Papua New Guinea - A Tribal Odyssey

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• Encounter the Asaro Mudmen, the Wahgi, Simbu, Kaguel, Melpa and Trobriand Islanders tribes
• Mt. Hagen 'singsing' festival (Aug dep)
• Goroka 'singsing' festival (Sep dep)
• Visit the remote Trobriand Islands
• 3-day Sepik River adventure by wooden canoe

Fact File

• 21 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Port Moresby
• All meals included
• Includes 5 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2 or 3


Papua New Guinea is like no other place on Earth - culturally rich and geographically remote, with some of the most stunning scenery anywhere.

From the rugged mountains to the coastal islands, this journey is an adventure of a lifetime. We meet and learn about some of the tribal people of this land including the Asaro Mudmen, the Wahgi, the Simbu, the Kaguel, the Melpa and the fascinating Trobriand Islanders. Our adventure includes many village visits so that we can really meet the people and experience their way of life. We explore the Sepik River by wooden canoe and spend 3 nights on Kiriwina Island (part of the Trobriand Islands), where people live a traditional lifestyle. Throughout our journey, we encounter amazing birdlife, lush flora, stunning scenery and some of the most fascinating tribal people on Earth.

Our August (Mt. Hagen festival) and September (Goroka festival) departures both feature a two-day spectacular "singsing" - a traditional song and dance festival, complete with traditional tribal clothing and body decoration, where the tribes come from all over Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally interesting places on Earth, with many of its tribal people following a traditional lifestyle. This adventure has been designed to experience the villages and people of Papua New Guinea. In order to do this, we visit a number of local villages and we have 2 overnights in one village. There are overnight stays where the accommodation is very basic; it can be dormitory style and have no fans/air conditioning and very limited facilities. As much of the interior of the country has no roads or impassable ones, we maximize our time by flying from location to location and flight schedules frequently change. While we endeavor to do/see everything listed in the itinerary, it is common for changes to occur to the itinerary for things that are beyond our control. Traveler must be prepared for changes to this program, either before your journey starts or during the trip itself.

FROM: $12995 USD


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On the Sepik river, we have 2 nts. in basic dormitory accommodation (tribal longhouses) with limited bathing and toilet facilities. Trobriand Island accommodation is basic with private facilities.

Comfort notes

2 days over 8,000 feet. Local roads can be rough and wet. Travelers must be flexible and prepared for day-to-day changes. Some areas are very primitive.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Port Moresby
Day 2: Port Moresby to Mt. Hagen
Days 3 - 4: Mt. Hagen Cultural Show
Day 5: In Search of Birds of Paradise, Tambul Village
Day 6: Mt. Hagen to Goroka
Day 7: Goroka Sites
Day 8: Goroka to Madang
Day 9: Madang
Day 10: Fly to Wewak
Day 11: To Sepik River
Day 12: Sepik River Excursion
Day 13: Sepik River, Return to Wewak
Day 14: Depart Wewak, Loloata Island
Day 15: Fly to Kiriwina Island, Trobriand Islands
Day 16: Kiriwina Island, Trobriand Islands
Day 17: Kaibola Village, Trobriand Islands
Day 18: Return to Port Moresby
Day 19: Port Moresby City Tour
Day 20: Virirata National Park
Day 21: Depart Port Moresby
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