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Papua New Guinea: Cultural Connections Extension

Exploring the Karawari River and Mountain Villages of Papua New Guinea


On this extension in Papua New Guinea, cruise along the Karawari River to view crocodiles basking on the banks and locals paddling their slender dugout canoes with long, curved oars. You'll observe village life and customs, participate in typical daily activities, and see reenactments of traditional ceremonies. Take nature walks to search for unique flora and fauna, including blue, superb and king of Saxony birds of paradise; flightless cassowaries; and the delicate Sepik blue orchid. You'll also travel to remote areas where you will stay in comfortable lodges with fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness.

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1-3
Depart / Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Board your independent overnight flight to Papua New Guinea. Lose a day crossing the International Date Line. Upon arrival in Port Moresby transfer to the Airways Hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 4
Port Moresby / Mount Hagen / Karawari

After breakfast, board our group flight to the Sepik River area, via Mount Hagen. Transfer to Karawari Lodge—named for the nearby river—your base for exploring the fascinating culture along the jungle-fringed waterways. The main lodge building, designed after the traditional haus tambaran—ancestral worship house—is decorated with artifacts and boldly carved furniture, and includes a dining room, library, lounge, and a long veranda overlooking the Karawari River.

Days 5-6

Spend two days exploring ‘Arambak’ country, one of the most remote and unspoiled areas of Papua New Guinea. Board small boats to explore along the Karawari River, where crocodiles bask on the banks, and you may see locals paddling their dugout canoes with long, curved oars. You have several opportunities to observe village life and customs, participate in daily activities, and see reenactments of traditional ceremonies. Search for several species of birds of paradise and the beautiful Sepik blue orchid, found along the forest trails surrounding the lodge.

Day 7
Karawari / Mount Hagen / Rondon Ridge

Board your charter flight to Mount Hagen and, upon arrival, transfer to Rondon Ridge Lodge. Each room features a bird’s-eye view of paradise, overlooking the Wahgi Valley. Spend the afternoon exploring the lodge’s vast network of forest trails.

Days 8-9
Rondon Ridge

Located at 7,100 feet above sea level, Rondon offers pristine highlands rainforest. Over 180 species of birds have been recorded here, including 10 species of birds of paradise. A highlight of your time here is the chance to meet and interact with the Melpa people. Though first contact with the Melpa was made in 1934, in many ways, their lifestyle remains relatively unchanged. Among the world’s first horticulturists, learn about the important industries of gardening and sweet potato cultivation.

Days 10-11
Rondon Ridge / Port Moresby / Rabaul / Embark Caledonian Sky

Today, return to Port Moresby and board your flight to Rabaul. Embark the Caledonian Sky in time for dinner.


Length: 11 days
Cost From: $8480  
Arrive: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Depart: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Lodging: 10 nights hotel
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Cultural and wildlife tours