Tribal Lands of Papua New Guinea Goroka Festival Departure

Tribal Lands of Papua New Guinea Goroka Festival Departure

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Tribal Lands of Papua New Guinea Goroka Festival Departure

17 Days Starting and ending in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Visiting: Port Moresby, Wewak, Mushu Island, Sepik River, Mount Hagen, Kumul Lodge, Simbai, Goroka, Rabaul

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Wild Frontiers

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, Low / Moderate

Age range:


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Vegetarians, Please contact Wild Frontiers with any specific dietary requirements

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Tour Overview

One of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet, Papua New Guinea is home to more than 850 known languages. One of the least explored countries anywhere in the world, both culturally and geographically, Papua New Guinea has adventure written all over it! This stunning journey allows us the opportunity to experience itsastonishingly rich natural landscape and cultural traditions. First we’ll travel down the Sepik River to visit the fascinating crocodile people, before venturing up to the Bismarck region spending some time with the colourful Simbai people. Continuing on we witness the spectacular Tribal Festivals, which are some of Papua New Guinea’s most celebrated events. Ending the journey along the golden beaches of the South Pacific, we’ll take in islands and azure waters around the coast of East New Britain at Rabaul, before making our way back to Port Moresby and, eventually, home.


  • Experience either the famous Goroka Show or Hagen Show, both huge highlights of the PNG cultural calendar

  • Discover the spectacular culture and landscapes of the Sepik River

  • Spend two days enjoying the hospitality of the remote Kalam tribe in the Northern Highlands

  • Visit a local village by night and witness the mesmerising spectacle of a Baining fire dance

  • Snorkel in the azure waters of the South Pacific

  • Enjoy exceptional birdwatching opportunities amongst the Western Highlands


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Day 1 : Tour Begins In Port Moresby; Fly To Wewak

Location: Port Moresby, Wewak

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: In Wewak Boutique or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Starting in the country’s capital early this morning we will meet at the airport and have a chance to enjoy a reviving breakfast. Depending on the flight time, we may have time for a little sightseeing, before flying on to Wewak on the northern coast of New Guinea. The capital of the East Sepik province, Wewak provides the gateway into the swamplands and tropical rainforests of the Sepik River, New Guinea’s longest river. On arrival we will be transferred to our comfortable boutique hotel, where the rest of the day is free to relax from the long journey.

Day 2 : Wewak – Mushu Island - Wewak

Location: Wewak, Mushu Island, Wewak

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: In Wewak Boutique or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving from Wewak beach by boat, our destination today is the beautiful palm fringed white sand beaches of Muschu Island, regarded as a secret paradise. Hidden within the island’s jungle are clues to Muschu’s wartime past with anti-aircraft guns, a plane wreck and discarded jeeps echoing back to the Japanese occupation in World War II. For those interested, we can take a short bush walk to see how the locals cultivate tobacco, yam and taro. We will have a traditional lunch by the beach and then relax and enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear waters before returning to our hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 3 : Wewak To Sepik River

Location: Wewak, Sepik River

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After meeting up with our local guides this morning, we then embark on a four-hour drive to Pagwi, on the Sepik River. From here we travel down river by motor canoe, a journey of some two hours that brings us to the village of Kanganamun, in the heart of the Middle Sepik. This region is home to the famous crocodile-men of Yatmoul, whose rituals include marking the skin in deep cuts to resemble the teeth marks of the great crocodile spirit. Their immense spirit houses are considered cathedrals of primitive art and on arrival we will be settled with our hosts in basic homestay accommodation.

Day 4 : Sepik River

Location: Sepik River

Accommodation: Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spending the day exploring the Middle Sepik region, today we have an opportunity to visit at least a couple of traditional dance ceremonies, as well as a number of different spirit houses and villages. Travelling by motorised canoe, we will explore some of villages to learn more about the traditions of their initiation ceremonies of the local people, before continuing on to Palembe, where we take a short walk to one of the oldest Haus Tambarans in the Sepik region. NB, Please be aware that the course and content of today’s visits are very much dependent on the safety conditions and water levels along the river.

