This was an incredible experience. And free too, which is just brilliant. Our guide, Vincent, is a local Aboriginal and was totally engaging. His narrative, his stories, his humour and his explanation of the Anangu history were totally engaging and mesmerising.
To say that I enjoyed this walk is an understatement and I would strongly recommend that anyone who visits Uluru do this tour and hear about the Aboriginals rites of passage, bush medicine and their stories - the ones they've passed down through the generations for the past 20,000 or so years.
Do this tour, I promise you that you will enjoy it. And I doubt that you'll ever forget it.
The walking track is shaded and flat. It's a relatively short walk - only 500 metres or so - there's more talking than walking so it's easy for everyone.
There are some wonderful examples of rock art to be seen along the way as well.
Mala is also the name of a tiny marsupial - the Mala, which features strongly in Aboriginal history. The Mala until recently, faced extinction in the wild. The species is listed as Vulnerable and the Anangu are incredibly proud that they have saved the species. The Mala have been reintroduced to the area and are living and breeding safely behind electric fences near Kings Canyon.
Cost: the Mala Walk is free. Park entry is $25 for a 3 day pass.
Times: 8am October to April
10am May to September
Everyone. The walk is wheelchair and pram friendly.
About 500 metres, but allow 1 1/2 hours
Meet at the base of the rock (at the entry point to the rock climb).
carry at leasy 1.5 litres of water while on the walk or you cannot join in with the group.
Wear a hat, good walking shoes and sunscreen.
Carry and drink at least 1 litre of water per hour.
Walk in the cooler parts of the day.
Stay on the track.
Some handy tips:
Take your camera!
Wear layers of clothing. The mornings are very cold (especially May to September)
Apply insect repellent or wear a fly net. The flies can be pesky.
Respect for the local Tjukurpa and Anangu people is requested by your choosing to walk around Uluru instead of climbing it.