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our story

our story

Karma Kinglake is a "fork in the road" for us. Since 1999 we have been operating two very successful remote area 4x4 expedition and catering businesses, Red Desert Tours and Catering and Legendary Outback Expeditions, in Australia and for the last five years in Southern Africa. Basically, we take clients into rarely if ever chartered environments and provide them with a very special experience in exceptional parts of the world.

After losing everything in the Black Saturday fires of 2009, we decided after much travelling and transience to finally rebuild; Kinglake had been such a special part of our lives since 1997. Having always enjoyed providing people with sensational food and experiences of a lifetime in far distant lands, we realised we now had the opportunity to provide this and more at our new ‘stationary’ home in Kinglake.

When Macca and I have been "on the road" we have travelled in our 4WD that is equipped with a roof top tent, which contains our bed. It is our little place of sanctuary, the only "private" space we have when we are on tour with clients. Its lofty position, cozy warmth and snug size have led to it being called "the nest".

When it came time to rebuilding after the fires we were very keen to make sure that whatever home we made for ourselves felt like a "nest" – when you have lost everything, feeling safe, cozy and peaceful becomes very important.

The hexagonal shape of our guest accommodation mirrors the time-honoured tradition of "nests". Even our bed and breakfast suites are nest-like, hand-built from local and natural materials. We wanted their cozy warmth and proximity to nature to make guests feel not only at home but cherished and safe.

- Karen McDonald