Day 5 : Sepik River - Mt Hagen - Kumul Lodge

Location: Sepik River, Mount Hagen, Kumul Lodge

Accommodation: Lodge

Accommodation Name: Kumul Lodge or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving early this morning we head back to Pagwi and Wewak, enjoying the early morning light on the river. We take a short flight on to Mount Hagen in the heart of the Western Highlands. Located amongst the fertile landscapes of the Wahgi Valley, the city is named after the eroded volcanic peak of Mount Hagen and, on arrival, we will be met and driven on to the lodge situated a short drive outside Mount Hagen. Arriving late in the afternoon, there will be time to relax and perhaps observe some of the birdlife feeding around the lodge before dinner.

Day 6 : Kumul Lodge - Mount Hagen

Location: Kumul Lodge, Mount Hagen

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Highlander or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kumul Lodge is in the Hagen area, and is entirely owned and managed by local people. Home to some of the most beautiful and unusual birds in the world, the lodge’s myriad of nature trails and tracks provide ideal settings along which to discover birds, orchids and other resident wildlife This region is one of the few in New Guinea where the famed Birds of Paradise make a regular appearance, whilst other visitors include Brehm’s tiger parrot, smoky honeyeaters and crested berry-peckers. After a dawn we start to observe these spectacular Birds of Paradise, and then you can enjoy the rest of the day observing and photographing these colourful characters around the lodge in the company of expert guides or take a walk to the impressive orchid garden nearby. In the late afternoon we will return to Mount Hagen.

Day 7 : Mt Hagen - Simbai Village

Location: Mount Hagen, Simbai

Accommodation: Simbai Guesthouse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we take a short charter flight to reach Simbai, a remote governmental station in the Bismarck range. Up here, there is a very limited infrastructure away from any roads and the life of the local people is still very traditional. From the air strip it’s a 20 minute walk to the nearby village where we stay in a charming guest house, surrounded by beautiful gardens, for the next three nights. In Simbai we experience a living culture of this tribe, who have impressive body adornments and will have plenty of opportunity to learn about their lives and traditions. We will have the chance to explore on foot the beautiful surrounding area, as well as our host village and the local school.

Day 8 : Simbai Village

Location: Simbai

Accommodation: Simbai Guesthouse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Over these two days we get a chance to share in the daily life of the village. The Kalam wear impressive helmets covered in beetle heads so during our time here we will learn more about the ancient culture and rituals of this tribe and see how the famous beetle head headdresses are prepared. On one of the days we will witness the festival atmosphere as the village ladies prepare food for a “mumu” feast, when a whole pig is skillfully butchered and cooked on hot stones in the ground. The opening of the mumu is celebrated with a traditional ‘singsing’, which for the villagers could last long into the night!

Day 10 : Simbai Village - Mount Hagen

Location: Simbai, Mount Hagen

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Highlander or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we say farewell to the Simbai community and depart the Northern Highlands and takeon a privately chartered flight back to Mount Hagen. We will have lunch and a short coffee tour at Banz Coffee, one of New Guinea famous roasters. After lunch we will return to Mount Hagen for the night with some time to relax at our comfortable hotel.

Day 11 : Mount Hagen - Goroka

Location: Mount Hagen, Goroka

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Phoenix or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Considered one of PNG’s most attractive towns, Goroka lies some five hours by road from Mount Hagan. Each year, around the country’s independence celebrations (16 September), the town hosts the famous Goroka Show, a two-day cultural event that sees tribes from all across the region gather to take part in one of the most colourful festivals in the country. Today we get to journey east along the Highlands Highway across the mountains and fertile vegetable gardens of the region. The Central Highlands provide ample opportunities to stop and enjoy the landscapes, before we finally arrive in Goroka later this afternoon.

Day 12 : Goroka

Location: Goroka

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Phoenix or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With a whole weekend to enjoy this spectacular festival, we’ll have an opportunity to watch some 1,000 men and women partake in one of Papua New Guinea’s most celebrated events. Over 100 different tribes are represented, in a dazzling display of colour, songs and energy that perfectly encapsulates the rich cultural ethnicity of this remarkable island.

