Papua New Guinea Accommodation,
The Highlands

Ambua Lodge

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Set in the Southern Highlands at 7000ft with stunning views of the Tari Valley below, long-established Ambua Lodge is an inspired example of environmentally sensitive building. The lodge offers two styles of accommodation: individual thatched bungalows built in traditional highlands style, and a main block with modern hotel rooms. A small hydroelectric unit supplies the electricity. Ambua is a perfect base from which to explore neighbouring Huli villages, and nature walks taken around the lodge and at the nearby Tari Gap offer excellent opportunities for bird of paradise sightings and encounters.

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Facilities

Restaurant, lounge, bar, electric blankets, private bathrooms, 24-hour electricity.

Local Wildlife

The Tari Valley and forest around Ambua is a birder’s paradise. Although many species can be seen, it is particularly famous for birds of paradise, of which 13 species can be regularly spotted (some actually in the lodge grounds). Those include the spectacular blue bird of paradise and the bizarre black sicklebill with its energetic courtship display. Other montane species include lesser melampitta, Stephanie’s astrapia, yellow-browed melidectes and the notorious skulking Forbes’s forest rail.

Optional Activities

Birdwatching excursions in the Tari valley and visits to local Huli wigmen villages.

Claire Pote

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Papua New Guinea tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

It is difficult to comprehend that the holiday is over.  PNG is a special, amazing place where you still feel like a traveller/explorer, not a tourist. The images of the extremely varied birds, culture, people and scenery will remain with me always.  Thank you for arranging it!

About 90 percent of the tour was wonderful. Reggiana’s Bird of Paradise displaying on the first afternoon, awesome!   Food was superb throughout (a first for Shirley and I!).  Logistics were essentially smooth and punctual. Regarding the lodges Raintree Lodge served it’s purpose, a comfortable base.  Rondon was contemporary and well appointed (lovely rooms).  Kumul was, as expected, rudimentary but an experience enhanced by THAT BIRD FEEDING STATION!).  I was literary just two metres away from a Bird of Paradise!  Wailindi was relaxing and very efficient.  Everywhere the people were so affable and welcoming!!  Incomprehensible levels of diversity regarding the culture, remarkable.

Mr PS - Ipswich