Having returned from The Kakadu National Park some three weeks ago, my thoughts wander back to the wonderful and truly exciting time I experienced in this ancient and wild place. Kakadu is a wildlife photographers dream with nearly a third of all Australian birds species found here. Along with its strong indigenous culture the land is rich in animals, bird and plant life. Red lilies and palms line the billabongs and rivers throughout the wetlands, while herons, storks, ducks, raptors and a multitude of bird species also thrive in this tropical wetlands ecosystem .
October was warm with little or no rain, but this has its benefits which force most of the wildlife to congregate around waterholes. My days were taken up with long hours spent alongside these water holes capturing the unique and often dangerous wildlife. Crocodiles are a constant danger and one has to be at all times wary of safe distance from the waters edge. This is their space and one should be respectful of these prehistoric creatures. The invasive buffalo species are also bad tempered just like their African cousins, so they too should be on ones radar.
During my stay I ventured to the very top of the Kakadu National Park- West Alligator Head and camped at Middle Beach. This remote campsite is right on a secluded beach that is well adorned with crocodile bodies baking on the mudflats, dingos and wild pigs strutting the beach and a cacophony of bird sounds emanating from the forests that form the backdrop to this wonderful wild spot. I spent three nights and four days here with not another soul in sight. When travelling up I had to clear away two trees that had fallen over the very rough and corrugated track – a clue that no one had ventured up here in quite some time. I had it all to myself.
The twelve days spent in the Kakadu, I felt was just about the right amount of time to experience just about all the park. Most of this time was spent bush camping. For the less adventurous, there are well-appointed campsites, and if camping is not your thing then three different resorts offer wonderful rooms and there is also a hotel in the main town of Jabiru.
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