A COMBINED SEPIK RIVER EXPEDITION

AND ATTENDANCE AT THE 

2019 GOROKA TRIBAL SHOW

(FA09)

A one-off chance to combine a Middle Sepik River expedition and then be able to travel to the PNG Highlands to attend the 2019 Goroka Show.

The Goroka Show runs for two full days on the 13th, 14th & 15th September 2019.  More than 50 different cultural groups perform exposing their beautiful costumes with songs and dances.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Friday 6th Sept 2019 (Meals: Evening dinner)
Arrive in Wewak by air from Port Moresby or Madang. Be met at the airport by the “In Wewak Boutique Hotel” Courtesy bus – check-in to standard room.   Chris Karis of PNG FA will meet you at 6.30 pm in the reception area to brief you on your Sepik River expedition. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 – Saturday 7th Sept (Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner)
Breakfast at 7 – 7 30 am. Depart Wewak with your guide by private hire car or bus to Pagwi in the Middle Sepik region. Board your motorised dugout canoe heading downriver to Kanganaman, on the way, if time allows, stopping off at Korogu village (if not time, then on your way back up river) and onto Kanganaman village. Sleep at Kanganaman guesthouse.

Day 3 – Sunday 8th Sept (Meals: All Meals)
Depart Kanganaman and visit the nearby beautiful village of Palembei   with its two Haus Tambarans, both filled with artefacts. There will be plenty of opportunity to inspect and purchase many varied forms of artefacts in the village and inside the Haus Tambarans at this village. Return to Kanganaman and visit the initiated men in the Spirit House at night, a great experience when you can almost feel the ancestors in the shadows! It may be possible, as an alternative, to go crocodile hunting in the evening with young men from the village. Sleep at the village guesthouse.

Day 4 – Monday 9th Sept (Meals: All Meals)
Depart Kanganaman to visit Kimindibit village then travel to Aibom near the Chambri Lakes. This village is known for its local clay pottery, sago storage jars, and fire pots for cooking which the Aibom villagers exchange and trade with other villages for food.  Travel on towards the Blackwater lakes region stay overnight in family house at Mameri village.

Day 5 – Tuesday 10th Sept (Meals; All Meals)
After breakfast leave Mameri village onboard your canoe and go up a tributary river into the Black Water Lakes to travel around this beautiful lake area and visit the village of Govermas.

In the afternoon return to Mameri village for the night.

Day 6 – Wednesday 11th Sept (Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and evening dinner)

The next morning you will motor back upriver, stopping off briefly at a village along the way to stretch your legs etc. and onto Pagwi. Here your car/bus and driver will escort you and your guide back to Wewak by late afternoon to check into the “In Wewak Boutique Hotel” for your night’s stay.

Day 7- Thursday 12th Sept (Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

After an early breakfast, be transported, in the hotel bus, to the airport to check in for the 6.10am 2hr domestic flight to Port Moresby. There is a fast flight connection straight to Goroka from Port Moresby which is a journey time of only 1 hour.

Be met on arrival at the Goroka airport close to 10am and transferred to the hotel/guesthouse and checked in. After check-in you would be escorted on a brief tour of Goroka market, coffee and tea plantations, lunch and be visiting small markets along the road side. Then retire to hotel/guesthouse.  Continue with dinner and overnight there.

Day 10 – Friday 13th Sept (Meals: B/fast, lunch & dinner provided)

B/fast and transfer to the Goroka show ground. This will be a big festival that involves more than 50 ethnical dancing groups from the Highlands and costal – PNG.  Transfer early in order to see the preparations prior to the performance.  The show goes on for 2 days. Tourists will be allowed to enter the main arena with tourist’s badge. Tourist will have the chance of meeting performers and take photos even talk with them and learn about their cultures.  Do your own study on the cultures, costumes, music and dances.  The show ends at around 2:00pm.   Afternoon retire to hotel and continue to the McCarthy museum, scenic, coffee processing factory tour and then retire to hotel/lodge.

Day 11 – Saturday 14th Sept (Meals: B/fast, lunch & dinner)

B/fast and continue with the show and afternoon transfer to the Asaro Mud Men village for village study tour – a Mud Men show, mask making, traditional cooking – Goroka style and general village study – .  Afternoon retire to hotel and overnight.

Day 12 – Sunday 15th Sept (Meals: B/fast)

Morning B/fast and transfer by air to Port Moresby.

 

PROGRAM ENDS HERE.

 

Indicative Costings

Based on 10 persons = US$2,600/person all-inclusive except domestic flights

Based on 8 persons  =  US$2,900/person all-inclusive except domestic flights

Based on 6 persons  =  US$3,200/person all-inclusive except domestic flights.

Based on 4 persons  =  US$3,500/person all-inclusive except domestic flights

Based on 2 persons  =  US$4,300/person all-inclusive except domestic flights

For a solo traveler there will be a US$750 extra cost.

We offer 5% discounted rates for PNG residents and volunteers working in PNG.

 

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 on the Sepik River 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 River part of the expedition, changes of plans are sometimes necessary.

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 carry plenty of good quality bottled water with us. 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 whilst on the Sepik River part of this expedition, due to the remoteness and lack of development at the location, that the village guesthouses and home stays are of a very simple, basic village 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.

This covers 2 nights total accommodation, meals and soft drinks and 2 airport transfers ONLY – these costs are included in all our costings / invoice. Guests requiring alcohol must buy it directly from the hotel staff.

Any additional hotel nights are to be paid by the guest to the hotel directly. This hotel accepts most credit cards.

Goroka Hotel Accommodation & Costs

Cost includes accommodation, meals, any airport transfers, Goroka show, and Asaro village.

Local guides & driver and accommodation whilst in Goroka in addition to tour guide and drivers allowance.

Cost does not include something of personal nature such as liquor

Accommodation will be GK lodge –in Goroka.

Communications

Lately, mobile telephone communication towers are gradually being constructed along the Sepik River giving some intermittent coverage mainly in the 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 as 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 before visiting PNG 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 tour costing cannot be provided. In Wewak we book you in and pay the accommodation and food costs for two nights in a standard air-conditioned room at the “In Wewak Boutique Hotel” that is the 1st night when you arrive into Wewak and the last night before you fly off to Goroka. PNG FA pay for all food and soft drinks in the hotel. Guests if they require alcohol can pay the hotel direct.

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.