Papua New Guinea in Style and Comfort

14 Days from £6425 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
14 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Birding
Snorkelling and Diving
Luxury

This is an exceptional luxury itinerary for those interested in the fascinating culture, unique tribal communities, unusual landscapes and endemic wildlife of the magical island of New Guinea – without sacrificing one’s creature comforts.

Using only the best lodge accommodation available in Papua New Guinea, the tour provides plenty of style while venturing into remote and exciting locations. Combining traditional river tribes, flamboyant Huli Wigmen, verdant rainforests, cool mountains and unforgettable birds of paradise this promises to be the trip of a lifetime to one of the world’s last travel frontiers. It doesn’t get any better as far as Papua New Guinea is concerned, and so we commend the tour to you.

Itinerary

Price from £6425 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Fly overnight to Singapore

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Singapore

Arrive in Singapore and connect with onward flight to Port Moresby.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 3 - Tari

Arrival in Port Moresby. Assistance provided to connect with flight to Tari. Met on arrival and transfer to the lodge with its breathtaking views across the Tari Valley below. After lunch there will be a guided excursion into the rich rainforest around the Tari Gap to look for some of the 13 species of bird of paradise which inhabit the area. In the late afternoon many should be displaying, including the King of Saxony, Stephanie’s astraphia, ribbontail astraphia and the sicklebill bird of paradise.

Staying at Ambua Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Ambua

Full day of guided activities in the magnificent Tari Basin and surrounding slopes. This is the home of the Huli clans, one of the largest and most culturally intact ethnic groups in the Southern Highlands and all of PNG. The Huli were only discovered in 1935 and were one of the last groups to come under government control. During a tour of their village there will be the opportunity to meet these proud people and learn about their traditions and way of life, which is still governed by their belief in ancestral spirits and sorcery.

Staying at Ambua Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Ambua

Another day of guided activities in the Tari area, perhaps involving local villages and walks in the forest to see birds of paradise and other wildlife.

Staying at Ambua Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Karawari

Transfer to the airport and take charter flight to Karawari airstrip, Kudiman district. Met on arrival and transfer by jet boat to Karawari Lodge, set in a vast alluvial floodplain laced with narrow waterways. The Karawari people are the most remote of the floodplain communities. After lunch, transfer to a Kundiman village to observe a sago-making demonstration (sago being the staple food for the river communities).

Staying at Karawari Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Karawari

A full day of excursions along the jungle-fringed Karawari River to observe the village life and customs of the Arambak communities who live along its banks. A journey in this part of the Sepik region provides a unique opportunity to learn how the art and culture of the people are so inseparable and woven into their lives.

Staying at Karawari Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Mount Hagen

Transfer by riverboat to the airstrip and catch a charter flight to Mount Hagen. Met on arrival and transfer to Rondon Ridge. In the afternoon there will be a guided excursion in the untouched rainforest to look for birds and other wildlife. There are over 180 bird species in the area including 10 species of birds of paradise.

Staying at Rondon Ridge. Includes Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9 - Waghi Valley

Full day of guided activities in the Waghi Valley visiting some of the local villages. The Mount Hagen area is home to the Melpa people, a community with strong traditions and beliefs who, in the face of advancing modernity, still preserve their culture and live their traditional subsistence lifestyles.

Staying at Rondon Ridge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Tufi

Transfer to the airport and catch Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby. Met on arrival and assisted with connection to Tufi. Met on arrival and transfer to Tufi Resort.

Staying at Tufi Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Tufi

Full day at leisure. OPTIONAL activities available, eg snorkelling, diving, village visits, nature walks.

Staying at Tufi Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Tufi

Full day at leisure. OPTIONAL activities available eg snorkelling, diving, village visits, nature walks.

Staying at Tufi Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Port Moresby

Transfer to the airport for flight to Port Moresby. Met on arrival and enjoy a half day tour of the Adventure Park. Later, transfer back to the airport for flight to Singapore. Arrival in Singapore and connect with onward flight to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 14 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London to Port Moresby via Singapore. Tour must depart the UK on a Wednesday to fit with domestic charter schedules.

Area Specialist

Claire Pote
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Given the amount of travelling involved, perhaps opt for a night or two’s stopover in Singapore en route to Port Moresby.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

An excellent trip which lived up to and exceeded our expectations. A good mix of different locations and an introduction to different cultures which gave us a great insight into life in a very different country from our own.

Mr T B - Glasgow

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Ambua Lodge: -5.961781, 143.067131
Rondon Ridge: -5.875120, 144.250527
Karawari Lodge: -4.596667, 143.522500
Tufi Dive Resort: -9.042428, 149.161377