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Goroka Show Cultural Tour to Papua New Guinea (includes Sepik and Mt. Hagen) Co-ed
Number of days: 12
2012 Itinerary dates: September 9 – 20
Tour Leader: Beth Whitman
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WanderTours Giving Program – A portion of your tour cost will go toward the building of a water tank for a village near the Sepik River whose water supply is polluted due to mining.
* Be immersed among 75 tribes at the Goroka Show
* Experience a homestay in a small village along the Sepik River
* Visit sacred spirit houses (haus tambarans) and be welcomed by tribal chiefs at village singsings
* Enjoy the tranquility and beauty of The Highlands
The adventure starts in Port Moresby on September 9, 2012. Nearly all flights arrive via Brisbane, Cairns or Tokyo.
September 9, 2012 (Meals: D)
On this day of the trip, you’ll be welcomed upon landing at the Port Moresby Airport and head to the hotel. Depending on arrival times, there may be a chance for the group to have a brief tour of Port Moresby including the Botanical Gardens, a village on stilts and local galleries. Overnight in Port Moresby.
September 10, 2012 (Meals: B, L, D)
Following breakfast, the group will head to the airport for the flight to Wewak, where you’ll be met by a local guide and taken to the hotel. This is going to be the starting point for the tour of the Sepik region. Overnight in Wewak.
September 11, 2012 (Meals: B, L, D)
Today the group will enjoy an early breakfast and travel around 4 hours to Pagwi. You’ll then go by motorized canoe to a nearby village where you will enjoy a welcome singsing by the tribespeople. You’ll then continue onward to Kanganamun where there may be another singsing as you’ll have a chance to visit the village’s sacred haus tambaran. Overnight in Kanganamun.
NOTE - This accommodation is quite basic and likely will consist of a thin mattress on bare floors, an outside pit toilet and bucket baths. Meals will also be simple (taro, sago and chicken) and there is no electricity in this community. Bring a mosquito net.
HIGHLIGHT! Arriving in the rural Sepik region and meandering through the many waterways will be a highlight in and of itself. Numerous tribes reside in this region and while canoeing along the Sepik River and its tributaries you’ll see many of the local people who still maintain a traditional lifestyle including crocodile hunting.
September 12, 2012 (Meals: B, L, D)
On this day, you’ll have a half day together with the community at Kanganamun Village where you’ll visit their haus tambaran and see traditional artifacts and carvings. Following lunch, the group will proceed to Yajaim Village and on to Palimbe, while experiencing the peacefulness of the Sepik River. During the journey, you’ll witness an authentic singsing and also see how the locals cook sago, carve wood, paint with typical materials and weave baskets. Watching these kinds of activities will provide you with insight into exactly how the people in this area live. You’ll also see many different kinds of birds that inhabit the area. Overnight at Kanganamun.
HIGHLIGHT! These villages located on the banks of the river are known for their wide variety of carvings and crafts. You’ll have a chance to meet and visit with the carvers and bring home some authentic souvenirs from this very remote area.
September 13, 2012 (Meals: B, L, D)
On this day, you will have an early breakfast and then set out to Terence, Urther Maringe and Aibom villages. As you head down the river, you’ll see locals fishing in dugout canoes. You’ll also see more bird and wildlife (possibly crocodiles) alongside the riverbank. You will continue on along the waterway passing Kambige Village, where you’ll stop for a brief time prior to continuing on to Chambri Lake and back to Pagwi. Here you’ll meet the vehicle and return to Wewak. Overnight in Wewak.
September 14, 2012 (Meals: B, L, D)
After breakfast, the group will head to the airport for a flight to Port Moresby and then onward to Goroka. Upon arrival in Goroka, the group will be met by a local guide and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Goroka.
September 15, 2012 (Meals: B, L, D)
After breakfast, you”ll go to the Goroka showgrounds for a full day of the Goroka Singing. Weather depending, the group will depart early enough to see the singsing from the beginning (performers preparing for the show) to finish (final singing and dancing).
