Guests interested in this package are advised to book 12 months in advance.
Not often does an opportunity like this present itself.
Attend one of the worlds most captivating cultural events the Goroka Cultural Show
The Goroka Show is a significant event in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. It is a two day cultural extravaganza providing entertainment to people from around the world.
This show is the most well-known tribal gathering and cultural event in PNG. Approximately 100 tribes arrive to showcase their music, dance and perform extraordinary displays of tribal rituals. The festival started in the mid 1950's, initiated by the Missionaries. The Australian Kiaps (patrol officers) then took over organising the festival in 1957. Kiaps from each district built round houses typical of their districts where they displayed the various and unique cultures of the people living there. The Kiaps also brought in 'singsing' groups from surrounding areas creating an entertaining weekend for everyone within the Province. Also helping people forget their tribal differences.
Consider extending your stay and visiting Mt Wilhelm. This is an extremely beautiful area of Papua New Guinea. Stay at the Lodge at the base of the mountain, go for day walks/bird watching, and get to see traditional village life. If you are interested in Alpine Orchids this is the place to view them. Or, climb the mountain. Mt Wilhelm is PNG's highest mountain at 4509 meters. This has to be one of the most scenically spectacular areas of Papua New Guinea. The terrain is rugged and to see vegetable gardens on these steepest of slopes is truly amazing. Contact us for this extension.
On arrival at Port Moresby Hotel Courtesy Coach will transfer group to Hotel. Accommodation: Hotel (B)
Goroka Cultural Day Tour. Today our adventure begins. Driving down through the fertile Asaro Valley, past coffee plantations, vegetable gardens, interplant with sweet potato, banana, taro cassava, sugar cane amongst the neatly laid out traditional homesteads. Arriving at Luhuka Village to witness the world famous Asaro Mudman Dance. Observe Village life of the Asaro Tribesmen, face painting, villagers prepare and cook a meal in the traditional earth oven “mumu” lunching with the villagers in the village. After this tour, we will drive out to Ketetya Village for Simbu Culture & Village Study in the central highlands of Papua New Guinea. We will visit the Central highlands Chief practicing polygamy in Goroka displaying his wives, children’s, pigs, food etc. After this tour heading back to the hotel for dinner. Lodge Accommodation (BLD)
An early breakfast at 7:00 am departing 7:30 for Early Bird Tour, visit singsing groups from different provinces in their camps, we will be up close and personal seeing how their body decorations of colourful traditional costumes and very colourful face painting is done. Your guide will explain the different types of costumes and their significance's in the cultures of these people. After the Early Bird Tour we will proceed into the Show grounds to witness thousands of warriors, all dressed in their very finest traditional regalia, dancing and singsings. Each group in their own culture with languages competing against each other. You will get the opportunity to mix with the dancers, shake hands and meet them. 1:30 – 2:00, the group will take a guided tour through a coffee Plantation for Coffee Processing and harvesting. Returning to your hotel late afternoon. This evening starting at 7pm is the Traditional Tumbuna Night (bamboo band playing and dancing during dinner). Picnic lunch at the show grounds provided Lodge Accommodation (BLD)
This morning you will enjoy another day at the festival arena. Lunch will be served at the show. After the festival which will finish around 3pm we will visit the McCarthy Museum located close to the festival show ground. Lodge Accommodation (BLD)
Transfer to Domestic terminal. Connect to International flight.
If carrying on to Mt Wilhelm ground transport pick up.
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