Mt Hagen Show - Sepik River Adventure
Mt Hagen Show -
Sepik River Adventure
12 days Tour
Sunday 6th to Thursday 17th August 2023
Journey down the Sepik River in dugout canoes observing the talent of local carvers and potters. Experience traditional village life including the largest Spirit House on the river with initiated men’s “talk talk” conducted at night. Traverse the stunning PNG Highlands seeking out the beautiful “Birds of Paradise” and attend PNG’s premier cultural event, the Mt Hagen Show or “sing sing”. You will experience up close, the colour, the movement and music at the largest gathering of tribes in the South Pacific. Visit East New Britain and ramble around the lunar like landscape of Rabaul Township and its volcanoes. Soak up the local culture and the history of 2 world wars and the region’s German colonial past. Your camera clicking finger will record some of the most memorable days of your global travels.
*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: Port Moresby
Arrive in PNG national capital , Port Moresby. Spend the afternoon exploring the Varirata National Park. Visit the Kokoda Track on the Sogeri Plateau, view Parliament House and visit the Nature Park. Stay in boutique hotel accommodation with Birds of Paradise in the gardens.
Day 2: Sepik River
Travel by plane to Wewak, in the East Sepik Province. Travel overland to the Middle Sepik River region. Visit Korogo and Palembei villages in motorised dugout canoe. Stay in Kangananman village in the spiritual shadow of the largest and oldest Spirit House on the river.
Attend the Middle Sepik Festival in Kanganaman village. Be enthralled at the variety of cultural performances that celebrate these river dwelling village peoples crocodile spirit culture. This is all played out to the beat of the garumut drums that have been central to Sepik cultural activities for millennia.
Day 3: Sepik Festival
Day 4: Lakes, pottery & carvings
Early morning birdwatching on Chambri Lakes in a motorised dugout canoe. Visit Aibom, renowned for pottery and Kamanimbit village where villagers artfully produce magnificent wood carvings. Crocodile spotting and “talk talk” accompanied by customary music in the Kanganaman Spirit Haus at night.
Early departure to travel upstream on the Sepik River in a motorised dugout canoe to Pagwi for overland return to Wewak airport. Plane departs for Mt Hagen city to then travel overland up high into the Highlands to your accommodation at PNG’s best birdwatching lodge.
Day 5: Highlands Highlights
Day 6: Birds of Paradise
See a Early morning birdwatching at a lower altitude to view the Blue Bird of Paradise, the Superb Bird of Paradise and demonstration of Highland farming practices. View exquisite orchids at the only bird lodge in PNG where Birds of Paradise are amongst the regulars at the lodge feeders.
Day 7: Mt Hagen Show
Early morning birdwatching at lodge site. Travel to Mt. Hagen for the famous Mt. Hagen Cultural Show including pre-show costume preparation. Tribes perform vibrant displays of 'sing-sings' - traditional songs, dances and rituals. An extraordinary photography experience !
Day 8: Jungle walks
Attend day two of Mt. Hagen Show. Visit Rondon Ridge Lodge above the picturesque Whagi Valley for lunch and jungle walk. Visit to Kuk archeological dig site with farming activity dating back 9,500 years. Return to the boutique hotel accommodation in Mt. Hagen.
Day 9: "Pearl of South Pacific"
Plane departs Mt. Hagen for Port Moresby where you will visit the National Museum of Art and Culture and Parliament House before departing by plane for Rabaul, known in it’s halcyon days as “the Pearl of the South Pacific”. Relax beachside in your plantation resort accommodation.
Early morning climb of the active volcano, Mt Tavurvur. View steam vents, hot springs and the megapode egg hunters. Visit Vulcanological Observatory and Rabaul Market. Interact with locals in a coastal island village, enjoying a traditional feast and beach relaxation.
Day 10: Volcano Climb
Old Rabual Township visit including WW2 Japanese military command bunker of Admiral Yamamoto, barge and hospital tunnels. Lunch in legendary Rabaul Hotel. Spectacular night time performance of the Bainings Fire Dance. Relax beachside in your plantation resort accommodation.
Day 11: Fire Dances
Plane departs Rabaul for Port Moresby connecting with the flight returning you to your home country. Your memories of your journey will stay with you for an eternity.
Day 12: Back Home
Did you know?
The Sepik River is the longest river on the island of New Guinea, and after the Fly and the Mamberamo the third largest by volume. The majority of the river flows through the Papua New Guinea (PNG) provinces of Sandaun (formerly West Sepik) and East Sepik, with a small section flowing through the Indonesian province of Papua.
The Sepik has a large catchment area, and landforms that include swamplands, tropical rainforests and mountains. Biologically, the river system is often said to be possibly the largest uncontaminated freshwater wetland system in the Asia-Pacific region. But, in fact, numerous fish and plant species have been introduced into the Sepik since the mid-20th century.
From the headwaters to the mouth, the river flows through at least 12 different Sepik languages, each corresponding to one or more culture regions of related villages that exhibit similar social characteristics. The largest language and culture group along the river is the Iatmul people.