Small Group & Private Guided Tours throughout Central Australia
Gday, Mark here of Sandrifter Safaris. Thanks for taking the time to visit!
I offer customised small group and private tours to exactly fit your timeframe. This could be a half day or up to 10 days, camping, accommodated or a bit of both! Whatever your request is, just drop me a line and tell me about your plans. I’m here to help you organise your trip of a lifetime.
I cater for private small groups – couples, friends, families, artists, photographers and even single travellers.
Our fleet is composed of a top of the range camper trailer fo those that like some comfort camping, modern Toyota Landcruisers, a Ford Territory Titanium and a mini bus for charter groups.
Thanks for visiting Sandrifter Safaris. I hope to see you soon in Central Australia.
HALF DAY MACDONNELL RANGES TOURS
1/2 DAY MORNING DEPARTURE
Join me on this private guided 4.5hr tour of the MacDonnell Ranges. You and your group will travel in a luxury vehicle out to stunning ancient landscapes. Learn about the rich culture, geology, flora and spot wildlife native to Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm whilst I walk & talk with you. A delicious homemade morning tea is provided for you to enjoy as you soak in the atmosphere.
From $194.00 p.p.
1/2 DAY AFTERNOON DEPARTURE
Join me on this private guided 4.5hr tour of the MacDonnell Ranges. You and your group will travel in a luxury vehicle out to stunning ancient landscapes. Learn about the rich culture, geology, flora and spot wildlife native to Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm whilst I walk & talk with you. A delicious homemade afternoon tea is provided for you to enjoy as you soak in the atmosphere.
From $194.00 p.p.
1/2 DAY DESERT DISCOVERY
Morning & Afternoon Tour
There’s much more to the central deserts that meets the eye. With 3 hours at the Alice Springs Desert Park, you’ll be guided through the desert zones and be treated to the amazing free flying bird show. We pick you up and head deep into Simpsons Gap with a picnic lunch. you can test out your newly learned skills. Spot the local wildlife, hear more stories of local culture and be amazed at the power of nature.
From $204 .00 p.p.
“Mark took us on a private overnight tour, we had a fantastic time from start to finish. Central Australia is a photographer’s delight with magical transformation of colours at sunset, night time and sunrise” – W, Sunshine Coast, Australia
1 NIGHT CENTRAL AUSTRALIA TOURS
1 NIGHT DEVILS MARBLES & STARS
Devils Marbles – Overnight Tour
Travel in comfort through the vivid colours of the outback as we head north of Alice Springs. Travelling through the MacDonnell Ranges and past the Tanami Desert, this private tour visits cultural and historic sites to Central Australia. The Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) are one of Australia’s geological wonders, situated in a wide and shallow desert valley. Take the time to wander between these ancient boulders. You’ll be set up with a sunset platter for an amazing sunset over the valley. Stay a while and watch the stars appear in the cool clear air before we head back to a truly Australian outback hotel for dinner and our overnight stay.
From $1205.00 p.p.
1 NIGHT STANDLEY CHASM & STARS
Standley Chasm – Overnight Tour
Have you ever wanted to sleep out beneath the milky way, next to a glowing campfire with great food and walk deep into the MacDonnell Ranges by starlight? Our Standley Chasm and stars is a private soft camping experience exclusive to Sandrifter. Departing Alice late in the afternoon through the glowing West MacDonnell’s, we arrive at Standley Chasm in time for you to take in the rest of the afternoon light. Explore at your pace. Be treated to a 3 course dinner by the fireplace and then we take you on the most amazing night walk back into the chasm
From $690.00 p.p.
1 NIGHT WEST MACS & STARS
West MacDonnell Ranges – Overnight Tour
The West MacDonnell’s need more than 1 day to truly experience the grandeur of this very special part of Central Australia. Starting early in the morning we make make our way out before the hustle of the crowds visiting all the sites but with time to really soak up these magnificent places. We don’t put a time limit on how long you want to stay or how far you wish to walk, we are totally flexible to you. Our overnight is glamping in our camper trailer by a permanent waterhole in the worlds oldest riverbed, The River Finke. Cool off with a swim, a cool drink. watch the sun set on Mt Sonder. Get ready for your 5 million star hotel under the milky way.
From $790.00 p.p.
