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Sepik River Adventure (Copy)

 

The Sepik River is not only one of the largest rivers in Papua New Guinea but is one of the most culturally diverse locations in the world. Papua New Guinea hosts more than 25 % of the world’s languages, and when you visit the Sepik region, it is not hard to imagine this to be true. It meanders east through the Sepik Region and into the Bismark Sea and connects many tribes in the north of the Papua New Guinean mainland.

We love visiting the Sepik River because it is one of the most culturally diverse regions of PNG. Some of the villages on the Sepik were able to push back against the influences of Christianity and still follow ancient and cultural customs today. It’s not the cross that the people of the Sepik hold dearly but their relationship with Nature, especially the crocodile.

It is raw, wild and authentic, which is very unique in today’s fast-paced world.

The communities along the Sepik River are very tuned in to their natural environment, and there is a village driven grassroots rainforest preservation initiative which is recognised and supported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to protect some of the most pristine jungles in the world.

If you are looking for 5-star dining and turn down service every night then perhaps you could catch these destinations via a Netflix documentary. If you enjoy exploring the meaning of life, love artifacts and cultural diversity or you need to zero yourself from the effects of first world problems, then this is the trip for you.

Itinerary

Duration: 7 Days / 7 Nights

Trip Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 3 Ltrs of water per day
  • English speaking local guide
  • Flights from Port Moresby ( PNG AIR )
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Private transportation Entrance fees
  • Sightseeing and permits

All Travellers are required to have medical insurance with third world country medivac included within their respective policies.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Extra meals – Villiage food (bowls of fruit and vegetables)
  • Hotel facilities – Laundry, phone calls
  • Medical Insurance

Day 1: Arrival

Today, you will arrive in Port Moresby, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. We will have a welcome drink and a team briefing with your guide. We will have a dinner which will be included in your package. Here you will be given your backpacks which you will use for your your tour.

ACCOMMODATION

Hilton (1 night)

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

MEALS INCLUDED

Dinner

Day 2: Port Moresby Highlights

After breakfast, we will meet in the foyer where we will check out of our hotel. After we check out, we will begin our Port Moresby Highlights tour. We will start off heading to Bomana War Cemetery where we will see the final resting place of the brave soldiers who lost their lives on the famous Kokoda Campaign. From here we will make our way back to the National Art Gallery where we will see some of the diverse range of PNG art sourced from all of Papua New Guinea. Subject to availability we will make our way to the National Parliament House which is shaped in the Sepik Haus Tamabran. A final drive through town before we make our way back to the Yacht Club where we will have lunch.

After lunch, we will make our way to the airport to check into our flight for Wewak. Here we will be met by our South Sea Horizons guide who will transfer us to our hotel for the evening. We will have an early dinner as we have an early start in the morning.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel (1 night)

MEALS INCLUDED

Dinner

Day 3: Our Sepik Adventure Begins

Breakfast will be ready for you between 6am – 7am. Please make sure that you are prepared to leave the hotel by 7am – this means checked out, eaten breakfast and prepared in the foyer to board our transport by 7 am.

We will board our vehicle at 7am and head for the Prince Alexander Ranges. Roads in Papua New Guinea are sealed in town centres; however, once you get into the regional areas, we see the end of sealed roads and be prepared for some off-road terrain. Our drive takes us through the villages of Passam, Kubalia, Yangoru, Hayfield/Maprik, Wosera, and finally ending in the Village of Pagwi. After Pawgi this is the end of our roads and the rest of the trip we will be on the majestic Sepik River.

From Pagwi we will board our long dugout canoes to the village of Palimbe. The three communities of Palimbe, Yenchan and Kanganamun are part of a group of villages that were able to resist the spread of Christianity and have kept their raw traditional customs alive. These villages still have their Haus Tambarans and practice their traditions and rituals, including the transforming the bodies of young boys into crocodile men by making incisions all over their bodies to depict the crocodile scales and is a symbol of power and strength. These three villages are famous for their carvings, and you will be able to purchase authentic sculptures from the village woodcarvers.

