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The PNG Explorator


Deep rooted cultures remain largely unchanged throughout Papua New Guinea. It is said that 75% of PNG is uncharted, simply because the jungles are so dense. Journey through this epic jungle country to remote lodges and distant tribes. Learn their cultures and embrace their way of life. Boundless adventures pave your way to an unforgettable travel experience.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Mount Hagan (via Port Moresby)
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east. 

Day 3 – Port Moresby to Mount Hagen
On arrival into Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, you will be assisted to your flight on to Mount Hagan, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Mount Hagen City is the business heart of the Papua New Guinea highlands supporting a number of important industries such as tea, coffee, mining and transportation. It is a city where stone meets steel and where tradition and history is juxtaposed against modern ways.  

A comprehensive touring program takes you on a journey through the traditions and customs of the Melpa People. First contact with the Melpa was made in the mid-1930s when the Leahy brothers were prospecting for gold. The Melpa are said by anthropologists, to be 'predisposed to capitalism' because of their complex traditional society in which 'big men' earn status by accruing wealth and then giving it all away in a ceremonial exchange called "Moka". The Lodge has a variety of new touring vehicles and all excursions are accompanied by experienced local guides from the area.

Starting Accommodation: Rondon Ridge (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Mount Hagen Touring
Over 180 species of birds have been recorded in the rainforests around Rondon Ridge including ten species of Bird of Paradise. The surrounding area is pristine rainforest and home to numerous orchid species. The lodge has hours of walking trails providing ample opportunity to explore the unique ecology of this area. All nature and birding walks are accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable nature guides. Comprehensive bird and orchid lists are available for Rondon Ridge.

Starting Accommodation: Rondon Ridge (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Mount Hagen to Lake Murray, Afternoon Tour
Nestled among the trees on an island spit, Lake Murray lodge, the newest lodge in our portfolio, overlooks beautiful Lake Murray. The lodge has found its' home in this very remote area and on the largest lake in Papua New Guinea.

Island communities of stilted houses dot the water landscape of the lake. Dugout canoes are the primary mode of transportation and fishing is a major source of food to the local population.

Lake Murray is the largest lake in Papua New Guinea. During the wet season it spreads to occupy an area of about 2000 square kilometers. It has a population of about 5,000 people scattered in small villages, both on tiny islands and coastal areas of the lake.

Starting Accommodation: Lake Murray Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Lake Murray Touring
Lake Murray Lodge arranges excursions around the lake in 8-seat river boats to visit local villages, birding sites and fishing spots.

Western province is home to over 50% of New Guineas total bird population. Lake Murray is one of the best bird watching areas in the Province. In addition to a host of migratory birds, several birds of paradise species, pelicans, hornbills, eagles, parrots and numerous other birds have been sighted. Click on the link for comprehensive listings of the birds. Lake Murray is also known for its Black Bass, Barramundi and Saratoga fish.

A large garden provides fresh vegetables and fruit on site. The kitchen staff cooks on a wood fired cookstove and outdoor grill for the daily catch and garden selections.

With a rich population of birds, fish and a unique culture, this lodge is an exceptional experience for travelers wanting to experience this remote PNG destination in comfort.

Starting Accommodation: Lake Murray Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Lake Murray Touring
Today will include additional excursions to the surrounding islands and tribes.

Starting Accommodation: Lake Murray Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Lake Murray to Tari, Afternoon Tour
Tari is home to one of the most immediately recognizable cultures in Papua New Guinea - the "Huli Wigmen". A proud, flamboyant tribe known for their ornate ceremonial "wigs" with dances and songs fashioned on that of the mating rituals of the Birds of Paradise - an encounter with the Huli's is bound to be memorable.

Ambua arranges culturally based excursions to nearby Huli villages where one learns about and observes everyday life of the Huli's, as well as the peculiarities of their traditions and beliefs. Guests tour in comfortable Toyota Hiace and Coaster buses and are accompanied at all times by experienced and knowledgeable Huli guides from the local area, so as to make the experience all the more educational and rewarding. Private touring is not possible at Ambua.

A favored destination amongst birders, Ambua's rain forests have been the star of many a wildlife documentary. An incredible 217 species have been recorded here and Ambua is home to 13 different species of Bird of Paradise. Ambua employs knowledgeable local birding guides and caters for all interest levels, from early morning birding excursions for guests on more culturally orientated tours, keen to catch a glimpse of these spectacular birds; to fully specialized birding tours tailored to the seasoned enthusiast.

Starting Accommodation: Ambua Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Tari Touring
Ambua arranges culturally based excursions to nearby Huli villages where one learns about and observes everyday life of the Huli's, as well as the peculiarities of their traditions and beliefs. Guests tour in comfortable Toyota Hiace and Coaster buses and are accompanied at all times by experienced and knowledgeable Huli guides from the local area, so as to make the experience all the more educational and rewarding. Private touring is not possible at Ambua.

A favored destination amongst birders, Ambua's rain forests have been the star of many a wildlife documentary. An incredible 217 species have been recorded here and Ambua is home to 13 different species of Bird of Paradise. Ambua employs knowledgeable local birding guides and caters for all interest levels, from early morning birding excursions for guests on more culturally orientated tours, keen to catch a glimpse of these spectacular birds; to fully specialized birding tours tailored to the seasoned enthusiast.

Starting Accommodation: Ambua Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Tari to Karawari, Afternoon Tour
One of the most remote and un-spoilt destinations in Papua New Guinea - the lodges private airstrip and the Karawari River being the only way in or out. Stilted villages line the edges of flooded waterways and dug out canoes are the primary mode of transport.

Boys.jpgThere are no roads, no shops and no phones. Sepik's live completely off the land, weaving baskets for catching fish; gathering, preparing and cooking their staple food from the Sago Palm.

Starting Accommodation: Karawari Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Karawari Touring
Karawari Lodge arranges river excursions in 18-seat motorized jet boats to the surrounding villages where you visit traditional homes, witness ceremonial dances and celebrations and are honored with a glimpse of what life must have been like.

Sepik's express their culture and beliefs through their art, inspiring the carving of incredible masks, drums, baskets and sculptures that integrate with their daily life and animist beliefs. Village tours allow you to observe master carvers at work and purchase from a selection of finely hand-crafted artifacts.

This tropical lowland rainforest is one of earth's most complex of habitats, housing an immense variety of flora and fauna - a staggering 229 different bird species have been recorded at Karawari. Optional birding cruises are available with opportunities to spot elusive 12-Wire Birds of Paradise, cockatoos, parrots, hornbills, cormorants and other water birds.

Starting Accommodation: Karawari Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Karawari to Port Moresby (via Mount Hagen)
Today you will leave Karawari on a charter flight to Mount Hagen. After arriving into Mount Hagen, you will board your flight to Port Moresby where you will overnight until your international flight to the USA. (B, L)

Day 14 – Port Moresby to USA
Today you will depart for your return flight to the USA.

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Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
Mount HagenRondon Ridge
Lake MurrayLake Murray Lodge
TariAmbua Lodge
KarawariKarawari Lodge
Port MoresbyAirways Hotel


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
Twin Share
1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017$7,885
Single Traveler
1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017$10,035

Add internal air to this package from $2,395*


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: wwww.swaindestinations.com/terms