal) wife Jen (who conducts the aboriginal cultural demonstrations) with help from other family members. They couldn't be more gracious and enjoyable hosts. The "tents" are sturdy and well ventilated canvas cabins on solid wood floors and are spacious with a full size very comfortable bed and a bunk cot for kids. They are well spaced with good privacy set in the natural woodland. I was concerned about sleeping in the heat but in August the temperature really cooled down and night and between an exceptionally comfortable bed and nice breezes I slept great. Dining is conducted in a large open tent structure. Andy will offer to play Kakadu relevant DVDs on a TV while you dine which was informative. They can help figuring out how to spend your time but they also offer a one hour fun and interesting aboriginal culture demonstration where you get to throw spears and blow a digeridoo and they run the only night spotting boat cruise on the adjacent billabong. Their charming daughter was hoot trying to help with the demonstrations. As they had extra space, they let me take the boat ride a second time for free.

  • Liked — Great location in the Park, great hosts, best cost for value
  • Disliked — General setting in the larger campground isn't the most attractive location but one doesn't tend to hang out at the camp with so much to see in the park
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank NatureDude
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Additional Information about Kakadu Culture Camp

Property: Kakadu Culture Camp
Address: Djarradjin Billabong | Muirella Park, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Region: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Kakadu National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Kakadu National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kakadu Culture Camp has only 5 deluxe safari tents. Located in a delightful bush setting, they are clean and comfortable. All come with double bed and double bunks. Ideal for guests on our Kakadu by Night boat cruise, the tarrif includes dinner and breakfast in our 'bush bistro'. Centrally located to all of the Kakadu National Park World Heritage attractions, the camp offers a unique oprtunity to camp overnight with an Aboriginal family. ... more   less 

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