Papua New Guinea Photography Group – With Harry Skeggs
Vast and mysterious, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of the most diverse countries on Earth, with over 700 languages spoken and many different, exotic cultural groups, each one separated from the other by geographical and linguistic barriers.
Led by local guides and accompanied throughout by award-winning wildlife and travel photographer Harry Skeggs, the group will visit Rabaul to witness the annual Mask Festival, a riot of local colour where tribes from outlying islands come together to meet and compete in various canoe and dance festivals culminating in the Baining Fire Dance. We combine this with a visit to Goroka to see some of the many highland tribes found there, including the famous mud men.
Apart from the colourful cultural side, the other main attraction of Papua New Guinea is the impressive birdlife, most notably the extraordinary birds of paradise proclaimed by Sir David Attenborough as his all-time avian favourites. Close to Port Moresby, we will visit the Varirata National Park to see the famous Raggiana Bird of Paradise displaying. In the highlands, we stay at Kumul Lodge where you will have the chance to see another four species of birds of paradise within the lodge grounds: crested satinbird, ribbon-tailed astrapia, Princess Stephanie’s astrapia and brown sicklebill. In other sites visited by the group near the lodge, there will be excellent chances to spot Loria’s satinbird, King of Saxony bird of paradise, superb bird of paradise and the blue bird of paradise.
Whatever culture, scenery and wildlife you do see on this unique group journey, it will undoubtedly all be varied, exotic, colourful, bizarre and fascinating. Led by knowledgeable local guides and accompanied by Harry Skeggs, you will learn so much more about PNG than on a conventional tour.