Unable to make the dates of a scheduled departure we booked a charter with Kimberley Adventure Tour. So it was by serendipity we found ourselves on a trip that combined a true wilderness experience with all the comforts of home. The Kimberley has a an embarrassment of riches with extraordinary scenery and geology and each day brought another spectacular sight such that we ran out of superlatives. The itinerary is well planned to allow visits to all the major features with manageable driving distances between and opportunities for swims in cooling pools and creeks during the heat of the day. The real difference between KAT and the other operators is the small group ethos and wild camping which means this really feels like the wilderness adventure we all seek. As others have noted there is nothing comparable to sleeping in the open, under the stars with the crackling of the fire. The tour for us was made by GT, our guide, driver and all round top man. He is hugely knowledgeable in all aspects of The Kimberley and WA, he maintains immense enthusiasm for an area he obviously loves, knows all the secret paths and places to ensure we were often the only ones in a stupendous gorge, cooks restaurant quality food on an open fire and caters for every need eg bringing out fruit, chip and dips and jelly sweets from his backpack after a long hike.
The Landcruiser is comfortable, spacious and fully air conditioned, the swags have mattresses duvets and pillows and the camp chairs are like an armchair.
Participation is encouraged in wood gathering, preparation of vegetables and washing up but this all helps team cohesion. Take tops that cover your shoulders and a hat for sun protection and wear good shoes- trainers worked well. I cannot see how this tour could be bettered and would recommend it to anyone.