11 Day Papua New Guinea Tour
Duration: 11 Days Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 1 Tour Style: Cultural
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$1,000 USD
Countries Visited: 1

Papua New Guinea.
Activity Level: 1

No particular physical activity is involved other than town/city walks and short walks to dinners and sites of interest, some of which are large.
Tour Style: Cultural

These three- and four-star hotel-based, "soft adventure" trips concentrate on the culture, history, and natural attributes of our destination. Though there are no strenuous activities built into these tours, you need to be prepared for some full days with some early starts, plenty of walking on uneven surfaces through villages, cities and archaeological sites, and not a lot of "down time." Independence, reasonable fitness, and an ability to be steady on one's feet are critical in order for you to get the most out of these programs.

11 Day Papua New Guinea Tour

featuring Tari, the Sepik & the Wahgi Festival

11 Days

Meeting local villagers; myriad cultures Highland & Lowland scenery, flora & fauna; Beautiful, comfortable, environmentally-sensitive lodges; Annual Waghi Festival

Escape the beaten path Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
All-inclusive comfort Get more value with all-inclusive trips featuring top-rated restaurants and hotels.
Expert local guides Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides
Small Group Size Typically featuring a modest group of a dozen like-minded travelers, we have a maximum threshold of 16-18 in order to ensure that extra personal attention.
Tour Overview
Tour Overview

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Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 1 Tour Style: Cultural

This is a fully-escorted tour around three diverse locations in Papua New Guinea. It features a diverse PNG Highlands experience and culminates in the Wahgi Festival, a spectacular celebration involving local tribes celebrating their culture in a colourful extravaganza of traditional dress, with dancing and singing. Bringing together a few of the many tribal groups of Papua New Guinea, the Wahgi Sing-sing is a unique opportunity to witness the diversity of this ancient and fascinating country.



Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices


Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.

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Due to strict booking terms applied by PNG, a $1000 deposit is required. Contrary to our regular terms and conditions, this deposit is non-refundable and NON-TRANSFERRABLE once our tour is 'guaranteed' (ie cannot be applied to another tour, fully or in part). An additional $1000 advance payment is payable once our tour is 'guaranteed.' 2025 DATE IS TENTATIVE

Optional Single Supplement: $1220 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $1220 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.

$1000 USD DEPOSIT REQUIRED per person
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Full Itinerary
Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Port Moresby
Welcome to Papua New Guinea!

Port Moresby is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The city is on the shores of the Gulf of Papua. Its population is around 300,000 and growing quickly. The indigenous people of the area are the Motu-Koitabu. Moresby, as it is commonly known, got its name from Captain John Moresby who arrived in 1873 as the first European visitor.

Due to our early flight tomorrow, we choose to spend tonight near the airport where the city's best hotels are located.

Overnight in Port Moresby.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Port Moresby - Fly to Tari - Ambua Lodge
Today we fly by charter aircraft to Tari, a thrilling flight past the twin peaks of Mount Giluwe and over the alpine grasslands of the Tari Gap. On arrival we transfer by road to Ambua Lodge located high on the slopes of the Tari Valley.

Ambua Lodge, located at 2100 m (7,000 ft) in the Tari Gap area, borders on pristine mid-montane rainforest and the beginning of the valley grasslands. This location promises the visitor spring-like temperatures and magnificent views of the Tari Valley. The forest canopy, a dense mass of interlocking tree tops of all shades of green and the occasional bright splash of colour, provides a natural setting and an exhilarating climate for venturing along the graded nature trails --
crossing traditional vine bridges, discovering secluded waterfalls. High altitude orchids, gingers, rhododendrons and many more will be highlighted by the guide. Your guide will point out the ways in which the Huli people utilize the abundant natural resources around them and also the great variety of plants and animals found in the area.

After the nature walk you can take advantage of the birding in the Tari Gap area, where one may chance to observe up to 13 species of the birds of paradise. As the birds of paradise display in the late afternoon you may be lucky enough to see the King of Saxony, Stephanie's Astrapia, Ribbontail Astrapia, and the Sicklebill Bird of Paradise.

