This has always been a contentious issue for me!
What size should truly be considered as a small group tour?
It really annoys me when I see tour companies that operate 20+ seat minibuses promoting their tour as a small group tour! I guess in comparison to the old standard Coach tour comprising up to 48 people, it is somewhat smaller! At one point years ago, there was even a 30 seat coach promoting itself as a small group tour!
Obviously the reason for the size of the group is dictated by a number of factors such as style of tour, cost of tour and target audience. Matching all these things to be at an optimum is tricky and hence it can be hard for you when deciphering the promotional blurbs and deciding on a tour.
From experience and research based on sporting teams, business focus groups and educational learning guidelines, the optimum group size is 5-7 members.
The group size that continues to function effectively is 4-9 members.
Groups are known to function cohesively with a size up to 12 members.
I have noticed recently that some of my colleagues who specialise in the more personalised style of touring have come up with a new term; ‘Micro‘ to further distinguish themselves from the broad spectrum that is ‘small group’. Most of those guys are using vehicles with a maximum of 6 or 7 passengers so that is a fairly apt description.
This is how I reckon tour group sizes should be referenced:
Micro: 2-7 people
Small: 8-12 people
Medium: 13-30 people
Large: 30+ people.
Maybe the medium bracket could be broken up to ‘Mid’ (13-25) and ‘Medium’ (26-35)!
Obviously when considering out-laying your hard earned dollars on what is hopefully going to be a lifelong memorable experience, many of the following factors will come into play:
- Your expectations of the tour
- Group size
- Destinations included
- Cost of tour – Budget limitations
- Value for money – based on previous factors
All tours currently operated by Kakadu 4WD Safaris have a maximum group size of 9 passengers.
Any variations from this if third party operators or larger vehicles are used for any reason, will always be advised or noted prior to confirmation of any bookings.
Parks Australia have notified there will be increases in fees for Kakadu in 2016.
Hence, our Kakadu tour prices will have to rise as well, so maybe come and visit before April 1st to beat the price hike!
Visitors to Kakadu are subject to an entry fee, the Park Pass contributes directly to maintaining Kakadu’s fantastic environment and tourism facilities.
These fees are included in the advertised price of all Kakadu 4WD Safaris tours. However these fee’s may be required to be paid separately in CASH on the morning of departure. This is referred to as a ‘Pay On Board’ fee.
Currently the Kakadu park pass costs $25 per Adult and lets you explore the park for 14 consecutive days. Children under 16 and Northern Territory residents are free.
Additional fees for camping ($10/per night) and the Twin Falls Boat shuttle ($12.50) are also part of our tour price.
Fees will be increasing from the 1st of April 2016 so we will be revising our tour prices to ensure a minimal as possible increase.
What will change from 1 April 2016?
NT residents – Kakadu will remain free for Territorians, all year round.
Adults – An adult park pass will be cheaper in the wet season and the cost will be higher in the dry season when more attractions are open.
- In the wet season (November to March), an adult pass will cost $25.
- In the dry season (April to October), an adult pass will cost $40.
Pensioner discount – A pensioner pass will cost $19 in the wet season (November to March) and $30 in the dry season (April to October).
Children – Children 5-15 years will pay half the adult entry fee. This will bring Kakadu into line with most other attractions around Australia. Children four years old and younger will remain free.
- In the wet season (November to March), a child pass will cost $12.50
- In the dry season (April to October), a child pass will cost $20.
Family pass – A new family pass will be introduced, which provides a discount for larger families. A family pass will cost $65 in the wet season (November to March) and $100 in the dry season (April to October). It will cover two adults and two or more children.
Length of stay – Passes will be valid for 7 days (rather than the current 14 days), but can be extended for another 7 days at no charge if required. This better reflects the usual length of stay.
Camping – Camping fees for adults will increase (per night) from $5 to $6 at unmanaged campgrounds (with drop toilets) and from $10 to $15 at managed campgrounds (hot showers and toilets).
Children (5-15 years) will pay half the adult price – $3 per night for unmanaged campgrounds and $7.50 per night for managed campgrounds. Children four and under remain free.
A new family camping rate will be introduced, at $15 for unmanaged campgrounds and $38 for managed campgrounds (per night). This covers two adults and two or more children, offering around a 15 per cent discount.
Remote campgrounds remain free (no toilet facilities).
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Kakadu is greening up and the waterfalls are roaring!
The wet season has well and truly kicked in, with recent heavy rainfalls in the region.
Our recent 2 Day Kakadu tour last week was the first group in to see Motorcar falls flowing for the season and enjoyed a refreshing swim.
Motorcar Falls is located in the southern hills and basins region of Kakadu. Access is via a 3 km walk from the Yurmikmik walking trails car-park on the Gimbat (Gunlom) road.
Looking out over the southern region basins.
A short detour in the walk takes you to a lookout where you have views of the Sth Alligator river valley and main escarpment plateau in the distance.
When visiting this area, we usually stay overnight close by, so are usually the first group in to the falls in the morning and have it to ourselves for a while!
With the Kakadu park fees increasing in 2016, we are moving towards longer duration tours to ensure you get the best value possible!
As the ‘Kakadu & Litchfield’ or ‘Top End’ combination tours have proven popular, we have put together our ultimate Top End Expedition that entails 6 full days of exploring our fantastic region!
As we have in other years, We are also running some speciality tours to some important Indigenous events such as Barunga Festival and Freedom Day.