[8th – 12th August 2019]
For the first time, we are offering this unique cultural show package. Our 5 day, 4 night tour takes in the local culture as well as the sites and places of interest around Wabag and Wapenamanda townships. For those who would like to spend some time admiring the local birds extra days can be added at Kumul or Yasukom. Please request the extended itinerary and costs if you are interested in this option.
Until only very recently, Enga Province and its people remained untouched by the outside world. It was in the 1930’s when Australian explorers first ventured up this way and in the 1950’s for modern development to start.
With just a generation between now and “first contact”, this truly is the world’s last frontier, where traditional lifestyles and practices are still very much intact. This is what sets The Enga Cultural Show apart from all the other PNG Highlands shows – its pure authenticity – a showcase that is 100% Engan. Hosted in the provincial capital town of Wabag, surrounded by majestic escarpments, breathtaking scenery and pristine Highlands air, The Enga Cultural Show is staged annually over three days from Friday to Sunday on the second weekend in August.
Although thousands of people attend the event each year, only a handful of these are outsiders. The Enga Cultural Show is still “undiscovered” by tourists, so visitors really do feel a special sense of intimacy from their show experience. You will be immersed back into another time as you wander the showgrounds and witness displays and demonstrations of important ancient rituals, arts and crafts and valuable traditional life skills.
At the centrepiece of The Enga Cultural Show is a mindboggling mass display of traditional dance, where the cacophony of costumes, chants and beats will leave you with a lasting impression of the sheer diversity and vibrancy of Engan cultures and a deeper sense of connection with humanity’s past.
This is not a difficult tour. Flights in and out of Wapenamanda can be affected by weather conditions especially during the wetter months of the year though rain can occur at any time. During the winter it can get very cold in the Highlands particularly at night. The elevation of Kumul is 2861m. Bringing something warm to wear is a must!
Flights will be an additional cost and will depend very much on what route is taken and what seat categories remain when the bookings are made. It is best for us to book any Air Niugini flights out of Australia as we can access a special ‘excursion’ rate which means domestic flights are discounted. We can also book Air Niugini flights from Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Manila if you are coming from further afield. This will allow us to manage your booking in case of an emergency and means that we can get a cheaper price for the domestic flights as we will have attached them to your international ones. In addition, the international luggage allowances will usually be honoured and should Air Niugini cancel a flight they will look usually after your accommodation etc until you can catch the next one.
2019 TOUR COST – Core 4 night tour ex Wapenamanda airport. (No air)
1 Pax – AUD$2225.00
2 Pax – AUD$1415.00
4 Pax – AUD$1295.00
6 Pax – AUD$1175.00
8 Pax – AUD$1095.00
10 Pax – AUD$1050.00
12+ Pax – AUD$950.00
There are a number of different flight options available depending on were you are coming from.
Flying from Port Moresby to Wapenamanda to Port Moresby the cost would be approximately AUD$525.00. Depending on seats available this price could increase.
Flying from Cairns to Port Moresby to Wapenamanda to Port Moresby to Cairns the cost would be approximately AUD$940.00. Depending on seats available this price could increase.
Flying from Brisbane to Port Moresby to Wapenamanda to Port Moresby to Brisbane the cost would be approximately AUD$1125.00. Depending on seats available this price could increase.
* Note: We are selling this as a group tour, so we will advise the final price once we have closed the tour and final
numbers are known.
- All bus transfers from arrival to departure at Wapenamanda airport
- Drivers, guides, porters, site and entry fees for all transfers, shows and tours
- 1 night’s accommodation in a Wing Room at the Kumul Lodge
- 2 nights’ accommodation at the Malyam Hotel in Wabag
- 1 night’s accommodation at the Yakusom Resort in Suranki
- 1 Full and 1 half day sight-seeing tours
- All meals from lunch on arrival to breakfast on the final day
- Optional extra nights accommodation in Port Moresby if required. This will be an additional cost which will depend on the hotel chosen)
- Optional extra nights at Kumul Lodge or Yasukom if required.
- Flights – we can arrange for you at the best available cost on the day of quote. Prices are not guaranteed until paid in full.
- Passport or visa assistance. We can advise you on the required details.
- Medication. We recommend that you see a tropical health GP for advice.
- Personal items such as sunscreen, insect repellent, water purifying tablets etc.
- Alcohol or any other drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Airline excess baggage charges.
- Tips (not expected, and only appropriate for exceptional service)
Day 1 - [Thursday 8th August] Arrival day
Arrive Port Moresby & clear customs. Transfer to domestic terminal and check for flight (either PX990 or CG1490) to Wapaenamanda airport. You will be met at Wapenamanda airport and taken by bus to the Kumul Lodge for lunch and birdwatching around Kumul area, where we expect to see some endemic species such as the Brown Sicklebill and Ribbon-Tailed Astrapia. Kumul Lodge is home to many of PNG endemic families.
You may wish to take a flight up a day earlier to
Day 2 - [Friday 9th August] Enga Show Day
After an early breakfast, we board the bus for a trip along the Highlands Highway and check in at the Malyam Hotel before heading off to the cultural showgrounds with a packed lunch and bottled water. You can expect to see more than 20 different performers from different parts of the Highland region. Back to the hotel after the show for dinner and rest.
Day 3 - [Saturday 10th August] Enga Show Day
Early morning breakfast then transfer to showgrounds for more cultural festivities until around lunch time. In the afternoon, we will do some site-seeing to the museum and sand painting centre. Back to the Malyam Hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 4 - [Sunday 11th August] Transfer to Yakusom
Early Breakfast, followed by a transfer to Yakusom Eco Resort in Surunki. We will visit Lake Surunki, the strawberry farm and warehouse, birding sites, and time permitting, the natural salt pond. Back to Yakusom for dinner and rest.
Day 5 - [Monday 12th August] Departure day
Early morning breakfast and then we transfer to Wapenamanda Airport for PX991 or CG1495 to Port Moresby. Connections are available to Sydney and Brisbane, however, Cairns travellers will be required to stay tonight in Port Moresby.