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adventure travel trip to Papua New Guinea
Honor the time of your ancestors at the Tumbuna Festival.
  • May 20-31, 2015
  • Duration 12 days
    Group Size 8-14
    Land Cost $7,250 Details
    Single Supplement $1,500
    Lodging 3 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    Tumbuna Festival

    Combine a more intimate Sing Sing with a tour of Tari, the Sepik region and Mt Hagen

    Day 1      Arrive Port Moresby

    Upon arrival in Port Moresby from your international flight you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Meals: Dinner
    Lodging: Gateway Hotel

    Day 2      Port Moresby / Mt. Hagen

    In the morning you will be transferred to your Air Niugini flight to Mt. Hagen. Mount Hagen Town is located in the upper Wahgi Valley - a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. You will be met and transferred to Highlander Hotel followed by an afternoon Mt. Hagen excursion.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Highlander Hotel

    Day 3      Tumbuna Sing Sing

    Today, a full day is spent at the Tumbuna sing sing - witness traditional dances, interact with Stone Age cultures and hear stories about "taim bilong tumbuna" (time of the ancestors). The show is attended by over 180 tribesmen and women from more than 15 different tribes in the highlands and coastal areas of the mainland. Watch the groups dress up and prepare their bilas (traditional dress) before the dancing starts, and mingle with the performers as they prepare.

    Picnic lunch will be provided at the show grounds.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Highlander Hotel

    Admire all the ceremonial dress
    Day 4      Mt. Hagen and the Melpa People

    A full days tour featuring the unique culture and tradition of the Melpa people who live near the Mt. Hagen City.  This region is the business heart of the Papua New Guinea highlands, supplying a number of important industries, such as tea, coffee and mining. It is a city where stone meets steel, 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 ceremonial exchanges.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Rondon Ridge

    A full day of festivities is tiring!
    Day 5      Sepik River and Villages

    This morning, transfer from the Rondon Ridge to the airport for your charter flight to Timbunke. Upon arrival at Timbunke Airport you will be met and transferred to the Sepik Spirit. Transfer from Timbunke airstrip to the floating lodge, the MV Sepik Spirit. The lodge is based in the village Kaminimbit I. Inspired by the architecture of the "Haus Tambaran” or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. Begin your voyage of discovery into the mystical world of the Sepik with a slow jet boat cruise to the air-conditioned comfort of the Sepik Spirit. After lunch enjoy an afternoon tour to Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II and Kororua village in the middle of the Sepik River.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: MV Sepik Spirit

    Sepik Spirit
    Day 6      Sepik River Region

    While touring the mighty Sepik you will visit villages where the people are prolific and famous carvers. Here you can purchase many interesting items such as masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds.

    The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world - in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the peoples of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: MV Sepik Spirit

    Meet the friendly villagers
    Day 7      Karawari

    Transfer from Sepik Spirit to the Timbunke airstrip for your charter flight to Karawari. From Karawari airstrip, you will be transferred by river boat and vehicle to Karawari Lodge. Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, Karawari Lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of kilometers of dense tropical jungle. Karawari Lodge was inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, while still providing modern comforts.

    Enjoy an afternoon visit to Kundiman Village for a Sago-making demonstration. Sago is the staple food of the River people.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Karawari Lodge

    Karawari Lodge
    Day 8      River Villages

    Today, is a full day excursion along the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes with sculpted silhouettes of crocodile masks. Village life including carved totems, drums, woodcarvings and different expressions of art are also experienced. See bountiful bird life along the rivers and nearby lakes. Excursions will enhance your understanding of traditional village culture in the Sepik region.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Karawari Lodge

    Kids at play on the river
    Day 9      Karawari / Tari

    Fly by charter from Karawari to Tari. On arrival transfer to Ambua Lodge, located high on the slopes of the Tari Valley with magnificent views of the valley and surrounding peaks. The Tari Valley is home to the Huli, a colorful and proud people still largely living the same way that their ancestors did.

    Spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding high mountain forests, and roaring waterfalls that beckon the intrepid traveller.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Ambua Lodge

    Huli and waterfall
    Day 10      Tari

     The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise as well as numerous orchid species.  Learn how the Huli live and how they interact with and use their environment.  The Huli people, famous for their elaborate and colorful dress, are proud warriors who have great reverence for birds, imitating them in ceremonial dances and decorating their wigs, woven from human hair, with feathers, flowers, and cuscus fur.  Everlasting daisies are specially cultivated for use in the men's wigs, and their faces are painted with yellow ochre.  The women, in contrast, wear black for their weddings and coat themselves with blue-gray clay when in mourning.  Clans have strong and intricate social systems and are one of the few places where traditional ways of life can still be seen in everyday living.  Ceremonial rituals are strongly observed, and men and women can still be seen wearing traditional dress, tending their gardens and pigs, and building their bush material huts.  You will spend today exploring the surrounding area, meeting the Huli people, and learning about Huli culture.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Ambua Lodge

    Day 11      Tari / Port Moresby

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Port Moresby (PX865 Tari/Port Moresby).  Upon arrival in Port Moresby you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Airways Hotel

    Day 12      Port Moresby / Onward

    At the appropriate time transfer to the airport for your international flight onward. 

    Meals: Breakfast

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