Following is suggested clothing you may require for days at the Festival.
The Sepik River Crocodile and Arts Festival is a three-day cultural celebration staged in Ambunti, East Sepik Province. The festival highlights the crocodile and its cultural significance to the communities living along the Sepik River. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the Asia-Pacific region and is home to some of the world’s largest freshwater and saltwater crocodile populations.
In Sepik culture man and crocodile share a special bond. The Crocodile symbolizes strength, power and manhood. Skin-cutting initiations continue in Sepik River communities where men proudly wear scars cut into their skin during the rite of passage. These scars, resembling the back of a crocodile, run from shoulder to hip.
Crocodiles are significant to the Sepik culture where they have cultural traditions, beliefs and legends based on this ancient animal.
You can extend your stay and immerse yourself in the timeless history of the Sepik people and our exotic folklore of this fascinating area. Enjoy Wewak’s palm-fringed beaches and dreamy sunsets. Feast on the giant river prawns available at Talio Lodge or the crocodile curry from the Boutique Hotel. Take a boat to Kairuru Island and enjoy the waterfalls, snorkelling and natural hot springs.
Discover the signature Sepik woven baskets, carvings and masks at Taun Market. Visit the war memorial at Cape Wom, where the Japanese surrendered in 1945. Explore the fascinating architecture behind the spectacular forward-leaning haus tambarans in Maprik.
On arrival in Port Moresby guests will be met by Stanley Hotel courtesy coach and transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel Accommodation (B)
On arrival in Wewak we will take ground transport to Pagwi, taking approximately 4 hours. We will then board our motorised dug out canoes and travel up the mighty Sepik River to Ambunti Station stopping along the way to visit a commercial crocodile farm.
Accommodation: Ambuti Lodge. (BLD)
Our morning starts at 9am, it is a 15 minute walk to the festival grounds. Today is full of cultural. Many sing sing groups and pikinini (children) cultural groups. The festival closes 4pm. Tonight we will go back out onto the river crocodile spotting.
Accommodation: Ambuti Lodge. (LD)
This morning if the the tributaries are accessible we will depart at 5am heading out to Wagu Lake, walking 30 minutes to the bird sanctuary to view the Birds of Paradise. Remember to take your binoculars. We will then head back to the Lodge for breakfast. If the tributaries are too dry to boat down our alternative is to visit Yesan, Meno and Tangujamb Villages. Following breakfast another day spent at the festival.
Accommodation: Ambuti Lodge. (LD)
Festival activities.Accommodation: Ambuti Lodge. (LD)
Departing this morning at 8am retuning to Pagwi by boat, transferring to ground transport to drive back to Wewak. On the way we will take a detour into Apangi Village where the Yam Festival is being staged. This village is very unique, very different from the Sepik River area. Having the opportunity to view the fertility goddess temple in the Spirit House. From here we will continue onto Wewak. Not arriving until around 6pm.
Accommodation: Wewak Boutique Hotel. (BL)
Transfer to domestic airport at 12 noon for flight back to Port Moresby.
Accommodation: Stanley Hotel (B)
Transfer to International terminal.
From $3825.00 (subject to change)
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