Overnight at Ambua Lodge.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Ambua Lodge: Tari Area
The great Tari Basin and surrounding mountain slopes are the home of the Huli Clans, one of the largest ethnic groups in the Southern Highlands and one of the most culturally intact in all of PNG. The Huli were only discovered in 1935 and were one of the last groups to come under government control. The men take great pride in their appearance, cultivating everlasting daises and collecting bird of paradise feathers to decorate their human hair wigs. They were particularly skilled in warfare and merciless to the opposing clans. Huge inter-connecting trenches (dug by hand with wooden paddle-like spades) were used to delineate clan boundaries, to control the movement of pigs and as secret passageways for warriors during clan fights.

We visit the men's wig school and tour local villages to experience how this proud mountain tribe has evolved in the modern age, while still maintaining the stories, beliefs and traditions of their ancestors.

Overnight at Ambua Lodge.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Tari - Fly to Karawari & Karawari Lodge
Today we fly by charter aircraft to Karawari airstrip over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. The country between Ambua and the Sepik region is an amazing array of jagged limestone peaks that seem to rise and drop at impossible angles.

From the airstrip, we will be transferred by river boat to Karawari Lodge. Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, Karawari Lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of kilometers of dense tropical jungle. The lodge was inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, while still providing modern comforts overlooking the Karawari River. The Sepik region is a time-warped mixture of pre-technological and technological architecture -- the perfect base for some old-fashioned jungle, river, and village exploration.

Proceed with lunch then follow by an afternoon visit to a village for a sago making demonstration. Sago is the staple food for the Karawari tribes.

Overnight at Karawari.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Karawari & The Sepik Region
Today and tomorrow will involve river excursions in 18-seat motorized jet boats along the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River. The scenic waterways of this part of the Sepik region are home to a variety of stilted villages, whose inhabitants live off the land or otherwise by producing goods which can be sold, or bartered, in nearby villages. A visit to the Karawari River affords visitors a truly unique experience and offers a fascinating insight into the lives of local tribal people.

Over the next two days, we will visit traditional homes, witness ceremonial dances, and glimpse what life must have been like in bygone days. The Karawari tribes express their beliefs through their skillful and artistic expressions of sculpture and art; you'll have the opportunity to admire (and purchase) the beautifully woven baskets, carved masks, drums and sculptures.

We also see bountiful bird life along the rivers and nearby lakes.

Overnight Karawari Lodge.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 The Sepik Region - Continued
Today our river-based explorations continue with village visits and impromptu opportunities for interraction with the peoples we meet. The Karawari River is a tributary of the mighty Sepik River. There are no roads in this part of the country and the only way in and out is by plane or local dugout canoe.

This tropical lowland rainforest is also one of earth’s most complex of habitats, housing an immense variety of flora and fauna -– a staggering 229 different bird species have been recorded at Karawari. Optional early morning/late afternoon birding is available at no extra charge, for opportunities to spot elusive 12-Wire Birds of Paradise, cockatoos, parrots, hornbills, cormorants, and other water birds.

Overnight at Karawari

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Karawari - Fly to Mt Hagen - Rondon Ridge
This morning we fly by charter to Mount Hagen; during the flight mountains rise up to startling heights out of the flat lands of the Sepik Basin. Mount Hagen Town is in the upper Wahgi Valley – a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world.

Upon arrival we continue by road to Rondon Ridge, located at 2164 m (7,100 ft) above sea level on the outer fringes of the Kubor Range. Our lodge boasts panoramic views of the Wahgi Valley below and provides luxury in a remote and rural setting.

After settling in, we spend the afternoon on a guided birding and nature walk in the surrounding nature trails. The Rondon Ridge area is a pristine rainforest and home to numerous orchid species and a wide variety of birds. The lodge has hours of walking trails providing ample opportunity to explore the unique ecology of this area. Over 180 species of birds have been recorded in the rainforests around Rondon Ridge, including twelve species of Bird of Paradise.

