Goroka Show - Lake Kutubu Festival

Goroka Show - 
Lake Kutubu Festival

13 days Tour


USD8.620 p.p


Thursday 14th to Tuesday 26th September 2023

Attend the iconic Goroka Show with its magnificent colour and rhythm when dances, chants and songs are performed by many hundreds of highlanders dressed in a mindboggling array of traditional costume. Experience traditional village life and the workings of a coffee plantation. Traverse the stunning Papua New Guinea Highlands to Mt Hagen seeking out the beautiful “Birds of Paradise”. Visit the people of Lake Kutubu who illustrate on a daily basis the importance that traditional methods and cultural expressions play in conserving the stunningly tranquil lake and its surrounding forest. Celebrate their unique culture at their annual Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival.

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*This tour includes return International flight departing Brisbane and all PNG Domestic Flights, all accomodation, transport, meals, taxes, local guides & Australian Tour Leader

**Price adjustment will apply to packages non including the return flight from Brisbane to Port Moresby

Day By Day Presentation:

Day 1: Eastern Highlands

Arrive in Papua New Guinea to travel by plane to Goroka in Eastern Highlands. Transit to Coffee Plantation accommodation amongst Highlands traditional villages and  farming activities. Enjoy sumptuously tasting foods in a beautiful panoramic setting.

Day 2: Goroka Show
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Attend Day One of iconic Goroka Show with it’s magnificent colour and excitement when dances, chants and songs are performed by many hundreds of tribes people dressed in a mindboggling array of traditional costume. 

Visit the Goroka Show’s second day for more intimate engagement with the many Highlanders and their customary dance and music. Experience a heightened energy during the Independence Day celebrations of their nation of 850 different tribes.

Day 3: Independance Day
Day 4: Mud Men Village
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Visit the Asaro Mud Men’s village. Enjoy a traditional lunch with locals on the Mapemo River. See Coffee processing mill and taste fruit wine. Jungle walk to waterfalls set amongst farming activity in contemporary village settings.

Travel overland to Mt Hagen on the picturesque Highlands Highway. Visit the 9,500 year old Kuk farming site. Stay in the luxurious Rondon Ridge Lodge high above the Wahgi Valley. Jungle walk for Birds of Paradise and exquisite orchids.

Day 5: Highlands
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Day 6: Birdwatching

Early morning birdwatching at Lodge.  Fly from Mt. Hagen to Port Moresby. Visit National Museum of Art and Culture. View Parliament House and visit Nature Park. Stay in boutique hotel accommodation with Birds of Paradise in the gardens

Day 7: Lake Kutubu
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Visit some more Port Moresby highlights before flying over the Gulf to the Southern Highlands to Moro. Transit to Lake Kutubu for your dugout canoe journey up the 20 km long Lake to the “Island in the Clouds” and it’s Lodge with a mesmerising view.

Day 8: Digaso Festival
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Travel through the jungle to Daga village for the Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival that highlights the Foi  peoples unique customs and rituals. See warrior like men, bodies glistening with the tigaso (digaso) oil that is harvested from the Kara’o tree.

Early morning bird watching and a return to the Festival to view more tribal ritual dancing that is an integral part of the animist and cultural customs associated with the natural resources of their environment. Waterfall visit on the return journey.

Day 9: Birds of Paradise
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Day 10: Skull Caves
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A dugout canoe tour of Lake Kutubu or Ibu Kua or “Mother of Water” as the local name goes. See sago and water plant harvesting. Visit the Skull caves and Yobo village with it’s traditional long house and enjoy “ talk talk”  with the village elders.

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Did you know?

The ‘Goroka Show’ is the longest running annual cultural festival in Papua New Guinea held during the nation's Independence Day celebrations. More than 100 tribes participate in the event performing extraordinary displays of 'sing-sings' - traditional songs, dances and ritual performances. The staging of the Goroka Show began in 1957 and was first introduced and organised by Australian patrol officers known locally as 'kiaps'.  Kiaps from each district built round houses typical of their districts where they displayed the various and unique cultures of the people living there. The kiaps brought in 'sing-sing' groups from surrounding areas. It created an entertaining weekend for everyone, and still does 60 years later.

The cultural practices of the people of Lake Kutubu result in their wise use of natural resources. They illustrate on a daily basis the importance that traditional methods and cultural expressions play in conserving the lake and it’s surrounding forest. 

The Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival celebrates the Kutubu peoples continuing connection with their beautiful surrounds.

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Participate in festive canoe races and cultural activities on the shores of Lake Kutubu. Understand the importance cultural expression plays in conserving the lake and the surrounding forest and how the lake dwellers warm hospitality strengthens your fondness of their spectacular landscape.

Day 11: Canoe Racing

Leaving the entrancing views of Lake Kutubu, seen from your “Eyrie”, you will descend the hundreds of moss encrusted steps to the awaiting dugout canoe for the last time. Fly by plane to Port Moresby to enjoy a Balinese massage at your boutique hotel accommodation

Day 12: Spectcular View
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Spend the morning birdwatching and exploring the Varirata National Park.  Visit the Kokoda Track on the Sogeri Plateau before flying to your home country having enjoyed one of the most memorable experiences of your globetrotting life!

Day 13: Sogeri Plateau
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