The Natural History Highlights of Papua New Guinea

14 Days from £6895 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
14 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Snorkelling and Diving
Culture and Archaeology
Off The Beaten Track

Staying in a high degree of comfort at some of the best lodges and dive resorts in the country will serve to enhance the exceptional wilderness experiences in store in this wide-ranging and well-paced Papua New Guinea natural history tour. Highlands, lowlands and coast combine to create a kaleidoscopic showcase for all that is best in Papua New Guinea, often cited as tourism’s last frontier. Seeing is believing that, yes, there are still destinations which successfully maintain their integrity and authenticity in the face of modernism’s relentless advance and Papua New Guinea is at the forefront.

Itinerary

Price from £6895 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 - Mount Hagen

Arrival in Port Moresby. Assistance provided to connect with flight to Mount Hagen. Met on arrival and transfer to Rondon Ridge. In the afternoon there will be a guided excursion in the lush highland 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 4 - 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 modernity, still largely live traditional subsistence lifestyles.

Staying at Rondon Ridge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Sepik River

Transfer to the airport and take charter flight to Timbunke. Met on arrival and transfer to your floating lodge on the Sepik River. After lunch there will be a leisurely exploration of the local Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II and Kororua village. Discover the fascinating way of life of the people that still live in the same way as their forefathers have for centuries. The villages are particularly famous for their distinctive traditional art and wooden sculptures.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Sepik River

A full day of excursions along the mighty Sepik River and its tributaries to visit and experience the life and customs of the communities living along its banks. There will be plenty of opportunities to buy local crafts and art such as masks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums (colourful woven bags) and gourds. Each village produces its own distinctive style of art and craftwork and you will be spoilt for choice.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Sepik River

Another full day of exploring the Sepik area and its village communities on boat outings from your floating base.

Staying at Sepik Spirit. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Ambua

Transfer by riverboat to the airstrip and catch charter flight to Ambua airstrip. Met on arrival and transfer to the lodge. After lunch, there will be a guided excursion in the nearby rainforest including a visit to the Tari Gap for some birding. Thirteen species of bird of paradise inhabit this part of the forest and in the late afternoon many will be displaying. With luck the King of Saxony, Stephanie’s astraphia, ribbontail astraphia and the sicklebill bird of paradise will be seen performing their fabulous displays.

Staying at Ambua Lodge. Includes Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9 - 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 10 - Walindi

Transfer to the airstrip and take flight to Port Moresby. Connect with flight to Hoskins, the airport for Kimbe, the main town of West New Britain Province. Met on arrival and transfer to your resort by the sea.

Staying at Walindi Plantation Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Walindi

Day at leisure. Optional activities/excursions available such as diving, snorkelling, volcano visit, guided birding walks.

Staying at Walindi Plantation Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Walindi

A day at leisure to relax or to arrange further activities from the lodge.

Staying at Walindi Plantation Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Port Moresby

Transfer to the airport and catch flight to Port Moresby. Met on arrival in Port Moresby and enjoy a half day tour to the Adventure Park. Later, transfer back to the airport for flight to Singapore. Arrive in Singapore and connect onward to the 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 Monday to fit with domestic charter schedules.

Area Specialist

Claire Pote
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Given the amount of travelling involved, perhaps enjoy a stopover in Singapore en route to Port Moresby.
If you are a fan of fabulous coral, you might be interested to know that Kimbe Bay has one of the world’s best coral reefs and holds up to half of all coral species known to science.

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

We write to express our thanks for organising another highly successful special itinerary tour [to Papua new Guinea], despite the last minute changes to our tour schedule. We were very impressed with [your representatives]. They ran a highly professional service in all aspects. The three lodges, all with their own very special character, were well run with friendly staff, clean and with good facilities. The food at all three was excellent -including the vegetarian provision. The transfer arrangements…were excellent…The excursion opportunities at all the lodges were good.. .The three contrasting locations of the lodges…enabled us to sample three very different village cultures, and their remoteness and juxtaposition to primary rainforest. . .made for excellent wildlife viewing especially for birds.. .In all our world travels so far, we have never been able to match the very special experience that combined the comfort of these individually unique lodges.. .with the opportunities to explore some of the world’s dwindling rainforest and meet its ancient and charming peoples and witness its unique birdlife. To step outside our lodge cabin [at Tari] and observe three species of birds of paradise was just magic!

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Ambua Lodge: -5.961781, 143.067131
Walindi Plantation Resort: -5.436931, 150.086696
Rondon Ridge: -5.875120, 144.250527
MV Sepik Spirit: -4.275208, 143.334098