Overnight at Rondon Ridge.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 The Wahgi Valley & Rondon Ridge
Today’s touring will take place in the gorgeous highlands area of Mount Hagen in the fertile Wahgi Valley. The area surrounding the city of Mount Hagen consists of mountain ranges, covered with lush tropical rainforest, rugged limestone bluffs, and small valleys dotted with small traditional farming communities.

A comprehensive program takes us on a journey through the traditions and customs of the Melpa People. First contact with the Melpa was made in the mid-1930s when the Leahy brothers were prospecting for gold. Anthropologists hypothesized that the Melpa were "predisposed to capitalism" because of their complex traditional society in which "big men" earn status by accruing wealth and then giving it all away in ceremonial exchanges. The Melpa people are "true farmers" who still maintain traditional farming methods that can be traced back 9,000 years. Villagers will share their fascinating tribal traditions, such as the rites of widowed women, the ceremonies surrounding marriage and funerals, the traditions of tribal warfare and the daily customs of the Melpa people.

This area is also the home of the famous Pogla mudmen, famed for their unique bilas (traditional dress) and the ancient story that surrounds it. One full day is spent exploring the Hagen Area and Wahgi Valley. The Mount Hagen area is the home of the Melpa people, a people with a strong culture, who in the face of modernity, still live largely traditional subsistence lifestyles. First contact with the Melpa was made in the mid-1930. The Melpa people are “true farmers” that still maintain traditional farming methods that can be traced back 9,000 years. The tour will bring you to local villages where the villagers will share their fascinating tribal traditions; such as the rites of widowed women, the ceremonies surrounding marriage and funerals, the traditions of tribal warfare and the daily customs of the Melpa people.

This area is also the home of the famous Pogla mudmen, famed for their unique bilas (traditional dress) and the ancient story that surrounds it. We will also include a visit to a local Huli Village; Huli culture is the most vibrant, intact, and colourful to be experienced anywhere.

Overnight at Rondon Ridge.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Rondon Ridge & The Wahgi Festival
Today is spent at the Wahgi Festival, an intimate gathering of a dozen or more different PNG tribal groups, each performing their unique "sing-sing" (Pidgin for "sing-along") while lavishly-decorated and dressed in full bilas (tribal dress). The traditional PNG bilas and sing-sing is a unique and distinctive feature of each of the more than 800 tribes of Papua New Guinea.

The festival takes place at a beautiful outdoor showground on the Rondon Ridge property. The stunning mountain vista framed by the distinctly vast highland sky serves as the perfect backdrop for this unique demonstration of PNG tradition.

The celebrations will begin as the tribes arrive and gather to carefully adorn themselves with their complex headdresses, face and body paint, and traditional clothing. Guests will arrive at the showground with plenty of time to wander throughout the area where they can interact with the dancers as they prepare for the sing-sing. This is an excellent opportunity to take as many photographs as you like.

As the morning progresses, we will gather together and the groups will each perform their sing-sing. The performance gradually builds until each of the tribes is performing simultaneously to the sound of rhythmic drumming and singing voices -- an unparalleled experience.

Overnight at Rondon Ridge.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Rondon Ridge - Fly to Port Moresby
Today we fly back to Port Moresby.

Overnight in Port Moresby.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Departure
Departure from Port Moresby.


Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Trip Info
Trip Info

All transport, including internal air as listed.

Most meals (at hotels and lodges).

Tour Leader services; assistance of local expert guides at all locations.

All transport, twin-share accommodation (singles available), sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary.

Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters.

Airport transfers for land & air customers.

International airfare to/from the tour.

Tour Leader gratuity.

Alcoholic drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), visa fees, and international air taxes (if applicable).

Airport transfers for Land Only customers.

Optional trip cancellation insurance.

Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on entry requirements, weather & travel conditions, what to bring, recommended reading and shopping.

Seasonality and Weather
Papua New Guinea lies just south of the equator, and the climate is generally warm-to-hot with a 'wet' and 'dry' season, the timings of which vary from one part of the country to another. The wettest months for most regions are Nov-March.

Temperatures around the coastal areas are reasonably stable and vary between 25 and 30C (78-85F) with high humidity. The Highlands are cooler and temperatures can fall dramatically at night.

