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. Join Destination Specialist Lené Minder on this amazing ancestral discovery!

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
    Gateway 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. 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: Mt. Hagen and the Melpa People
    A full day of festivities is tiring!

    A full days tour featuring the unique culture and tradition of the Melpa people who live near the Mt. Hagen City.  This region is the business heart of the Papua New Guinea highlands, supplying a number of important industries, such as tea, coffee and mining. It is a city where stone meets steel, where tradition and history is juxtaposed against modern ways.

    A comprehensive touring program takes you on a journey through the traditions and customs of the Melpa People. First contact with the Melpa was made in the mid-1930s when the Leahy brothers were prospecting for gold. The Melpa are said by anthropologists, to be predisposed to capitalism, because of their complex traditional society in which big men earn status by accruing wealth and then giving it all away in ceremonial exchanges.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rondon Ridge
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  • Day 5: Sepik River and Villages
    Sepik Spirit

    This morning, transfer from the Rondon Ridge to the airport for your charter flight to Timbunke. Upon arrival at Timbunke Airport you will be met and transferred to the Sepik Spirit. Transfer from Timbunke airstrip to the floating lodge, the MV Sepik Spirit. The lodge is based in the village Kaminimbit I. 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 with a slow jet boat cruise to the air-conditioned comfort of the Sepik Spirit. After lunch enjoy an afternoon tour to Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II and Kororua village in the middle of the Sepik River.

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

    Transfer from Sepik Spirit to the Timbunke airstrip for your charter flight to Karawari. From Karawari airstrip, you will be transferred by river boat and vehicle to Karawari Lodge. Sitting on a ridge above the Karawari River, Karawari Lodge boasts a spectacular view over hundreds of kilometers of dense tropical jungle. Karawari Lodge was inspired by local architecture and built with traditional materials, while still providing modern comforts.

    Enjoy an afternoon visit to Kundiman Village for a Sago-making demonstration. Sago is the staple food of the River people.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Karawari Lodge
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  • Day 8: River Villages
    Kids at play on the river

    Today, is a full day excursion along the jungle-fringed waterways of the Karawari River where boatmen, standing upright, paddle their slender dugout canoes with sculpted silhouettes of crocodile masks. Village life including carved totems, drums, woodcarvings and different expressions of art are also experienced. See bountiful bird life along the rivers and nearby lakes. Excursions will enhance your understanding of traditional village culture in the Sepik region.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Karawari Lodge
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  • Day 9: 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, and roaring waterfalls that beckon the intrepid traveller.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ambua Lodge
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  • Day 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 20-31, 2015
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$7,250
Charter Flights: $2,150 p/p Sunday 24 May Mt Hagen/Timbunke Tuesday 26 May Timbunke/Karawari Thursday 28 May Karawari/Tari Air Niugini Flights: estimated $1100-1200 p/p Brisbanel or Cairs/Port Moresby Thur, 21 May PX 180 Port Moresby/Mt Hagen Sat
Single Supplement:
$1500
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
12 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 hotels, lodges & houseboat
Group Size:
8-14
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
superior hotels, lodges & houseboat

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