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IKara Safari Tents EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS
Re IKara Safari Tents We didn’t know what to expect for our first ever Glamping experience - we hadn’t done much research and booked pre- COVID! But. We. Were. Blown. Away!!! Tents are Luxurious, cooled, comfortable, serene, quiet and private accommodation in a spectacular bush setting. KS bed - 5 star en-suite - wicker lounges - sheltered deck. 40 degrees outside? 20 degrees inside guaranteed ✔️ 800m from Info centre, well stocked IGA, Lounge, Bar, Restaurant and Pool. Full breakfast, great dinner menu, lovely, helpful and informative staff. Tents have 2 x glasses, kettle, cups and small fridge so BYO if you want to be self-sufficient. We will be back!
We stayed in the caravan park. It is a lovely spot but many drains were blocked, the taps in the laundry only dribbled. We went on the Yura Udnyu - Our Culture, Your Culture tour. It was raining so we drove to the homestead and were told to walk around and look at all the buildings (which we could have done for free). When we go back together our guide, Vince, then gave us a brief talk about his people and the history of the area. It was very interesting but not worth $45. We went to the welcome to country and waiting 20 minutes past the starting time until someone came out and said there would be no welcome to country that evening - no reason given.
Disapointing, expected more for the price
My wife and I spent 6 nights in a "luxury, self contained" Edeowie Room at the Wilpena Pound Resort, which is advertised as self contained, at a cost of $244 a night. What a rip off! When we arrived, we were blessed with a very small fridge, hardly big enough to hold half a doz beers and the fridge was noisy and kept us awake for the first night. Next morning I complained and I was told the fridge was earmarked for replacement the same day. Within the hour we got a brand new & bigger fridge. Then there was a problem with the toilet cistern leaking badly. Once again, I complained at the desk and a "handy man" came and changed the tap. (not the problem!) and the cistern continued to leak, so we left it at that. What a waste of water.!! We also noticed that only one burner on the two burner stove worked and the interior lighting was poor and the exhaust fan in the bathroom was in-affective due to the mullock blocking the cover. On top of that and in this day and age of Covid19, the rooms were poorly cleaned, the carpet was grotty and "bubbling", paint was peeling off the window frames and gutters and overall, our unit looked tired and need of an urgent upgrade to elevate it to a level worthy of the cost. We have stayed in many units/cabins around Australia and this would rate as the worst value for money of all. We were also made aware that the swimming pool was out of action. Not that convenient when the temperature up here hit 40, while we were here. Also this is the fourth time we have stayed at Wilpena since 1973, the last in 2008 and we have noticed a serious influx of weeds, including Salvation Jane, Scotch Thistle, Deadly Nightshade and several others. There is no doubt that this area has the potential to be one of the main attractions in South Australia and now is being spoilt by what seems to us, as being a lack of care and poor management by current owners. Unfortunately, we will not come again, nor will we recommend the "Wilpena Resort" to any of our friends or relatives. It seems the nearby Rawnsley Park Station might be a better option for us in the future.
A Trip to write home about...
Well firstly a huge thank you to all the team at Wilpena - the amazing team at reception with their warmth and great advice, the fantastic service in the restaurant and bar, again warm and friendly and the food was great! To all the team around the pound, the IGA, the visitors centre and the team that cleaned - I cannot fault anything. The views the insight, the understanding and care were exceptional. The tours were informative and fun, full of stories and love for this wonderful part of SA. If you want to pick fault then I am sure you will, however for me it was an amazing experience, full of laughs and the most amazing scenery coupled with the most interesting and lovely people.
Wilpena Visitors Information Centra
The incredible staff at the Visitors Information Centre made the trip for our 92 year old uncle so memorable. Mick, the Cultural Manager went out of his way to drive us into the Pound because our uncle couldn’t walk. Our Uncle, Tom had last been there 68 years ago, and Mick engaged in yarns with Tom about people and events and brought a twinkle to Tom’s eye. He was so kind and respectful , took us to a special waterhole and gave us time to reflect as a family before driving us back to the visitors centre. Mick’s humor and humanity, and the incredible other staff in the centre made this such a special time for our family. Our thanks to Mick and the team, you are special people.
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