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.
The southwestern corner of Papua New Guinea features a wide, sweeping flood plain and the absence of mountains and waterfalls. This area is one of the top wildlife destinations in all of PNG - and in terms of sheer biodiversity, one of the richest parts of the world. Not only is Bensbach is a stopping point for migratory birds on their way north, the waters of the nearby river are home to abundant fish, and the surrounding plains are home to, among others, wallabies, deer, and reptiles like snakes and lizards.
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With almost 250 species of migratory and resident birds, the Bensbach is an ideal location for birdwatchers and nature-lovers. Here, among other species, visitors can see local Pelicans and Sea Eagles, Yellow Wagtails from Eurasia, and Ruddy Turnstones from the windswept Siberian plains.
Home to the feisty barramundi, which can grow up to almost 40 inches (100 centimeters), hundreds of anglers every year make the journey to the river near Bensbach. While much of the fishing is catch-and-release, some of your catch can be cleaned, gutted, and cooked fresh for you.
Learn about the ways of life of traditional peoples, including the use of strands of malaluca, or paper bark eucalyptus, as building materials and insulation, as well as the role of sago and yams as staples of their diet. Watch a cooking demonstration using traditional techniques – some of which are the last of their kind in the world today.
Birdwatcher's paradise and a fisherman's haven are only a flight away with this 12-day itinerary taking you deep into exotic Papua New Guinea's wildlife culture. Stay in comfortable, eco-friendly lodges as you get up close and personal with the country's fascinating wildlife, including pelicans and fig parrots.
Cover extensive ground on this 10-day luxury adventure through Papua New Guinea by private aircraft. You’ll have the rare delights of learning to make your own traditional wig with the Huli Wigman Tribe, before moving onto see a Mudmen performance, as well as a thrilling canoe adventure on the Sepik River.
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.