Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Safari Camp in Cape Range National Park, Australia

January 28, 2011 by

Sometimes, our inner child searches for adventure in nature. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is a great place to experience that excitement.
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an exclusive safari camp hidden in the white sand dunes of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park. Nine spacious wilderness tents are just meters from the water’s edge and the world’s greatest fringing coastal coral reef. Sal Salis accommodation and hosting style exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and Sal Salis guides deliver an extraordinary insight to one of Australia’s best kept natural secrets – Ningaloo Reef. Sal Salis’s ecological principles also ensure that the guests’ stay generates a minimal environmental footprint.

Sal Salis is located on the North West Cape, an hour’s drive south of Exmouth, in the Cape Range National Park. The tents are situated just 50 meters back from the beach surrounded by the low lying coastal dunes. Two kilometers behind the camp lies the limestone range of the Cape Range National Park, divided by spectacular gorges.
The focus of the guests’ stay at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is the wilderness around you and its marine and land inhabitants. The guests’ accommodation is designed to expose you to the sights and sounds outside the tent: a Red Kangaroo grazing amongst the dunes, the beautiful song of a Butcherbird or a Humpback Whale breaching just beyond the reef.
However, Sal Salis also appreciates that while an exclusive bush experience does not need to be 5 star in the conventional sense, there are a few key comforts that are crucial: a supremely comfortable bed, 100% cotton linen (500 thread count), a choice of pillows, soft bath towels, an en suite bathroom, delicious food and great hosting.

The main camp building is raised above the sand and coastal scrub with views out to the reef and breakers beyond. Dinner is hosted against a back-drop of rich orange sunsets over the Indian Ocean and in the cool of the evening kangaroos and wallaroos appear from the bush for their evening graze. A bar and open lounge area with a small reference library provides a great spot to sit out the heat of day or enjoy a quiet sundowner. Sal Salis’s chef provides contemporary Australian cuisine with hints of bush food and native produce, and guests may help themselves to the self-service bar at any time.
The camp has been designed to operate in tune with the fragile environment of Cape Range National Park and as such Sal Salis abides by strict principles of minimal impact and sustainability. All of their power is solar generated, each en suite bathroom has a natureloo (marketing jargon for state of the art composting loos), water usage is very carefully managed and no waste material escapes into the surrounding ecosystem. Native herb soaps and ecologically sound shampoos are provided. The tents are spacious and naturally comfortable – they are not intended to be 5 star hotel rooms in the bush so Sal Salis does not offer TVs, telephones, mini bars or other modern appliances.

The coastal reef and inshore waters of Ningaloo Reef provide one of Australia’s great marine experiences, while the limestone back-drop of the Cape Range hides deep gorges of spectacular beauty. The coral reef is literally on your doorstep and the Sal Salis guides are passionate and knowledgeable people who love showing the guest their backyard – over 500 species of fish, 250 coral species and 600 species of mollusc. Ningaloo is known as one of the best places on earth to see and swim with Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. It is also a major breeding area for Hawksbill, Green and Loggerhead Turtles, which are seen daily in front of the camp.

Sal Salis offers many activities for the guest to utilize, including: sea kayaking, snorkelling, wildlife viewing, guided gorge walks, fishing, whale shark charters, marine wildlife cruises, yardie creek and star gazing.
Kayaks are the perfect vessel for exploring the reef with minimal interference to the ecosystem. The Blue Lagoon is a 5 meter deep natural aquarium where huge schools of fish, reef sharks and turtles swim among the coral formations.
A drift snorkel just a few metes offshore reveals a wealth of life, with huge staghorn coral formations, anemones, Clownfish, rays and sponge gardens. All snorkelling gear is provided for the guest.
Wildlife viewing offers the chance for the guest to see red Kangaroos, wallaroos, rock wallabies and Gould’s Goannas, Pied Butcherbirds, Fairy Wrens, Kestrels, Zebra Finches, Reef Herons, waders, seabirds and the occasional Emu that strolls through camp.

Two kilometeres behind the camp, a walk up Mandu Mandu gorge is a step back in geological history with fossil bearing limestone formations and spectacular views back to the coast. The history of 30,000 years of human habitation in this area is slowly unfolding from studies of artifacts, middens and rock shelters.

Fishing comes at additional cost to the guest. With the continental shelf being only a few kilometers offshore Ningaloo Reef is a spectacular and diverse fishing destination. Sal Salis can arrange game, reef and bone fishing from the camp. Sal Salis offers three types of fishing: game fishing, reef fishing and bone fishing. Each fishing package includes: wilderness tent accommodation at Sal Salis on twin-share basis, all meals and beverages, daily private guided fishing on our custom boat , complimentary transfers from Learmonth airport to Sal Salis. These packages focus solely on fishing and do not include other guided activities available at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef.
Whale Shark charters also come at an additional cost. April to June is the season to swim with the Whale Sharks as they migrate through the waters. Sal Salis has special Whale Shark packages available during that time.
Marine Wildlife cruises come at an additional cost as well. From April to August wildlife marine cruises can be arranged to locate Manta Rays, Humpback whales, and Dolphins. These are full day excursions departing on selected days.

The guest can take a guided cruise or walk through the spectacularly multi-colored Yardie gorge in search of Black-footed Rock Wallabies. Yardie is the only gorge in the area with permanent water and its mangrove areas provide roosting sites for many bird species while the sheltered waters are a sanctuary for marine animals.
Look up to the stars and the guest will gaze at the Milky Way stretching from one horizon to the other.
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is the perfect setting for a romantic beach wedding. Sal Salis caters for small intimate weddings including accommodation, ceremony and reception. Sal Salis has a relationship with local suppliers and can assist with additional services, such as a priest or celebrant, photographer and florist, for the guests’ special day.
Sal Salis gives the guest a chance to get in touch with nature and enjoy the adventure she has to offer.

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