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Wonders of New Guinea



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Shirley Johnson

Trans Niugini Tours

Discover how easy Papua New Guinea can be when travelling with Trans Niugini Tours.

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Wonders of New Guinea

New Guinea, the last great land mass to remain unexplored, still remains a place of great wonder and mystery. Exotic animals, extraordinary art and flamboyant warriors await the curious traveler. The tour begins in the Tari valley, home of the colorful Huli, a race whose right of passage for young men is to grow their own human hair wigs. In the forest surrounding the valley awaits a plethora of thirteen species of birds of paradise.


Airways Hotel Port Moresby

Upon arrival in Port Moresby you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to the Airways Hotel.

Overnight Airways Hotel
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Ambua Lodge Tari Basin

In the morning, you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to your Air Niugini flight Port Moresby to Tari. The Tari Valley - home of the Huli - a colorful and proud people still largely live the same way that their ancestors did. Ambua Lodge is an inspired mixture of local architecture, spectacular views and modest luxury off the beaten track. Located at 7000 feet (2100 meters) in the PNG Southern Highlands, homeland of the Huli clan with their human hair wigs adorned with colourful flowers. Afternoon guided nature walk through the alpine forest looking for the exotic bird of Paradise. Read more

Overnight Ambua Lodge (BLD)
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Ambua Lodge Tari Basin

Enjoy two full days of cultural touring. In contrast to the Sepik people whose art is manifested in ceremonial and decorative carvings, these Highland people employ as their art, body decoration, face painting and human hair wigs decorated with feathers, flowers and moss. The Huli culture is the most vibrant intact and colourful to be experienced anywhere. Read more

Overnight Ambua Lodge (BLD)

Ambua Lodge Tari Basin

Ambua is surrounded by pristine, mid-montane jungle, a mass of interlocking tree tops, shades of green spattered with occasional splashes of color from high altitude orchids and rhododendrons. Well kept nature trails venture out into this wilderness, crossing traditional vine bridges, tracing clear mountain streams to secluded waterfalls. Early morning and late afternoon birding are offered free of charge at the lodge. Read more

Overnight Ambua Lodge (BLD)

Karawari Lodge, East Sepik

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 that seem to rise and drop at impossible angles. From the airstrip, you 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. Inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, while still providing modern comforts. Located on a ridge overlooking the Karawari River, in the Sepik region is a time-warped mixture of pre-technological and technological architecture - is the perfect base for some old-fashioned jungle, river and village exploration. You are in the middle of Arambak country-- locals’ pole dug-out canoes, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and, traditional village lifestyles continue largely unchanged. "Something likes a National Geographic expedition. No roads. Thick jungle. Locals poling dugouts. Crocodiles. You wind up at the surprising Karawari Lodge. Proceed with lunch then follow by an afternoon visit to Kundiman village for sago making demonstration. Sago is the Staple food for the river people. Read more

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Karawari Lodge, East Sepik

A day excursion along the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes with sculpted silhouettes of crocodile masks. Village life including carved totems, drums, woodcarvings and different expressions of art are also experienced. See bountiful bird life along the rivers and nearby lakes. Excursions will enhance your understanding of traditional village culture in the Sepik region. Read more

O/Night Karawari Lodge (BLD)

Rondon Ridge, Mount Hagen

Fly by charter from Karawari 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. Perched high on Mount Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley. Proceed with lunch then follow by an afternoon guided nature walk around the trails at Rondon Ridge. Read more

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Rondon Ridge, Mount Hagen

Enjoy a full day tour featuring the unique culture and tradition of the melpa people who live near the Mount Hagen City which is the business heart of the Papua New Guinea highlands, supplying a number of important industries, such as tea, coffee and mining. It is a city where stone meets steel, where tradition and history is juxtaposed against modern ways. A comprehensive touring program takes you 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. The Melpa are said by anthropologists, to be “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. Read more

Overnight Rondon Ridge (BLD)

Port Moresby

This morning you depart for Port Moresby on Air Niugini PX181. Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to your ongoing international flight. (B)

International Departure (B)


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Tari Basin
Hotel Ambua Lodge
Day 5
Location East Sepik
Day 7
Location Mount Hagen
Hotel Rondon Ridge


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees

Package excludes

  • Airfares Domestic and International
  • Charters are quoted separately and are additional
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • Additional Air Charter Costs:
  • US$1046.00 per person
  • Monday Day 5 - Ambua to Karawari
  • Wednesday Day 7 - Karawari to Mount Hagen
  • Special Note Regarding Charters: Maximum baggage allowance is 10kg per person and a maximum of 5kg carry on baggage per person. Large, hard sided suitcases are not permitted on charter aircraft.
  • Important Note:
  • Domestic and international flights are not included in the cost and we do not arrange these. You are to book and ticket the domestic Air Niugini flights together with your international flights. We will book the internal air charter flights.
  • Internal Domestic flights you are to book with Air Niugini (PX) :
  • Friday Day 2 - PX864 Port Moresby to Tari
  • Friday Day 9 - PX181 Mount Hagen to Port Moresby


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