THE NEW GUINEA ODYSSEY
Ambua Lodge 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS

The New Guinea Odyssey takes you through New Guinea, allowing enough time in each stop over to be submersed in the culture and ecology of the area. You will be taken on a cultural journey through a few of Papua New Guinea's 700+ language groups, from the Melpa of the Wahgi Valley, to the Yokoim of the Karawari River, the Iatmul of the Sepik Riverand finally the colourful and flamboyant Huli of the Tari Basin. Each destination has its own unique ecosystem, you may see the magical Superb Bird of Paradise at Rondon Ridge, the mysterious and illusive Sepik Blue Orchid in the Sepik or the stunning Ribbon-tailed Astrapia at Ambua. The New Guinea Odyssey takes the time and provides the opportunity to experience this amazing "Land of the Unexpected."Sepik River Cruise



 

 

 

 

Day 1 Tue Arrive in Port Moresby. Fly with Air Niugini to Mt Hagen. Overnight Rondon Ridge. Guests are accommodated in twenty-two tastefully appointed rooms with warmed king beds for those fresh highlands nights, with modern en-suite bathrooms. Rondon Ridge has 24-hour, eco-friendly electricity, provided by its own hydroelectric power plant that generates clean, natural energy from a nearby mountain stream.
Day 2 Wed Full Day Tour. Overnight Rondon Ridge. The Melpa are said by anthropologists, to be 'predisposed to capitalism' because of their complex traditional society in which 'big men' earn status by accruing wealth and then giving it all away in a ceremonial exchange called "Moka". The Lodge has a variety of new touring vehicles and all excursions are accompanied by experienced local guides from the area.
Day 3 Thu Full Day Tour Rondon Ridge. Over 180 species of birds have been recorded in the rainforests around Rondon Ridge including ten species of Bird of Paradise. The surrounding area is pristine rainforest and home to numerous orchid species. The lodge has hours of walking trails providing ample opportunity to explore the unique ecology of this area. All nature and birding walks are accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable nature guides
Day 4 Fri Charter flight to the Sepik Spirit. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Sepik Spirit . The Sepik Spirit takes ou>r guests on a voyage along the waterways of Papua New Guinea's Sepik region. 
Currently, the Sepik Spirit primarily journeys on the Karawari River, the storied tributary of the Sepik River, and on to the Krosmeri River which allows entry to the mysterious Blackwater Lakes.
Day 5 Sat Full Day Tour. Overnight Sepik Spirit. Few visitors reach the Karawari, Krosmeri and Blackwater villages. Travelers can look forward to warm welcomes and genuine experiences as they walk through villages that look much as they always have.
Day 6 Sun Full Day Tour. Overnight Sepik Spirit. Time will be spent with villagers hearing about rituals, warfare,initiation ceremonies and ancestral beliefs.  Men’s houses, spirit houses and family houses will be visited.
Day 7 Mon Charter flight to Tari. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Ambua Lodge. Life for the majority of villagers around Tari remained mostly unchanged until the turn of this century. Discoveries of natural gas and mineral reserves over the last few years have brought about a sudden and unexpected increase in wealth and led to a hive of economic and commercial activity, thrusting Tari into the 21st century in a matter of a few short years. Social, tribal and ancestral beliefs and dynamics, once embedded so deeply, are being rapidly forgotten and replaced by more "rewarding" and modern pursuits.
Day 8 Tue Full Day Tour. Overnight Ambua Lodge. ari today, however, is one of the few remaining areas where men and women still adhere to many of their traditional beliefs and where a man's wealth and importance is still measured by his amassing of pigs, wives and land.
Day 9 Wed Fly with Air Niugini to Port Moresby. Overnight Airways Hotel. "World-class accommodation set in an oasis of understated luxury in one of the Pacific’s most striking and inspiring settings." Known for its spacious design and open air restaurant with views across the airport.
Amenities include: restaurants, cafes, bar, boutiques, outdoor pool, fitness centre with lap pool and spa.  About a five minute drive from the international and domestic terminals at Jacksons International Airport.
Day 10 Thu Transfer to international flight out
Land Cost: US $5713.00 per person (twin share). US $7139.00 single throughout
Charter Flights:

US $1406.00 per person

Fri Day 4 Mount Hagen/Sepik Spirit

Mon Day 7 Sepik Spirit/Tari

HAGEN SHOW



Land Cost Includes:

Accommodation, meals at facilities, transfers, tours and local guides.

Rates are valid from 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017

Important Note:

You are only to book and ticket the domestic Air Niugini flights together with your international flights. We will book the Air Charter flights.

Air Niugini (PX) Domestic Flights:

Tue Day 1 PX186 Port Moresby/Mt Hagen

Wed Day 9 PX865 Mount Hagen/Port Moresby

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Call 1-800-221-2474 9AM - 5PM Mon-Fri Eastern Time or (516) 248-2042 outside USA/Canada  Although we have provided as much information as possible on our website, we are happy to answer your questions directly on the phone. Sometimes, it is just easier to speak to one of us. We are awaiting your call. Call (800) 221 - 2474 or email