Destination: Southern Highlands province, Papua New Guinea
Essence of the trip:
If you’re seeking a new, challenging adventure that will take you deep into the unknown for a chance to truly get yourself off the grid – then this new extensive expedition to Papua New Guinea will ignite the inner explorer deep within. With our team of expert guides who are the only travellers who have explored this region in the past few years, you will adventure across the Southern Highlands province in Papua New Guinea, an area full of mystery. Here you will become fully engaged with the local communities of the Kosua tribes and push yourself with daring cave descents and thrilling treks – this is not a trip for the faint-hearted so get ready to embark on a challenge that will have you seeing the world in a totally different light, as you learn to thrive and survive in the jungle.
This trip will give you:
- The chance to immerse yourself with the traditional culture and tribal lifestyle of the Kosua tribes.
- The opportunity to exert yourself and embark on a challenging five day excursion to The Bosavi Crate, which is one of the most breath taking natural landscapes in South East Asia.
- Engage in the local practices and participate in the overnight hunt for giant crocodiles using a bow and arrow. Only traditional hunting methods may be used in Wasana Camp, making this the ultimate opportunity to test your tribal survival instincts.
- Experience camping at its most natural, you will stay in remote bush hunting camps with an open walled house which you will learn to build yourself.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
After a night of relaxing in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea’s largest capital, you will be whisked off to start your thrilling trip. Landing in the Fogomaiy’u rainforest after a short light aircraft flight you’ll be then be met by the secretive but friendly Kosua Tribes. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted with a warm cultural welcome in a Kosua Tribe ‘haus tambaran’, a traditional Kosua house that’s scenically perched on a small plateau above the mighty Kikori River. Here you’ll spend the day socialising and getting to know the local Kosua villagers, swimming in the meandering river and engaging with the local children visiting nearby butterfly and orchid gardens.
After a short time in the Fogomaiy’u Village you will take on a challenging and rugged trek with your guides to the Obote Cave rainforest along the side of an impressive creek. The gaping sinkhole entrance of the cave is shrouded in blackness as you peer down its unfathomable depths in search for the bottom. Locals claim the cave sinkhole is over 300’ deep and so far, nobody has ever explored its depths. Nearby there’s an accessible cave that’s freckled with immense limestone stalactites and stalagmites, where you’ll be able explore the depths following a small creek into the darkness. On the way back to camp et ready to hunt, you’ll be out catching crayfish and eels which you will enjoy back at base camp.
The next morning will involve a six hour challenging hike to Waine Cave Camp. During your time here you will stay in a remote bush hunting camp with an open walled house where your main objectives are to help build the camp and prepare flying fox bat traps to catch supper. Spend the next day exploring the flying fox cave, a sinkhole that is 120′ deep and home to a thundering waterfall.
Before reaching Sean Falls, you will journey through various camps along the way and pick up local traditions. After a warm cultural welcome in the incredibly scenic ridge top village, you’ll retire in your very own bush house built on a thin ridge-line just downslope from the village Spirit House. Here you can take in some of the most remarkable views in Papua New Guinea, including a 180° outlook of the towering Mount Bosavi. You’ll stay in the traditional and remote village of Seane Falls for nearly a week and immerse yourselves fully in the daily life of a Kosua village.
The expedition to Bosavi Crate is perhaps the highlight of the trip, 20km away from the village this five day excursion incorporates the most stunning natural landscape from a strenuous trail through the forest. After reaching camp you are able to freely explore the region for the next few days before beginning an impressive 1km vertical climb down the dizzyingly steep crater. The weather however, will determined your next move. If it’s good, travelers can explore, gather wild food and look for indigenous species whilst admiring this untouched setting on earth. However, the weather can go from gentle streams to raging surges which will force travelers to stay put in their quaint abodes, a bush house on stilts built on the thin ridgeline.
You will have the option of staying on in Bosavi or hiking back to the village, we recommend the village as on your last day you will participate in a farewell ceremony where you can model traditional tribal costumes and beat lizard skin drums while being surrounded by flames from bamboo torches. Help butcher a pig with bamboo knives or get a hand tapped tattoo crafted by a Kosua tribe woman.
You will then embark on a five hour hike to Wasana Hunting camp, located in the Libano Wildlife Management Area where for 2 nights you will hunt for giant crocodiles at night, enjoy fishing trips by day and try your skills in a one person dugout in one of the oxbow river lakes nearby.
Finally, you will set off down the rapid and powerful Kikori River that runs through South Papua New Guinea where you’ll get the chance to try and tame the challenging rapids. The boat journey will take you back to the airport where you will begin your relaxing and comfortable journey home.
If you are interested in taking this trip and would like to discuss it in more detail with our team of experts touch here or call us on 0207 426 9899 (UK) or 1-888 341 9663 (US) to start planning your trip.