Why access to showers shouldn’t determine your Kimberley Experience
At Charter North, one of the questions we get asked a lot 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. On a remote journey like in the Kimberley, showers are not always available, even if staying at designated campgrounds. For example, some remote national park or indigenous reserve campgrounds (Purnululu/ the Bungles, Munurru/ Kind Edward River) don’t offer any showers. Many accustomed campers don’t want to give up their shower routine 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 can expect to have access to showers roughly every third to fourth night of your trip, when they are provided by national parks or private campgrounds we are staying at. If we are bush camping or in remote campgrounds without showers, you will need to go without.
“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 are 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. There are a number of reasons for this, and just to name a few: It would add a lot of extra weight to our trailer and we would only be able to carry enough water for a very quick rinse, say 10L max. per person. More importantly, have you considered where our waste water would go? For environmental reasons, if there is no sewage system in place, we just don’t think we should have showers using soups etc. Furthermore, it would not stop at transporting water; we would then also need to transport the shower setup, a fordable shower room for privacy, and we would need to adjust our tour timing to be able to warm up water in the sun as we wouldn’t be able to heat up enough water on the campfire for everyone. We would also need to allow for extra time around camp in our program for everyone to be able to have a shower. In short, there are many logistical and environmental implications to using portable shower systems for a number of people.
“Well then, why don’t you camp where there are showers?”
That’s an easy one: If we designed our Kimberley Tour itineraries around access to showers at camp, this would severely compromise our guests’ experiences, 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. We just believe that, when going on what is often a once in a lifetime Kimberley journey, it’s far more important that you explore the destination completely for what it is than having access to showers every night.
After all, it’s not the showers that you will remember, is it?
And remember, you will be able to have a 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 little bit out of their comfort zone, because we know that they will be rewarded, and won’t regret it. However, for travellers 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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