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Papua New Guinea (with Mount Hagen or Goroka Show)

Many travellers have requested over the years that we operate similar style journeys to other destinations around the globe. Papua New Guinea is one of the most requested!

The last frontier! How many countries and regions can rightfully be so described? Papua New Guinea has been on the periphery of the civilised world throughout its entire existence. Even as the global community creeps closer, tribal ways and local custom still dictate the daily lives of the multitude of cultures that are scattered throughout the pristine coasts and grand highlands. Undiscovered tribes have been found as recently as the last 50 years. This truly is the land that time forgot!


Although technically the 'dry season' we should expect periods of rain, especially in the highlands

***IMPORTANT NOTE ON COSTS***   PNG is an expensive travel destination due to the need to fly to most locations as roads are nonexistent or often impassable at times. Ground costs are also expensive for a variety of reasons. Our tour starts and finishes in Cairns, Australia as this is a very short flight to PNG. We include in your price the return flights from Cairns to Port Moresby as this allows us to access cheaper internal PNG flights for you. You need only arrange your own travel to and from Cairns. There are also quite a few locations such as the Sepik and Wewak where we receive package deals which includes meals.

What People Are Saying

"Back in the 1950's in Junior School, Miss J told us to do a project on a country, and I chose the far distant New Guinea. Later I read of the tribes of PNG being persuaded to share their dances and song, and saw my first photo of the Mudmen. 60 years on I searched out adventures to the Sing Sing in PNG, and discovered Global Drift. This led to the most memorable journey of my travelling life, a well-organised, culturally sensitive expedition that far exceeded my expectations. I'll NEVER forget the peoples we met, the splendour of the Sing Sing, or the friendliness of the Papuans. If one wants an unforgettably emotional experience one should consider Global Drift"
Ken R Moore, Holmfirth, West Yorks, UK

8 Day Itinerary
Departures:11th August 2024(Sunday to Wednesday) Mount Hagen
8th September 2024(Sunday to Wednesday) Goroka
Price:AUD$6490 Includes return international airfares from Cairns to PNG
Day 1 - depart Cairns to Wewak
We depart Cairns on a morning flight to Port Moresby and in the afternoon take a flight to Wewak. Transferring to our Hotel we enjoy dinner and a briefing on the tour ahead
Day 2 - Wewak to Palimbe (Sepik River)
We are in 4WD’s today en route to Pagwi through mountains and rainforest. On arrival we board a motorized canoe and begin our river expedition to Palimbe. We visit one of the largest Haus Tambaran (Spirit house) along the Sepik River and enjoy the remote wilderness
Day 3 - Palambe to Wagu (Sepik River)
This morning we may explore the village. If our timing is right we may be present for one of the initiation ceremonial days. A rare insight into this most interesting tradition that is still in existence today. Permission will hopefully be granted to women among our group to visit the men's exclusive spirit houses. We then move onto the lake village of Wagu where we may have a chance to join in on a crocodile hunt with the villagers
Day 4 - Wagu to Ambunti (Sepik River)
We continue our journey to the Chambri Lake by motorized canoe. We stop on the way at Aibom which is famous for pottery making. There is pottery of all sizes, shapes, colours and patterns. Arriving at Chambri Lake we see a newly built Spirit House at Wombun Village. We return to Ambunti for dinner
Day 5 - Ambunti to Wewak
We bid farewell to our friendly hosts at Ambunti and continue our journey back to Wewak. An interesting travel day on the backroads
Day 6 - Wewak to Goroka or Hagen
We transfer to our flight from Wewak to Goroka or Hagen. We check in on arrival and visit the townships where sing-sing rehearsal is well underway. We enjoy a sneak peek at some of the dances scheduled for the weekend’s festivities
Days 7 - Goroka or Hagen Show
A full day to enjoy this remarkable festival. After breakfast we will head to the show grounds and the main traditional sing-sing arena. Here we will be captivated by the cultural extravaganza displayed by hundreds of different tribes of PNG. The senses are truly on overload. Everyone is in festival mode and we will be drawn into the fun and vibrant atmosphere
Day 8 - Goroka or Hagen to Port Moresby depart
Transfer to the airport and board our flight to Port Moresby. (If joining our Madang Explorer extension we depart by road or a short flight). We arrive in time for our ongoing connection to Cairns where you tour ends. Accommodation and arrangements can be made for any interested in exploring the 'capital' of tropical North Queensland
Day 8 - Goroka or Hagen to Madang
Today we drive (if possible) to Madang on the Highlands Highway which is the main road link from the Highlands to the seaports of Madang and Lae. The road snakes up and down rugged mountains and crosses rivers and creeks of all sizes. We will see many villages along the highway arriving in Madang in the early evening. If the road is closed we will complete this section by air
Days 9-10 - Madang
On our first day on the coast enjoy a full day tour of Madang and the north coast road, possibly to Bogia, if conditions are favourable. We take a picnic lunch and return to hotel early evening. The next morning we take a harbour cruise with a picnic lunch with opportunities to swim and snorkel. The afternoon is free for further exploration perhaps at the vegetable market where hundreds of vendors spend the day selling their organic tropical food. Alternatively you may be ready to relax by the pool
Day 11 - Madang to Cairns (via Port Moresby)
Transfer to the airport and board our flight to Port Moresby. We arrive in time for our ongoing connection to Cairns where you tour ends. Accommodation and arrangements can be made for any interested in exploring the 'capital' of tropical North Queensland

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