"The Kokoda Track was something I always wanted to do and despite everyone telling me how hard it is I didn’t really believe them. Let me tell you, it’s tough. Its gruelling physically but even more than that its mentally draining. Thankfully we had the Porters and Historians from South Sea Horizons to steer us right, ensuring that we made it to the end, alive and full of appreciation for what our soldiers went through. Despite being completely cut off from civilisation we never felt threatened in any way. Our guides carried GPS trackers that could let our loved ones at home know we were safe. I would highly recommend visiting Papua New Guinea and using South Sea Horizons as your guides. If they offer you a porter, ask for Jimmy. An amazing man who managed to save my life around 60 times. The whole experience was once of the most rewarding ones I have ever had in my life."
- James Rochford
"I just wanted to say thank you to yourself and your amazing team at South Sea Horizons. The experience we had during our week walking Kokoda will never be forgotten. We got so much out of listening to you and the team re the History of the Kokoda campaign during WW2. Everything ran so well from the moment we landed in Port Morseby to us walking through the arches at Kokoda. It’s a credit to all of South sea Horizons company. Special mention to my “body guard” Ian ! Thanks again Alan for a truly awesome week."
- Bryan Fletcher
"For years I've wanted to do the Kokoda Track and I was able to achieve
this in October 2017. It was certainly one of the hardest things I have
done but with South Sea Horizons we managed to complete the track and
film a documentary for Fox Sports along the way. The beauty of South Sea
Horizons was the local interaction. The team is made up from people from
the Track, that know every footstep, every pitfall, every slippery rock.
More than once my porter, Nick, saved me from slipping into the abyss.
From a filming perspective they also allowed us the freedom to operate in
what can be a very slow and arduous process. Patience is key with crews,
and they allowed for that. The whole time we were on the Track we felt
100% safe. The porters and leaders looked out for our every need. GPS
Tracking for our loved ones back home and open communication with the
team back in Port Moresby, gave us huge confidence.
My porter and all the porters became like brothers over our time on the
Track. We laughed and cried together - well our crew anyway. You quickly
become reliant on the porters and they know exactly what to do and say
when you may be struggling or exhausted.
I would recommend South Sea Horizons to anyone thinking of doing the
Track. The real special element for my crew and I is these guys are
locals. They live on the Track. Their grandfathers fought alongside the
diggers. Our history is intrinsically their history.
I have many highlights from the Track, but it the villages we passed
through that made it special. The Track is a living thing, it changes
daily. And the people along the way make it a memorable place.
I would definitely do the Track again, I would 100% return to PNG and I
would always be happy to do it with South Sea Horizons.
Thank you team.
- Ben Hogarth - Fox Sports Director