Papua New Guinea,

Mount Hagen Discoverer Show Tour

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Group Tour
11 Days
From £7885
GEOIP Not Available
Culture and Archaeology

Tour Introduction

11 Days from £7885
GEOIP Not Available
per adult.

The Discoverer program provides a unique opportunity to discover the culture and ecosystems of the world’s second largest island – New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is a veritable smorgasbord of colour, culture and excitement. The highlight of the Discoverer program is attendance at the famous Mount Hagen Cultural Show, a world famous cultural gathering of many of the opulently decorated cultural groups of this incredibly diverse land. The program  also includes two nights stay at Karawari Lodge in the Sepik region and two nights at the new Lake Murray Lodge. Accommodation during the Mount Hagen Cultural show weekend is at the Highlander Hotel.

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Full Itinerary

Price from £7885
GEOIP Not Available
per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms. Single Supplement £700. NB: Single supplement is based on single room throughout, except twin share at Highlander Hotel.
Day 1
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 the Stanley Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Stanley Hotel. Includes Dinner.

Day 3
Mount Hagen Show

Transfer to the airport for 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. Transfer t to the Highlander Hotel. Afternoon pre-show program at Rondon Ridge in preparation for the Mount Hagen

Staying at Highlander Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Mount Hagen Show

Today is spent exploring the Mount Hagen Show – world famous for its colour, culture and vibrancy. It is a truly spectacular event. The diversity of the coastal, lowland and highlands sing sing groups at the Hagen show reflects the incredible diversity of Papua New Guinea’s landscape.

Staying at Highlander Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Mount Hagen Show

Another full day to experience the spectacular Mount Hagen Show.

Staying at Highlander Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Karawari

Transfer to the airport and take charter flight to Karawari. Met on arrival and transfer by jet boat to Karawari lodge. Sat upon a ridge on the edge of the Karawari River, the lodge boasts spectacular views over dense tropical jungle as far as the eye can see. This is an area of vast alluvial floodplains, laced with narrow waterways. The Karawari people are the most remote of the floodplains communities. After lunch transfer to the Kundiman village to observe a sago making demonstration (sago is a staple food for the river communities).

Staying at Karawari Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Karawari

Enjoy a full day of guided excursions that provide insight into the amazing ecology and culture of the Karawari area. Travel along the jungle-fringed waterways, where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes. See bountiful birdlife along the rivers and nearby lakes. The various excursions will enhance your understanding of traditional village culture.

Staying at Karawari Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8
Lake Murray

Transfer to the airstrip and fly by charter flight to Lake Murray. Transfer Lake Murray Lodge for lunch. After lunch enjoy an afternoon tour visiting local villages.

Staying at Lake Murray Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9
Lake Murray

Full day cultural tour exploring the waterways of Lake Murray. Visit local villages in one of the remotest parts of Papua New Guinea.

Staying at Lake Murray Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10
Rondon Ridge

Transfer to the airstrip and fly by charter flight to Mount Hagen. Transfer to Rondon Ridge for lunch. Afternoon guided nature walk on the trails around the lodge

Staying at Rondon Ridge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11
Port Moresby

Pick up from the lodge and transfer to the airport for flight to Port Moresby. Connect with Air Niugini flight to Singapore.

Includes In-flight Meals.

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Tour Accommodation

The Stanley Hotel and Suites

Overview

The Stanley Hotel and Suites is a modern, luxurious accommodation option in Waigani – the Government and Commercial heart of Port Moresby. Directly connected to Port Moresby’s only integrated shopping complex, Vision City Mega Mall, guests have easy access to restaurants, bars, a bank, cinema and nightclub. With well-appointed standard and deluxe rooms offering five star amenities, and even more luxurious suites providing access to the exclusive club lounge, the Stanley has everything guests may need for a comfortable and convenient stay in the city.

Many rooming options are available, from standard twins to deluxe and executive Kings, to corner and junior suites and the Presidential suite on the top floor. Rooms offer commanding views of either the beautiful pool area or the Owen Stanley mountain range. Guests staying in suites have exclusive access to the Executive Club Lounge facilities as well as kitchens and dining areas. The hotel has six impressive dining options, ranging from buffets at the Green Haus Restaurant, to snacks on the pool deck, to fine dining in the Silver Leaf. Meals are also served in the Club Lounge, and the Mezz Bar on the 19th floor serves exquisite cocktails.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
433
Facilities

The hotel has six dining options, a cocktail bar, conference facilities, a ballroom, a 40-metre lap outdoor swimming pool, spa, gym and grocery store. Rooms have either queen, king or super king beds, free Wi-Fi, bathrobes and slippers, safety deposit boxes, hairdryers, mini-bar, TV, air conditioning, luxury toiletries, coffee and tea facilities, telephone, alarm clock, iron and board, en-suite bathroom and work desk. Suites also have dining rooms and kitchens and provide access to the executive club lounge facilities.

Optional Activities

Due to its premium location, the Stanley is a great base from which to explore the local attractions of Papua New Guinea's capital city. Visit the nature park or adventure park for a fun day out, or rent a boat to visit fisherman's island. The new harbourside development feature five great restaurants. Alternatively, on-site, guests can relax on the large pool decking, indulge in a spa treatment or use the gym.

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.

Highlander Hotel

Overview

Located in Mount Hagen, the hotel is set with beautiful tropical gardens within secure surroundings. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation in spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

The Palmuri restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The hotel has an outdoor heated swimming pool and gymnasium as well as two bars and a small souvenir shop.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
60
Facilities

Restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gymnasium and souvenir shop

Optional Activities

Bird and wildlife watching excursions in the local rainforest and cultural activities.

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.

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
Highlander Hotel: -5.863337, 144.224385
Karawari Lodge: -4.596667, 143.522500
Lake Murray Lodge: -7.008436, 141.502079
The Stanley Hotel and Suites: -9.438127, 147.182669

Departure Dates

Tour Dates
Adult Price
Single Supp
12/08/2020
£7885
£700

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

Yes

Flight Info:

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

Best Visited:

May to October

Claire Pote

Area Specialist

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

There should never be less than three nights in this sensational location [Ambua Lodge] with a superb climate (hot during the day and cool at night) with very good food, and seeing the amazing Huli Wigmen with their outstanding head-dresses.

Mr D C - Essex