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2012 Mask Festival & Sepik/Highlands Explorer Tours.

This is a 14 nights itinerary that starts in Rabaul and extends to the Sepik and Highlands of PNG. Your first stop will be in Rabaul in the Niugini Islands Peninsula to see the 2012 PNG National Mask Festival. Your experience in Rabaul will not only be the mask festival but you will explore villages, tourists attractions, wildlife and natures and some current and active volcanoes. From Rabaul your next legs of tours will be Sepik River and the highlands of PNG with highlights being the Asaro mudmen and the huli wigmen.

Brief 15 nights itinerary overview: 10th to 24th July 2012 covering Rabaul (Mask Festival) Wewak, Sepik River, Goroka, Mt Hagen, and Tari.

Day 1: Tues 10th, July 2012 - International flight/Rabaul
On arrival in Port Moresby transfer to domestic terminal and board Rabaul flight PX842 via Hoskins. The flight departs at 15:00 and arrives at 17:20. Overnight at Rabaul Hotel. (D)

Day 2: Wed 11th - Rabaul/Kokopo
Enjoy a full day at the festival ground. Overnight at Rabaul Hotel. (BLD)

Day 3: Thurs 12th - Rabaul/Kokopo
First half day attend Mask Festival. After lunch, transfer to Baining District and do light trekking, nature watch and village excursions. In the evening enjoy Baining fire dancing. Overnight at Rabaul Hotel. (BLD)

Day 4: Fri 13th - Rabaul/Port Moresby/Wewak
Transfer to the airport and board flight PX253 at 10:30 and arrive in Port Moresby and board flight PX126 at 15:30 for Wewak. Overnight at Wewak Surfside Lodgel. (BD)

Day 5: Sat 14th - Wewak/Kanganamun
Transferred to Pagwi for your canoe expedition. Visit the oldest Haus Tambaran along the Sepik River and overnight at Kanganamun Guest House. (BLD)

Day 6: Sun 15th - Kanganamun/Palambe/Kamanabit
Transfer to Palambe by motorize canoe and hike inland for about 30 minutes and exploring the Palembe villages and visit the Haus Tambarans. Overnight Kamanabit village guest house. (BLD)

Day 7: Mon 16th - Kamanabit/Chambri Lakes
Continue journey into Chambri Lake by motorized canoe and see potteries of all sizes, shapes, colors and patterns. Overnight at Kamanabit village house. (BLD)

Day 8: Tues17th - Kamanabit/Wewak
Bid farewell to your friendly hosts at Kamanabit village and transfer to Pagwi and onto Wewak. Overnight at Wewak Surfside Lodge. (BLD)

Day 9: Wed 18th - Wewak/Port Moresby/Lae
Board flight PX125 to Port Moresby at 06:00 and get your connection flight to Goroka on PX960. Half day tour to see Asaro Mudmen. Overnight at Red Riverside Lodge. (LD)

Day 10: Thurs 19th - Goroka/Mt Hagen
Transfer to Mt Hagen on the Highlands Highway. En route stop at Suave in the Chimbu Province and meet the Emerian people who will showcase their traditions and culture Continue to Mt Hagen and overnight at Pakuwat Wilderness Lodge. (BLD)

Day 11: Thurs 20th - Mt Hagen (Rugli Village)/Kumul Lodge
Half day village discovery tour including Rugli village. After lunch transfer to Kumul Lodge birding and wildlife tours. Overnight at Kumul Lodge. (BLD)

Day 12: Fri 21st - Kumul Lodge
Today spend the entire day birding and nature tours within the Kumul Lodge vicinities. Overnight at Kumul Lodge with all meals included. (BLD)

Day 13: Sat 22nd - Mt Hagen/Tari
Transfer to the to Tari by road. Overnight at Hela Guesthouse. (BLD)

Days 14: Sun 25th - Tari Basin
Today fully immerse yourself in the Huli culture and its intriguing traditions. Overnight at Hela Guesthouse. (BLD)

Day 15: Mon 24th - Tari/Port Moresby
After breakfast transfer to the airport and board flight PX865 to Port Moresby. The flight departs at 10:30 and arrives at 12:00. END OF THE PROGRAM

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Brief overview & highlights for this tour program:

 15 nights program starts @ PGK7,670 per person - HURRY! Limited spaces available.

Tour Starts on the10th July and ends on the 24th July 2012

Tour covers the Rabaul (for Mask Festival), Sepik River, Mt Hagen and Goroka and Tari.

 Highlights including the Baining Fire Dance, Sepik Spirit House, Asaro Mud-men and 2012Mask Festival

 Special discounts and commissions available to travel agents.

 

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Past Clientele Testimonies regarding the PNG Highlands and Sepik River.

"I very much enjoyed the trip to Wewak and the Sepik River area. Seeby was very helpful and it was so interesting to see how the river people live in comparison to the Highlands. A complete contrast in every way, including the weather (wow, very hot and humid), so I do feel that I have seen some of the most striking and vivid areas of PNG in the space of two short weeks." - Jane, Ireland.

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Sepik House Tambaran (Spirit House). This is an exclusive men house where all the initiations and ceremonies take place. Women and children rarely set foot into this habitation. Special permissions given to tourists.
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Sepik people depend on the river system for all their livelihood. The river plays a huge role in the lives of people.

 

 
 
   
   
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