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The New Guinea Encounter

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,382

Discover the frontier on this trek into the jungles of Papua New Guinea. On this journey through the Wahgi Valley and along the Karawari River, you’ll get in touch with Indigenous villagers, see colourful birds, and explore the untouched majesty of the nation’s wilderness.


This 8-day Papua New Guinea vacation takes you into the bush to visit remote villages, encounter Indigenous cultures, and gain insight into live as it’s been lived for thousands of years. It features moderate accommodations, shared tours, and is perfect for globetrotters that want to go well off the beaten track.

Your journey across Papua New Guinea begins in Port Moresby where you’ll meet your tour staff and board your flight to Mount Hagen, a town in the Wahgi Valley. After a night on the perches of Mount Kuta overlooking the valley, you’ll fly onward to Karwari, which serves as your entry point to the dense jungles and remote villages of the mainland. You’ll have two days in Karawari to explore the surrounding jungle. Head up the waterways of the Karawari River alongside canoe boatmen and visit villages where you can admire the intricate artworks and unique ways of life of the Indigenous inhabitants. You’ll also have a chance to see magnificent animal life, including the colourful birds that live in the area.

From Karawari connect back to Mount Hagen to explore the Wahgi Valley and surrounding areas. You’ll meet the Melpa people, who continue to live subsistence lifestyles, and have a chance to learn about their culture and ways of interacting with the natural world. If you love flowers, you’ll also be in luck as you’ll spot a stunning range of orchids and other tropical blooms.

The final stop on your trek across Papua New Guinea is Port Moresby, where you’ll spend a night to explore the nation’s capital. You’ll then return to the airport to connect back home.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,382

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Day 1

Port Moresby to Mount Hagen

Upon arrival in Port Moresby you will be met and greeted by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred from your incoming international flight to your onwards domestic flight 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 Mount Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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 to Karawari

After breakfast you will be transferred to Mt. Hagen Airport for your charter flight from Mount Hagen to Karawari, the mountains start to give way until eventually vast tracts of dense tropical lowland rainforest cover the landscape for as far as the eye can see. From Karawari airstrip, you will be transferred by river boat and four-wheel drive to Karawari Lodge. Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, Karawari Lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of kilometers of dense tropical jungle. It is inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, while still providing modern comforts.

Proceed with lunch then follow with an afternoon visit to Kundiman village for a sago making demonstration. Sago is the Staple food for the river people.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

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 3

Cultural Touring of the Karawari area

Enjoy two full days of cultural touring. Enjoy excursions along the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes adorned with sculpted silhouettes of crocodile masks. Village life including carved totems, drums, woodcarvings and different expressions of art are also experienced. See bountiful bird life along the rivers and nearby lakes. These tours will enhance your understanding of traditional village culture in the Sepik region.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Cultural Touring of the Karawari area

Spend another day touring in the Karawari area.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Wahgi Valley

In the morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Karawari airstrip for your charter flight from Karawari to Mount Hagen. Upon arrival in Mount Hagen you transfer to Rondon Ridge. 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 Mount Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley.

Proceed with lunch and a half day Birding and Nature tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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 6

Explore the Mount Hagen Area

A full day is spent exploring the Hagen Area and Wahgi Valley. The Mount Hagen area is the home of the Melpa people, a people with a strong culture, who in the face of modernity, still live largely traditional subsistence lifestyles. In the mountains surrounding the Wahgi Valley lives a stunning array of bird, orchid and plant life.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Mount Hagen to Port Moresby

This morning you depart for Port Moresby on Air Niugini. Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to your hotel as scheduled. You will enjoy a half day sightseeing city tour of Port Moresby and its surroundings.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The Stanley Hotel and Suites

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    The Stanley Hotel and Suites



    The Stanley Hotel and Suites is situated in Waigani the Commercial and Government heart of Port Moresby. The hotel is connected to Port Moresby only integrated shopping complex, Vision City Mega Mall, giving you direct access to a Bank, Nightclub, Cinema, Supermarket and Restaurants. All …

    The Stanley Hotel and Suites is situated in Waigani the Commercial and Government heart of Port Moresby.

    The hotel is connected to Port Moresby only integrated shopping complex, Vision City Mega Mall, giving you direct access to a Bank, Nightclub, Cinema, Supermarket and Restaurants. All this without having to drive anywhere.

    The Stanley Hotel and Suites is a true Luxury Hotel with superb dining and relaxation facilities. Our goal is to provide exceptional service and consistency in all we do.
    Our well-appointed standard, and deluxe rooms, offer all the amenities you would expect of a first class hotel. For those looking for a little more luxury, our executive rooms with access to the exclusive Lounge will more than meet your expectations.

    Enjoy fabulous food in our Green Haus Restaurant, or a sumptuous snack in the Monsoon Lounge. For that special occasion dine at our 19th floor Silver Leaf Restaurant.
    You can enjoy an early morning workout at the Gym or relax by the pool side on our extra-large day beds.

    Our conference and meetings facilities are second to none, with our centre piece Ballroom, combined with eight smaller meeting rooms all of which can be set up in a myriad of combinations, anywhere from 10 to 1200 people.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Child Friendly
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Reception
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 8

Depart Port Moresby

This morning you will be transferred from your hotel to Port Moresby airport for your onward international flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Thursdays.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Return flights betwwen Mount Hagen and Karawari
  • Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Meals as indicated

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic(not specified) airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • 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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10 Dec 2020
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