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2021 Papua New Guinea & the Mount Hagen Sing Sing Festival

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Experience intimate, once-in-a-lifetime accessto vibrant tribal cultures that have remainedunchanged for centuries, cruising an exotic riverand exploring one of the most remote cornersof the globe, on a scenic journey that culminateswith the spectacular celebration of theMount Hagen Cultural Show.

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Cairns, Australia
    Arrive in Cairns, where you are met and transferred to yourhotel. Refresh from your travels and prepare for the excitingjourney ahead. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner servedat the hotel.Hotel: Shangri-La Cairns  
    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flightto Papua New Guinea, an island chain of undisturbedindigenous tribes and sweeping natural beauty. Arrive inPort Moresby and visit the Port Moresby Nature Park,where you are introduced to the nation’s distinctive culturesand rare wildlife. The park is home to over 350 nativeanimals, including tree kangaroos. Transfer to your hotelnestled in a lush botanical garden.Hotel: Airways Hotel  
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    This morning, board you flight to Tari, soaring overdramatic highland peaks. Upon arrival, transfer to yoursecluded lodge perched at 7,000 feet in Papua New Guinea’sspectacular Southern Highlands. In the afternoon, set outon a guided nature walk through the lush forest, keeping aneye out for exotic birds of paradise. A favorite destination ofbirders, the rainforests surrounding the lodge have starredin many wildlife documentaries. A staggering 217 species ofexotic birds have been recorded here, including 13 differentspecies of birds of paradise. Stroll among a serene oasis oforchids, rhododendrons, vine bridges, mountain streamsand secluded waterfalls, logging your exotic sightings as yourexpert guide shares insights perfect for novices and seasonedbirders alike.Hotel: Ambua Lodge  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    This morning, embark on the first of two days of culturalimmersion among the tribes of the Tari. Learn how thehighland people of Tari maintain the cultural traditions ofbody decoration and face painting, as well as the wearing ofdecorative wigs, flowers and moss.Hotel: Ambua Lodge  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Embark on another day of exploration revealing theculture of the highland people. Widely regarded as oneof the most recognizable of Papua New Guinea’s indigenouspeoples, the Huli Wigmen captivate with traditional dancesfashioned after the mating rituals of birds of paradise. Takein the magic of the scene, absorbing an indelible impressionof the vibrant tribal traditions the Huli Wigmen have socarefully preserved for generations.Hotel: Ambua Lodge  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Sepik Region
    This morning, board your charter flight to a private airstripsecluded deep within the riverine wilderness of the Sepikregion. A small boat ferries you on to your lodge, whereyou are greeted with lunch. After settling in, embark on ariver safari exploring the Karawari, a remote tributary ofthe mighty Sepik. This region is one of the most remote andun-spoiled destinations in all of Papua New Guinea. Here,the river is central to daily life, with men paddling narrowdugout canoes full of goods for trade, women fishing ormaking meals and children joyfully splashing along the river bank. Watch for examples of tribal art on display;each village boasts a unique style and every villager is anartisan. Notice there are no roads and no shops, as the peoplelive completely off the land and river, weaving baskets forcatching fish and gathering their staple food, the sago palm.This afternoon, visit a nearby village to learn how this vitalresource is harvested and prepared for comsumption by localtribal members.Hotel: Karawari Lodge  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Sepik Region
    Today, board ‘Sepik Spirit,’ your floating home for the nextthree nights. Settle into life aboard this three-level, 98-footriver cruiser. Onboard amenities include a lounge, diningroom, bar, screened-in observation deck, air conditioningand nine comfortable cabins with en suite bathrooms. Yourriverboat home is an oasis in this remote jungle, affording anexceptional vantage of the riverine wilderness that surroundsyou. After lunch on board, embark on your voyage ofdiscovery along the Karawari River.Hotel: 'Sepik Spirit'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Sepik Region
    After breakfast aboard, disembark for a full-day excursionto the remote villages of Black Water Lake. Bask in yourwarm island welcome as you observe a way of life that hasremained largely unchanged for centuries. Learn aboutthe local rituals, warfare, ceremonies and ancestral beliefs,visiting the various houses of the village. Browse tribalhandicrafts such as masks, flutes and spirit figures in thevillages’ low-pressure markets. Relax with a picnic by theforested banks of the Karawari River, watching as local mengather on their clan’s bench, children paddle canoes to schooland women fish with hand lines.Hotel: 'Sepik Spirit'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Sepik Region
    Disembark onto the banks of Mumeri, a remote village whosepeople have preserved their ancestral traditions for centuries.Take in the same warm village welcome enjoyed here bypioneering anthropologist Margaret Meade over 80 years ago.Next, cruise to the confluence of the Krosmeri and Karawaririvers, where you rendezvous with ‘Sepik Spirit’ for lunch.Continue on to visit the villages of Mindimbit, taking in thespectacular carvings and elaborate coming-of-age rituals ofthe locals. Rejoin ‘Sepik Spirit’ for your final night on board,cruising back toward Karawari.Hotel: 'Sepik Spirit'  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Mount Hagen
    This morning, fly by private charter to Mount Hagen. Onapproach, watch the mountains rise and then fall away as youdescend into the verdant Wahgi Valley. Upon arrival, enjoythe first of two days at the Mount Hagen Cultural Show,a festive gathering of more than 50 coastal, lowland andhighland tribal groups. Gain insider access to a privilegedexperience few travellers can claim as you immerse yourselfin a festival of the locals, for the locals — a bold, joyfulproclamation of tribal pride.Hotel: Rondon Ridge  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Mount Hagen
    Enjoy another day experiencing the sing sing festival. Marvelas the participants engage in sing sings, lively ancestral songsand dances displaying their diverse and distinctive culturalheritages. Witness an unmatched spectacle of color, musicand motion as heirloom feathered headdresses, brilliantlypainted faces and dyed grass skirts weave to the driving beatof traditional drums and the rousing voices of the tribesmen.Lose yourself in the sights and sounds of the rollickingfestival, gaining a deeper insight into the enduring traditionsthat help to define this unique corner of the world. Thisafternoon, return to Port Moresby.Hotel: Airways Hotel  
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Cairns, Australia
    Today, fly to Cairns. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner andrecap your amazing experience with your fellow travellers.Hotel: Shangri-La Cairns  
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Depart Cairns
    After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for yourdeparture.
    Meals: Breakfast
Countries Visited

Papua New Guinea , Australia

Cities Visited

Tari, Cairns, Port Moresby

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