Papua New Guinea,

Goroka Classic Show Tour

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Group Tour
15 Days
From £9395
GEOIP Not Available
Culture and Archaeology

Tour Introduction

15 Days from £9395
GEOIP Not Available
per adult.

The Goroka Classic Show tour is an unescorted program, taking guests to various cultural highlights of Papua New Guinea, before ending in Goroka for the yearly cultural show. The tour begins in Mount Hagen in the upper Wahgi Valley, where guests spend a night at the resplendent Rondon Ridge in a valley which was only discovered by the outside world 70 years ago. The journey then takes you to Karawari, where guests board the Sepik Spirit – the ultimate floating lodge allowing all the comforts of civilisation on the Karawari River. Exploring the waterways of the Sepik River and its tributaries will unearth many interesting local villages and wonderful scenery. After three nights on board, transfer by river boat to Karawari Lodge, also in the Sepik Region. After a night at the lodge, fly to Tari Valley – the home of the flambouyant Huli, a colourful and proud people who still live largely as their ancestors did. Ambua Lodge is located high on the slopes of the Tari Valley, commanding magnificent views of the below valley and the surrounding peaks. Learn about the fascinating ecology, culture and history of this remote corner of the world. Next, head to Goroka to attend the famous two day Goroka Cultural Show where you will encounter the legendary Asaro mud men. Finally, return to Port Moresby to catch your outgoing international flight.

NB: This is an unescorted group, which means you will have a different local guide in each location.

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Full Itinerary

Price from £9395
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Single Supplement £760. Please note that the single supplement is for a Single room EXCEPT at the Bird of Paradise Hotel and on board the Sepik Spirit, which are on twin share basis.
Day 1
Depart Singapore

Depart Singapore on Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2
Mount Hagen

Arrive in Port Moresby, where you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to your Air Nuigini 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. Rondon Ridge is perched high on Mount Kuta, commanding extraordinary views of the Wahgi Valley. Over 200 species of birds have been spotted in the forest surrounding the lodge, including 13 species of birds of paradise.

Staying at Rondon Ridge. Includes Dinner.

Day 3
Karawari

Transfer from Rondon Ridge to Kagamuga Airport for charter flight to Karawari.

Transfer to Karawari Lodge. After lunch, enjoy a visit to Kundiman village for a sago making demonstration

Staying at Karawari Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Sepik River

Transfer from Karawari lodge to the Sepik Spirit. This stationary floating lodge has nine spacious en-suite guestrooms and is uniquely designed in the style of the local 'haus tambaran' or spirit house. Enjoy lunch on board, before beginning your voyage of discovery to a local village.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Sepik River

Enjoy a full day touring the area from the Sepik Spirit, with picnic lunch provided. Visit local villages where the people are prolific an skilled carvers. From here you can purchase many fascinating items such as elaborately carved masks, hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds. Yous will also visit the remote Black Water Lakes.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Sepik River

Another day of exploration in the area, as detailed in day six. In the evening, the Sepik Spirit will cruise back to Karawari in preparation for early morning departure the following day.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Lake Murray

Transfer to Karawari Airstrip for charter flight to Lake Murray Lodge. After lunch enjoy an afternoon guided walk around the island including a visit to the local village.

Staying at Lake Murray Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Lake Murray

A day of ecological and culturally based touring to the Pari tribe. Demonstrations will include traditional weaving, bilas displays and sing sing,

Staying at Lake Murray Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Mount Hagen

Fly by charter flight to Mount Hagen and transfer to the lodge. After lunch, enjoy a guided nature walk around the trails at the lodge.

Staying at Rondon Ridge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
Goroka

Morning pick up from the lodge and transfer to airstrip. Take charter flight to Goroka, home of the famous and intriguing Asaro mudmen. This will be your base for the duration of the 2020 Goroka Cultural Show.

Staying at Bird of Paradise. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
Goroko

Pick up from the lodge and transfer to the show ground. Spend the day at Goroka show, a marvellous opportunity to gain an overview of PNG cultural diversity. Amongst the performers are the legendary mud men of Asaro. Later transfer back to the hotel.

Staying at Bird of Paradise. Includes All Meals.

Day 12
Goroka

Pick up from the lodge and transfer to the show ground. Spend another day at Goroka show.

Staying at Bird of Paradise. Includes All Meals.

Day 13
Depart Port Moresby

Morning pick up from the lodge and transfer to the airport. Catch flight to Port Moresby. Met on arrival and assisted with connection to Air Niugini flight to Singapore.

Includes In-flight Meals.

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Tour Accommodation

Papua New Guinea The Highlands

Bird of Paradise Hotel

Overview

This simple hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Goroka Town, with views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

The hotel has 3 bars and a restaurant with an a la Carte menu featuring Asian, European and modern Pacific Rim dishes.

The standard rooms are small and simple, with en-suite facilities, while the more spacious premier rooms are more comfortable with en-suite bathroom, TV, mini fridge and tea and coffee facilities. Wi-Fi is also available (charged locally).

Other facilities include a small swimming pool, gym/ fitness room, laundry service, room service, and currency exchange.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
52
Facilities

Private facilities, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, Wi-Fi (charges apply), laundry service and currency exchange.

Optional Activities

Cultural tours in the Goroka villages where the Asaro mud men tribes are found. The famous Goroka show held every year close to Independence day (16 September), when over 100 native tribes from around the country gather to showcase their traditional dance, dress and music.

Papua New Guinea The Lowlands

Lake Murray Lodge

Overview

Located on the banks of Lake Murray – the largest lake in PNG, stretching over 2000 square kilometres – this new lodge features 12 wooden cabins raised on stilts along the shoreline. Each features king or twin beds, ceiling fans, modern en-suite bathrooms and covered verandas overlooking the lake. The lodge is 100% solar powered and provides 24hr electricity plus plenty of hot water.

