28. März 2007

Kakadu National Park - NOW WITH PHOTOS!

Finally I could upload the best photos from my trip to Kakadu:

Matthias the "snake tamer"

Me again with a close up of "my" snake

Boat for the Jumping Crocodile Cruise

First crocodile jump

Second crocodile jump

Croc swiming around his "prey"/the bait

Big croc jumping

Huge waterfall I

Huge waterfall II

Nice little falls

A dragonfly

Our overnight bush camp in the wilderness

Our 4WD

Flodded plain

View over the Kakadu National Park

Aboriginal Rock Art

Explanation of the Rock Art

Da ich nun in Sydney angekommen bin und erstmal schoen geschlafen hab, kann ich nun auf meine 2taegige Tour in den Kakadu-Nationalpark zurueckblicken, was ich wie mittlerweile ueblich in englisch tun werde.
My trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Kakadu National Park was great right from the start. The first stop was at South Alligator River where we had breakfast and where we also could hold snakes! But that experience was just the beginning because the next adventure was the Jumping Crocodile Cruise where we saw these rehistoric but still very living creatures really near from the safety of a boat!
Then we had to drive a long way and even 150 km more than in the Dry season because the northern entry is closed during the Wet... After lunch we went for a nice swim by hiking 3 km up to a beautiful waterfall. Afterwards we drove further north to our bush camp where we had a tasty dinner that we prepared together and after a couple of beers I fell asleep quickly and woke up shortly after the others. After breakfast we went to a really nice lookout. But we had to climb quite a steep hill in the burning sun at 32 degrees Celsius to have a wide view over the near Nourlangie Rock and the park in general. Then we were heading off to Nourlangie Rock where I lost the group for a while and enjoyed the Aboriginal rock art (paintings that are up to 35.000 years old!), a nice hike to a lookout and the view from that point on my own. After joining the group again I visited the Aboriginal Culture Center with them and learned a lot about the indigenous culture (languages, social relations, hunting, education and so on) in the Kakadu area. Before we enjoyed our last swim in a bigger waterhole we had lunch after a short stop at a little waterhole for refreshing ourselves a bit in between. Then we already had to leave this beautiful place that ovbtained as one of a few places in the world the UNESCO World Heritage award for both its cultural AND natural particularity!
All in all it was a good decision to see Litchfield and Kakadu although two days in the Wet is not really enough.
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