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Nature in the Raw: Wild Papua New Guinea

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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.

FROM $11,300 PER PERSON
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DURATION

10 days | 9 nights

COUNTRY

Papua New Guinea

INTERESTS

Wildlife,
Tribal

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A mystical motorized canoe ride down the Sepik River
  • Fly in to a remote village with no roads in or out for a traditional meal
  • Explore the exotic forests full of fascinating birds and mammals
  • Scuba dive one of the world’s most ecologically diverse reef systems

DETAILED DECRIPTION

This is Papua New Guinea like few people get to experience, from remote village visits, to treks through lush rainforests and jungles. In this thrilling 10-day itinerary, you’ll meet friendly locals who will give you a glimpse into their native cultures, and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime encounters with exotic birds and mammals.

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Wewak

Arrive in Port Moresby, the beachside capital of Papua New Guinea, and connect on an afternoon flight to Wewak, the gateway to the Sepik River. Spend the night at In Wewak Boutique Hotel, a simple-yet-comfortable abode perched on top of Wewak Hill, overlooking the Bismarck Sea, in a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere.

DAY 2: Sepik Region

Today you’ll start your adventure with an overland drive to the Sepik River, the longest river in Papua New Guinea, accompanied by your own private guide. From here, you’ll take a motorized longboat canoe downstream, passing swamplands, timeless tropical rainforests and majestic mountains, to the mystical Middle Sepik. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the crocodile by exploring the crocodile cult villages of Palembei, Yentchen and Kanganaman, before checking in to your hotel, the humble Kanganaman Village Guest House.

DAY 3: Simbai

Continue your adventure further downstream, passing by the Timbunke Catholic Mission, before taking a charter plane to Simbai. This unique, timewarped village, nestled in the highlands of Medang province, is isolated from the outside world but for charter planes. Enjoy a traditional welcome by the local villagers, accompanied by lunch. The nearby Nugent Cave is your next stop, accompanied by expert guides. Bed down for the evening in Simbai Village Guest House.

DAY 4: Simbai

Your adventure today begins with a full day of hiking through the exciting Kaironk River Valley, famous for its wealth of archaeological digs. The challenging hike, which takes you over steep spurs, pig fences, and stream crossings, is well worth the effort. Along the way, you’ll likely be greeted by friendly local tribespeople crossing your path. At the end of the day, rest your tired feet once again at Simbai Village Guest House.

DAY 5: Madang

A short plane ride will bring you to Madang, a town known as one of the most picturesque in the South Pacific. Check out the town on a whirlwind tour, before a thrilling four-wheel-drive jungle adventure to Keki Eco-Lodge, a remote mountain dwelling of traditionally-style cottages set amidst the Adelbert Range rainforest. The area is famous for its exotic birds, the watching of which is an entertaining way for you to pass this relaxed afternoon.

DAY 6: Madang

Today, you’ll spend time exploring the intricacies and curiosities of the mystical jungles that envelope Keki Eco-Lodge, including fascinating native birds and mammals. Among the exotic animals you may spot is the rare fire-mane Bowerbird, known for its huge nests. Overnight once again a Keki Eco-Lodge.

DAY 7: Madang

Return to Madang and check into the Jais Aben Resort, situated on Madang’s picturesque harbourfront. Spend the afternoon scuba diving Madang’s reefs, known for being among the world’s most ecologically diverse.

DAY 8: Madang

Spend a full day scuba diving, further exploring Madang’s delicate and rich reefs. Among the exotic sea life you can expect to spot are anemones, ghost pipefish, feather stars, mandarin fish, barrel sponges and gorgonian fans.

DAY 9: Madang

Drift down the picturesque Gogol River, a short trip from Madang, allowing the downstream current to ease the effort of paddling. Your vessel: a native dugout canoe. Enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation in the evening back at the Jais Aben Resort.

DAY 10: Madang

Catch an early flight from Madang to Port Moresby, where you can connect easily to your international flight home or on to your next destination.

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