“A private 4-day tour from Alice Springs via West MacDonnell Ranges and King’s Canyon to Uluru with Mark, our very accomplished driver, guide and cook, who put together an exceptional itinerary for us” – Hanne S
CENTRAL AUSTRALIA TOURS (ACCOMMODATED)
3 NIGHTS ULURU & KINGS CANYON
3 Nights – 3 Days Uluru & Kings Canyon
Travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges on the way to Kings Canyon on the Mereenie loop. Take the iconic Rim Walk at Kings Canyon, indulge with a sunset at Uluru and take your breath away with a sunrise breakfast over Kata Tjuta! How can a Private Tour get better than this?
From $3525.00 p.p.
PRIVATE CAMPER TRAILER TOURS
Private Camper Trailer Tours
The perfect choice for families and friends while providing the authentic Red Centre camping experience in absolute comfort. We are the only tour operator in Central Australia taking our private safari camp off the track away from the crowds wherever we go.
From $1500.00 per day
GHOSTS OF THE GHAN
5 Nights – 5 Days Ghost of the Ghan
A 5-Day Journey from Adelaide to Alice Springs. Traveling through the Flinders Ranges, following the old Overland Telegraph Line, the iconic Oodnadatta Track and … and … and…
From $4150 p.p.
“Off the beaten tracks! From Broome, we drove down the Tanami Track – a once in a lifetime adventure! Mark is a brilliant and very knowledgeable tour guide – if you are looking for a true outback adventure, I would highly recommend Sandrifters” – Patrick, Dublin, Ireland
PHOTOGRAPHY & SPECIAL INTEREST
Photography & Special Interest Tours
Want to explore your passion on a tailored special interest tour? Uncover the secrets to the ancient landscapes of Central Australia, renew your photography skills on a tailor made photography tour, enjoy a one-off desert crossing experience, walk into gorges of the ancient MacDonnell Ranges on a bird watching tour or indulge your senses with dramatic sunsets and sunrises. With an itinerary designed to match your interests, you’re sure to love it.
Price on application
ART TOURS 2020
Mid August to Mid September
Our 2 x 10-Day Art camps are based in a private stunning campsite with private amenities within the Simpsons Gap Nature Reserve, just west of Alice Springs. Each Art Camp offers 10-day painting excursions from the campsite to selected locations around the West MacDonnell Ranges and Alice Springs. Numbers are limited to 17 guests.
GROUP, FAMILY & FRIENDS
Group, Family & Friends Tours
I am a specialist in designing and operating group itineraries ideal for your needs, whether you’re part of a service, club, association, school group, or simply looking for a unique itinerary for family and friends. With hand-crafted itineraries, a range of trip styles and truly authentic travel experiences, feel confident booking your group with my years of expertise.
If you have an itinerary in mind, I’ll tailor-make your own custom group Itinerary.
Price on application.
CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN LOOP
Alice Springs, Devils Marbles, West MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon & Uluru
Experience the Red Centre with me away from the crowds. Discover the icons of the centre: Devils Marbles, Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs along with secluded hideaways to enjoy at your pace. This fully inclusive intimate tour for 10 days touches on all parts of culture, geology and pioneering history. Join me on this journey from May 16-May 25, 2020
From $5830.00 p.p.
First Explorer’s Tour
Alice Springs to Darwin
Experience with me the history of the first Europeans to cross from the centre to the tropical north. On this tour we educate you on the pioneering figures that opened up the country. From WW2 to the building of the Overland Telegraph line and cattlemen from the south who are legends of the top end. Along the way we can visit the attractions like Mataranka Thermal Pools, Katherine Gorge, Kakadu & Litchfield NP, Devils Marbles and many many more that make the Top End a truly unique experience. I can tailor the private itinerary to suit you.
Price on application
RED SANDS & TURQUOISE SEAS
From Red Sand to Turquoise Seas
Alice Springs to Broome
Ever dreamt of taking the remote Tanami Road to the Kimberley region of the north west where the red centre meets the sea? Travel into the remote parts of Australia with me with complete safety and comfort to experience the grandeur of country. Stroll into the Bungle Bungles, cruise Lake Argyle or the horizontal waterfalls, trek the Gibb River Road through the heart of the Kimberley’s, view the amazing staircase to the moon and take a dip during a west aussie sunset at Cable Beach. Sound good? I can tailor the once I a lifetime tour to suit you.
Price on application