TYPICAL EXPEDITION ITINERARY

 

Lower Sepik & Keram River Adventure (FA 03)

The region of The Lower Sepik River and its tributary Keram River is accessible from Wewak by road to Angoram. From the riverbanks at Angoram your transport is in a motorised dugout canoe to travel to the villages of interest in this area. The Keram River is not as wide as the Lower Sepik River and its banks support dense rainforest trees and vines, making it an extremely pretty region to canoe along.

The scarification skin cutting rituals of the Middle Sepik are not practiced on this part of the river but the Chiefs and men from the villages still gather in the Haus Tambarans for meetings to discuss the general running of the village and for other customary rituals, which are still followed.

Accommodation is in village houses with families, thus giving the visitor a genuine insight into family life upon the river.

The exception to this is Kambot village where visitors actually sleep upstairs under mosquito nets in a Haus Tambaran styled Carving House.

The Keram River people of Chimondo, Kambot, Bobten and Yip villages are famous for their delightful wooden carved story-boards which depict everyday village life or legends of the ancestors.

There will be plenty of opportunity for buying carvings and experience that feeling that you are on a different planet.

Our guides are English speaking from this area, totally trustworthy and very friendly.

 

 

 

Example Itinerary
3 Days / 2 Nights

Day 1

Arrive into Wewak be met at airport and met by the “In Wewak Boutique Hotel” courtesy bus – check-in.

Chris Karis/PNG FA will meet you at 6. 30 pm in the hotel reception to brief you on your Sepik Expedition.

Day 2
Breakfast at 7 – 7 30 am.

Depart Wewak with your guide at aprox 8 – 8 30 am by road in private car/bus to Angoram, transfer over onto motorised dugout canoe. Travel up the Sepik then a left turn on to the Keram River. There you will visit the beautiful village of Chumundo and its Cultural Centre on the Keram River. Continue on by canoe to Kambot. Visit their Haus Tambaran and distinctive Carving Haus and in the evening possibly go fishing.
Overnight in the Carving Haus.

Day 3
Depart Kambot heading down river some way and then off through a short cut and onto the main Sepik River to the village of Tambunum.
Tambunum is set on the riverbank and is renowned for its huge variety of wooden carved artefacts; most of them carved in the old style but some contemporary art works. Tambunum has spectacular huge family houses which are home to three generations of one family. Look out for the face of a woman depicted on the front of these buildings. These symbolise that the home is under the woman’s protection opposed to the Haus Tambarans, being the male part of the culture.

Late afternoon cross the river to small Wombun village where you will sleep in a village counsellor’s family home.

Day 4
After breakfast with the family you depart for Angoram perhaps stopping off at Moem village on the way downriver.
At Angoram your driver and car/bus will be waiting to bring you back to Wewak.

Check into the “In Wewak Boutique Hotel” for a relaxing late afternoon over looking he beach or enjoy the swimming pool.

Day 5
Up early ready for 6.10 am flight back to Madang, Lae or Port Moresby.
This daily flight arrives in Port Moresby at 8.15am.

 

Indicative Costings

 

Factors influencing costings include the fluctuation of the PNG currency “the Kina”, the spiralling rise in inflation within PNG as well as the fact that each “Adventure Expedition” is individually planned to suit the client’s wishes and requirements. It is very difficult, therefore, to give actual costings until we know exactly what your requirements are. We do not offer a standard ‘Package Tour’.

Other factors which influence costs greatly:

Transportation transfers to and from Wewak to the river and back.

High cost of fuel for both the town and river transfers and also the motorised canoes.

On which part of the River you will be travelling – the further up the Sepik, the higher the cost due to logistics and fuel consumption.
How many miles along the river one travels, due to varied fuel costs. Lower Sepik has less costly motor fuel than the Middle Sepik and in the Upper Sepik fuel is scarce and at an even higher cost.
The size of the group to share the costs. For example one person hiring a guide, canoe, paying for all the fuel etc is more expensive than if 4 people go on the expedition and share all the main costs between them.

Bearing all these factors in mind, below are the approximate prices based on the Lower Sepik Adventure (FA 03) with 3 days & 2 nights

Based on 8 persons’ = US$1,000/person all-inclusive ex Wewak.

Based on 6 persons’ = US$1,200/person all-inclusive ex Wewak.

Based on 4 persons’ = US$1,300/person all-inclusive ex Wewak

Based on 2 persons’ = US$1,800/person all-inclusive ex Wewak

Your Sepik Adventure can be longer or shorter depending on your time and wishes.

We offer 10% discounted rates for PNG residents and volunteers working in PNG.

Please contact us, without any obligation, for further information and more accurate costings.

Reality Checks!

Change of Plan
PNG Frontier Adventures puts great emphasis on experience and interaction with the village people. To fulfil this experience you will stay in remote villages and be exposed to the same travel limitations and hazards as the villagers themselves.

