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Wonders of New Guinea

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,273

Journey through remote jungles and villages on this adventure to Papua New Guinea. This 8-day vacation is the ultimate trek for explorers, as it introduces you to the fascinating landscapes, colourful birds, and remarkable people of this frontier nation.


This 8-day Papua New Guinea vacation takes you to the remote highlands and waterways of this frontier nation. It features moderate accommodations, shared tours, and is great for travellers who want to go far beyond the tourist trails.

Your journey begins in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, where you’ll connect onward to Mount Hagen in the western highlands. Spend a night at a lodge perched high up on Mount Kuta and enjoy spectacular views of the Wahgi Valley spread out far below you. The next day, fly to the Karawari River region to spend two full days in jungle country. Venture down waterways alongside local boatmen, search for exotic birds on jungle hikes, and meet with local villagers to learn about their ways of life and admire their impressive craftsmanship, including the iconic crocodile masks they make. You’ll also visit Kundiman Village to witness a sago-making demonstration, as sago is one of the staple foods in the region.

Connect back to the Wahgi Valley and spend the next few days hiking the highland trails and meeting the Huli people in the region. One day, you’ll learn about the coffee, tea, and mining industries that fuel the region’s economy. You’ll also meet people from remote villages that weren’t contacted by the outside world until 1933. Another day, visit with the Huli people, who are known for their elaborate masks and human hair wigs decorated with colourful flowers.

After exploring the landscape of the Wahgi Valley and meeting its people, you’ll held back to Port Moresby where you’ll catch your flight back home.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,273

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Day 1

Arrive Port Moresby

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

Karawari River

Fly by charter aircraft to Karawari airstrip over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. From the airstrip, you will be transferred by river boat to Karawari Lodge.

Located on a ridge overlooking the Karawari River in the Sepik region, and boasting a spectacular view over hundreds of kilometers of dense tropical jungle, Karawari Lodge is inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, whilst still providing modern comforts. It is the perfect base for jungle, river and village exploration. You are in the middle of Arambak country - locals pole dugout canoes, the drums throb, wild birds call, and traditional village lifestyles continue largely unchanged. "Something likes a National Geographic expedition. No roads. Thick jungle. Locals poling dugouts. Crocodiles. You wind up at the surprising Karawari Lodge".

After lunch experience 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
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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 3

Cultural Touring

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

Spend another day touring in the Karawari area.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Wahgi River

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.

After lunch enjoy an afternoon guided nature walk around the trails at Rondon Ridge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 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

Mount Hagen

Enjoy a full day tour featuring the unique culture and tradition of the Melpa people who live near the Mount Hagen town 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 are 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
Day 7

Explore the Mount Hagen Area

Another full day cultural touring including a visit the Huli people in Mount Hagen. 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 decorated with feathers, flowers and moss. The Huli culture is the most vibrant intact and colorful to be experienced anywhere.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Depart Port Moresby

This morning you depart for Port Moresby on Air Niugini PX881. 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
  • Land transfers
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary

  • Expert local tour guide

  • Domestic flight 

    Ambua to Karawari
  • Domestic flight Kawarai to Mount Hagen

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Domestic flights Port Moresby to Tari and Mount Hagen to Port Moresby
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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 inquire.

TB TRANSNIPOR20TO: WONG
10 Dec 2020
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