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Exotic Wildlife of Papua New Guinea

12 days / 11 nights
Price Per Person
From $18,500
Wildlife, Off The Grid
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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• Birds that Change the World: The unique birds of Papua New Guinea helped Alfred Russel Wallace found the theory of evolution alongside Charles Darwin. Travelers will find the most visually impressive — and strange — specimens on the planet in Kiunga, the Tari Valley, and Bensbach.

• Wild PNG: Look for deer, wallabies, snakes, and monitor lizards as you explore the culture and dense jungles, rivers, and highlands of Papua New Guinea.

• Fishing: For the anglers, there’s nowhere quite like wild Papua New Guinea. Join the pelicans and sea eagles in looking for life in the mysterious waters of the Bensbach.


Day 1 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 Tari

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 Mount 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 Mount Hagen

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.

Mount Hagen

Day 5 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 Kiunga

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 Kiunga

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 Bensbach

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 Bensbach

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 Bensbach

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 Port Moresby

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 Departure

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.


Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.


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