Overview

Flight - 1 night
Singapore - 1 night
Flight - 1 night
Mount Hagen - 1 night
Karawari - 3 nights
Mount Hagen – 3 nights
East New Britain - 4 nights
Flight - 1 night

A Million Journeys 
Mount Hagen Cultural Show Departure

A special departure to one of Papua New Guinea’s most important tribal events, the Mount Hagen Cultural Show

An incredible 16-day journey to wild, raw and captivating Papua New Guinea a land lost in time, ready for discovery

One of Papua New Guinea’s most important tribal events, the Mount Hagen Cultural Show, provides an incredible opportunity to discover the tribal diversity of this country. First staged in 1961, before PNG’s independence, intended to unify warring tribes, the show has since become a major event at which to witness the fabulous sight of thousands of painted warriors dancing and singing to the beat of Kundu drums. Each August tribes from all over the country gather in Hagen in an amazing conglomeration of colour, beauty and culture to reveal the most exciting sing-sings (cultural presentations) involving traditional performances and rituals. In a land that is home to hundreds of distinct traditional social groups, or tribes, where over 800 languages are spoken, tribal identities and traditions remain fundamental to the fabric of Papua life. There is no better opportunity to see so many indigenous people in elaborate, traditional costume, mask and body paint, some beautiful, some terrifying, gathered in one place. Arrive early and see the groups dressing and donning their feathered headdresses, see ribald, vigorous impromptu performances before the main event. Ensure you witness the most important ‘sing-sings’ including those of the Chimbu Skeleton People, Huli Wigmen, Asaro Mudmen and Baining Fire Dancers. Immerse yourself in the cultural experience with some excellent photo opportunities. 

 

Key Features

Private Charter Flights
Chauffeur Driven Transfers*
Best Available Accommodation
Mount Hagen Cultural Show
Expert Local Guides
Small Group Size: 5 - 15
Price Guarantee

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Singapore.

Day 2 Arrive Singapore, transfer to the Park Regis hotel, time at leisure to explore the sights of Singapore.

Day 3 Full day at leisure before the evening flight to Port Morseby. Papua New Guinea, the last great unexplored land mass remains a place of great wonder and mystery. Exotic animals, extraordinary art and flamboyant warriors await the curious traveller. (B)

Day 4 Arrive in Port Moresby and transfer for your flight to Mount Hagen, capital of the Western Province in the upper Wahgi Valley. First contact was only made with the Melpa people of the Wahgi Valley in 1933, they were amongst the world's first horticulturists and in many ways their lifestyle remains unchanged. Transfer for an overnight at Rondon Ridge, perched high on Mount Kuta, with incredible views over the valley. Guided nature walk followed by a film show, cocktail and welcome dinner. (L, D)

Day 5 Fly by private charter to Karawari, deep in Arambak country and home of the Kamangabbi spirit legend. The mountains start to give way until eventually vast tracts of dense tropical lowland rainforest cover the landscape for as far as the eye can see. From Karawari airstrip, you will be transferred by river boat to the lodge. In this remote and unspoiled region, the tropical lowland rainforest is a complex habitat housing a tremendous variety of flora, fauna and a unique culture. After lunch visit a riverbank village, the real fascination here is the people, how they live and how the land and river shapes their lives, maintaining traditions as they have for generations. Proceed with lunch followed by an afternoon visit to Kundiman village for sago making demonstration. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Excursions are undertaken in small custom designed riverboats, allowing access to shallow and small tributaries of the river. Venture back in time to a hunter-gatherers society on an excursion along the jungle-fringed waterways, where crocodiles bask on the banks and boatmen standing upright, paddle their slender canoes, adorned with sculpted crocodile masks. Experience the traditional village life of the Sepik region, discover carved totems, drums, woodcarvings and different expressions of art See bountiful bird life along the rivers lakes. Your excursions will enhance your understanding of the different spices of orchids found in the Sepik region. (B, L, D)

