15 Days/14 nights Goroka & Kalam Festival
Day 1- Fri Sept - Meals- D
Upon arrival from International flight meets and assists for your PX flight POM/Goroka. Upon arrival in Goroka you will be transferred to the hotel. We gather this evening for our orientation meeting and dinner. Overnight at Goroka (TBA)
Day 2- Sat Sept- Meals- BLD
After breakfast transfer to the Goroka cultural show ground which is a yearly event in Papua New Guinea, the Goroka Cultural Show is one of the best shows in Papua New Port Moresby harbor. You will visit typical stilt village to witness some of the amazing traditional dances and tribal attire from over 40 different tribal groups. An early morning wake-up call gets us to the show ground to see the preparations before the formal show begins. We see the performers preparing their traditional clothing and body decorations and practicing for their “dances. We spend the next two days at the Goroka taking in the “sing sing” performances. Overnight at Lodge
Day 3- Sun Sept - Meals- BLD
After breakfast transfer to the show ground to witness the closing day and also to take the last photos which were missed out in the first day. After the closing ceremony we will explore some of the interesting sites including the JK McCarthy Museum and the Raun Raun Theatre. We then visit Asaro village to meet the famous Asaro Mud-men who traditionally covered themselves in mud before raiding nearby villages. The legend of the Mudmen says that the tribe was attacked and forced to flee their village. To hide, they jumped into the Asaro River. When they emerged at twilight from the river, covered in mud, the attacking tribe saw them and thought they were spirits and fled the area. While in the village we may be able to watch an eerie performance of the Mudmen, which is a production of mime. We also may see a local artist making an actual mudmask. In the afternoon return and overnight at Lodge.
Day 4- Mon Sept - Meals- BLD
After breakfast we depart for a road scenic drive to the Western Highlands via Simbu anda the Jiwaka Provinces. We will have hot lunch at Mt. Wilhelm tourist hotel at Kundiawa and then after lunch we continue our tour to the Western Highlands, enroute we stop at the village of Mindima, we witness the Courtship and Bride Price ceremony. After the ceremony we continue to the Western Highlands Province and overnight at Kuri Lodge Mt. Hagen.
Day 5- Tues Sept- Meals- BLD
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight Hagen to Simbai. Overnight at Simbai Guest Hause.
Day 6- Wed September - Meals- BLD
Full day Kalam festival activities. Overnight at Simbai Guest House.
Day 7- Thurs Sept - Meals- BLD
After breakfast fly back to Hagen from Simbai. Overnight at Kuri Lodge
Day 8- Fri Sept - Meals -BLD
After early breakfast we take a long road tour to the Hela Province the home of the famous Huli wigman. We will be stopping at few places to stretch our legs and for nature call. Upon arrival in Tari we will overnight at Lakwanda Lodge.
Day 9-Sat Sept - Meals-BLD
After breakfast you will see the Huli wig man Performances includes Huli wig man dance, Widows, Bachelor boys, fortune teller, girl’s initiations, .village study and enjoy a local pit oven roasting consisted of vegetables, sweet potatoes, and pork. Overnight at Lakwanda Lodge
Day 10- Sun Sept - Meals-BLD
After breakfast transfer back to Mt. Hagen passing through villages and people with local markets. Overnight at Kuri Lodge.
Day 11- Mon Sept - Meals- BLD
After breakfast you will then visit Tapolga village for the pre show entertainments and spend the entire day at the show ground. You will be served with pack lunches there as well. In the afternoon return and overnight at Kuri Lodge.
Day 12- Tues Sept - Meals- BLD
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your CG flight Hagen/ Wewak. Upon arrival meet and will transferred to Pagwi on the Sepik River. If you go very early in the morning you will have time to see the Cultural show at Kanganamun village. The drive can take between 5 and 6 hours as we visit markets and viewpoints along the way. Arriving in Pagwi, we board motorized dugout canoes and travel down river to Palimbe village - home of the crocodile cult - and set up for our next two nights in the village. On the Sepik River we will be spending 2 nights in basic dormitory accommodation (bush or tribal longhouses) with limited bathing and toilet facilities. Each person will have a foam mattress with sheets and a pillow with pillowcase as well as a mosquito net. Overnight in Kanganamun Village.
Day 13- Wed Sept - Meals- BLD -Sepik River
Excursion Today, we will travel by dugout canoes along the Sepik River and its tributaries. Before heading out, explore a Palimbe village and see their beautiful hand-carved totem pole. We will stop at stilted villages to learn about the local way of life, see their Spirit Houses (Haus Tamburan) where rituals and initiations take place and as much as possible, try to meet with the villagers. We visit Aibom Village -known for its clay pot makers, and Kanganum village to meet the people and see how they fish, make sago and build their canoes. Overnight at Kanganamun village.
Day 14- Thurs Sept - Meals- BLD
This morning we tour Sepik river villages and then in the afternoon depart Kanganamun village for Wewak. For those who wish, you may also stretch your legs with a walk along the beach or visit the local market. Overnight in Wewak
Day 15- Fri Sept - Meals- B
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your PX flight Wewak/POM and then connect with your international departing flight to be nominated from your end.
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COST INCLUDES: Tours and Airport transfers, show gate fees, on seat on a bus, basis. Meals as specified on above itinerary B = Breakfast, and D= Dinner, and add on traditional dance, show gate fee and gate fees Local English Speaking Guide,10% VAT (government tax on all above services.
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: International & domestic airfares, items of personal nature as such baggage charge, passport & visa fees, laundry, dry cleaning, beverage of any kind, trip & baggage insurance, medical expenses and departure tax and any other items of this nature.
Additional Required flights that we urge you to book/ticket in conjunction with international arrival
Day 1- International arrival flight
Day 1- PX flight POM/Wewak
Day 7-PX flight WWK/POM
Day 7- PX flight POM/GKA
Day 11- CG flight Tari/HGU
Day 15- PX flight HGU/POM
Day 15--PX International departing flight to be nominated from your end.
Goroka & Kalam Cultural Show Program