Kakadu is three hours’ drive south-east of Darwin on the Arnhem Highway, past mango farms and termite mounds. Wildman is one of the first lodges we come to, in the Mary River National Park, on the edge of Kakadu. Set 40 minutes’ drive off the highway, Wildman consists of 10 free-standing cabins and 15 glamping tents, plus a high-end restaurant, and a bar and reading area, all a short walk from Home Billabong and a vast wetland. The lodge has its own bush runway, where a single-engine five-seater Cessna awaits, ever ready to take guests on scenic flights. There’s also an infinity pool, where you can sip cocktails while watching said Cessna take off and land, just 40 metres away. Wildman consists of 10 free-standing cabins and 15 glamping tents, plus a high-end restaurant, and a bar and reading area. But best of all are the safari tents, which are perched on timber platforms, with thick dun-coloured canvas “walls”, mosquito mesh windows, a writing desk and camp chairs on your private deck. It’s just like Hemingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro, except with en suite. Wildman only became a glamping operation in 2009. In the 1970s it was a shooting safari… Read full this story
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