Your mission is to join Zoologist, Jack Randall, on an adventure of a lifetime! All our trips are personalised for your family. Designed as journeys of discovery focussed around key target species, you will be immersed in the authentic adventure of seeking out these animals in their natural habitats. *Scroll arrows right & left to find out more!*
All of our adventures blend the balance between camping and cabin style accommodation in truly wild settings.
Participating in the mission you will gain new skills, including species identification, wildlife tracking, navigation in the field and how to use our Zoology kit.
Your trip is documented by a Made in the Wild photographer, giving you lasting memories of your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Journey to the DaintreeYou will be given a Mission Briefing at the Cairns Aquarium, where Jack will give you your “adventure packs” and pull out the maps and run through the target animal encounters for the trip. On the way to the rainforest base you will be given a Traditional Welcome to Country Ceremony from an elder of the Kuuku Yalanji.
Your Rainforest BaseYou will be staying in a rustic cabin immersed in the rainforest, striking the perfect balance between comfort and adventure. Here you can soak in an open air bathtub after a successful day of animal tracking, while we cook your dinner on the barbecue and get the fire ready for marshmallow smores later in the evening.
Cassowary TrackingYou will be trekking the rainforest to hunt for the elusive giant Cassowary, the largest bird in Australia! You will learn how to track them safely while learning about the other animals & plants of the rainforest. Along the way you will be setting up remote camera traps to aid your search.
Crocodile MissionOn the Daintree River you will have a Boat Adventure joining up with expert crocodile skipper David White and his dog Dougie. Here we will learn about Australia’s apex predator in the wild. Hopefully we will also spot some magnificent birds that cross our path, including the Azure Kingfisher & Papuan Frogmouth.
Night-time SpotlightingAt night, you will go on a nocturnal trail walks targeting snakes, lizards and frogs! We hope to encounter Australia’s largest snake species the Scrub Python, the Boyd’s Rainforest Dragon, the White-Lipped Tree Frog, among many, many other species of the night!
Snorkelling the ReefThe Daintree Rainforest is where the rainforest meets the world famous Great Barrier Reef. An exhilarating ride on Ocean Safari’s speed boat gets us to the outer reef in 30 minutes where you will be snorkelling with Green Sea Turtles, Blue Spotted Rays & Reef Sharks! We will also be on the lookout for the the beautiful Clownfish (“Nemo”) and the Royal Blue Tang (“Dory”).
Your JourneyThe mission is to track down some of the rarest & most elusive species in Africa, the “Desert Giants”. To do that we must venture 1000km north through Namibia into the vast & arid Damaraland. A paced-out route for this family adventure allows us to pass via varied locations & habitats along the way to target a wider list of iconic African animals!
Your Field VehicleAn iconic Land Rover Defender, the ultimate no-nonsense adventure vehicle which will feel like your home! The cabin has been configured so there is capacity for up to 5 passengers. Your vehicle will be fitted with roof top tents & mattresses for camping and/or safari style canvas ground tents if required. A support vehicle trails behind with a MITW field assistant driving.
Level of AdventureMuch of the charm of a wildlife adventure is that you find yourself far away from people. You may customise your trip to include wild camping, where nobody else may be seen in a day! This comes with a caveat, there is no mobile signal (just emergency satellite phone) and no real showers or toilets (with limited water for washes). This experience is combined with lodge style accommodation to make the right balance for your family adventure!
Reptile Tracking & SpotlightingOur favourite stopover north is at Okonjima Private Nature Reserve. Here is one of our best spots for us to lookout for reptiles along trails in the mornings and evenings in a safe environment. Target species include Brown House Snakes, Giant Ground Geckos & Leopard Tortoises. We can also track some African game such as the smallest antelope species the Dik-dik.
BioBlitz Safari DrivesOur route goes straight through the world renowned Etosha National Park, one of the largest wildlife reserves in Africa. Here we will search for predators such as lions and hyenas who are hunting the high numbers of zebra, wildebeest & springbok. With binoculars you will also be spotting for raptors in the trees.
Truly Wild FrontiersTo observe our target species, the desert adapted elephants, we enter Damaraland. The landscape here is sweeping sand dunes, massive rocky gorges and ancient dry riverbeds. We have good chances to see also the remaining four giants of the desert: desert giraffe, ostrich, rhino and lions! This is a truly magical location you will never forget!
Your Journey to the Komodo IslandsPicked up by speedboat at the docks of Flores you will be joining Jack and the team for the mission briefing, unravel the maps, before setting sail to the Komodo National Park. The pace is set so that we explore isolated islands, beaches and reefs along the way to discover the wildlife above and below the water.
Your Expedition BoatOur favoured boat, Tiger Blue, is a traditional Phinisi with a 12-man crew on board including a professional Diver Master. The boat is truly fit for the modern wildlife explorer, comfortable cabins, an open living deck, and an adventure kit with kayaks and scuba gear! This is your home for the adventure and where you will eat delicious meals prepared with fresh local produce, including candlelight dinners under the stars. Truly magical!
Scuba Diving, Snorkelling & KayakingOn route to the Komodo Islands, we will stop by the shallows where you’ll learn about another mighty inhabitant of the national park, the Oceanic Manta Ray. These giant flying creatures of the sea come here to visit their ‘cleaning stations’, where smaller cleaner fish and shrimp eat nuisance parasites off them, as well as off sharks and turtles. Here and other sites, you will have the chance to learn to scuba dive (If you haven’t already!), or snorkel, and go out for mini adventures by kayak.
Tracking Komodo DragonsAnchoring off Rinca Island, home of the Komodo Dragons, you’ll kayak to shore to begin the search. Here you will gain an in- depth understanding of how the dragons have come to shape this landscape as the region’s top predator. With privileged access to the most wild section of the island this is the best location for us to track down wild dragons. With an (unconfirmed) 1,000 individuals over an area of 78 square miles, finding the dragons in their true natural habitat isn’t easy!
Night-time SpotlightingRinca and the nearby islands are home to other unique animals, including nocturnal reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and bats. Putting your head torches on as night draws in, you will go on a spotlighting mission keeping an eye out for our target species of the night, the White Lipped Pit Viper, including the famous blue form found on Komodo.
New DiscoveriesYour adventure contributes to a longer-term mission to monitor the island’s population! All team sightings are incredibly valuable; we record the GPS location, time and behaviours plus all photos are recorded for individual analysis.