Wild Bush Luxury has closed the Bamurru Plains safari lodge in the Top End for the remaining 2020 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bamurru Plains is one of only two Luxury Lodges of Australia member properties in the territory, the other being Longitude 131º.
Located on the edge of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, Bamurru Plains has exclusive access to some 300 square kilometres of floodplains and savannah woodland on the Mary River.
Typically operating between March and October, a post on the safari lodge’s website states the impact of COVID-19 means “this will not be the case for 2020.”
“As COVID-19 impacts our world in rapid and unforgiving ways, we all face new challenges and need to think laterally. In order to weather the accumulating storm and emerge to reopen and reconnect you with our Top End landscape, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close our safari lodge at Bamurru Plains for the remainder of the 2020 season.”
“We will resume operations on 1 March 2021 when the Magpie Geese are preparing to nest and barramundi are on the bite. We will continue to share Wild Bush Luxury experiences through until 31 October 2021.”
Existing rates and packages will be carried over into 2021.
Wild Busy Luxury’s sister homestead in South Australia, Arkaba in the Flinders Ranges, has similarly temporarily closed to guests, until 31 August 2020.
Arkaba – also a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia – and the acclaimed Arkaba Walk are expected to resume operation on 1 September “when wildflowers are in bloom, emu chicks begin hatching and migratory birds return to our ranges.”
Arkaba guests impacted by the pause in business can postpone their travel through to 31 March 2022.