Our June trip coincides with the fascinating and spectacular Waghi Festival (see tour itinerary for full details).

Large-scale song and dance festivals in Papua New Guinea are known as "Sing-Sings," celebrating 'pasin bilong Tumbuna,' the way of the ancestors. As many as 100 regional, provincial, and national tribal dance groups, each with their own style of body decoration, travel for days on foot or by boat, bus, or truck to gather for these annual traditional events. Sing Sings are based on traditional large gatherings, though these modern festivals were created by the government so that traditional enemies could meet on neutral territory. Instead of fighting over ancient feuds and cultural differences, the idea was to get together and celebrate diversity and socialize peacefully.

The best-known and longest running Sing-Sings are the Hagen Festival and the Goroka Show; however, we choose the Waghi Festival due to it's smaller, more intimate and better-controlled location. We are also able to avoid the much higher prices for scarce accommodation in Goroka and Hagen, and offer a fully-satisfying, more relaxed and atmospheric experience located outside of major towns.

Transport and Travel Conditions
Ground transport via bus or mini bus is provided locally. Internal flights via scheduled carriers and charters on light aircraft with VERY limited capacity for luggage.

This is not a strenuous trip per se, but it is busy with nature walks and village visits on pathways and uneven surfaces. Heat will definitely be a factor at lower elevations. We visit remote locations where our access to modern medical treatment is very limited.

Though food provided is hearty and plentiful, travellers with very specific dietary restrictions or preferences (vegetarians are well catered for) may find their needs challenged at this destination given the remoteness of the locations where we are accommodated.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Air-conditioned hotels/lodges with en-suite toilet and bath throughout.

Single rooms are EXTREMELY limited in number and are likely smaller than doubles.

Porter service is usually available at hotels though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports.

Please also note that if you have selected our share program and we fail to pair you (ie there is no one else booked who is willing to share), the mandatory or "forced" single supplement is 100% of the regular single supplement fee due to the high cost of single accommodation at all locations.

Fro more information, please click on the "Map & Hotels" tab located toward the top of this page.

Staff and Support
Tour Leader, drivers, local lodge guides at all locations.

Group Size
Maximum 17 plus Tour Leader



Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Down Under
Countries visited: Papua New Guinea

*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Airways Hotel
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Port Moresby
Country: Papua New Guinea
Airways Hotel is nestled in its own botanical gardens, offering world-class accommodation set in an oasis of understated luxury in one of the Pacific’s most striking and inspiring settings. After flying into ... Moresby’s Jacksons International Airport, there’s only one place you’ll want to land.
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Ambua Lodge
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Tari
Country: Papua New Guinea
Nestled amongst the Doma Peaks near Tari, almost 7000 feet above sea level, is Ambua Lodge. An award-winning, eco-friendly lodge boasting magnificent views of the Tari Valley below. Guests are accommodated in ... round houses, set amongst landscaped gardens and built almost exclusively from natural materials. Each unit features 180 degree picture windows to soak in the view, en-suite bathrooms. Guests can also be accommodated in our two story block of 18 modern hotel rooms. Electric blankets and continental quilts for the cool highland evenings.
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Karawari Lodge
Location: Sepik River
Country: Papua New Guinea
Guests are accommodated in ten separate cottages, each built out of local bush materials and inspired by local architecture. Each cottage has two private twin rooms, each with a modern ensuite bathrooms ... a communal verandah. Despite its’ remoteness, the lodge has 220V electricity with Australian style power points, hot and cold water, comfortable mosquito-netted single beds and ceiling fan.
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Rondon Ridge Lodge
Location: Mount Hagen
Country: Papua New Guinea
Boasting panoramic views of the Wahgi Valley below, Rondon Ridge is the pinnacle of luxury in a remote and rural setting. It is a spectacular introduction to our lodges on arrival ... a welcome stepping stone to civilization before departure from Mount Hagen. Rondon Ridge is located in the mountains above the city from where you can marvel at the stunning vista of the surrounding mountains and the city below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").


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