Goroka Show & Kalam Festival Tour

Start: Goroka, Papua New Guinea Finish: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Visiting: Goroka, Mount Hagen, Simbai, Port Moresby


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat

Tour code: GKA02

Tour operator: No Limit Adventures

Group size: 4 - 14

Age range: 18-0

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $5751

Tour Overview

The annual Goroka Cultural Show showcases a gathering of over 100 tribes in the heart of the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea. This is a massive sing-sing – a unique display of culture, song and dance. It provides spectators with firsthand insight into the cultural diversity in PNG. Our Goroka Show Tour lets you experience one of the biggest cultural festivals in Papua New Guinea, bringing together hundreds of tribesmen and women showcasing their culture. After the excitement of the Goroka Show continue on to remote Simbai for an off-the-beaten-track adventure. A short flight takes you into an isolated area in the Madang Central Province. Simbai is home to the Kalam Tribe, known for their magnificent head pieces, some of which are over a meter in height. Discover and experience the lifestyle, hospitality and rituals of the Kalam Tribe during the annual Kalam Cultural Festival. Live with the people and immerse yourself into this authentic and true PNG experience. The Goroka Show & Kalam Festival tour is a journey of discovery taking you deep into the heart of Papua New Guinea. Travel with us to Papua New Guinea and experience the Goroka Show with the Kalam Festival in Simbai.

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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Goroka

Location: Goroka

Accommodation: Budget accommodation

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Papua New Guinea. Arrive into Goroka, the heart of the Eastern Highlands. Upon arrival transfer to your accommodation. Check in and free time. (D)

icon Day 2 : Goroka Show

Location: Goroka

Accommodation: Budget accommodation

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast depart for the showgrounds where the Goroka Show will take place. The Goroka Show is an annual festival that has been taking place since the 50’s. This fantastic event presents the opportunity for visitors to witness different tribes from all over the country who gather to display their culture, song and dance in rich colourful costumes, headpieces and magnificently painted bodies. Once the show winds down for the afternoon we visit Asaro Village. Witness the famous Asaro Mudmen present a cultural performance. The Asaro Mudmen are famous for wearing fierce looking masks, with their bodies covered in white mud which made them look like ghosts emerging from the morning mist, when attacking their rival tribes. After the sing sing visit the “Mens Haus” and take a stroll through the village, mingling with the locals. Return to your accommodation and free time. Packed lunch provided to take to the show. (B,L,D)

icon Day 3 : Goroka Show

Location: Goroka

Accommodation: Budget accommodation

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy the second day of the show today. Take in all the song and dance the local Highlanders have to offer. Early afternoon we transfer to Kennedi Village for an afternoon spent with the locals. Try your hand at archery, see a traditional sing-sing and help prepare a traditional lunch, called Mumu, where food is placed in the ground, covered by hot rocks and banana leaves. Return to your accommodation late afternoon. Free time. (B,L,D)

icon Day 4 : Goroka to Mount Hagen

Location: Mount Hagen

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast we depart Goroka and travel by private vehicle to Mt Hagen. On the way pass through numerous villages and see people going about their daily life. The scenery is beautiful as we drive through mountainous country with valleys and gorges. Lookout stop at Daulo Pass at the altitude of 2474m. On arrival in Mt. Hagen stop at the local market, one of the largest markets in the country, where local people sell their produce. Very lively experience indeed and a great photo opportunity. Check in at your accommodation and free time. (B)

icon Day 5 : Mount Hagen to Simbai

Location: Simbai

Accommodation: Traditional guest house

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Simbai. Simbai is very remote and accessible only by small plane. Due to remoteness there is a limited number of tourists visiting this area which makes this place and the experience very special. After an hour flight we land in the mountains of Simbai and are welcomed by enthusiastic crowds. A local guide will meet the arriving plane and accompany guests to the Kalam Guesthouse. Accommodation is basic in a traditional guesthouse made with bush material. Toilet and a bucket shower are outside in separate huts. Food is simple and traditional, but very tasty prepared by local women. After lunch guests will have the opportunity to walk through the village and witness the traditional lifestyle still practiced here. Dinner and early night. (B,L,D)

icon Day 6 : Simbai/ Kalam Festival

Location: Simbai

Accommodation: Traditional guest house

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Kalam Festival takes place every year but, it’s only relatively recently that tourists have been allowed to participate and witness the ceremonies conducted during the two-day event. Ceremonies like initiation of young boys into manhood, bride’s price payment, dispute resolution are part of the annual gathering of neighbouring villages. Young men in their impressive green beetle headpieces present their traditional sing sing as part of the event. Guests are free to walk around villages, visit homes and participate in daily activities of the people, who still live the traditional lifestyle. The number of visitors are low which makes this unique experience intimate. (B,L,D)

icon Day 7 : Simbai to Mount Hagen to Port Moresby

Location: Port Moresby

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The Kalam Festival continues this morning. Enjoy the ongoing festivities, song and dance as the locals showcase their culture. After lunch we say goodbye to our new friends from Simbai. Return to Mt. Hagen by charter plane and connect to Port Moresby. Upon arrival transfer to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. (B,L)

icon Day 8 : Departure day

Location: Port Moresby

Meals: Breakfast

Check out by 10am. Today is the end of the tour. Transfer to the airport for your outbound flight from PNG. Optionally choose to travel to another region of Papua New Guinea. (B)

What's Included

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    Village entry fees

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    Charter flight to/ from Simbai

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    Accommodation

    2-star accommodation in twin/ double rooms, some with share facilities Traditional guest house in Simbai, basic facilities

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    Entrance Fees

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    Meals – Half Board

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    Fully Guided

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    Goroka Show entry fee

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    Local guides

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    Dedicated Tour Leader

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    Land transport

    Transfers in Goroka

What's Not Included

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    Entrance Fees

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    International Travel

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    Train Tickets

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    Travel insurance

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    Domestic flights

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    No Limit Adventures requires a deposit of 35% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 21 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Dates & Availability

Instant Booking Available

Friday Sep 17, 2021

Nights

7

Available

14

$5750.58