The 'Tumbuna' Show (Tok Pisin for ancestors) is held annually in the beautiful Paiyagona Valley, a 45 minute drive from Mount Hagen. It is a private sing-sing, staged only for guests of Trans Niugini Tours.
The show is attended by over 100 tribesmen and women from more than 10different tribes in the highlands and coastal areas of the mainland. The show is “small” in comparison to the more famous provincial shows, but its relaxed intimacy and friendliness, combined with its stunning village location make it one of the most memorable shows in PNG. Our guests are treated to watching the groups dress up and prepare their bilas (traditional dress) before the dancing starts, and are then free to mingle with the performers and even take part in the festivities.
In true “Tumbuna” style for a celebration of this nature a big “mumu” (underground oven) is fired up for lunch and guests are free to explore the village and socialize with the local residents. The Tumbuna Show is a grand celebration of culture and tradition - celebrating 'pasin bilong tumbuna,' - the way of the ancestors.
- 2 Nights Airways Hotel, Port Moresby
- 3 nights Ambua Lodge, Southern Highlands
- 1 nights Karawari Lodge
- 3 nights MV Sepik Spirit, Sepik Region
- 2 nights Rondon Ridge, Mount Hagen
- Full day Tumbuna Show
- Charter flights & Airport transfers
- ** NOTE: INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE FROM US & DOMESTIC AIR NIUGINI FLIGHTS ADDITIONAL **
Thursday 10 May
Upon arrival in Port Moresby from your international flight you will be met and transferred to your hotel (Dinner Included) for your overnight stay at the Airways Hotel.
Friday 11 May
In the morning you will be transferred to your Charter flight. Arrive Ambua airstrip, meet and transfer to Ambua Lodge. Ambua Lodge is high on the slopes of the Tari Valley, with magnificent views of the valley below and surrounding peaks. This is the home of the Huli, a colorful and proud people, still living in the area the same way that their ancestors did. The afternoon is spent exploring the area surrounding Ambua - high mountain forests with roaring waterfalls beckon the intrepid traveler. Overnight: Ambua Lodge (BLD)
Saturday 12 May
Enjoy a full day of cultural and ecological touring. The Tari area is home to an incredible 13 species of birds of paradise, as well as numerous orchid species. Learn how the Huli live and how they interact with and use their environment. Overnight: Ambua Lodge (BLD)
Sunday 13 May
Charter flight from Lake Murray lodge to Karawari lodge. One of the most remote and un-spoilt destinations in Papua New Guinea - the lodges private airstrip and the Karawari River being the only way in or out. Stilted villages line the edges of flooded waterways and dug out canoes are the primary mode of transport. There are no roads, no shops and no phones. Sepik's live completely off the land, weaving baskets for catching fish; gathering, preparing and cooking their staple food from the Sago Palm. Overnight: Karawari Lodge (BLD)
Monday 14 May
In the morning you will be transferred to your Charter flight to Timbunke over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. The country between Ambua and the Sepik region is an amazing array of jagged limestone that seems to rise and drop at impossible angles. Upon disembarking, enjoy a scenic cruise on the Mighty Sepik river on a small jetboat, ending at our “floating lodge” the MV Sepik Spirit. Your 2 night Sepik stay explores the many waterways, villages and cultures of the Sepik River and its tributaries (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.)
& Wednesday 16 May 2018
Explore the many waterways of the Sepik and its tributaries including visits to traditional Sepik Villages. The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world - in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the people of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited. Part of the mystery and attraction of the Sepik peoples is their amazing carvings, now famous the world over. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included.)
Thursday 17 May
Transfer from the MV Sepik Spirit to the Airstrip for your charter flight from the Sepik to Mount Hagen. 7100 feet above sea level, on the outer fringes of the Kubor Range, lies Rondon Ridge. Boasting panoramic views of the Wahgi Valley below, Rondon Ridge is the pinnacle of luxury in a remote and rural setting. It is a spectacular introduction to our lodges on arrival and a welcome stepping stone to civilization before departure from Mount Hagen. Overnight: Rondon Ridge (BLD)
Friday 18 May
Full day - Tumbuna Show. Overnight: Rondon Ridge (BLD)
Saturday 19 May
Depart Mount Hagen tp Port Moresby. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight: Airways Hotel.
Sunday 20 May
Depart Port Moresby. Transfer to your international flight out.
Land Cost: starting from US$6,109.00 per person (twin share). US$7,277.00 single throughout except twin share at Rondon Ridge and Sepik Spirit
Additional Charter Flights: US$1290.00 per person.
Sunday 14 May Tari/Karawari
Thursday 18 May Karawari/Mount Hagen
Special Note Regarding Charters:
Maximum baggage allowance is 10kg per person and a maximum of 5kg carry on baggage per person.Large, hard sided suitcases are not permitted on charter aircraft.
ADDITIONAL TO ABOVE
- ROUND TRIP airfare from US to PNG
- Domestic flights Port Moresby/Mount Hagen and Mount Hagen/Port Morseby
Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Ask your travel consultant for single supplements. Tour places are limited and subject to availability. LAND COST INCLUDES: Accommodation, airport transfers and tours on a seat in bus basis, meals from dinner local guides and sing sing entry. LAND COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: internationaL airfare and PX domestic flights, gratuities, visa fees and services of a personal nature such as beverage, laundry charges, phone and fax bills etc. All prices reflect a 3% discount for purchases made by cash/check. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply. International airfare and scheduled flighs to and within Papua New Guinea not included in package price, ask an Aspire consultant for current rates.