Classic Goroka Show Tour

Expert locally-escorted sing-sing plus Tari, Mt. Hagen, and the Sepik River
Overview

overview

If you’re thinking about the Mt. Hagen Show tour, be sure to consider the Goroka Show, one of the best and most exciting of the highland shows. Similar to the famous Mt. Hagen Show, you will witness lively, exotic performances by sing-sing groups from all over Papua New Guinea.

This program takes you on a journey through the highlands and Sepik cultures of Papua New Guinea. Starting with the beautiful Waghi Valley, and staying at the lovely Rondon Ridge, you will tour Mt. Hagen and the surrounding areas. Your journey then continues to the Sepik River and its tributaries. Travel next to the Tari Valley -- home of the flamboyant Huli people. Here, 13 species of birds of paradise, human hair wigs, and spectacular views await the intrepid traveler seeking the ultimate journey. Next, you will experience the cultural extravaganza of the Goroka Show. During your time at the show, you will stay at the gorgeous Bird of Paradise Hotel, located in Goroka.

The Classic Goroka Show Tour is locally escorted; local guides are used throughout the itinerary.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Port Moresby
    Welcome to Papua New Guinea

    Upon arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to the Gateway Hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. 

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Gateway Hotel
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  • Day 2: Port Moresby / Mt. Hagen
    Enjoy breathtaking scenery

    In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Mt. Hagen. Upon arrival in Mt. Hagen, you will be transferred to Rondon Ridge, one of the premier accommodations in the western highlands, nestled on the edge of Wahgi Valley. Enjoy beautiful views of the valley, which contains some of the oldest evidence of agriculture. After settling in at Rondon Ridge, embark on a half-day birding and nature tour around the walking tracks of Rondon Ridge. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rondon Ridge
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  • Day 3: Mt. Hagen / Sepik River
    Board the comfortable MV Sepik for a few days on the river

    Today you will be transferred to the airport for your charter flight to the Sepik region. On your flight, watch as the mountains give way to vast tracts of dense tropical lowland rain forest which covers the landscape as far as the eye can see.  From the Timbunke airstrip on arrival, you will be transferred to the air-conditioned comfort of the MV Sepik Spirit (transfer takes approx. 2 hours by jetboat). Inspired by the architecture of the "haus tambaran," or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. After lunch, take an afternoon tour to the villages of Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II, and Kororua located in the middle of the Sepik. 

    Note: All jetboat cruises will take approximately 2.5 hours one way, depending on traffic. If the river traffic is not bad, it will take less time.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
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  • Days 4-5: Sepik River
    Meet local people

    Spend two full days exploring the many waterways of the Sepik. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the native peoples of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited. Part of the mystery and attraction of the Sepik people are their amazing carvings, now famous all over the world.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
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  • Day 6: Tari
    Discover unique environments

    Fly by charter plane from Karawari to Tari airstrip over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. Tari Valley is the home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people who still live largely the same way their ancestors did. Ambua Lodge is high on the slopes of the Tari Valley, with magnificent views of the valley below and surrounding forests. Spend the afternoon exploring the area surrounding Ambua – high mountain forests with roaring waterfalls beckon the intrepid traveler.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
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  • Days 7-8: Tari
    See different species of birds and other wildlife

    Two full days of ecological and culturally-based touring is sure to satiate those yearning for discovery. The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise, as well as numerous orchid species. Learn how the Huli live and interact with their environment and spend a couple of days hiking around the area and meeting people in order to get to know the area and its inhabitants well.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
  • Day 9: Tari / Goroka
    Arrive for a couple of days at the Goroka Show

    Take a charter aircraft from Tari to Goroka today. Goroka, home of the famous and intriguing Asaro Mudmen, will be your base for the Goroka Cultural Show.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bird of Paradise Hotel
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  • Days 10-11: Goroka Show
    Observe tradtional celebrations

    Spend these two days enjoying the cultural extravaganza that is the Goroka Show. The shows were first held in the 1950s as a means of gathering different tribes and clans together. At times, there might be more than 40,000 painted warriors dancing to the beat of the Kundu drums. Among the performers are the legendary mud men of Asaro. Tribal folklore says that centuries ago the warriors of Asaro were defeated in a tribal fight "payback" raid, and, to make themselves look fierce in the process, covered their bodies with grey mud. According to legend, the ruse worked. Their enemies fled at the sight of these ghostly apparitions. The mud men recreate the drama at the Goroka Show.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    Bird of Paradise Hotel
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  • Day 12: Goroka / Port Moresby
    Spend the afternoon exploring Port Moresby

    As your tour draws to a close, fly from Goroka to Port Moresby. On your arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour of the city, including the National Parliament (exterior view only) and the National Museum.  Also visit the beautiful National Botanical Gardens, situated on the spacious grounds of the University of Papua New Guinea.  You will also have time to shop for artifacts from around the country.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Gateway Hotel
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  • Day 13: Port Moresby / Onward

    You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your international flight onward.

Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Sep 3-15, 2015
Land Cost:
$7,395
Additional costs: $1,675 internal charter flights; $1200-$1400 Air Niugini Flights - 2 international legs r/t from Australia and 2 internal flights
Single Supplement:
$1170
Singles not available on Sepik Spirit and at Bird of Paradise
Need to Know

Need to Know

While traveling in Papua New Guinea, please keep in mind that although PNG is situated relatively close to other well developed South Pacific and Asian nations, such as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, Indonesia, and Singapore, PNG is somewhat isolated, and, as a result, most services and facilities, including transportation and tourism, are relatively underdeveloped by comparison. Unlike these countries, you are visiting a country with a tourist trade in its infancy, and thus you may have to deal with different situations along the way. PNG also has a culture that is completely different from others. Although these factors make for a unique experience, it may at times create circumstances that may become frustrating if the visitor does not remain patient and keep an open mind. If you come to Papua New Guinea with a spirit of adventure and a positive, flexible attitude, you will surely have only good memories to take home with you.

Special Note Regarding Charter Flights: Maximum baggage allowance is 10 kg / 22 lbs per person and a maximum of 5 kg / 11 lbs for carry-on baggage per person. Large, hard-sided suitcases are not permitted on charter aircraft.

Duration:
13 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
3
superior lodges and hotels
Group Size:
2-18
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
2
superior lodges and hotels

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