Explore Papua New Guinea’s beautiful and mysterious landscapes and unique wildlife and peoples.
Escorted tour | History & culture | Natural world | River cruise | Wildlife
Day by day itinerary
Depart the UK for Port Moresby. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your Air Niugini flight to Mount Hagen. Mount Hagen Town is in the upper Wahgi Valley. The valley has some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. You will stay at the Rondon Ridge Hotel. Perched high up on Mount Kuta, it offers stunning views of the Wahgi Valley. Spend two full days exploring the area. Mount Hagen is the home of the Melpa people, a tribal society who have largely remained unchanged over time. They cultivate sweet potatoes and keep pigs, which are seen as a sign of wealth. In the mountains surrounding the Wahgi Valley you’ll have the opportunity to observe a stunning variety of birdlife as well as many beautiful orchids.
Fly by charter from Mount Hagen to Sepik, where the mountains give way to dense tropical lowland rainforest, spanning as far as the horizon. Here you will be transferred to the river, to the comfort of the MV Sepik Spirit, inspired by the architecture of the ’haus tambaran’ or spirit house. The boat is especially designed to travel in shallow waters so it’s easier to explore the tributaries of the Sepik River. Two full days are spent along the river, scattered with thatched huts and palm trees. Visit traditional Sepik villages and mix with the fascinating Sepik people, famous for their amazing wood carvings.
You will be transferred by river boat to Karawari Lodge, perched on a ridge 300m above the river. Karawari Lodge is inspired by the local architecture and is made using traditional materials, whilst maintaining all the modern comforts of a lodge experience. It also offers spectacular views over the rainforest.
Fly by charter aircraft to Tari, passing over the Central Ranges, which are some of the most rugged and impressive mountain ranges and landscapes in the world. Jagged limestone peaks rise and fall at impossible angles, volcanic crater lakes shimmer and the valleys are lush and green. Ambua Lodge sits high on the slopes of the Tari Valley, home of the Huli, a colourful and proud people with strong traditions. Like the Sepik people, pigs are extremely important to them. The afternoon is spent exploring the surrounding areas of high mountain forests and roaring waterfalls. The next day enjoy a full day of cultural and ecological touring. The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of bright and exotic-looking birds of paradise, as well as a variety of orchids.
Depart for Port Moresby on Air Niugini. Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to your onward or returning international flight.
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