We will make camp here. Be sure to prepare for plenty of mosquitoes in these villages. We will have sleeping arrangements in village guesthouses, and your beds will be cover with a mosquito net; however, it would be best to make sure you have insect repellent.

ACCOMMODATION

Village House (1 night)

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Wagu Village

Breakfast will be served in one of the Village huts this morning. Fell free to explore the villages then depart by lunchtime to Ambunti Village by boat. We then travel to Wagu village where we will spend the night tonight. We love this area of the Sepik because of the Hun stein range, and it’s the wildlife management plan.

The Sepik people are spiritually connected to their “Tubuna’s” (their ancestors) through the forests and their natural landscapes. The Hun Stein Range area has a village driven grassroots initiative that has attracted the support of the WWF. The effort is to protect and preserve the last remaining rainforests and ecosystems in the region.

Wagu village is the first village in the Bhinemo language group, and it extends to Gahom, Niksek, Kagiru and the April River area.

Birds of Paradise flourish in the surrounding forests, and you will spend the rest of the days searching for some endemic species of bird in the Sepik. The bird species that most people are on the lookout for are The Lesser Bird of Paradise and The Greater Bird of Paradise found in the low lands of Papua New Guinea.

We will make camp in Wagu Village tonight. Once again, your bedding will have mosquito nets, but it would be wise to make sure you have insect repellent handy.

ACCOMMODATION

Village House (1 night)

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Swagap Village

Breakfast will be served in one of the village huts this morning. After breakfast, we will depart Wagu village for Meno Tongijamb. Here we will visit a cluster of five communities who Speak the Kowma language. Here we will witness a yam harvest ceremony performed by villages Yena, Minja and Nokwi celebrations after yam harvest.

We will have lunch here and then return onto the Sepik river and continuer to Swagap Village where will set up camp here as well. Once again, your bedding will have mosquito nets, and it would be wise to make sure you have insect repellent handy. After visiting these villages return to the main Sepik River and continue to Swagap village and overnight at Swagap village.

ACCOMMODATION

Village House (1 night)

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Return to Ambunti

Today we will explore the Swagap village before we return to Ambunti via Yesan village. We will then travel to Ambunti where we will overnight at the Ambunti Lodge.

While on our way to Ambunti from Swagap, we will travel past the villages of Apan, Yambon, Prognaui, Yesan Mayo, Kumbawe. Here the Ngala and the Latmul share a mixture of languages and ethnic cultures. The more acclaimed are the Swagap people, whose culture and arts are known as the Insect tribe because their artifact is based on the praying mantis.

ACCOMMODATION

Village House (1 night)

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Pagwi Village to Wewak

Today we depart early to Pagwi village where will board our transport to Konebandu village. Between the village of Ambunti and Pagwi are the Villages of Malu, Avatip, Yaumbak and Japandai. Once again, you will see in such a small area the diversity of languages within the Sepik. The Villages of Malu, Avatip, Yaumbak have their own style whereas the villages of Japandai are part of the Yatmul language dialect.

At the Konebandu village, we will have a mini cultural show based around the yam harvest. This is a celebration, and the villagers will encourage you to take part the festivities. The villagers will also have on display artefacts and decorated yams.

We will make our way toward Wewak passing through the Sepik Plains heading toward Maprik and then to Telofomin. Maprik and Wosera are areas known for their massive Haus Tambaran, and you will see where the National Parliament House took its inspiration from. We pass through Yangoru and Kubalia and then over the Prince Alexander Ranges into Wewak once again. Tonight we will have our final meal together and recollect on the past few days up the Sepik River.

ACCOMMODATION

Village House (1 night)

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Travel Home - Farewell but never goodbye

This morning our tour ends. You will be transferred to the Airport where we will board our flights to Port Moresby.

For those of us needing to spend an extra night in Port Moresby – South Sea Horizons can organise some post-tour accommodation to cater for your travel needs.

 

MEALS INCLUDED

Breakfast

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