| : Papua New Guinea
| : September 12-17th 2020
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Where you will learn about the amazing ecology, culture and history of this remote and amazing corner of the planet, which boasts panoramic will take you to the famous Goroka show where an array of sing-sing groups will dazzle your senses.
The ‘Goroka Show’ is a significant cultural event in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea and is also the longest running annual cultural festival in Papua New Guinea drawing many tourists to the country every year in September during the weekend closest to the nation's Independence Day celebrations. More than 100 tribes participate in the event performing extraordinary displays of 'singsings' - traditional songs, dances and ritual performances. There will be some excellent photo opportunities so make sure your camera is fully charged and your guide will explain the order of events and will ensure that you witness the most important 'sing-sings' including those of the famous mudmen.
Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands Province. A town of approximately 19,000 people, 1600m above sea level. it is on the "Highlands Highway", about four hours frm Mt. Hagen. It has a mild climate, known as a "perpetual Spring". The mountains and valleys around are fertile and produce some of the finest coffee beans in the world.
Half-an-hour west of the town lies the Asaro Valley and its fascinating Asaro Mudmen, one of the iconic cultural groups of the country. That's some going for a country that is home to up to 1000 different languages. The Asaro are happy to explain their story, through eery representations of battle, cannibalism, and communion with their gods. The valley also has some stunning walks and viewpoints, birds of paradise and many orchid species, as well as the refreshing Asaro River.
Every September the town hosts the amazing and unique Highlands Cultural Festival, when up to 150 different tribal groups gather for the weekend closest to independence day, the 16th of September. Around 350 foreign visitors are privileged to be able to attend, vastly outnumbered by tens of thousands of locals from the surrounding areas.
Located only 100miles north of Australia, this Melanesian nation shares the island of New Guinea with Papua, Indonesia's easternmost province. The island is blessed with a wealth of natural treasures including dense rainforests, idyllic islands, rich highlands, and volcanic sites. Visitors can look forward to diving along pristine coral reefs and World War II wrecks, observing the traditional culture of the local tribesmen in the Highlands, or exploring remote villages along the spectacular 550-mile Sepik River. Aside from the dizzying array of diverse ethnic groups, one of the prime attractions is the island's unique ecosystem which is home to an some unusual wildlife such as tree- climbing kangaroos and the much celebrated birds of paradise. Still steeped in mysticism, Papua New Guinea remains one of the most remote and intriguing destinations in the world. It makes an ideal destination for intrepid travellers seeking a wild adventure into one of the world’s final frontiers.
Banking and Currency
Kina (PGK; symbol K) = 100 toea. Notes are in denominations of K100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of K1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 toea.
There are no restrictions on the import of local or foreign currency. The export of local currency is restricted to K200 and foreign currency to the equivalent of K10,000.
Banking hours: Monday-Thursday 08h45-15h00 and Friday 08h45-16h00.
American Express is the most widely accepted credit card; MasterCard and Visa are often accepted as well.
Travellers cheques are accepted by most shops and hotels. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, traveller's are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Australian Dollars.
Currency exchange facilities are available through trade banks.
Travel, Transport and Getting Around
Air Niugini (www.airniugini.com.pg) and PNG Air (www.pngair.com.pg) fly to all the main centres. Charter services are also available.
Car hire services are available in principal towns. Owing to the rugged terrain of Papua New Guinea, road development of the interior has been slow. There is a network of roads connecting the northern coast towns of Madang and Lae with the major urban centres in the Highlands region. There are few roads connecting the various provinces. Vehicles drive on the left side of the road in Papua New Guinea..
Boat cruises go mainly to the islands and otherwise inaccessible places on the coast. Cargo/passenger services between Lae and Madang run by Lutheran Shipping (with facilities including passenger cabins, accommodation and meals) are currently suspended following the company's liquidation.
For the local people in some regions of the country, rivers, particularly the Sepik, provide the main thoroughfares. In these areas it's possible to hire motorised canoes or obtain passage on a trading boat; however, apart from cruises, there are no regular public transport operators on the rivers.
Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice
All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption.
Hotel dining rooms cater for most visitors and menus in main centres are fairly extensive. The more remote the area, the more likely it is that the menus will be basic. However, increasing use is made of fresh local meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. The number of European, Chinese and Indonesian restaurants is rising.
The traditional cuisine of Papua New Guinea is based on root crops such as taro, yams and sago. Pigs are cooked in the earth for traditional feasts. Mumu is a traditional dish combining roast pork, sweet potatoes, rice and greens. Local fruits include pineapples, pawpaws, mangoes, passion fruit and bananas. Alcohol is available..
Waiter service is usual. Bills include a 10% sales tax. Tipping is not customary and discouraged.
Climate and Weather
Papua New Guinea has a hot, tropical climate at sea level, cooling towards the highlands which also cause climatic variation from one area to another, affecting the southeast trade winds and the northwest monsoons. The majority of the rain falls between December and March due to the northwest monsoon, although Port Moresby enjoys a dry season at this time. There is frost and there are occasional snow falls on the highest mountain peaks.
Clothing and Dress Recommendations
Lightweight, loose-fitting, cotton or linen clothing is generally recommended due to the hot and humid tropical climate. Casual, comfortable and conservative clothes are the key. Dress down rather than up. Short, tight or
revealing clothes should be avoided. Long-sleeved, cotton shirts and trousers are ideal as not only will they protect you from the sun, but also from the mosquitoes that come out in the late afternoon. It can get cool in the evenings (especially in the Highlands) so make sure to bring some warm clothing. Bring plenty of suncream, sunglasses, a sunhat, mosquito repellent and a good pair of closed walking shoes. Rainwear is advised for the monsoon season (December to March).
Electricity and Plug Standards
Electrical sockets in Papua New Guinea are the "Type I" Australian AS-3112 type. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in.
Electrical sockets in Papua New Guinea usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. If your appliance isn’t compatible with 220-240 volt electrical input, a voltage converter will be necessary.