Since 1986 Exceptional Kangaroo Island has been recognised as Australian leaders for immersive wildlife experiences. They specialise in Kangaroo Island wildlife tours. Biologists consider Kangaroo Island a representative of temperate Australia at the time of European contact just over 200 years ago. Nearly 50% of the original vegetation cover has been retained in a mix of National and Conservation Parks; roadside and heritage reserves; and private property.
This provides habitat for a wide array of wildlife and Kangaroo Island wildlife tours experiences such as kangaroos; wallabies; possums; echidnas; goannas; snakes; bandicoots; koalas and a bird list of over 270 species. The ocean is home to sea-lion; fur-seals; dolphins; and whales (migratory May-October). Given long isolation, many plants and animals are distinct Kangaroo Island species, races or sub-species.
The Exceptional Kangaroo Island wildlife tours approach to wildlife engagement is relaxed and respectful – aiming to leave plants and animals as they find them – so expect clear guidance on possible encounters and how to behave to ensure your visit is productive and sustainable. Their long history of operation means there is a level of trust which delivers encounters at remarkably close viewing distance without ever having resorted to providing food attractions.
Exceptional Kangaroo Island operates a collegiate business model – working with travel, accommodation and experience providers to combine in-house guiding and catering with a travel planning service to deliver an integrated Island holiday and great Kangaroo Island things to do. Tours can be booked on a small group basis (2-12 guests with 2 guides once group size exceeds 6). These tours blend Kangaroo Island wildlife encounters, landscape exploration and elegant al fresco dining with a conversational style rather than set commentary.
Private charters are available for guests with a specific passion such as botany, photography or bird-watching where both the guide and itinerary are selected to match your interest. The underlying promise is good food, good wine and wildlife in the wild.
Many of the Exceptional Kangaroo Island staff are involved in conservation organisations and participate in a variety of environmental programmes throughout the year. Often these events allow for participation by visitors who express an interest. Examples of the events are:
- Shorebird counts
- Little penguin counts or habitat protection works
- Glossy-black cockatoo survey
- Hooded dotterel census
- Planting festival
- Beach clean-ups
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