Welcome to Papua New Guinea
Travelling in PNG is like stepping into the great unknown. But this is exactly why travellers find this country so compelling. The striking natural beauty and myriad complex cultures offer some riveting and truly life-affirming experiences. The island of New Guinea, of which Papua New Guinea is the eastern part, is only one-ninth as big as Australia, yet it has just as many mammal species, and more kinds of birds and frogs. PNG is Australia’s biological mirror-world. Both places share a common history going back tens of millions of years, but Australia is flat and has dried out, while PNG is wet and has become mountainous. As a result, Australian kangaroos bound across the plains, while in PNG they climb in the rainforest canopy.
PNG is one of earth’s megadiverse regions, and it owes much of its diversity to its topography. The mountainous terrain has spawned diversity in two ways: isolated mountain ranges are often home to unique fauna and flora found nowhere else, while within any one mountain range you will find different species as you go higher. In the lowlands are jungles whose trees are not that different from those of Southeast Asia. Yet the animals are often startlingly different – cassowaries instead of tapirs, and marsupial cuscus instead of monkeys.
Papua New Guinea is one of the most diverse countries in the world. There are still many unexplored areas and is truly a land of amazing cultures. PNG has over 800 languages and is often described as the "Land of the Unexpected".
Why are we still so untouched? If you have to trek anywhere in the country you immediately understand why, it is rugged beyond belief. If people have done Kokoda treks and thought that was difficult it is a walk in the park compared to the rest of the country. There are only 3 ways to travel in PNG, by air, by boat or walk. All roads go know where. It is expensive to travel domestically in PNG, but in its defence if people want to see the true depth of the culture that this land has to offer and be one of very few to experience it, if it was easy to get to everyone would be doing it. We have currently 4 Cultural Tours on the itinerary. These are set dates and the tour program is set around the 4 major cultural shows in PNG. They are the Mount Hagen Cultural Show, the Rabaul Mask Festival, the Kundu Canoe Festival in Alotau and the Tufi Cultural Show.