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Sepik River Crocodile & Apanagai Village Yam Festival

Departure/Return Location
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Trek Departure Date
3 - 10 August 2021
Tour Length
8 Days (2 days travelling)
Physicality
Moderate
Age
All ages
Month
August
Group size
1 or more
Cost
From $3425.00 per person

Tour Inclusions


  • 4 nights accommodation Ambuti Lodge. Based on Twin Share 2*
  • 1 nights accommodation Wewak Boutique Hotel Based on Twin Share 3*
  •  1 nights accommodation Stanley Hotel 4* Port Moresby. Based on Twin Share
  •  Ground Transport
  •  Motorised Dug Out Canoe 
  •  Drivers/Guides
  •  Cultural Festival entry fees
  •  All meals where specified
  •  Airport Transfers
Tour Exclusions:
  • International and domestic flights. (Please book domestic airfares at same time as booking international airfares as per itinerary) Note domestic schedule could change slightly prior to July 2021
  • Extra meals where not specified.
  • Passport & Visa Costs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Services of a personal nature such as beverages, laundry charges, phone and internet bills

Equipment List


Following is suggested clothing you may require for days at the Festival.

  • Light clothing
  • Camera/Go Pro/Video
  • Sun Hat
  • Light jacket (if it rains)
  • Umbrella
  • Trekking boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Bottled Water

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.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Port Moresby

On arrival in Port Moresby guests will be met by Stanley Hotel courtesy coach and transferred to the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel Accommodation (B)

Day 2: Port Moresby-Wewak-Ambuti Lodge
PX145 09:40 POM - WEW 08:20

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)

Day 3: Crocodile Festival

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)

Day 4: Crocodile Festival

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)

Day 5: Crocodile Festival

Festival activities.
Accommodation: Ambuti Lodge. (LD)

Day 6: Ambuti Lodge-Wewak

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)

Day 7: Wewak-Port Moresby
PX121 WEW 14:30 - 16:10 POM

Transfer to domestic airport at 12 noon for flight back to Port Moresby.
Accommodation: Stanley Hotel (B)

Day 8: Depart Papua New Guinea

Transfer to International terminal.

Dates

3 - 10 August 2021

Prices From

From $3725.00 (subject to change)

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Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea

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