Days
7
Price from
$4,350NZD

Discover the cultural diversity of Papua New Guinea on this festival-focused adventure

Every year in September, over 100 clans gather in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea for one of the biggest tribal festivals in the world: the Goroka Show. Set to the beat of Kundu drums, thousands of painted, feather-adorned tribespeople come together in a huge sing-sing to perform traditional songs, dances and rituals. And in 2017, you're invited. Join us on this Limited Edition adventure and discover the huge cultural diversity of PNG. Under the guidance of a local leader, you'll spend two full days at the Show, as well as several days in the beautiful Asaro Valley, where you'll interact with friendly villagers – including the famous Asaro Mudmen and Simbu tribes – through performances and immersive activities. Keen to step off the beaten path and learn about some of the world's best preserved tribal cultures? This is your chance.


Start
Goroka, Papua New Guinea
Finish
Goroka, Papua New Guinea
Country
Papua New Guinea
Style
Peregrine
Code
PAPG
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 6, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Still largely untouched by mass tourism, Papua New Guinea is a truly an off-the-beaten path destination, home to friendly locals and well-preserved customs.

  • The Goroka Show – which brings together over 100 tribes from across Papua New Guinea – is a brilliant display of PNG's immense cultural diversity. Spend a full two days immersed in performances of dance, song and ritual.

  • Spend a day with the Simbu tribespeople of the Asaro Valley. Take part in traditional activities such as basket weaving, face painting and flute playing with local elders, and be welcomed to a traditional sing-sing gathering.

  • Visit the village home to the Asaro Mudmen, who once used intimidating clay masks to scare their enemies. While there, you'll take part in a fire-making ceremony, observe a cultural show and join the local villagers in a traditional mumu meal.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This adventure takes you to a remote part of the world – one that has been largely untouched by westernisation. Expect to experience a culture that is very different to anywhere else on earth.

  • Be prepared for basic infrastructure, high prices and limited meal choices. In an off-the-beaten-track destination, it's important to be flexible and go with an open mind!

  • If you're a photographer or photography enthusiast, great! The colour, costumes and spectacle of the Goroka Show make for incredible travel shots. Make sure you bring a spare camera battery, and always ask someone if you want to take their picture while they're out and about.

  • This is a niche trip with very limited departures. Make sure you get in quick!

Itinerary

Welcome to Papua New Guinea! Today, on arrival day, travel through Port Moresby to Goroka, the capital of the East Highlands Province of PNG.

Due to different travel times and schedules, please note that you are required in Goroka on the 13/09/17. The tour officially starts this evening, with an important welcome meeting at the hotel. Here you will be introduced to your group and local guide, who will go through your itinerary and answer any questions you may have about the trip.
Accommodation
  • Bird of Paradise Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast this morning, depart the hotel at 8 am and make your way to a nearby village, passing through the Daulo Passage (around 2,480 metres above sea level) on the way. Experience a cultural show put on by the Asaro mud men, who are famous for their eerie ceremonial masks and clay-like body paint. According to legend, the tribesmen were once defeated by an enemy clan and forced to hide in the nearby Asaro River. When they emerged covered in the clay, the enemy were scared off by their ghost-like appearance. The mud men adopted the intimidating costuming for subsequent battles.

While in the village, witness a fire-making ceremony, learn the art of fire-making and enjoy a traditional mumu lunch cooked in an earthen pit. Afterwards, take a trip around Goroka with your leader. Get a dose of history at the JK McCarthy Museum, discover how beans are processed at a coffee factory, browse the colourful produce stalls at a local village market, and visit Goroka's RaunRaun Theatre.


Accommodation
  • Bird of Paradise Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Asaro Valley - Traditional Mumu Lunch
  • Asaro Valley - Mudmen Village visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today, discover the culture and heritage of the Asaro Valley's Simbu tribes in a nearby village. You'll be invited to take part in a unique range of traditional activities, including having your face painted by local villagers, witnessing a courting ceremony, playing bamboo flutes with village elders and trying your hand at some target practice using a bow and arrow. You'll also learn the art of weaving baskets and bilums (colourful handmade string bags), and take part in a private sing sing (ceremonial gathering of local tribes). Enjoy lunch in the village.

In the late afternoon, after a full day of new experiences and cultural immersion, return to the hotel for some RnR.

Accommodation
  • Bird of Paradise Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Asaro Valley - Simbu Village visit
  • Goroka - Local Market
  • Goroka - Raun Raun Theatre
  • Goroka - JK McCarthy Museum
  • Goroka - Coffee Factory visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today is all about the pikini’s – the children of PNG's Eastern Highlands. They'll be performing traditional song and dance shows as a lead-in to the main festival events tomorrow. Take your camera and enjoy the show!
Accommodation
  • Bird of Paradise Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goroka - Goroka Show (3 days)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is the first day of the annual Goroka Show – Papua New Guinea's biggest singsing and one of the most important events of the year. Over 100 tribes from around the country come together in a colourful, feather-fuelled celebration of culture, ritual, song and dance. The show originated in 1957, when a group of Australian patrol officers – known locally as 'kiaps' – invited tribes in their areas to gather in song and dance.

After your local guide has shown you around the show grounds, you'll be free to wander from performance to performance in your own time.
Accommodation
  • Bird of Paradise Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
Today your adventure comes to an end in Goroka. Bid farewell (for now) to your group and leader. As there are no activities planned for the rest of the day, you are free to depart at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nts)

Included Activities

  • Asaro Valley - Traditional Mumu Lunch
  • Asaro Valley - Mudmen Village visit
  • Asaro Valley - Simbu Village visit
  • Goroka - Local Market
  • Goroka - Raun Raun Theatre
  • Goroka - JK McCarthy Museum
  • Goroka - Coffee Factory visit
  • Goroka - Goroka Show (3 days)

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Important notes

1. An arrival & departure transfer is included on this trip. Please provide us with your flight arrival & departure time no later than 7 days before your trip commences. If we do not receive this information we will not be able to meet you at the airport. Late night arrivals in particular will be difficult and daunting to make your way to our starting point on your own.
2. This trip requires a minimum of 6 travellers to run.
3. In case of an emergency, please contact our local partners on +675 7128 6616, +675 7388 5036, +675 7301 7782 or +675 7019 0972

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