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Private guided tour - Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea - Home of the Birds of Paradise

Highlights

  • Discover one of the last pristine paradises in the world

  • Feast your eyes on birds of paradise in their natural environment

  • Go on a journey into the past

  • Impressive contrasts between the Stone Age and modern times

  • Guided tour with an English-speaking guide

Description

Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s last pristine paradises with nature you’ll see nowhere else. There are over 700 languages spoken here, and hardly a single indigenous group resembles the other. In addition to the culture and tradition, the wildlife developed without external influences due to the area's long isolation. The enchanting bird world will take your breath away! You will even lay your eyes on the most unique, most beautiful bird of them all: Bird of Paradise. With a little luck, you’ll be one of the few people to see this natural treasure.

Destination

Asia

Port Moresby - Mt. Hagen - Tari Hochland - Karawari

Upon your arrival at Port Moresby International Airport, a friendly staff member will pick you up and take you to Mount Hagen for your flight. After the short domestic flight, you will finally reach Mount Hagen! The country's fourth-largest city is best known for the annual Mount Hagen Show, where native people from the most remote valleys come here to present colorfully decorated dances.

Today’s destination is Rondon Ridge Lodge, approximately 30 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen. The lodge is on the edge of the Wahgi Valley and offers a beautiful view of the picturesque valley.

Three nights at Rondon Ridge Lodge with full board, Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea (A)

United on the third largest island in the world, the indigenous groups speak about 800 different languages - that's about 20% of the world’s languages! Living completely isolated, the island’s mountain tribes first contacted the outside world in 1930. Even today, they still maintain their oldest traditions. You will meet barefoot locals, women carrying their children in traditional handkerchiefs tied to their backs, and farmers who sell their goods on the side of the road.

In addition to all the well-preserved traditions, the breathtaking nature developed without external influences. Get to know the island’s crevices and incredible views during small guided hikes. Papua New Guinea landscapes are unique because of its many mountain ranges and the development of several rare birds and animal species. There are ten different species of birds of paradise around the lodge.

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After a delicious breakfast, a transfer will take you to the airport to fly to Tari. The spectacular flight is an experience within itself. Fly through the impressive landscape and past the two peaks of Mount Giliwe.

Upon arrival at the Tari Airport, a transfer will take you to Ambua Lodge. Discover the lodge’s dense jungle on beautiful hiking trails that lead over suspension bridges and past hidden waterfalls.

Four nights at Ambua Lodge with full board in a double room, Tari, Papua New Guinea

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During the next couple of days, you will experience the unique variety of flora and fauna around the Ambua Lodge. Go on short hikes to experience the overwhelming variation of the surrounding nature. Discover various orchid species and learn how the Hulis use the diverse plants in their daily lives. An absolute highlight is the 13 different species of birds of paradise.

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After breakfast, head to the Tari Airport and continue to Karawari. Take a small propeller machine over one of the most impressive landscapes you’ve laid eyes on. You will already see the Karawari’s bizarre limestone landscape as you land in your new destination.

Upon arrival at Karawari Airport, you will board a boat to take you to your next accommodation. The ship is the only means of transport here since it’s in one of the world's most remote areas.

Three nights at Karawari Lodge with full board in a double room, Karawari, Papua New Guinea

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Use the next couple of days to enjoy this tropical getaway. Go on a discovery journey into a bygone era and get to know the Kundiman tribe's everyday life. People still live as they did hundreds of generations ago with their rituals, stories, and songs. Take daily boat trips to various villages in the region, which will give you an insight into their everyday life and habits.

Discover an infinite splendor and variety of animal and plant species around these remote, tropical areas. On walks through the dense jungle, you can again observe the many birds of paradise.

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In the morning, you will fly back to Mt. Hagen. Grab a bite of lunch before saying goodbye to the birds of paradise and the world’s most remote island.

Fly to Port Moresby, where a transfer will take you to your last hotel. Your plans for the rest of the day is up to you.

One night at Airways Hotel with breakfast in a Bacchus Room, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Today you embark on your return flight, and your Papua New Guinea sadly comes to an end. We hope you had a marvelous and unforgettable time in this ancient country. We are happy to make this trip to your liking, so if you want an extension or make changes to the tour, contact us.

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Rondon Ridge Lodge, Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea (Three nights)

This exclusive lodge welcomes you at an altitude of approximately 2300 meters and offers breathtaking views over the Wahgi Valley. Mount Hagen is the business center of the mountains and even has local tea and coffee plantations.

The lodge offers 12 tastefully decorated rooms, all with a modern bathroom. The room also includes an electric blanket, perfect for the low temperatures in the high mountains.

Ambua Lodge, Tari, Papua-Neuguinea (Four nights)

Ambua Lodge sits majestically on a ridge, approximately 2300 meters high, overlooking the Tari steep valley. On one side, the lodge borders dense, untouched jungle; on the other hand, the landscape merges with the grasslands.

The lodge features 40 round bungalows with beautiful panoramic views. Since the lodge has a small in-house hydropower plant, its power ecologically supplies them 24 hours each day. There is also a bar in the main house, as well as a dining and lounge area where guests can enjoy culinary delights at a cozy, open fire pit.

The bungalows' interior design is made exclusively from local materials. From the 180-degree panorama windows, you can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding jungle and landscape. The bungalows have a private bathroom, electric blankets, and extra thick bedding for the mountains’ cool evenings.

Karawari Lodge, Karawari, Papua New Guinea (Three nights)

Karawari Lodge sits enthroned on a hill above the banks of the Karawari River. Located in one of the most remote areas of Papua New Guinea, the complex nestles on a ridge surrounded by tropical rainforest.

The lodge perfectly adapts to the natural environment, and the construction is reminiscent of the local haunted houses. The lodge has a dining room and a lounge with a bar.

The 20 rooms come furnished in a traditional style and feature local handicrafts furniture, a bathroom with a shower, fans, mosquito nets, and a private veranda.

Airways Hotel, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (One night)

After staying in Papua New Guinea's hinterland, you can now head to one of the best airport hotels in the entire Austro-Asian area. The hotel is near the airport and is set in a tropical garden. Enjoy stunning views of the Bootless Bay and the majestic mountains of the Owen Stanley Ranges.

Facilities include a swimming pool with spectacular views over the runway, several restaurants and bars serving culinary delights, and access to the fitness center (only in select rooms). Each room has a luxurious marble bathroom, cable TV, air conditioning, and a spacious, private balcony with panoramic views.

Duration of the trip: 12 days / 11 nights

Including

  • 11 nights in the mentioned accommodation
  • Meals according to itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Transfers and visits according to the itinerary with an English-speaking guide
  • Domestic flights

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Personal expenses, such as tips and minibars

  • Visa, if required

  • Prices for optional tours

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

Services & Notes

Papua New Guinea is a mysterious destination and one of the last undiscovered paradises on earth. To this day, large parts of the rugged country are still unexplored. The indigenous people have little to no external influences, thus living in similar conditions in the Stone Age.

The country’s ancient cultures and traditions are very far removed from Western Civilization. For unforgettable moments in Papua New Guinea, visitors must prepare for poor road conditions and patience with the way things are done.

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