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Sugarbag Safaris

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Kakadu National Park, Australia
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About Sugarbag Safaris
Sugarbag Safaris specialises in tailor-made ​private tours ​and can expertly guide you on a once-in-a-lifetime exploration through the tropical heart of the Northern Territory. From incredible wildlife to panoramic landscapes, mind-expanding Indigenous rock art to sleeping under a velvet, starlit sky. With over 20 years’ experience guiding travellers through Litchfield, Nitmiluk, and World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Your guide can get you to the Top End must-sees, as well as the secret spots often overlooked by other tours. All this and more on your small group 4wd adventure, these tours allow you to explore and savour the best the Top End has to offer.
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Amanda S wrote a review Aug 2021
Kakadu National Park, Australia6 contributions1 helpful vote
Want to swim in pristine Kakadu waterholes with only one or two other people and then towel off for a picnic lunch served on a colourful cloth with Indigenous designs? Then Hamish Clark from Sugarbag Safaris is the guide for you. My husband and I had waited until our sixties to see Kakadu and I was worried that the volume of people at each attraction would leave me underwhelmed, besides which our trip was at short notice and left little time for planning. Enter Hamish. He took care of everything for our four-day trip including permits to Jarrangbarnmi and Bilkbilkmi Gorges, places most visitors don’t get to see. We got to sit back and enjoy the beauty of the landscape as Hamish drove us for up to two hours down 4WD tracks closer to the heart of Kakadu. We saw dingoes, antilopine wallabies, agile wallabies, brumbies, a wide variety of birds and even a python, lazing in the sun. When we reached the end of the car access, we took to our feet and hiked alongside rivers and through bushland, Hamish finding the track when none seemed visible. Along the way, he answered our many questions and proved himself incredibly knowledgeable on just about every aspect of Kakadu you could imagine—flora, fauna, geography and history, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. The gorges themselves were spectacular, and few things can beat swimming the length of the safe pools in Jarrangbarnmi or floating on your back at Bilkbilkmi and looking up through towering cliffs to a blue, blue sky. Hamish had the safety aspect covered too, making sure we stayed clear of water that might contain crocodiles and carrying a pack with a sat phone and a first aid kit. As for the level of fitness required for the walks we undertook, a certain degree of stamina is required to walk a few kilometres in the heat, but while I can clamber over boulders, I would describe my level of fitness as only mild to moderate. I’m sure Hamish was adjusting his pace down to accommodate. We spent a magical few days in Kakadu thanks to Hamish, and thoroughly recommend his services.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from sugarbagssafaris, Owner at Sugarbag Safaris
Responded 31 Aug 2021
Hi Amanda, I had such a great time with you and Kevin, and we defiantly got to do and see some amazing things over our four days together. Thank you for such an amazing review. It really means a lot to me. I hope you guys are still travelling around and having the time of your lives. Thanks again, Hamish
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JA404 wrote a review Jun 2021
Perth, Australia6 contributions
I travelled with my adult granddaughter to Darwin and Kakadu, having 3 days, 2 nights in Kakadu, which was the highlight of the trip. Hamish from Sugar Bag safaris, was our guide, his knowledge of the area, the history, all plants, birds and animals is amazing, we felt very well looked after ( I’m 81) and he was very considerate of my age and capabilities, at the same time giving some challenges for my granddaughter with the walks and some rock climbing! Hamish provided lunch each day with fresh salad, cold meat and nice bread, and fruit always available too, not forgetting the never ending really cold water from the container inside his trailer, and knew where to stop along the way to buy the best homemade ice cream in NT! We were treated to many stories attached to the rock art we saw in Kakadu, taken to museums and the best spot for photographs, all in all those 3 days were exceptional, I learnt a lot about the territory, even stories of people past and present. If you want to learn all about Kakadu with a very nice person, Hamish is your man. Judy Wolfe
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from sugarbagssafaris, Owner at Sugarbag Safaris
Responded 1 Jul 2021
Hi Judy, Thanks so much for your amazing review. I'm so happy you had such a great time as I really enjoyed showing you two around Kakadu, and I'm so happy you got to discover another Judy. It was great to hear about the rest of your adventures after meeting you, sounds like an amazing trip. It was great meeting you guys, and thanks again. Hamish
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GarfM wrote a review Jun 2021
Sydney, Australia9 contributions3 helpful votes
Our four day trip to Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Lichfield was amazing. One of the most beautiful and interesting places in the world. Hamish's profound knowledge of the area, wildlife, local culture, art and history is impressive. We relied on him to decide the itinerary and it was a good decision. We visited all the well-known sites but in addition he took us to some great private spots. His organisation was impeccable and everything was taken care of, from tasty lunches to ice cold water on tap. His vehicle is very comfortable. Hamish was very flexible and was happy to accomodate our specific requirements. Hamish was great fun to talk to and he is a truly outstanding guide.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from sugarbagssafaris, Owner at Sugarbag Safaris
Responded 15 Jun 2021
Hi Gary, Thanks so much much for your great review. I really enjoyed showing you and your family around Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield. Let me know if you come back up to play on the Moline golf course. Thanks again, Hamish
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S-J wrote a review May 2021
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Hamish made our visit to the NT a most memorable adventure Hamish from Sugarbag Tours has an amazing knowledge of all aspects of the NT bush. Whilst visiting great locations with indigenous art and cooling off in wonderful waterholes, Hamish shared his great knowledge of the local areas, indigenous culture and the flora and fauna around us. Hamish looked after all aspects of our tour including the itinerary, camping equipment and gourmet bush meals in a professional manner from start to finish. Thanks again Hamish.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from sugarbagssafaris, Owner at Sugarbag Safaris
Responded 6 Jun 2021
Hi Susie, Thank you for the great review. It was great meeting all of you, and I'm so happy you had such a great time up here; we defiantly got to see and do a lot on your trip. I hope you are travelling well. Cheers Hamish
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Timmy wrote a review May 2021
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An absolutely wonderful way to experience the Kakadu. Hamish meet us at our hotels in Darwin before taking us towards Kakadu. We didn’t have any firm plans but Hamish had organised 3 days to sites to visit, and walks. As we headed out of Darwin we mentioned we had permits to fly drones in a number of parks (but no Kakadu), Hamish took an unexpected turn off the Hwy, stopping at Knuckey Lagoons and letting us fly our drones before we entered Kakadu where we couldn’t. This was the flexibility that having a private tour was fantastic for. On the second day we were heading out to our first walk of the day and we spotted a dingo just off the road. Hamish was able to pull over, and drive back to allow us to get some amazing photos. This happened a few times where there was an opportunity to stop and get some photos that we never would have been able to in a larger group in a bus. Hamish was a fantastic, knowledgeable guide. He was able to adapt the tour to our wishes and our abilities. He prepared a great lunch each day, and had the coldest water to fill our water bottles. I have no idea how it was still cold on the third day, but it was. If you do visit I Kakadu make sure you take the opportunity to do the Yellow River cruise, it was a real highlight.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from sugarbagssafaris, Owner at Sugarbag Safaris
Responded 6 Jun 2021
Hey Tim, Thanks so much for this great review. I really appreciate it. It was great meeting you and your family, and I loved the flexibility we got to have on your trip; it definitely gave us some great opportunities along the way. I hope it's not too cold down there. Cheers Hamish
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