Having travelled quite intrepidly, we wanted a trip that wouldn't fall into the traditional category of 'honeymoon' -- so we decided on Papua New Guinea.
Mark & Katherine - London, UK

Exotic Wildlife of Papua New Guinea

This thrilling 12-day Papua New Guinea itinerary will have you getting up-close and personal with the country’s native wildlife. From its massive flocks of pelicans, to its large Fig-Parrot, this is a bird-watcher’s dream, and a fisherman’s as well, with rich waters teeming with sea life. Be amazed by herds of deer, wallabies, and monitor lizards as you trek through the lush, verdant surroundings.

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  • Stay in eco-friendly lodges nestled into stunning surroundings
  • Meet local villagers and learn about their daily life
  • Spot some of the country’s rarest, most exotic birds
  • Fish in an angler’s paradise
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1
Port Moresby/ Tari

Arrive in Papua New Guinea’s bustling seaside capital of Port Moresby after your flight from Manila. You’ll be assisted with connecting to your flight to Tari, where you’ll transfer to Ambua Lodge, an award-winning, eco-friendly facility with stunning panoramas of the Tari Valley. Once settled in, you’ll spend the afternoon spotting exotic bird life, hiking through the area’s winding rainforest pathways.

Day 2

Spend the day today doing more exploring of the natural wonders of the Tari Valley’s lush verdant forests, bird watching, hiking, and taking in the fresh, exotic air. After a thrilling day perusing the Papua New Guinea’s wilds, bed down in the comfort of your room at Ambua Lodge once again.

Day 3
Tari/ Mt Hagen

Today you’re off to Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea’s third-largest city, where you’ll transfer to your room at Highlander Hotel. Spend the afternoon discovering Mt Hagen and getting familiar with your new surroundings. The city’s vibrant local market is always a fun stop.

Day 4

Explore the picturesque Waghi Valley today, from its tea and coffee plantations for which it is famous, to an informative cultural village study, where you can learn all about the local way of life and interact with village people. Spend your evening relaxing at your room at Highlander Hotel once again.

Day 5
Mt Hagen/Kiunga

Today you’ll take off for Kiunga, a port town in the country’s western province, surrounded by swamps and rainforests rich with biodiversity. After checking in to your air-conditioned room at Kiunga Guest House, spend the afternoon exploring these natural areas, birdwatching and hiking.

Day 6

Enjoy a leisurely morning and breakfast, before strapping up your hiking boots for more exotic adventures in the Kiunga swamps and rainforests. The lowlands here are home to a range of rare birds, including the famed Southern Crowned Pigeon, the Flame Bowerbird, the Large Fig-Parrot, and more. Get your camera ready.

Day 7

For your final full day in Kiunga, spend time once again exploring its wilderness, and interact with the area’s friendly locals. Spend one last night at Kiunga Guest House.

Day 8
Kiunga/Bensbach (Daru)

Today, you’ll take a flight to Bensbach, a remote village in the southwest corner of Papua New Guinea. The landscape here is mirror-flat, a unique feature that has allowed wildlife to thrive here. Check in to your room at the Bensbach Wilderness Lodge and get acquainted with your new surroundings.

Day 9

Spend the day today taking in the natural surroundings and exotic creatures that inhabit Bensbach. Go birdwatching, seeing massive flocks of pelicans, pygmy geese and sea eagles, and fish its rich waters. Spend the night once again at Bensbach Wilderness Lodge.

Day 10

See more of Bensbach’s wilderness today, catching sights of herds of deer, wallabies, snakes and monitor lizards on your outings. If you didn’t catch anything yesterday, or even if you did, spend some time fishing once again, in this fisherman’s paradise, and one of the world’s Barramundi capitals.

Day 11

Take off for Daru today, where you’re transfer to Port Moresby. Check in to your room at the Gateway Hotel, and explore the city’s sights during your free time.

Day 12

Say goodbye to Papua New Guinea today on your drive to the airport, where you can check in for your international flight either home or to your next destination.


Suggested Accommodations

Ambua Lodge

Ambua Lodge

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, and the perfect base for encountering the famous Wigmen, the lodge consists of forty 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, and electric blankets and duvets for the cool highland evenings. Ambua has 24-hour, eco-friendly electricity, provided by its own hydroelectric power plant that generates clean, natural energy from a nearby mountain stream. The main lodge building houses the bar, dining and lounge areas and a cozy central fireplace.

Quality Hotel Highlander

Quality Hotel Highlander

The Highlander Hotel in Mount Hagen, gateway to the Western Highlands and its vibrant culture of tribal sing-sing rituals, is one of the best hotels in PNG and offers many comforts one might not expect in the region, such as an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts, and a choice of dining options. The hotel's buildings are inspired by traditional architecture, with thatched roofs, and are surrounded by landscaped grounds. Each of the 60 rooms has a color television, IDD telephone, air conditioning and of course a private bathroom. Some rooms are equipped with broadband Internet, and access is available to all guests in the business center. The Poolside Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch on an outdoor terrace and Palmuri serves an à la carte dinner menu by an open stone fireplace. The Highlander is 10 miles from the Mount Hagen Airport (HGU).

Kiunga Guest House

Kiunga Guest House

This simple guest house, located in Papua New Guinea’s birdwatcher’s paradise of Kiunga, is known for its friendly, helpful staff. The hotel recently opened a new wing, where the rooms are more modern and comfortable. These self-contained rooms are spacious, with a television provided. There is a small garden on the grounds, as well as a restaurant and store. It’s known as the social hub of Kiunga. Rates include meals and laundry, and car rental is available. 

Bensbach Wildlife Lodge

Bensbach Wildlife Lodge

Located in one of the most remote areas of PNG, and probably the best part of the country for wildlife enthusiasts, Bensbach Wildlife Lodge is situated on a peaceful flood plain teeming with flora and fauna; indeed, nearly 200 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Bensbach accommodates up to sixteen guests in two separate wings, each linked to the main lodge building that houses the dining area, a well stocked bar and comfortable lounge. The lodge is built entirely from local materials, adapted to the tastes and comfort of its visitors with 220V electricity, ceiling fans and hot and cold water. The dinner menu features delicious freshly caught Bensbach Barramundi and venison purchased from local hunters. Birding, fishing and cultural touring is done on small power boats with experienced skippers and accompanied by knowledgeable local guides.
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