Tumbuna Festival

Combine a more intimate Sing Sing with a tour of Tari, the Sepik region and Mt Hagen
Overview

overview

Tumbuna is the Tok Pisin (local language) word for ancestors. The Tumbuna Sing Sing will be a spectacular celebration of the local traditions with a colorful extravaganza of traditional dress, dancing and singing by local tribes. You will have the unique opportunity to witness the ways of the local people as well as meet tribal elders and hear their stories of the taim bilong timbuna, the time of the ancestors. On this special tour you will also have the chance to explore other areas of Papua New Guinea, including Mount Hagen, the Tari Valley, and rarely-visited villages from the Sepik River. 

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: arrive port moresby

    Upon arrival in Port Moresby from your international flight you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
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  • Day 2: port moresby / mt. hagen

    In the morning you will be transferred to your Air Niugini flight to Mt. Hagen. (Air Niugini 180) Mount Hagen Town is located in the upper Wahgi Valley - a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. You will be met and transferred to Highlander Hotel followed by an afternoon Mt. Hagen excursion.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Highlander Hotel
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  • Day 3: tumbuna sing sing
    Admire all the ceremonial dress

    Today, a full day is spent at the Tumbuna sing sing - witness traditional dances, interact with Stone Age cultures and hear stories about "taim bilong tumbuna" (time of the ancestors). The show is attended by over 180 tribesmen and women from more than 15 different tribes in the highlands and coastal areas of the mainland. Watch the groups dress up and prepare their bilas (traditional dress) before the dancing starts, and mingle with the performers as they prepare.

    Picnic lunch will be provided at the show grounds.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Highlander Hotel
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  • Day 4: sepik river and villages
    Sepik Spirit

    This morning, transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Karawari. You'll will be met and transferred to the floating lodge, the MV Sepik Spirit. Inspired by the architecture of the "Haus Tambaran” or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. Begin your voyage of discovery into the mystical world of the Sepik after lunch with a village visit.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
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  • Days 5-6: sepik river region
    Meet the friendly villagers

    While touring the mighty Sepik you will visit villages where the people are prolific and famous carvers. Here you can purchase many interesting items such as masks, elaborately carved hooks, ancestral figures, hand drums, baskets, bilums and gourds. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world - in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the peoples of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    MV Sepik Spirit
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  • Day 7: karawari
    Karawari Lodge

    Transfer from Sepik Spirit to the airstrip for your charter flight to Karawari. From Karawari airstrip, you will be transferred by river boat and vehicle to Karawari Lodge. It is the perfect base for some old-fashioned jungle, river and village exploration. You are in the middle of Arambak country-- locals pole dug-out canoes, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and, traditional village lifestyles continue largely unchanged. There are no roads, thick jungle, locals poling dugout canoes, and crocodiles just to name a few inticing aspects of this area. Enjoy the full day tour travelling along the jungle-fringed waterways where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes. See bountiful bird-life along the rivers and nearby lakes.  Excursions enhance your understanding of traditional village culture. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Karawari Lodge
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  • Day 8: karawari / tari
    Huli and waterfall

    Fly by charter from Karawari to Tari. On arrival transfer to Ambua Lodge, located high on the slopes of the Tari Valley with magnificent views of the valley and surrounding peaks. The Tari Valley is home to the Huli, a colorful and proud people still largely living the same way that their ancestors did. Spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding high mountain forests in search of th exotic bird of paradise.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
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  • Day 9: tari

    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 how they interact with and use their environment. The Huli people, famous for their elaborate and colorful dress, are proud warriors who have great reverence for birds, imitating them in ceremonial dances and decorating their wigs, woven from human hair, with feathers, flowers, and cuscus fur.  Everlasting daisies are specially cultivated for use in the men's wigs, and their faces are painted with yellow ochre.  The women, in contrast, wear black for their weddings and coat themselves with blue-gray clay when in mourning.  Clans have strong and intricate social systems and are one of the few places where traditional ways of life can still be seen in everyday living.  Ceremonial rituals are strongly observed, and men and women can still be seen wearing traditional dress, tending their gardens and pigs, and building their bush material huts.  You will spend today exploring the surrounding area, meeting the Huli people, and learning about Huli culture.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
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  • Day 10: tari / port moresby

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Port Moresby (PX865 Tari/Port Moresby).  Upon arrival in Port Moresby you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Airways Hotel
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  • Day 11: port moresby / onward

    At the appropriate time transfer to the airport for your international flight onward. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

May 18-28, 2016
Land Cost:
$6,000
Charter Flights: $1,350 p/p May 21: Mt Hagen/Karawari May 25: Karawari/Tari Air Niugini Flights: estimated $1100-1200 p/p May 20 Brisbane/Port Moresby May 19 Port Moresby/Mt Hagen May 27 Tari/Port Moresby May 28 Port Moresby/Brisbane
Single Supplement:
$1,825
Singles not available on Sepik Spirit and at Highlander Hotel
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
11 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.
Comfort Level:
3
superior hotels, lodges & houseboat
Group Size:
5-14
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
JOURNEYS grading system from I to IV will help you choose an experience with physical demands which match your motivation. 1. Active Active exploration with optional day hikes, easy walking, leisurely bicycling or light canoeing. Comfortable travel by vehicle. 2. Vigorous Experience may include regular hiking or physical exercise in varied environments. Travel by vehicle may be long or over rough terrain. 3. Challenging Parts of trip will involve physical challenge. Daily hiking in rough terrain, high altitude, rough road travel and remoteness from modern medical care may be unavoidable circumstances. 4. Demanding Extended foot travel in very remote areas. Previous wilderness travel experience advisable. Doctor's certification may be requested.

Terms & Conditions: 

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Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

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