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Jungle Lodges & Sepik River

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,953

Papua New Guinea is one of the least visited countries on earth, a last frontier for travellers. Discover this remote paradise staying in jungle lodges and on a "floating lodge" on the Sepik River.


With little tourist infrastructure and few guidebooks published, a visit to Papua New Guinea is perfect for the intrepid traveler who’s not afraid to go well off the beaten track!

This 10 day tour takes you to visit the Melpa people of Mount Hagan, where you can see one of the best preserved indigenous cultures on Earth, along with a stunning range of birds and orchids. Experience the Sepik Spirit, a deluxe "floating Lodge" on the Sepik River where guests explore the Sepik River and the connecting tributaries and lakes on jet-boats.  Meet the people who live in the villages, listen for the calls of exotic birds, visit Spirit Houses decorated with carved ancestral figures. Hear the sounds of massive garamut drums and mysterious ritual flutes and rhythmic rattle of dancers' shell jewelry. Sepik Spirit guides and village elders will give you insight into the culture, totems and local ceremonies.

Built with traditional materials, Karawari Lodge offers spectacular views over the surrounding jungle. Spend 2 days exploring this region, then fly on to Ambua over the rugged Central Ranges. You’ll visit the Huli people of the Tari Valley, one of the world’s most colourful societies. 13 species of birds of paradise also inhabit the Valley, so enjoy a full day of cultural and ecological wonders before your return flight to Port Moresby.

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,953

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Day 1

Port Moresby to Mount Hagen

Upon arrival in Port Moresby you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to your Air Niugini flight from Port Moresby to Mount Hagen. Mount Hagen town is in the upper Wahgi Valley - a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Perched high on Kum Mountain is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley. Guests are accommodated in 12 units, each unit featuring 180 degree views, modern bathroom, electric blankets and continental quilts for the cool highland evenings.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Rondon Ridge Lodge

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  • Rondon Ridge Lodge



    Rondon Ridge is a 40-minute drive from the town of Mount Hagen and just under an hour from the airport. There are several daily flights between Mount Hagen and the capital, Port Moresby. Rondon Ridge is a perfect hub for access to Ambua Lodge, Karawari ...

    Rondon Ridge is a 40-minute drive from the town of Mount Hagen and just under an hour from the airport. There are several daily flights between Mount Hagen and the capital, Port Moresby.
    Rondon Ridge is a perfect hub for access to Ambua Lodge, Karawari Lodge, MV Sepik Spirit and Bensbach Wildlife Lodge.

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Day 2

Mount Hagen

Two full day tours featuring the unique culture and tradition of the melpa people who live near the Mount Hagen City which is the business heart of the Papua New Guinea highlands, supplying a number of important industries, such as tea, coffee and mining. It is a city where stone meets steel, where tradition and history is juxtaposed against modern ways.

A comprehensive touring program takes you on a journey through the traditions and customs of the Melpa People. First contact with the Melpa was made in the mid-1930s when the Leahy brothers were prospecting for gold. The Melpa are said by anthropologists, to be "predisposed to capitalism," because of their complex traditional society in which "big men" earn status by accruing wealth and then giving it all away in ceremonial exchanges.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Days
Day 3

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 4

Mount Hagen to Sepik River

Fly to Karawari. Transfer from Karawari airstrip to the comfort of the Sepik Spirit. Enjoy lunch on board the Sepik Spirit. Begin your voyage of discovery to local villages. Inspired by the local architecture of the "haus tambaran" or spirit house, the Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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MV Sepik Spirit

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  • MV Sepik Spirit



    The Sepik Spirit is a deluxe "floating Lodge". Originally commissioned as a vessel for cruising the Sepik and Karawari Rivers, the Sepik Spirit is now permanently moored at a strategic site on the Sepik River. The Sepik Spirit's nine spacious rooms accommodate a maximum of ...

    The Sepik Spirit is a deluxe "floating Lodge". Originally commissioned as a vessel for cruising the Sepik and Karawari Rivers, the Sepik Spirit is now permanently moored at a strategic site on the Sepik River. The Sepik Spirit's nine spacious rooms accommodate a maximum of just eighteen guests. Each has an en-suite bathroom, large windows and personally controlled air-conditioning.