Day 13 : Goroka - Port Moresby

Location: Goroka, Port Moresby

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sanctuary or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There will be more time to take in the sights and sounds of this stunning annual event before departing Goroka on a late afternoon flight back to Port Moresby for the evening.

Day 14 : Port Moresby - Rabaul

Location: Port Moresby, Rabaul

Accommodation: Kokopo Beach Bungalows or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We take a morning flight to Kokopo the capital city of East New Britain, a huge island which is part of the Bismarck archipelago. Kokopo is the new capital of the Province after Rabaul town was buried under the ashes of the Tavurvur volcano in 1994 which is still active. This creates a wonderful backdrop to the town, with its spectacular harbour, the tropical coastline, and not forgetting the fascinating and colourful cultural life and markets of the Tolai people. On arrival in Rabaul we head directly to the famous Rabaul Hotel, which survived the eruption and is still functioning today. After lunch we will drive through the eerie abandoned old town to visit the hot springs and the volcano observatory, along with some of the World War II relics. We will check into our hotel hopefully with time to watch the sunset over Simpson Harbour.

What's Included


    17 x Breakfasts, 16 x Lunches, 16 x Dinners


    On this tour we will use minibuses, motorised canoe, and domestic flights.


    Maximum: 10


    The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate


    Contributions to carbon offset & tree planting projects for all bookings


    All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary


    Low / Moderate


    All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

What's Not Included

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour
ationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatoryTips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documentsInternational .Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UKAirport .Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights.Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs


Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour 

For this tour, UK passport holders currently require a visa for Papua New Guinea but this can be applied for on arrival and is currently free of charge. (NB, this information is subject to change)

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Key Aspects to Consider

This is an adventurous trip in an undeveloped country so a sense of humour and flexibility are a pre-requisite. If you are in a reasonable state of health and fitness you should be able to cope with this tour. However, please note that the conditions in the Sepik River are extremely basic with few frills, and the accommodation is shared and rustic at best. The roads and infrastructure are poor and drives can be long and tiring even though distances are short. Some food in the most remote regions may be limited in terms of variety. You will have a couple of days sitting in motorised canoes. If you are up for the challenge you will be hugely rewarded!

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Visas will always be tour
    ationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • What is the maximum group size?


  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have a complete Covid-19 hub here:

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 70% of passengers on our group tours are solo adventurers. Unlike many tour operators, we don’t believe in charging solo travellers a premium, so if you are happy to share a room with a fellow traveller of the same sex, you will pay exactly the same as a couple..Occasionally you may even end up with your own room. You can travel as a single traveller on any of our holidays, from our escorte

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2002

  • Do I need to be double-vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel with you?

    In most cases, yes. Not only are many destinations making double-vaccination a requirement of entry to the country and/or access to restaurants, museums etc., but additionally on all our group tours for the foreseeable future, for everyone’s peace of mind, we are asking that all clients be double vaccinated.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Nigel Branscombe - Tribal Lands of Papua New Guinea Hagen Festival  

Nigel Branscombe - Tribal Lands of Papua New Guinea Hagen Festival

An extraordinarily vibrant experience in a challen

An extraordinarily vibrant experience in a challenging and different world

Bill Marr-Johnson  

Bill Marr-Johnson

This is one of the most outstanding trips I have j

This is one of the most outstanding trips I have joined.

Kathryn Bird  

Kathryn Bird

The wildest, most exciting & adventurous trip I ha

The wildest, most exciting & adventurous trip I have ever been on & I have been travelling for 50 years.

Charlotte Wilson  

Charlotte Wilson

Amazing experience! Would recommend to anyone :)

Amazing experience! Would recommend to anyone :)

Renee Wash  

Renee Wash

Wild Frontiers never disappoints. Papua New Guinea

Wild Frontiers never disappoints. Papua New Guinea has risen to the top of my list of most exciting, adventurous, authentic experiences ever.

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