Njanjma Rangers

Njanjma Rangers

Head guide Manbiyarra Nayinggul (centre) points to stories in Kakadu’s rock

The Njanjma Rangers have been getting rave reviews for their fresh interpretation of Kakadu’s East Alligator River region.

The rangers deliver their presentation in a mix of English and Kunwinjku gunwok, one of the Aboriginal languages commonplace in Kakadu. As they lead visitors through the tropical savannah woodland, they talk about the plants and flowers, pointing out what they use for basket weaving, food and medicinal use… perhaps even knocking up a homemade paint brush on the spot!

These free presentations from the Njanjma Rangers will run at Ubirr until October. A group of 20 male guides rotate between Ubirr Rock and the Guluyambi boat cruise, which the rangers also operate on the adjacent East Alligator River (the Ubirr tours are free, but you’ll have to pay for the boat cruise…well worth the price!).

Later this month it is the Njanjma ladies’ turn to shine, when they start their Twined Together program – where visitors can sit down and take part in traditional basket weaving activities at the nearby Border Store.

The guides are trained in all facets of tourism including first aid, presentation and delivery, at the newly formed ‘On Country Academy’.

 

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