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Day 5

Sepik River

After breakfast you will leave the ship for a full day tour and a picnic lunch to the remote Black Water Lakes. Visit villages where the people are prolific carvers. Here you can purchase many interesting items such as masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Karawari Area

After breakfast you will visit the village of Mumeri. Enjoy a jet boat ride to meet with the Sepik Spirit at the Krosmeri Junction for lunch. After lunch enjoy a tour to the Mindimbit villages. You will meet up again with the Sepik Spirit while cruising back to the Karawari area.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 7

Sepik to Karawari

After breakfast you will be transferred to Karawari Lodge. Karawari Lodge, poised on the ridge overlooking the river and jungle-clad Sepik Basin, is a world entirely unique. The real fascinations here are the people and how they live with the land and how it molds their lives. They still live as they have for generations - rituals, sing-sings, story telling, food gathering and preparation. With Karawari's carefully planned cultural programme, daily visits in river boats are made to selected villages allowing one the opportunity to be able to observe village life and customs, participate in typical daily activities and see re-enactments of traditional ceremonies. Visit remote jungle waterways where you will find huge lichen and vine - festooned trees, masses of brilliant flame flowers, and a profusion of orchids. The soft dawn glimmers on these waterways and the vast plain erupts with a myriad of birds - the raucous jungle music. Dug-out canoes glide close by the river banks - stilt villages suddenly spring in sight along the flowing waters. Here you will see man and the environment as it has been for thousands of years.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Karawari Lodge

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  • Karawari Lodge



    Guests are accommodated in ten separate cottages, each built out of local bush materials and inspired by traditional architecture. Each cottage has two private twin rooms, each with modern en-suite bathrooms, and a communal veranda. Despite its remoteness, the lodge has 220V electricity, hot and ...

    Guests are accommodated in ten separate cottages, each built out of local bush materials and inspired by traditional architecture. Each cottage has two private twin rooms, each with modern en-suite bathrooms, and a communal veranda. Despite its remoteness, the lodge has 220V electricity, hot and cold water, comfortable mosquito-netted beds, ceiling fans, and a breezy veranda - all make for a welcome sanctuary after a day's exploration.

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Day 8

Karawari to Tari

Fly by charter aircraft to Tari over the Central Ranges, which are some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. The country between Ambua and the Sepik region is an amazing array of jagged limestone that seem to rise and drop at impossible angles. Ambua Lodge is an inspired mixture of local architecture, spectacular views and modest luxury off the beaten track. Located at 7000 feet (2100 meters) in the PNG Southern Highlands, homeland of the Huli clan with their human hair wigs adorned with colorful flowers. Recipient of the 1991 Pacific Asia Travel Association's "Pacific Heritage Award" which sighted Ambua Lodge as "superb example of culturally sensitive and ecological responsible tourism".

Afternoon guided nature walk through the alpine forest looking for the exotic bird of Paradise.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Ambua Lodge

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  • Ambua Lodge



    Nestled amongst the Doma Peaks near Tari, almost 7000 feet above sea level, is Ambua Lodge. An award-winning, eco-friendly lodge boasting magnificent views of the Tari Valley below. Guests are accommodated in forty round houses, set amongst landscaped gardens and built almost exclusively from natural ...

    Nestled amongst the Doma Peaks near Tari, almost 7000 feet above sea level, is Ambua Lodge. An award-winning, eco-friendly lodge boasting magnificent views of the Tari Valley below. Guests are accommodated in forty round houses, set amongst landscaped gardens and built almost exclusively from natural materials.

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Day 9

Tari

Enjoy full day of cultural touring. In contrast to the Sepik people whose art is manifested in ceremonial and decorative carvings, these Highland people employ as their art, body decoration, face painting and human hair wigs decorated with feathers, flowers and moss. The Huli culture is the most vibrant intact and colourful to be experienced anywhere.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Tari to Port Moresby

Beginning your journey home, you depart Tari for Port Moresby on PX865. You will be met in Port Moresby by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to your outgoing international departing flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Fridays.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Domestic airfare Mt. Hagen to Karawari & Karawari to Ambua
  • Land transfers
  • Expert local guides
  • Sepik Spirit river cruise
  • Meals as indicated.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airface taxes other than those specified
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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8 Dec 2017
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