Following the enormous success of our numerous trips to the Mount Hagen Festival in Papua New Guinea, we have decided to add the equally impressive and slightly older Goroka Festival to our tour calendar.
Our trip begins with us starting in Port Moresby, one of the most dangerous cities in the world, where we do a quick city tour before a night out and then a flight to Mount Hagen.
There might not be a festival in Mount Hagen, but this is the home of our partners, so we head here for a day out with their tribe, inclusive of face-paintings dancing and the traditional mumu feast.
We then take the truly scenic drive down to Goroka home of the Mudmen for the Goroka festival. While now tourist orientated their origins are much more interesting. Originally these festivals were set up to help avoid war between the various tribes of the country (which to an extent they still do). Many of the tribes we meet were still living traditionally until the 1970’s, so you will meet some genuine warriors.
This is also a chance for the people of the various different tribes to forego their slightly more modern lifestyles and really embrace their heritage through preserving their traditional clothes and cultural deeds.
The entire event lasts for two days and we will see it from start to finish, with lots of unique opportunities for mingling with locals.
The tour ends as it did begin, with us going back to POM (Port Moresby), with YPT able to arrange additional accommodation and, or city tours of Port Moresby, or tour extensions to Lae, Bougainville, or New Britain for example.
As with all of our tours to Papua New Guinea we expect the Goroka Festival to fill up fast, so book your place now to ensure seeing this amazing spectacle.
Tuesday 12th September
Wednesday 13th September
Thursday 14th September
Friday 15th September
Saturday 16th September – Goroka Festival Day 1!
Sunday 17th September – Goroka Festival Day 2
Monday 18th September
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