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.
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If you enjoy exploring the meaning of life, love artefacts and cultural diversity or you need to zero yourself from the effects of first world problems, then this is the trip for you.