Day 7 A full day birding, with some 225 species of birds, Karawari is an excellent location to seek lowland, rainforest and freshwater birds - particularly parrots, including lorikeets, Eclectus, Palm Cockatoos, Edwards-Fig Parrot. There are also three birds of paradise, the King, Twelve-Wire and the Magnificent Riflebird. Cassowaries, frog-mouths, owls, birds of prey, bower birds, honey eaters and a whole host of others await the intrepid birder. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Fly by private charter to Mount Hagen. This spectacular flight crosses vast tracts of highlands and mountains rise to startling heights from the flat lands of the Sepik Basin. Located at an elevation of 2,150 m. Home to the Melpa and Jiwaka People, the pristine highland rainforest hosts a diverse range of orchids and birdlife. Return to Rondon Ridge, high above the valley, where we will stay for the next three nights. Enjoy the pre-show activities. (B, L, D)

Days 9 & 10 Two full days are spent at the Mount Hagen show - world famous for its colour, culture and vibrancies. It is a truly spectacular event. The diversity of the coastal, lowlands and highlands sing-sing groups at the Hagen Show reflects the incredible diversity of Papua New Guinea's landscape - an unforgettable experience. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Fly to Rabaul via Port Moresby. On the island of East New Britain, Rabaul has a colourful and explosive past. It was a base for Japanese operations in the South Pacific during WWII and was largely destroyed in 1994 by Mount Tavurvur, when Kokopo became the new capital. Take the short drive to Kokopo Beach Bungalows for a four night stay. Enjoy the tropical setting, the location is picture perfect, overlooking turquoise blue waters, reefs and framed by six volcanoes. (B, L, D)

Day 12 Explore the Gazelle Peninsula, start with an early trek to the rim of Mount Tavuvrvur, (approx. 1 hr), enjoy the views before heading down to the hot springs, where locals demonstrate their intensity by boiling eggs of the Megapode bird. Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery (Bita Paka), Kokopo War Museum, the site of a crashed WWII Japanese Betty Bomber, General Yamamoto's Bunker and Japanese barge tunnels. Continue to the Volcano Observatory for a panoramic view of Rabaul, Simpson Harborand and of course, the volcanoes themselves. Return to your hotel mid-afternoon with time to relax. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Enjoy a full day boat tour to the Duke of York Islands. Explore the stunning bay and small craft market, admire white sandy beaches in a picturesque tropical setting, stop on a quiet, private beach for lunch under the trees and a chance to go swimming in the warm waters of the Bismarck. On the return look out for turtles and dolphins which are a common sight. Enjoy the cruise along the coastline of Kokopo arriving late afternoon at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Enjoy a day of leisure. Relax by the pool, stroll along the beach or visit the Kokopo markets. You may choose to head out to swim with the dolphins or join a dive boat for scuba diving or snorkelling. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Fly to Port Moresby, lunch at the Airways Hotel, time permitting, enjoy a short exploration of the capital before the flight to London via Singapore. Alternatively you may choose a different way home with a visit to Kavieng, capital of New Ireland and the ‘Robinson Crusoesque’ Lissenung Island Resort, a perfect setting to relax and unwind. (B, L)

Day 16 Arrive London Heathrow. 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This special departure will be a shorter programme with the visit to Lake Murray omitted and a further night spent in Karawari.

2020

Fridays
per person in a twin room

Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow

Date Price
August 7 £8995
Great Journeys

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Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1190

Flight Options

Premium Economy (London - Singapore) from £2035
Business Class (London - Port Moresby) from £5495

Extension Options

Extension - New Ireland Province, Kavieng
Lissenung Island Resort
4 nights £1195
Single supplement £270

 

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, VIP return transfers*, free stop-over in Singapore, private charter flights between Mount Hagen, Lake Murray and Karawari, 14 nights’ accommodation, meals as indicated, expert local guides and naturalists. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
*We are providing a VIP Chauffeur driven transfer for passengers that live within a 70 miles radius of the point of departure.  For those passengers that live outside of this 70 Mile radius we will provide the most competitive quotation for the additional mileage.

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