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Karawari Lodge


Karawari Lodge stands majestically on a lone ridge, in the east Sepik Province, amidst a vast expanse of dense tropical lowland rainforest which extends beyond the horizon for what seems a thousand miles in every direction. You are in Arambak country here, one of the most remote and unspoiled areas of Papua New Guinea, with the Karawari river only 300 feet below.

This is one of the most remote and unspoiled destinations in Papua New Guinea. You fly into a remote airstrip and board a boat to get there. The airstrip does not connect to the lodge location, however no roads go to the airstrip. The boat ride is about 15 minutes. Stilted villages line the edges of flooded waterways and dugout canoes are the primary mode of transport.

There 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.

The lodge is located 300 meters above the banks of the Karawari River, Karawari, Papua New Guinea.

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Room Information

Guests are accommodated in ten separate cottages, each built out of local bush materials and inspired by traditional architecture. Each cottage has two private twin rooms, each with modern en-suite bathrooms, and a communal veranda.

Despite its remoteness, the lodge has 220V electricity, hot & cold water, comfortable mosquito-netted beds, ceiling fans, and a breezy veranda - all make for a welcome sanctuary after a day's exploration.
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Things To Do

Nearby Activities

Cultural Exploration: 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. 
 
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.

Nature Exploration: 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. 
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Price Guide

$ = Up to $100
$$ = $100 to $199
$$$ = $200 to $349
$$$$ = $350 to $599
$$$$$ = $600 +


Price per person, per night.