Goroka Show

The Goroka Show: “the most colourful show on earth”!

Each year more than 100 groups from across PNG descend on Goroka in the Eastern Highlands for a two-day frenzy of face paint, dancing, feathers and photos. The Goroka Show is our country’s biggest ‘sing-sing’, the name given to a gathering of tribes or villages where they show off their distinct cultures. It is an explosion of song, colour, elaborate masks and body paint.

The shows were started in 1957 by Australian patrol officers known as kiaps and began as competitions to see which district was the best organised. Since then it has grown to become one of the PNG’s major tourism events. The Goroka Show is touted as “the most colourful show on Earth”. A tapestry of cultural diversity and a travel-photographer’s dream.

GOROKA Package Includes

Duration: 7 days

Your Itinerary Highlights:

  • Witness over 150 cultural performances as villages and tribes show off their distinct culture
  • Be part of the largest “Sing-Sing” in Papua New Guinea with over 100 tribes
  • Experience the Pikini’s ( children) show from the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea
  • Observe a traditional courting ceremony
  • Enjoy a traditional mumu lunch cooked in an earthen pit.

GOROKA SHOW

Itinerary

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Day 1 – Goroka

Today you will be travelling from your destination through Port Moresby to Goroka. Due to different travel times and schedules you are required in Goroka on the 13th of September. Our tour officially starts this evening with a welcome reception at the Hotel. Here you will be introduced to your guide who will also go over the next few days’ schedules.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2 – Asaro Valley

After breakfast this morning, depart the hotel at 8 am and make your way to a nearby village, passing through the Daulo Passage (around 2,480 metres above sea level) on the way. Experience a cultural show put on by the Asaro mud men, who are famous for their eerie ceremonial masks and clay-like body paint. According to legend, the tribesmen were once defeated by an enemy clan and forced to hide in the nearby Asaro River. When they emerged covered in the clay, the enemy were scared off by their ghost-like appearance. The mud men adopted the intimidating costuming for subsequent battles.

While in the village, witness a fire-making ceremony, learn the art of fire-making and enjoy a traditional mumu lunch cooked in an earthen pit. Afterwards, take a trip around Goroka with your leader. Get a dose of history at the JK McCarthy Museum, discover how beans are processed at a coffee factory, browse the colourful produce stalls at a local village market, and visit Goroka’sRaunRaun Theatre.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Asaro Valley – Traditional Mumu Lunch
  • Asaro Valley – Mudmen Village visit
  • Visit McCarthy’s Museum
  • A coffee Factory
  • RaunRaun Theatre
  • Local Market
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 3 – Kemase Valley

Today, discover the culture and heritage of the Kemase Valley.

You’ll be invited to take part in a unique range of traditional activities, including having your face painted by local villagers, witnessing a courting ceremony, playing bamboo flutes with village elders and trying your hand at some target practice using a bow and arrow.

You’ll also learn the art of weaving baskets and bilums (colourful handmade string bags), and take part in a private sing sing (ceremonial gathering of local tribes). Enjoy lunch in the village.

We will visit Skull caves where ancestors of the Kemase Villages were buried.

Tonight we will be having a BBQ dinner.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kemase Valley
  • Face painting – Have your face prepared by the villages
  • Witness a courting ceremony
  • Play bamboo flutes with the elders
  • Be shown how to weave baskets and Bilums
  • Try the art of Bow and Arrows with some target practice.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • BBQ dinner

Day 4 – Pikinini

Today is all about the pikini’s – the children of PNG’s Eastern Highlands. They’ll be performing traditional song and dance shows as a lead-in to the main festival events tomorrow. Take your camera and enjoy the show!

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goroka – Goroka Show (3 days)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Packed Lunch

Day 5 – Goroka Show

Today is the first day of the annual Goroka Show – Papua New Guinea’s biggest singsing and one of the most important events of the year. Over 100 tribes from around the country come together in a colourful, feather-fuelled celebration of culture, ritual, song and dance. The show originated in 1957, when a group of Australian patrol officers – known locally as ‘kiaps’ – invited tribes in their areas to gather in song and dance.

After your local guide has shown you around the show grounds, you’ll be free to wander from performance to performance in your own time.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goroka – Goroka Show (3 days)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 6 - Goroka Show

Today is the first day of the annual Goroka Show – Papua New Guinea’s biggest singsing and one of the most important events of the year. Over 100 tribes from around the country come together in a colourful, feather-fuelled celebration of culture, ritual, song and dance. The show originated in 1957, when a group of Australian patrol officers – known locally as ‘kiaps’ – invited tribes in their areas to gather in song and dance.

After your local guide has shown you around the show grounds, you’ll be free to wander from performance to performance in your own time.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goroka – Goroka Show (3 days)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 7 – Departure Day

Today we say goodbye for now and we travel back to Port Moresby where we will connect to our various homes around the world.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast

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