PNG Frontier Adventures will do everything possible to organise your expedition itinerary as requested, however, due to the remote nature of the destination and possible sudden changes in the tropical weather conditions and lack of reliable communications, when on the Sepik, changes of plans are sometimes necessary. For example, transportation may be, in rare occasions, unreliable or disrupted.

We make plans to cover most problems should they arise, which is very seldom, but the visitor must be aware of the small possibility of plans not working out as per schedule and accept this warning. Please be assured we will do everything in our powers to rearrange the expedition accordingly and find suitable solutions for you. However PNG Frontier Adventures cannot be held responsible for sudden changes of plan when there is no alternative.

Please be aware that any additional costs incurred in rearranging a disrupted itinerary will be your responsibility and/or your travel insurers.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that all visitors obtain their own travel insurance to cover forced cancellation of the tour due to unexpected circumstances, eg., bad weather conditions causing stoppage of flights, loss of baggage or personal items, medical emergency, and forced changes to your itinerary due to reasons beyond our control or planning.

Food & Water while on the river.

Food while on the Sepik River will be very basic and simple due to the lack of any refrigeration & power supply along the river. Daily meals will consist of rice with either tinned fish or meat and/or fresh fish and chicken together with fruits. We also pack eggs for the first part of the expedition.  There is not any bread or bakery outside of Wewak town. We supply good bottled water throughout the expedition. It is important to understand the basic reality of this remote region and the limitations’ it makes on our provisions.

Local Accommodation

We also wish you to understand that due to the remoteness and lack of development at the location that the village guesthouses and home stays are of a very simple, basic standard and in no way comparable to guesthouses in many other countries. For example, the toilets are pit toilets, the same as the villagers use, beds will be mattresses on the floor covered with mosquito nets, washing areas may consist of a bucket and scoop or a dip in the Sepik River.

Wewak Town Hotel Accommodation

PNG Frontier Adventures books all our visitors into the “In Wewak Boutique Hotel” for the first and last night in Wewak. These 2 nights’ accommodation ONLY plus the 2 airport transfers are included in our costings /invoices. Any additional nights and ALL food and beverages’ to be paid by the Guest to the Hotel directly.

The hotel accepts most credit cards.

Communications

Lately, mobile telephone communication towers are gradually being constructed along the Sepik River giving some, intermittent coverage mainly in the Lower-  Middle Sepik River locations.

Transportation

PNG Frontier Adventures advises visitors that transportation on our adventures will include dug-out timber motorised canoes and car hire from local rental firms. These forms of transport may not be carrying safety equipment such as life jackets, flares or emergency radios as the law in PNG

does not require this standard yet.

Health
PNG Frontier Adventures informs the visitor that medical services are very limited here and rescue services even more limited. With that in mind we ask our visitors to visit your doctor before travelling to PNG and to ensure you start taking prophylactic medication against malaria to be on the safe side. Please also check on your travel insurance and medical insurance.

 

Booking Information, Terms and Conditions

Upon receiving an enquiry we design and plan your personal itinerary via email and provide a quotation for your perusal.

Once you are happy with the arrangements and wish to proceed with a booking, we ask for a deposit of 50% to be paid 8 weeks prior to the commencement date. As soon as we have the deposit your booking reservation is confirmed. We ask for the final balance of payment 4 weeks before the expedition commences. Cancellation within 2 weeks of the commencement of the expedition incurs a penalty of 100% of monies paid to date.

The reason for this pre-paid booking system is due to the limitations of banking facilities, credit card facilities and currency exchange facilities within Wewak, coupled with the need to purchase fuel and food prior to your intended arrival. In many cases we need to have purchased the fuel beforehand and have it on the river ready, ahead of your expedition. We organise everything needed for your adventure; all you need to bring is your own personal effects and any spending money for the purchasing of artefacts or for extra food and drinks when up the river.

Please note a full breakdown of the expedition costing cannot be provided.

Please also be aware that we reserve and pay for, in the overall cost of the expedition, for a standard air conditioned room in the “In Wewak Boutique Hotel” in your name. We do not include the cost of food or drink in the hotel in our quotation. Guests pay the hotel direct for any consumed.

PNG Frontier Adventures does not accept liability for and indemnifies itself from any claims for loss, damages, personal injury or sickness from/to the client/visitor and medical insurance. PNG Frontier Adventures reserves the right to cancel wholly or part or revise the itinerary plans due to current tribal situations, bad weather conditions or detrimental acts of nature at the time of, or just prior to the commencement of, the expedition.

PNG Frontier Adventures offer these terms and conditions in accordance with the Law of Papua New Guinea.

Payment of the required deposit to PNG Frontier Adventures assumes automatic acceptance of the terms and conditions mentioned above.