|Destinasjoner :||Papua New Guinea|
|Aktivitets nivå :||Blandede aktiviter - Kultur & Tema reiser (komfort) - Natur og dyrereiser - Reise for single|
Some of the most diverse and amazing wildlife and cultures in the jungles of Papua New Guinea
Those not on the group flights can meet the rest of the group at the airport in Mt. Hagen (the group flight is scheduled on Air Niugini flight PX180 arriving at 9am after 2 days of travel from the UK via Singapore and Port Moresby). Alternatively it is possible to meet the group at Rondon Ridge Lodge. After the transfer to Rodon Ridge Lodge (about 1hr) we can relax (please note that due to the early arrival rooms may not be ready) from the long journey. Rondon Ridge is situated overlooking a valley with magnificent views of the Hagen Range, Mouth Giluwe, the Sepik Divide, the Baiyer Gap and the Wahgi Valley. The area surrounding the lodge is pristine rainforest and is home to some 180 species of birds, including ten species of Bird of Paradise as well as numerous orchid species. There are numerous trails around the grounds of the lodge and after lunch we head out on a guided nature walk looking for some of the local birds and learning about the local ecosystem.
We spend a full day exploring the high altitude forests looking for local flora and fauna. Some of the birds we may come across include Macgregor’s Bowerbird, the Brown Sicklebill, Stephanie’s Astrapia, the Superb Bird of Paradise, the Black Sicklebill, the Buff tail Sicklebill, King of Saxony Bird of Paradise and the Short tailed Paradigalla to name a few.
Today we focus on the area’s culture and tradition visiting the Melpa people who live here. This is one of the last large groups to have been brought into the world community. Their first contact with the world at large was not until the 1930s when Australian gold prospectors arrived in the area. The Melpa were amongst the very first agriculturalists on Earth and still use many of the same practices today. They are also considered to have had a pre-disposition to capitalism given a complex and elaborate tradition of amassing wealth and debt through ceremonial exchanges. One of the villages we visit will demonstrate a traditional Hagen sing sing. A sing sing is normally a gathering of numerous villages who display dances, music and culture to peacefully exchange traditions with each other. Villagers taking part in the sing sing will decorate themselves with various ornaments such as head-dresses and colourful plumage as well as paint their faces. We spend the whole day exploring the culture of the Melpa people.
We transfer to Kagamuga Airport to catch our charter flight to Ambua. Upon arrival we transfer to Ambua Lodge. The lodge is built on a steep hill with rooms scattered throughout a beautiful garden of rhododendrons, ground orchids and many other exotic plants and flowers. This afternoon we take a nature walk through the alpine forests in search of some of the special birds and plants of the region.
The Tari area, where we find ourselves, is a hotspot for colourful and exotic birds. The region has stared in numerous wildlife documentaries and boasts an amazing 217 species of bird including 13 different species of Bird of Paradise, that’s more than a quarter of all known species. As we spend the day exploring the trails in this mid-montane jungle, we may see Buff-banded rail, Longtailed shrike, Pied chat, Orange-crowned Fairy-wren, Mountain peltops, Friendly fantail, Willie wagtail, Blue-grey Robin and Hooded manikin.
Today we will delve into the rich and fascinating culture of the Huli people. This is one of the most vibrant, intact and colourful cultures to be experienced anywhere. These highland people express their art through body-decoration, face-painting and human-hair wigs decorates with feathers, flowers and moss. A special Huli sing sing will be featured in the village we visit.
Leaving the highlands behind we catch a charter flight to the Karawari River in the Sepik region. The Karawari Lodge is only accessible by charter flight and is located amidst a vast lowland tropical jungle, 100m above the Karawari River. This lodge is more basic than the previous two we stayed at but possibly the most charming, built of bush materials. The roofs are thatched roofs made of Sago palm and electricity is only for a few hours each day. The villages along the river are built on stilts and after lunch we visit the Kundiman Village where we will get a demonstration of Sago Making. Sago is the staple food of the river people.
We spend today exploring the region’s nature and culture. Travelling along jungle-fringed waterways, we see boatmen, standing upright, paddling their slender dugout canoes. We gain an insight into the local village life and may get fishing or hunting demonstrations along with a visit to the Men’s Haus or a performance of a traditional dance. This is an excellent chance to see lowland, rainforest and fresh-water birds – particularly parrots. There are also three Birds of Paradise found here: the King, the Twelve-Wire and the Magnificent Riflebird. We may also come across Cassowaries, frog-mouths, owls, and other birds of prey.
This morning we return by charter flight to Mt. Hagen before catching a connecting flight to Port Moresby arriving in the afternoon. We are transferred to our hotel not far from the airport and are free for the rest of the day.
This morning we have a short visit of Port Moresby and the surrounding area. We will visit the National Museum and the Art Shop where there are displays of prehistory and contemporary art from PNG, as well as seeing the National Parliament House from the outside. Depending on time we may also visit The Nature Park, a haven of greenery with a 2km boardwalk beneath a jungle canopy with great wildlife and numerous orchids. Those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport in time for the mid-afternoon flight to Singapore. Those not on group flights, the tour ends after the short city tour.
8 nights comfortable wilderness lodges, 1 night comfortable hotel
Travel by charter plane, bus and boat
Some hiking along muddy jungle paths
8 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners included. Papua New Guinea does not have a national cuisine as such and local staple foods tend to be starchy, bland and lacking in protein. The food served in the lodges, however, is tasty and made up mostly of international dishes alongside local vegetables for those wanting to try them. Local foods do include tropical fruit and some fantastic tea and coffee from the PNG highlands. It is possible to cater for vegetarians, however, you should inform us in advance, and should also mention it to the lodge managers as you arrive at each lodge. All meals are included in the wilderness lodges but not at our hotel in Port Moresby.
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