From  £8450
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Hike lush jungle terrain in search of spotting the mating rituals of elusive Birds of Paradise
  • Visit remote tribal communities where colourful, long-standing traditions are still alive
  • Observe master craftsmen in Sepik Province
  • Cruise the Karawari River
  • Enjoy charter flights over remote landscapes
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Papua New Guinea Cultural Adventure

11 Day Tour, from £8450 per person

Papua New Guinea offers an unparalleled variety of adventures for those seeking a truly unique travel experience. PNG's astounding portfolio of landscapes includes rugged mountains, paradise island-dotted coastlines and vast river deltas, each inhabited by fascinating tribal communities within which traditional cultures still thrive.

This 12-day tour journeys into the highlands to discover the mysterious lands and customs of the local Melpa people who still live a traditional lifestyle unchanged for centuries. No Papua New Guinea holiday is complete without experiencing the diverse native creatures that call the jungle environments home; cruise the wide, untamed Karawari River in East Sepik region in search of wildlife and, in the trees, set off in search of the sometimes elusive Birds of Paradise to watch their elaborate mating displays.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE

Fly to Singapore.

DAY 2
SINGAPORE / PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Land Singapore. Transit and depart on the overnight flight to Port Moresby.

DAY 3
PORT MORESBY / MT HAGEN
PORT MORESBY / MT HAGEN

Land Port Moresby. Transit and take the final flight to Mt Hagen in Western Highlands Province. Land and drive to Rondon Ridge which sits at the edge of the Kubor Ridge and offers stunning views of the Wahgi Valley below. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to relax after the flights. (D)

Accommodation
Rondon Ridge
DAY 4
MT HAGEN
MT HAGEN

Today will be spent  discovering the unique culture and traditions of the Melpa people. The villagers live near Mount Hagen town which is a city where stone meets steel and tradition and history is juxtaposed against modern ways. First contact with the Melpa people was made in the mid-1930's when the Leahy brothers were prospecting for gold. Spend the day exploring the region. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
MT HAGEN TO LAKE MURRAY (WESTERN PROVINCE)
MT HAGEN TO LAKE MURRAY (WESTERN PROVINCE)

Today board a charter flight from Mt Hagen to Lake Murray which is located in Western Province. Land and transfer to Lake Murray Lodge which sits nestled amongst trees on an island spit beside the largest lake in Papua New Guinea. This afternoon head out on an excursion to explore the village communities and bird watching sites. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
LAKE MURRAY
LAKE MURRAY

Spend today discovering the Western Province with excursions organised by the lodge. The area is home to a number of stilt house communities with the primary form of transport the traditional dugout canoe and fishing an important source of food for these communities. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
LAKE MURRAY
LAKE MURRAY

A further day in the region to explore on excursions arranged by the lodge. Western province is home to over 50% of New Guinea's bird population so there is a high chance of seeing pelicans, hornbills, parrots, eagles and of course several species of bird of paradise. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
LAKE MURRAY TO KARAWARI (EAST SEPIK PROVINCE)
LAKE MURRAY TO KARAWARI (EAST SEPIK PROVINCE)

Take a charter flight to Karawari located in East Sepik Province. This flight passes over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. Transfer from the airstrip to Karawari Lodge by boat. This is the only practical means of transport in this extremely isolated part of the world where life is largely lived on or beside the mighty Sepik River. After lunch enjoy an afternoon visit to Kundiman village for a sago making demonstration.  (B,L,D)

Accommodation
Karawari Lodge
DAY 9
EAST SEPIK PROVINCE
EAST SEPIK PROVINCE

Enjoy a day travelling and exploring the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River. Here see bountiful bird life along the rivers and nearby lakes alongside boatmen, standing upright, paddling slender dugout canoes adorned with sculpted silhouettes of crocodile masks. See examples of village life and their symbols including carved totems, drums and woodcarvings. These excursions will enhance your understanding of traditional village culture in the Sepik region. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
KARAWARI TO PORT MORESBY
KARAWARI TO PORT MORESBY

Fly by charter from Karawari to Mount Hagen. Arrive at the airport you will be met and transferred to Banz Kopi for lunch before your onward flight to Port Moresby. Arrive in Port Moresby where you will again meet our representative who will transfer you to Airways Hotel. (B,L)

DAY 11
DEPARTURE

Return to Port Moresby airport for the flight back to the UK, via Singapore. (B)

Pricing Information

11 day tour, from £8450 per person

Price Includes

  • International flights in economy class with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow
  • Return flights in economy class with Air Niugini from Singapore to Port Moresby
  • Internal flights as stated on Air Niugini + lodge charter
  • Meals as stated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide as provided by the individual lodges
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Price Excludes

  • Papua New Guinea visa (obtained on arrival, no charge)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals that are not listed in the itinerary

Price Includes

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Tour Route Map


  1. Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby
  2. Papua New Guinea, Mt Hagen
  3. Papua New Guinea, Lake Murray, Western Province
  4. Papua New Guinea, East Sepik Province
  5. Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby

Tour Accommodation

Karawari Lodge
Karawari Lodge
Karawari Lodge Karawari Lodge stands majestically on a lone ridge 300 metres above the banks of the Karawari River and overlooking an endless expanse of dense tropical lowland rain forest. The lodge......
Rondon Ridge
Rondon Ridge
Rondon Ridge Rondon Ridge lies 7100 feet above sea level, on the outer fringes of the Kubor Range. Boasting panoramic views of the Wahgi Valley below, Rondon Ridge is the pinnacle of luxury in a......

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