With over 30 years of expertise in cultural tours, trekking, ecological tours, wilderness adventures and cultural events, Trans Niugini Tours offers a number of options for accessing Papua New Guinea’s unspoilt environments and traditional cultures.
Situated at 2150 metres above sea level, Rondon Ridge offers sweeping views of the incredible Wahgi Valley, the Hagen Range and Sepik Divide. Just 30 minutes from the centre of Mt Hagen, each of the 12 units offers 90 degree views, modern bathrooms and electric blankets while an additional 16 newly built rooms offer double or twin share beds. The lodge features a main building with a lounge, bar, dining room, conference centre and a cosy fireplace for the cooler highland evenings. Business visitors have access to the fully-equipped conference room. The heating and all power is supplied by the lodge’s own hydro system, providing environmentally friendly electricity.
There are numerous activities that give an insight into the special cultural traditions of the area. A comprehensive touring program takes guests on a journey through the traditions and customs of the Melpa people. First contact with the Melpa people was made as recently as the mid-1930s. With daily flights from Port Moresby to Mt Hagen, Rondon Ridge is also the perfect “jumping off” point for access to Ambua Lodge, Karawari Lodge and Sepik Spirit.
Ambua Lodge – Southern Highlands
Located at 2100 metres in the Tari Gap area, Ambua Lodge showcases local architecture, spectacular views and modest luxury. The 36 individual units feature picture windows and a modern bathroom inside the lodge. With its beautiful Highland architecture, the main building houses a lounge, bar, dining room and a beautiful, cosy central fireplace. An additional 18 luxury rooms were recently constructed to meet the increased demand for accommodation.
Enjoy some bird watching, venture along nature trails that are complete with traditional vine bridges, and discover a secluded waterfall. In keeping with its back-to-nature feel, Ambua Lodge generates 24-hour clean electricity from its mini hydroelectric power plant. A culturally vibrant place, this is the home to the Huli Wigmen with their human hair wigs adorned with colourful flowers.
The Tari Valley is one of the few places left where men and women can be seen wearing traditional dress as part of daily living and men’s wealth is still counted by the number of pigs and wives they possess.
Bensbach Wildlife Lodge
On the Bensbach River, in Southern PNG, this lodge is easily accessible by charter aircraft from Mt Hagen, Port Moresby, or via Daru from Cairns. The sweeping plains that are teeming with wildlife make this lodge truly perfect for nature lovers. This is also barramundi country, and the barramundi of Bensbach are second-to-none. The lodge caters for the serious angler as well as those who just want to drop a line into the water for fun. Included in the tariff is accommodation, all meals, transfers and fishing.
Lake Murray Lodge
On an island spit, the new Lake Murray Lodge has found its home in this remote area on the largest lake in PNG. Guests are accommodated in 12 individual cabin rooms overlooking the lake. They are furnished with king, twin or double beds, ceiling fans, modern en suite bathrooms, an elevated veranda and wonderful view of the lake. The main lodge building with a wraparound veranda is the perfect place to enjoy exceptional sunsets over the water and houses a dining room, lounge, bar and reception. Lake Murray Lodge arranges excursions around the lake in eight-seat river boats to visit local villages, birding sites and fishing spots. With a rich population of birds, fish and a unique culture, this lodge is an exceptional experience for travellers wanting to experience this remote destination in comfort.
Karawari Lodge – East Sepik Province
Overlooking the Karawari River in the Sepik region, Karawari Lodge is set in dense tropical lowland rainforest in one of the most remote and culturally rich areas of PNG. The guest cottages nestled in the vast jungle are made from local materials and offer comfort with modern luxuries. The main building of the lodge is built in the form of a haus tambaran, or spirit house, that contains the dining area, bar, lounge and an incredible collection of Sepik artefacts. With no roads in the area, the Karawari River provides the only access. For a truly old-world experience, guests can try jungle, river and village exploration. Cruising the jungle fringed waterways is particularly memorable. The lodge is accessible via air transfer from Karawari’s private airstrip.
The Sepik Spirit is an amazing way to see the middle reaches of the Sepik while still experiencing all the comforts of civilization. The Sepik Spirit accommodates 18 passengers in nine deluxe, twin bedrooms each with a private bathroom. Day trips are conducted on an 18-seater, custom designed riverboat. Experience unique cultural encounters with the Iatmul people whose prolific wood carvings are seen throughout the Middle Sepik, including the Blackwater Lakes. With nine twin rooms, guests will also appreciate the very comfortable accommodation. Venture everyday into a culture that annually encounters very few outsiders.
Malolo Plantation Lodge
Malolo Plantation Lodge is set in a truly magical landscape with jungle birds, thatched roof huts and steaming volcanic mountains. Snorkellers and divers will love the marine ecology whilst thrillseekers can canoe over crystal clear waters to an uninhabited island for a nature walk. With 14 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, bar and lounge, freshwater swimming pool and lawns and gardens that lead to the ocean, guests can expect personalised service and the smaller touches that really add to a holiday experience. The lodge is a 45-minute drive on a sealed road from Madang and Air Niugini has daily services to Madang from Port Moresby and some main centres.