2024 Survey Itinerary
The 2024 survey program will be released in January 2024. Surveys will operate from late May to mid September 2024, in the Simpson Desert, Queensland & South Australia.
What is an ADE Survey?
Well firstly, please note that ADE does not operate 'camel riding safaris' - all our surveys are walking experiences in remote areas assisted by our team of OCC packcamels. You could describe these surveys as the ultimate desert walking experience, as we are able to access areas that no one else visits.
On a survey your active participation is essential and you will be asked to contribute to the operation of your survey trek or expedition, assisting our cameleers with the daily tasks. The comprehensive pre-departure information will help to ensure that you are well prepared for the enriching experience of working with the camels. Duties may include shepherding them in the mornings & evenings whilst they feed and, under the supervision of the cameleers, helping to saddle the camels and load the equipment. Your cameleers cook all the meals on the campfire but help from aspiring chefs is always welcome!
The spirit of the day is determined by the pace of travel of the camels, geographical features & obstacles. So it is important to be prepared to meet the desert on its own terms and adjust to 'desert time'.
Don't be concerned if you have never trekked with camels before. We have many first timers on our trips who know next to nothing about camels when their trek or expedition departs, but by the end of the trip are totally enamoured by the experience of working with, and walking alongside, these incredible animals.
However most importantly, the camels allow for SLOW TRAVEL which is crucial in noticing then documenting and then understanding the landscape through which we walk.