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Highlands Tribes Escorted Tour. 7 nights. 10 - 17 September 2018. Culminates at the Goroka Festival. $2170. click here

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12 - 15 January 2018: Paris Dive Show 

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November 2018 : DEMA Las Vegas (trade only)


SEPIK RIVER EXPEDITIONS

The Sepik River stretches from Telefomin in Sandaun Province to its outlet into the Bismarck Sea at Kopar village. There are many villages and hamlets in this culturally and environmentally rich area.  The largest local animal is the wild pig - which is tamed and kept in the villages for use at cultural gatherings and compensation ceremonies. There are many other natural animal inhabitants, such as snakes, lizards, bandicoots, rats and above all birds. Many of the village songs and dances centre on indigenous animals and birds - the largest of which is the angry-looking flightless cassowary, a relative of the emu and the second heaviest bird on the planet.

The Middle Sepik is the last remaining area where the crocodile skin cutting initiation is still practiced. The villages in this region are more accessible and not so far apart in terms of travel time than on the more remote Upper Sepik. These villages have stood firm against the invasion of Christianity. They still retain their Haus Tambarans and practice their traditional customs including the initiation and scarification of young “crocodile men”. Also, the villages are home to famous artists and their sought-after birds’ head carvings.

The Upper Sepik villages are widely spread out with many taking a full day by motor canoe toreach. Therefore, a lot more fuel is required and consideration must be given for canoe time for the comfort of visitors (long days in canoes under the fierce sun can cause acute sunburn etc.).

In the Lower Sepik region the river is wide, with only wild sugar cane growing along the banks, and not so pretty or interesting. The highest cost components are the 4WD vehicle transfers to and from the river and the very high cost of fuel, sadly, both are beyond our control.

All the villages included in our expeditions are carefully chosen to offer a wide variety of distinctive cultural styles; including their extensive carved artifacts, both displayed and for sale, providing our visitors with interesting cultural contrasts and experiences. Witnessing daily activities, like the carving of artifacts, making a Morata house roof out of sago palms, the long, daily, task of sago production (sago is a staple Sepik starchy foo

d which requires lengthy processing), fishing and so on, is encouraged.

All expeditions start and end with a night at the In Wewak Boutique Hotel. It is only a few years old, very well managed and maintained, with good security – it has high standards throughout. The pool is cooling, the rooms are all clean, airy and comfortable and the food and ambience is pleasant. 

Whilst on the expeditions, guests are accommodated in village guesthouses where facilities are very basic:  a mattress, clean bedding, and mosquito nets. Toilet facilities are simple - a hole in the ground serves as the toilet inside a bamboo cubicle – but these toilets are reserved for guests and not used by the whole village. A couple of villages have sit down toilets, but they are still long-drops. Washing/showers is either in the Sepik River (villager style), or two buckets of water and scoop in a bamboo private cubicle under the skies. Visitors will experience life like a villager - BUT with “washing machine cleaned sheets” and all bedding items, crockery and utensils brought in, plus their own toilet and washing areas.

All rates below currently valid until 30th October 2018, in US dollars, based on two people sharing a double room, excludinf  return domestic flights between Port Moresby and Wewak. Flights range from $390 to $435 return per person. However, if continuing to Mt Hagen, there is a direct flight from Wewak to Mt Hagen, meaning there is no need to return to Port Moresby, for a change. 

Meals at In Wewak Boutique Hotel are not included, there is a wide range on the a la carte menus and the meals included in full board rates are too big for most. All meals, water, tea and coffee on the river are included. 

FOUR-NIGHT MIDDLE SEPIK TOUR from $1155 USD excluding domestic flights, itinerary here

FIVE-NIGHT  MIDDLE SEPIK TOUR from $1250 USD excluding domestic flights, itinerary here

SIX-NIGHT  MIDDLE SEPIK TOUR from $1332 USD excluding domestic flights, itinerary here

SEVEN-NIGHT MIDDLE AND UPPER SEPIK TOUR from $1935 USD excluding domestic flights, itinerary here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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