This day will be a full one as you watch performers from throughout the country. It will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the various practices and customs of PNG. Be prepared to see about 75 very different tribes. Late in the day, the group will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Goroka.
September 16, 2012 (Meals: B, L, D)
After breakfast, you’ll head back to the show grounds for another half day at the singsing. In the afternoon, there’ll be time for a scenic tour of Goroka and the Asaro valley as well as Daulo Pass (which overlooks the valleys). You’ll also see the Asaro mudman show at Asaro Village. Overnight in Goroka.
HIGHLIGHT! This particular show is a spectacular event and source of pride in the region. You’ll be able to wander among about 75 tribes while they are singing and dancing (all tribes simultaneously) and while each group tries to outshine the others.
September 17, 2012 (Meals: B, L, D)
After breakfast, the group will drive to Mt. Hagen via Kundiawa. Along the way, expect to see beautiful gardens, small villages, fast flowing rivers, lovely landscape, local markets and very friendly people. You’ll stay in the nearby mountains at a lodge and in the evening, you’ll be treated to a traditional courting ceremony. Overnight near Mt. Hagen.
September 18, 2012 (Meals: B, L, D)
Today, the group will go to a small village where you’ll get to meet the locals and visit a cultural center that includes a village museum with spirit bones believed to be over 200 years old. These are worshiped as gods and are the skeletons of chiefs who died many years ago. You’ll also meet the local chief and his 5 wives who dress in traditional attire and wear their wealth as body ornaments.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Mt. Hagen market (said to be the largest in the South Pacific), the Waghi Valley for a coffee and tea plantation tour, orchid gardens and you’ll have a chance to watch for the Regiana Bird of Paradise at a local lodge specializing in birdwatching. Overnight near Mt. Hagen.
September 19, 2012 (Meals: B, L, D)
After breakfast, the group will transfer to the airport for the morning flight back to Port Moresby. There, you’ll be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. If there’s time, the group will have a chance to do a bit of sightseeing in Port Moresby. Overnight in Port Moresby.
September 20, 2012 (Meals: B)
Following breakfast, the group will transfer back to the airport to catch your international flights.
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Interested in sharing? We do our best to pair up same-sex travelers so as to avoid the single supplement. However, priority is given to the first deposits received. If you’re interested in sharing – PLEASE send in deposit as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this benefit. (Why a single supplement charge? See this FAQ page for an explanation.)
Final payment due immediately.
Price includes: Accommodation, all meals, land transportation, entry into all singsings and local guides.
Price does not include: Flights to and from Papua New Guinea, evacuation insurance (highly recommended), purchases of personal nature such as artifacts, souvenirs, tips and beverages.
We recommend MedEx Assist for travel and/or evacuation insurance.
NOTE: Roundtrip flights from the U.S. start at about $1,800. A search on the major travel search engines may be up to 4 times that cost. For best pricing, please contact us for the name of our travel agent.
This unique journey is restricted to 10 people because of the limited availability of lodging.
In the Mt. Hagen region, rooms are on a share basis only.
The tour requires a $1,000 deposit.
Minimum required: 5 people
Registration Form Papua New Guinea Goroka 2012 (PDF)
For deposit and payments, please make payable and mail check to:
PO Box 16102
Seattle, WA 98116
For questions, please contact Beth at:
info (at) wandertours (dot) com
Papua New Guinea Packing List: Provided upon registration.
Papua New Guinea Goroka Show Tour 2012 Itinerary (PDF)
Beth Whitman imagined visiting Papua New Guinea for 30 years. Soon after exploring the country herself, she was certain that others were eager to discover this amazing country but, like her, weren’t sure how to do it on their own. So, she organized this tour so that others could realize their desire to visit this fascinating island nation.
Beth is the author of the Wanderlust and Lipstick guides including The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo, For Women Traveling to India and is the publisher of Traveling with Kids. She is also the publisher and founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick and WanderTours.