Both Justin, our MD and Alex our Sales Director have recently returned from the wilds of PNG and can only urge to go and visit this amazing country first hand. However, our resident specialist is Charles who is never happier than when off the beaten track himself, he’s an ideal person to help you get under the skin of this extraordinary country.
WHY WE LIKE PAPUA NEW GUINEA?
Papua New Guinea is a wild, raw, captivating frontier of a country – more like Africa than any of its close neighbours. The Papuan people are proud and welcoming and their traditions and sometimes bizarre customs will enthral. From the still prevalent Highland culture of ‘an eye for an eye’ to the fact that pigs remain the ‘glue’ which binds PNG society, with a man’s material wealth and standing being reflected in the number of pigs he owns.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR HOLIDAY TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA
A tropical land of extraordinary topographical variety, encompassing the Highlands with peaks over 14,000 feet, the lowlands of the Sepik River and an extensive coastline dotted with stunning outlying islands. The most linguistically diverse country on earth with 850 languages and a wonderfully rich flora and fauna. Home to numerous species of Birds of Paradise and marsupials, including Tree Kangaroos, which in short are wallabies that took to the trees of PNG’s rainforests some 5 million years ago.
In such a topographically torturous country even now the road infrastructure remains modest and the best way to get around is flying. However, delays are inevitable and published departure times no more than a ballpark so always travel in PNG with a good book and a sense of humour.
Price-wise, due to almost everything in the country being imported and transportation costs being high, it is consequently not a cheap destination. This said, if you have a penchant for adventure and the path less travelled, it really doesn’t get much better than PNG. Its tagline ‘Land of the unexpected’ is very apt.
SOME IDEAS FOR A PAPUA NEW GUINEA HOLIDAY
- Meet Huli Wigmen and Asaro Mudmen in the Highlands
- Explore by dugout canoe the spirit houses and backwaters of the mythical Sepik River
- Fly around the Highlands in a small plane, understanding what the early explorers must have felt like as you gaze down on uninterrupted jungle
- Track resplendent Birds of Paradise in the Highlands
- Snorkel or dive in some of the clearest and coral-rich waters in the world