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Wonders of New Guinea

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,840

New Guinea, the last great land mass to remain unexplored is a place of great wonder and mystery. Exotic animals, extraordinary art and flamboyant warriors await the curious traveller.


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 9 day tour departs Port Moresby to 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’s high mountain forests, so enjoy a full day of cultural and ecological wonders before your onward flight to Karawari Lodge. Influenced by local native architecture and built with traditional materials, the Lodge offers spectacular views over hundreds of kilometers of the surrounding jungle. Spend a full day touring the rich ecology and culture of this region, before you pay a visit to 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.

We can assist with your flights and other travel requirements before & after your P.N.G. experience.


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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,840

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Day 1

Arrive Port Moresby

Upon arrival in Port Moresby you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to the Airways Hotel.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Airways Hotel

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    Airways Hotel



    Airways Hotel is Papua New Guinea's leading hotel, Australasia's leading airport hotel and one of the most unique airport hotels in the world. Nestled into the mountainside in its own botanical gardens, with stunning views from crystal clear waters of Bootless Bay to the majestic ...

    Airways Hotel is Papua New Guinea's leading hotel, Australasia's leading airport hotel and one of the most unique airport hotels in the world. Nestled into the mountainside in its own botanical gardens, with stunning views from crystal clear waters of Bootless Bay to the majestic mountains of the Owen Stanley Ranges, the hotel it is located just 2 minutes from Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

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Day 2

Port Moresby to Tari Valley

In the morning, you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to your Air Niugini flight Port Moresby to Tari. The Tari Valley - home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people still largely living the same way that their ancestors did. 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 colourful flowers.

In the afternoon enjoy a guided nature walk through the alpine forest looking for the exotic bird of Paradise.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Ambua Lodge

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    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 3

Cultural Touring

Enjoy two full days 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
Duration2 Days
Day 4

Day at Leisure

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

Day 5

Karawari River

Fly by charter aircraft to Karawari airstrip over 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. From the airstrip, you will be transferred by river boat 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. Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, while still providing modern comforts. Located on a ridge overlooking the Karawari River, in the Sepik region is a time-warped mixture of pre-technological and technological architecture - it is the perfect base for some old-fashioned jungle, river and village exploration. You are in the middle of Arambak country, locals' pole dug-out canoes, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and, traditional village lifestyles continue largely unchanged. "Something like a National Geographic expedition." No roads. Thick jungle. Locals poling dugouts. Crocodiles. You wind up at the surprising Karawari Lodge.

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

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Duration2 Nights
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Karawari Lodge

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    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 6

Karawari area

A day excursion along the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes 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. Excursions will enhance your understanding of traditional village culture in the Sepik region.

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Day 7

Wahgi Valley

Fly by charter from Karawari to Mount Hagen, during the flight mountains rise up to startling heights out of the flat lands of the Sepik Basin. 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. Guests are accommodated in 12 units, each unit featuring 180 degree views, modern bathroom, electric blankets and continental quilts for the cool highland evenings.

Proceed with lunch then follow by an afternoon guided nature walk around the trails at Rondon Ridge.

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Duration2 Nights
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Rondon Ridge Lodge

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    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 8

Mount Hagen

Today you have a full day tour 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.

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Day 9

Depart Port Moresby

This morning you depart for Port Moresby on Air Niugini PX181. Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to your ongoing international flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Thursdays.

PRICE INCLUDES:

8 nights accommodation, airport transfers, tours, local guides, and meals as indicated.

NOT INCLUDED:

International and domestic airfare. We can advise and assist.

TB TRANSNIPOR17TO: WONG
27 Dec 2018
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