The large main building comprises a large dining room, bar and wraparound veranda providing superb views over the lake. Opposite the lodge is a large expanse of lowland rainforest providing good opportunities for birdwatching with possible sightings including sulphur crested cockatoo, palm cockatoo, king bird-of-paradise, Raggiana bird-of-paradise and occasionally southern cassowary.

The lake itself is home to a large number of water birds including Australian Ibis, paradise kingfisher, white-bellied sea-eagle, magpie goose, green pygmy-goose and Australian pelican. There is excellent fishing here (catch and release) for black bass, barramundi and saratoga.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
12
Facilities

Dining room, lounge, bar, 24hr electricity, ceiling fans, mosquito nets and verandas.

Local Wildlife

Forest birds include sulphur crested cockatoo, palm cockatoo, king bird-of-paradise, Raggiana bird-of-paradise and occasionally southern cassowary. Water birds include Australian Ibis, paradise kingfisher, white-bellied sea-eagle, magpie goose, green pygmy-goose and Australian pelican.

Optional Activities

Excursions to local villages, cultural displays, river boat trips, bird watching and forest hikes.

Papua New Guinea The Lowlands

MV Sepik Spirit

Overview

The purpose-built Sepik Spirit was originally used as a tourist cruise vessel along the Sepik River. It is now moored at a strategic location next to Kaminimbit Village on the Sepik River and nowadays acts as a comfortable (stationary) floating lodge. There are only nine spacious en suite guest rooms equipped with large windows and air conditioning. Other facilities include a dining room, well stocked bar and lounge as well as an insect proof roof top observatory deck.

The Sepik Spirit keeps 18-seater speedboats to take visitors deep into the remote tributaries and mingle with the local tribal communities. These isolated settlements are still relatively unscathed by modern life and still live in very traditional ways, their fascinating cultures finding expression in the many tribal carvings and artefacts for which the region is justifiably famous.

The only tourism access to the Sepik River is by light aircraft from Mount Hagen or Ambua Lodge on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
9
Facilities

Private bathrooms, restaurant, bar, lounge and air conditioning.

Optional Activities

Cultural tours and wildlife spotting along the Sepik River and its tributaries.

Papua New Guinea The Highlands

Rondon Ridge

Overview

Rondon Ridge is a modern lodge situated at 7100 feet on Kum Mountain, near Mt Hagen, enjoying magnificent views of the Hagen Range, Mount Giluwe, the Sepik Divide, the Baiyer Gap and Wahgi Valley. The climate is one of pleasant, spring-like weather. Guests are accommodated in spacious, simply decorated rooms, each featuring 180-degree views, modern bathroom, electric blankets and duvets for the cool highland evenings. The main building houses the lounge, bar, dining room, conference centre and is warmed by a cosy fireplace. There is 24-hour electricity supplied by its own hydroelectric power plant.

Rondon Ridge is a 40-minute drive from Mount Hagen and close to pristine rainforest,. There are abundant orchids and amphibians. This is the land of the Melpa tribe and visitors can observe their traditional customs and lifestyles.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
24
Facilities

Restaurant, bar, lounge, 24-hour electricity, conference centre, electric blankets, seating area and TV and a fireplace.

Local Wildlife

180 bird species including Macgregors’s bowerbird and brown sicklebill, and 10 species of bird of paradise including Stephanie’s astrapia, the superb bird of paradise and King of Saxony. Amphibians and orchids are abundant. Mammals are present but are extremely difficult to see.

Optional Activities

Bird and wildlife watching excursions in the local rainforest and cultural activities such as visits to Melpa villages.

Papua New Guinea The Lowlands

Karawari Lodge

Overview

Perched upon an isolated ridge amid a huge expanse of lowland rainforest in one of the remotest parts of PNG, attractive Karawari Lodge can only be reached by boat, and light aircraft which land at its private airstrip. It is the highest grade accommodation in the area.

Accommodation is in rustic yet comfortable cottages built of local bush materials. The main building, in the shape of a haus tambaran (spirit house of the local Arambak people) contains a dining area, lounge and bar. There is 220-volt electricity, hot water showers, ceiling fans, mosquito netted beds and veranda with a beautiful vista.

Wake up to the chattering of lorikeets and eclectus parrots and enjoy a programme of tours which include guided walks, boat trips and cultural displays.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
20
Facilities

Dining room, lounge, bar, electricity, ceiling fans, mosquito nets and verandas.

Local Wildlife

The bird watching in the area is superb, much of it observable from the lodge. At least 229 species have been recorded in the area, including twelve-wire bird of paradise and various species of cockatoos, parrots, hornbills and water birds. The forest also contains a large diversity of orchids and amphibians.

Optional Activities

Excursions to local villages, cultural displays, river boat trips, bird watching and forest hikes. For the adventurous, overnight stays in the local village can be arranged.

Route Map

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Rondon Ridge: -5.875120, 144.250527
MV Sepik Spirit: -4.275208, 143.334098
Bird of Paradise Hotel: -6.083477, 145.386264
Karawari Lodge: -4.596667, 143.522500
Lake Murray Lodge: -7.008436, 141.502079

Departure Dates

Tour Dates
Adult Price
Single Supp
09/09/2020
£9395
£760

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

Yes

Flight Info:

Return flight with Air Niugini from Singapore to Port Moresby are included. Please enquire for flight fares from London Heathrow.

Best Visited:

May to October

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Claire Pote

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

[Your Papua New Guinea representatives] were probably the most efficient and best organised company I have had dealings with. They were an absolute pleasure – everything worked perfectly.. .Overall an excellent holiday, very well organised and a fascinating place to visit. Most enjoyable. Thanks.

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