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

Private Papua New Guinea: Mt Hagen to Bensbach by Private Aircraft

Discover the fascinating and mysterious country of Papua New Guinea with this exhilarating 10-day tour. Fly to each exciting destination on your own private jet and beat the hassle of commercial flights. You’ll start the journey of a lifetime by flying to Mt Hagen and visiting the traditional village of Polga. Here, you’ll see a captivating mudmen performance and learn about traditional culture and history. Next, you’ll head to the breathtaking Upper Sepik region and embark on a canoeing adventure tour through remote villages and winding rivers. After, you’ll end the unforgettable tour in Bensbach, a unique region comprising of pristine grasslands and wetlands bursting with exotic wildlife.

Why travel by private jet?

Traveling by personal jet is the finest way to experience Papua New Guinea. Save valuable time and say goodbye to long transfers, flight delays and cancellations. You’ll also travel in style and experience the utmost in comfort and relaxation aboard your own private jet. Finally, you’ll fly to exclusive and distant destinations, usually unreachable to travelers. See the best of Papua New Guinea and discover the country’s many hidden gems on your own private charter aircraft. 

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  • Witness an intriguing mudmen performance in the traditional village of Polga
  • Paddle through winding rivers and visit remote villages by canoe in the Upper Sepik region
  • Visit the famous Huli Wigmen tribe and learn to make your own elaborate wig
  • Trek through untouched grasslands and wetlands in Bensbach and admire rare wildlife
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Start your adventure off in the seaside capital of Port Moresby. In the morning, you’ll board your luxurious personal jet and enjoy a comfortable flight to the volcano city of Mt Hagen. Here, you’ll take a private guided tour of the charming township and see a colourful local market and the Keltiga Cultural Village. After, you’ll check in to the accommodating Highlander Hotel and rest up for an exciting day ahead.

Day 2

Today, you’ll travel to the lush green Wahgi Valley and take a tour of the traditional Polga village. Here, you’ll meet mystical tribe members and witness a fascinating mudmen performance. Ancient tribes believed that mud disguises took on supernatural powers and had the ability to scare enemies away. In the late afternoon, you’ll head back to the comfortable Highlander Hotel and relax in the evening.

Day 3

Begin the day by flying to the quaint town of Ambunti. Once landed, you’ll embark on your exhilarating Sepik canoeing adventure. Jump in your canoe and paddle along Papua New Guinea’s longest river and pass by fascinating villages hidden from the modern world. After a day of adventure, check into the cozy Ambunti Lodge and enjoy a hearty meal before retreating to bed.

Day 4

After breakfast, you’ll continue your exciting Sepik Canoeing Adventure. Today, you’ll paddle through the stunning Wagu Lake and pass by the breathtaking Hunstein mountain range. Home to a plethora of exotic wildlife and rare plant species; you’ll be sure to see fascinating animals and beautiful flora and fauna in this special region. In the late afternoon, you’ll head back to the Ambunti Lodge and rest for the remainder of the day.

Day 5

Board your personal charter aircraft in the morning and fly to Tari, a rustic town where people still wear distinctive traditional dress. Here, you’ll take a stroll through the pristine rainforest and enjoy an afternoon of birdwatching while trekking through lush pathways. After, you’ll settle in at your room at the Ambua Lodge, an award-winning, eco-friendly establishment with beautiful views of the Tari Valley.

Day 6

Today, you’ll spend a second day exploring Tari. In the morning, you’ll head to the remote Pepoko village, home to the famed Huli Wigmen tribe. Here, you’ll meet Huli villagers dressed in elaborate headdress,and learn how to make your own wig. After, you’ll participate in a traditional Huli barbecue and feast on a succulent pig roast.

Day 7

In the morning, step onto your personal jet and fly to Bensbach, an isolated village in the southwest corner of Papua New Guinea. With endless green plains and no rocky regions, this unique landscape has allowed wildlife to thrive in the area. After your arrival, settle in to your room at the serene Bensbach Wilderness Lodge and spend the remainder of the day exploring your new surroundings.

Day 8

After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of Bensbach and trek through grasslands teeming with deer, wallabies, snakes, monitor lizards and more. After, take a stroll through the nearby floodplains, an important stopping point for migratory birds. Here, you’ll enjoy an afternoon of spectacular birdwatching before heading back to Bensbach Wilderness Lodge.

Day 9

Enjoy one last day in Bensbach and experience Mother Nature at her best. Head to the wetlands in the morning and admire large flocks of pelicans, pygmy geese and sea eagles as they hunt for fish from the sky above. For those interested in fishing, you’ll have the opportunity to catch the feisty barramundi, which can grow up to nearly 40 inches in length.

Day 10

On your final day, take one last scenic private flight back to Port Moresby. Here, we wish you farewell and are more than happy to assist you with your next travel arrangements. In the afternoon, you’ll head to Port Moresby Jackson's International Airport and check in for your flight home or to your next exciting destination.


Suggested Accommodations

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).

Ambunti Lodge

Ambunti Lodge

Perched on the banks of the Sepik River, Ambunti Lodge provides basic accommodation and restaurant services. Guests may choose from twin or double rooms, and recent upgrades have resulted in air-conditioning and private bathrooms in each, making the rooms among the most comfortable available in the area. The lodge also features a generator to keep power going during a power-cut. Ambunti Lodge is the ideal base from which to explore the exotic and fascinating Sepik region, with its rich tribal cultures. 

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.

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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