Goroka Show holiday in Papua New Guinea
Description of Goroka Show holiday in Papua New Guinea
Take a small-group adventure into the highlands of Papua New Guinea to discover the wonders of this unique and rugged country. The highlight of the tour is the Goroka Show, a colourful annual festival that has been taking place since the 1950’s. This fantastic event allows visitors to witness different tribes from all over the country who gather to display their culture, song and dance in rich colourful costumes, headpieces and magnificently painted bodies. More than 100 tribes participate in the event performing extraordinary displays of 'singsings' - traditional songs, dances and ritual performances - it really is one of the highlights of the PNG calendar!
From Goroka travel north to the remote village of Simbai which sits in the mountains of the Bismarck Range. Experience the unique Kalam Festival and enjoy cultural ceremonies and initiations of this rural community.
|Day 2||Transfer to the airport and fly to Goroka, the heart of the Eastern Highlands. Land and transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure. (D)|
|Day 3||This morning head for the showground where the Goroka Show will take place. Enjoy a day at the show and once it winds down for the afternoon a visit will be made to a nearby Asaro Village. Witness the Asaro Mudmen present a traditional sing-sing. The Mudmen are famous for wearing fierce looking masks and history states that when attacking rival tribes their bodies covered in white mud made them look like ghosts emerging from the early morning mist. Vvisit the “Mens Haus” and take a stroll the hotel. A packed lunch is provided for the show. (B/L/D)|
|Day 4||A further day to enjoy the fabulous Goroka Show. Take in all the song and dance performances the local Highlanders have to offer. This afternoon transfer to Kennedi Village for an afternoon spent with the locals. Enjoy a spot of archery, watch a sing-sing and help prepare a traditional lunch, called Mumu, where food is covered by hot rocks and banana leaves and cooked in the ground. Return to your accommodation late afternoon. (B/L/D)|
|Day 5||After breakfast depart Goroka for the drive to Mt Hagen. The journey passes through numerous villages and beautiful scenery as you drive through mountainous country. Stop for a photo-stop at the Daulo Pass before ending the day in Mt. Hagen. Wander around the local market, one of the largest in the country - this is a very lively experience indeed and a great photo opportunity! Check in at your accommodation. Evening at leisure. (B)|
|Day 6||Transfer to the airport for your 1 hour charter flight to Simbai, a small, remote village accessible only by small plane. Due to its remoteness very few tourists visit this area which makes this place and the experience very special. Land in the mountains of Simbai and be welcomed by enthusiastic crowds. A local guide will accompany you to the Kalam Guesthouse. Accommodation is basic in a traditional guesthouse made with bush material. Toilet and a bucket shower are outside in separate huts. Food is simple and traditional, but very tasty and prepared by local women. After lunch guests enjoy the opportunity to walk through the village and witness the traditional lifestyle still practiced here. Enjoy dinner and an early night. (B/L/D)|
|Day 7||Today will be spent experiencing the Kalam Festival. The event takes place every year but it’s only relatively recently that tourists have been allowed to participate and witness the ceremonies. Watch the initiation of young boys into manhood, bride’s price payment and dispute resolution which are all part of the annual gathering of neighbouring villages. Young men in their impressive green beetle headpieces perform a traditional sing sing and guests are free to walk around the villages, visit homes and participate in traditional daily activities. (B/L/D)|
|Day 8||This morning enjoy the ongoing festivities before this afternoon saying goodbye to the friendly people of Simbai. Board the charter flight to Mt Hagen and connect to a scheduled flight back to Port Moresby. Transfer to the hotel for the afternoon at leisure. (B)|
|Day 11||Check out of the hotel for the end of the tour. (B)|
PlanetPapua New Guinea is a country where 'green' policies and principles are not exactly buzz words so it's all about the little things adding up to slowly start to make a difference. We are always talking to our local ground agents about the importance of stressing to clients basic responsible principles such as appropriate waste disposal, not to waste water, turning off lights on leaving the room in hotels, not replacing towels and bedding daily etc.
Our local agents are also keen to stress to visitors the importance of not straying from marked trails at historic sites, an important step towards maintaining the sites for future generations.
Importing food stuffs into Papua New Guinea can be prohibitively expensive so all of the food for meals included on the itinerary is sourced locally whether it is served in hotels or a local restaurant.
As a company we have introduced responsible practices in our UK office including paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastic recycling. We also support local UK charities including the RNIB and various charities around the world. 50% of our office staff use public transport (bus and train) and cycle to work. Management encourages this with their introduction of the cycle to work scheme which offers subsidised cycle ownership.
PeopleBy the very nature of life in Papua New Guinea all services are provided by local people. This includes your local English-speaking group guides, the drivers, local guides at various monuments/sites and hotel staff. All staff are paid a fair wage for Papua New Guinea and all wages are kept within the local communities thereby supporting local people. Furthermore, by visiting these hotels and sites additional income is brought into the region, further helping to develop the local area.
All hotels on the itinerary are locally owned, managed and run. Spending time in the small village of Simbai and staying in their basic guesthouses results in money being injected directly into the village community.
Possibly one of the key positive benefits of visiting Papua New Guinea is the albeit sometimes small influence outside attitudes and cultures can make on the people of the country. Papua New Guinean's are always welcoming and friendly and keen to learn a little about Western ways. This holiday helps to allow each culture to learn a little about the other.
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