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Date: 15th January 2012

Claire, a receptionist at Thala Beach, recommended that we take a trip with Daintree Safaris owned and run by Nicholas Fox. He is a one man band so that you actually get the Boss who is one of only 4 accredited Rainforest Guides. Other companies are accredited because of their facilities but Nicholas took a one year intensive course 19 years ago and learned all there is to know. He told us that 26 of them started the course and only 6 finished it. I get the feeling that the Queensland Government kind of gave up on this kind of accreditation. Nick' s vehicle takes 6 or 7 and is an extremely comfortable and well air conditioned vehicle.

(How well I remember our expensive Safari into the Namibian Desert when my friend Doreen and I were on the cruise ship from Cape Town to Southampton- our vehicle was meant to be fully air conditioned but wasn't and our romantic lunch at an oasis in the desert was at a huge plastic table eating buffet food from which the serving woman was constanty brushing away the flied. And as for the Oasis at which we were supposed to be lunching - there wasn't a drop of water in sight!)

Nick's tour was worth every single Aussie Dollar. We had two nice companions in Gemma and Richard who'd been told that anything Nick didn't know wasn't worth knowing! He gave us a comprehensive and very interesting walk in a section of the Rainforest where we were fortunate to see two very different coloured Boyd's Forest Dragons - lizards about 18 inches long from head to tail, several birds whose names I cant remember - should have taken a notebook - and he gave us a huge amount of fascinating information about the general Rainforest habitat.

Then we drove to where the Rainforest meets the Coral Sea and in the shade of some trees we had very good coffee in a plunger, tea if you wished and the most delicious small muffins made by Anne-Marie, Nick's wife. On the next leg of our drive we actually saw a Cassowary crossing the road in front of us. Apparently we were fortunate as they are elusive birds and one can never be guaranteed to see one. The bird was too quick for me to take a photo but we counted ourselves fortunate to have had the sighting.

We stopped at a lovely place and indulged in Rainforest Ice Cream - a little tub of four containing the flavours of Apricot, Wattle Seed, Macadamia Nut and I can't remember the fourth. Lunch was taken at the Daintree Teahouse Restaurant where we had delicious wild Barramundi fillets surrounded by all manner of slices of tropical fruit. The owner then identified the fruits, many of which I'd never heard of, and gave us a brief history. All very interesting.

After lunch we drove to the Daintree River for a short cruise. As we boarded we saw some weird fish which propel a jet of water about two feet high and knock spiders, flies etc into the water where they gobble them up. Jonathan very much hoped to see a crocodile and apparently Scarface had put in an appearance in the morning but he was nowhere to be seen. Our 'captain' was a Marine Biologist from Scotland who gave us an interesting commentary on the Mangrove swamps etc.

Our next and last stop was at the Mossman Gorge which the travel agent had praised to the hilt. It was the only disappointment of the day. Gorge to me suggests a deep Canyon with cascading water and either that was further up or the Gorge has an unwarranted reputation. It was attractive with its huge boulders and cascading water but I've seen a lot better elsehere in the world - and a Gorge and Waterfall near Durban springs to mind although I cannot remember its name. Nick gave us 110% and the trip was worth every single dollar. Can't remember enjoying a trip so much and not having the feeling that we were being ripped off. So I cannot recommend Nicholas Fox and Daintree Safaris highly enough. Thank you Nick and please may I have your wife's recipé for the muffins! www.daintreesafari.com

Beware of the Crocodiles!  And they mean it.  Not that long ago a Croc came up onto the Jetty and took a dog and on another occasion a small child was taken.


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