Travel through the Lion habitat on board a specially modified vehicle to meet the 'King of theBeasts' up close (2.30pm). (Conditions apply this is an additional cost to Orana Wildlife Park
entrance, 20 tickets are available daily and people must be over 1.4 metres in height to participate.
Tickets can be reserved only if they are pre-paid for in advance). See a Tiger search and leap forits food (11.30am).
Hand feed the majestic Giraffe (12pm and 3pm).
Help feed a range of friendly animals in the Farmyard (1pm). This interactive area has a wide rangeof domestic animals such as sheep, calves, llama, rabbits and pigs.
Meet the mighty Rhinoceros face-to-face (3.20pm).
View New Zealands national icon, the Kiwi.
Stroll through an alpine themed aviary for close views of New Zealand Kea the worlds onlymountain parrot. Guests will also view the antics of many other amazing animals such as Apes,Monkeys, Meerkats, Otters, Porcupines and Wild Dogs.
The Parks extensive native fauna collection features Kiwi as well as a range of other endemicbirds such as Tui, Bellbird, Kereru and Kakariki. The Park is home to one of the mostcomprehensive public collections of native geckos. Guided tours occur daily and visitors can rideon Orana's complimentary Safari Shuttle, join a guided walkabout tour and/or meander around thePark at their leisure.
Black and White Ruffed Lemurs are gentle residents at Orana
A taste of Madagascar - Venture onto the Ruffed Lemur island to feed these delightful primates.
$30pp (excludes Park entrance), occurs at 1pm Thursday - Sunday.
Cripes its stripes! - Ventureinto the Tiger Dens to see how Orana manages these big cats. $20pp (excludes Park entrance),occurs at 3.15pm each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Meet a Cheetah - Enter the habitat with a beautiful hand-raised Cheetah for a personal encounter.$100pp (includes Park entrance), occurs at 11am Friday - Monday.
Travel through the Lion reserve - Oranas Lion Encounter is genuinely unique and gives extremelyclose views of the King of the Beasts. $30pp (excludes Park entrance), occurs at 2:30pm daily.
People must be over 1.4m in height and be fit and able bodied (eg able to stand up and sit downunassisted) to participate in the behind the scenes experiences.
Park admission costs: $25 per adult, $21 per senior/student, $8 per child (5-14 years),pre-schoolers are free and a concession pass (2 adults and up to 3 children 5-14 years) costs $58.
Here are some collected thoughts on happy, safe 4x4 driving in Australia and New Zealand:
Carry a spare set of fan belts and a top and bottom radiator hose.
Carry a simple set of tools and a first-aid kit.
Carry additional drinking water, food and fuel.
Check each morning the condition of your under-bonnet items, in particular all fluid levels, and air
filter and inspect the tyres and pressures.
Some of the tracks are best suited to high-clearance, dual-range transmission vehicles, so checkwith locals on the suitability of your vehicle and know both you and your vehicle's capabilities in thebush - do a 4WD course!
Ground clearance really matters on the Canning Stock Route
Take only the essentials and try and leave unnecessary items behind - they'll add more weight andstress to the vehicle and cost more in fuel.
Avoid the use of roof racks and if they are a necessity, pack only light items upstairs to avoid therisk of rollover. - If towing a trailer, makes sure your tyres are up to the job and check thecondition of the wheel bearings and suspension before you leave.
Leave advice with friends or relevant authorities on your destination and itinerary, so if youoverstay your journey the alarm can be raised for search and rescue.
Give some thought to communications; a UHF CB radio gives reasonable coverage with otherroad users and pastoralists, whilst an emergency positioning beacon (EPIRB) is an inexpensivefailsafe for desperate situations.
In really remote country someone in your party should have HF radio or a satellite phone, both canbe hired inexpensively.
If rain threatens, be prepared to stay put for a couple of days to avoid damaging the roads(penalties apply for road users driving on closed outback roads) and if you're driving in a dry creekbed get out of there quick-smart, for there's a good chance a flash flood might roar down thewatercourse, claiming vehicle and possessions.
Some common courtesy and patience goes a long way, so too leaving gates as you find them andstaying on designated tracks and trails. Avoid windscreen damage and dust when approachingon-coming cars, slow down and move over to the left of the road lane. If the approaching vehicle isa road-train, give it plenty of room and get off the road and don't even think about overtaking aroad-train kicking up a heavy cloud of dust.
Paralana Springs track SA is 4WD only
Stop and have a cuppa and a stretch. A 15-minute break will put plenty of separation betweenyou. If you do get stuck, do not leave the vehicle!
Driving on Outback roads can be tricky. Road surfaces vary dramatically in quality especially afterseasonal extremes, when rain can make them impassable for days. Watch you speed too, forhigh-crowned dirt roads are treacherous when trying to slow in a hurry to avoid an animal, rock orentering a floodway quicker than need be.Information courtesy of Flinders Ranges Outback SA Tourism and Vic Widman
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