Why access to showers shouldn’t determine your Kimberley Experience
At Charter North, one of the questions we get asked most when people are considering to book a Kimberley Tour with us is:
“Will we have access to showers every night?”. The honest reply is “no”. Read on to find out why this isn’t a bad thing.
We all love a nice hot shower after a long day of activities, especially while on holiday. Many accustomed campers don’t want to give up this luxury while out and about in the bush, and have come up with all sorts of transportable solutions that allow them to have showers wherever they go. Just enter the search term ‘camping + shower’ into you preferred browser and you will get endless options for camping shower setups, self made or sold by your local camping store or by online camping shops (and commonly set in scene by young, toned ladies in bikinis). There is even online forums that dedicate pages to the topic what the best camping shower might be.
On a Kimberley Tour with us, you will have access to showers on at least 50% of nights, when they are provided by National Parks or private campgrounds we are staying at. On some nights, however, there are no showers. And this is a concern for some travelers.
“So why do Charter North not use portable camping showers on their Kimberley Tours?”
You might wonder. There are many good options available, and people would appreciate them. Well, there is a number of good reasons for that.
Firstly, we all know how limited water resources are increasingly becoming in Australia and the world. The remoter you are, the more difficult will access to water be. If we visit places like Purnululu National Park, which basically lies in the desert, we just don’t think it would be a good idea to use limited local water resources for our shower needs. If the National Park does not put in shower blocks, we think there is probably a good reason for that.
“Fair enough, but why do you not bring in your own water then?”, you might ask. Well, we probably could transport enough water for everyone to have a quick shower at camp, given that our there are only six guests on our micro group Kimberley Tour. However, that water still has to come from somewhere, and water resources are sparse in Northern Australia during the dry season. More importantly, have you considered where our waste water would go? For conservation reasons, if there is no sewage system in place, we just don’t think it would be very kind to the environment to shower out in the open.
“Well then, why don’t you camp where there are showers?”
Might be your last question. For us, that’s an easy one: If we designed our Kimberley Tour itineraries around access to showers at camp, this would severely compromise our guests experience, it’s as simple as that. By planning our itineraries around how to make the most of our days and be at the good spots at the right time, we ensure that our guests get the most out of their precious holiday time. For example, if we camped outside of Purnululu National Park in order to have access to showers, our guests would miss out on some of the most amazing sunsets and sunrises in the park. We just believe that, when going on a once in a lifetime Kimberley Tour experience, it’s far more important that you explore the destination completely than having access to showers every night.
After all, it’s not the showers that you will remember in 20 years time, is it?
Apart from the “shower question”, we do make our Kimberley Tour a very comfortable camping experience. We use roomy tents and comfy swags with thick mattresses and doonas, so that you get a good night’s rest after a day full of activities. We provide very good camp chairs and also carry enough water for guests to be able to have a little bit of a wash at night or in the morning. And remember, we will swim in the most beautiful water holes almost every day!
We are all different and some of us might simply not warm up to the idea to give up showers (even if it’s only on some nights). That’s OK, we don’t judge you 😉 We do encourage our guests to go a bit outside of their comfort zone, because we know that they will be rewarded, and won’t regret it. However, for travelers who are just that little bit too attached to their daily shower routine, our private tours are your perfect choice. On a private tour, we can plan an itinerary specifically tailored to your needs. For example, we can add accommodation to some or all nights of your Kimberley Tour, where you will have access to showers.We can also adjust the timing of the tour so that you don’t miss out on anything you wish to explore.
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