Kakadu Buffalo Camp History & Wildlife Tour
We will pick you up in Jabiru in our airconditioned 4WD vehicle and drive west along the Arnhem Highway towards the South Alligator River flood plains.
This is where thousands of birds congregate in the drier months of the year. There is a bird hide that enables a good view across the entire floodplain but a guided walk around the edges will often reward us with sightings of the less common birds and other animals. Here you will learn about the six seasons of Kakadu and the seasonal changes in the food available on the flood plains for traditional hunting and gathering by local Aboriginal people.
South Alligator River
We cross the South Alligator River (look out for large saltwater crocodiles on the banks!) and journey back in time to the old Buffalo Camp at the Gabarlgu Billabong near Kapalga outstation.
Gabarlgu Billabong Buffalo Camp
Over morning tea Victor will tell the story of his great grandmother Margarula, a Gonbidj woman from east of the South Alligator river and his great grandfather Biku a Minitja man from West Alligator country . Biku and Margarula’s ancestors lived on the coastal plains of Kakadu for over 7,000 years. They hunted magpie geese and wallaby, caught fish with traps and spears, collected goose eggs and ate lily bulbs and palm nuts. They went to the coast for shellfish, mudcrabs, fish and dugongs. The European invasion of Aboriginal country deprived Biku and Margarula of their country and their lifestyle. Gold mining started in the 1870s. Water buffalo were introduced by failed British settlements.
Commercial buffalo hunting started in 1885 and soon dominated the country. The only way Indigenous people could stay on their country was to work for buffalo hunters, skinning, salting and packing hides. Missionaries arrived at Kapalga in 1898 and set up camp
In the 1970’s Victor was a Buffalo hunter at Annaburroo Station where he mustered buffalo & cattle, hunted crocodiles and shot buffalo for pet meat.
Monsoon Forest Walk
We will take a seasonal bushtucker walk exploring the monsoon forest around the Gabarlgu Billabong – beware of crocodiles, take care to keep well away from the edge of the water!
South Alligator Billabong
We return to South Alligator for a short walk to the Anggardabal Billabong where buffalo hunter Tom Cole camped in the 1930s. Aboriginal buffalo hunters on the flood plain 1910
Bowali Visitor Centre
You will find an interesting walk through historical & geological display of Kakadu, a café for refreshments and Aboriginal art works and books to browse through at the Marrawuddi Art Gallery before we return to Jabiru.
Departure Details & Prices
Tours depart from Jabiru
Pick Up: 07.30am
Return: 14.00pm Tour
Duration: 6 hrs.
Max. Passengers: 4
Valid from 01 June 2017- 31 Oct 2017
- Mamukala wetlands birdlife & bushtucker
- South Alligator River
- Gabarlgu Billabong Buffalo Camp
- Monsoon Forest Walk
- South Alligator Billabong
- Bowali Visitor Centre
- Cold water
- Morning tea
What to Bring
- Solid walking shoes
- Insect repellent