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One of the most remote and unspoilt destinations in Papua New Guinea, this lodge overlooks the Karawari River and an endless expanse of dense tropical lowland rainforest. Stilted villages line the edges of flooded waterways and dug out canoes are the primary mode of transport.

Ten cottages, inspired by traditional architecture, contain two self-contained twin rooms, each with a spacious, modern, en suite bathroom and a shared verandah that catches the breeze. Despite the remoteness, these have electricity (via a generator), hot and cold running water, comfortable beds with mosquito nets, and ceiling fans – and offer welcome sanctuary after a day’s exploring.

The main building, constructed in the form of an authentic ‘haus tambaran’, or spirit house, contains the dining room, lounge area and bar, and has a large collection of Sepik carvings. All buildings are constructed using materials gathered from the rainforest. An 18-seat jet boat, river trucks with outboard motors, and motorised dugout canoes are used for excursions.

The indigenous Sepik people live off the land, weaving baskets to catch fish and gathering their staple food from the sago palm. Excursions by boats to villages around the lodge allow you to visit traditional homes, witness ceremonial dances and celebrations, and get a glimpse of everyday life. if you feel really adventurous, the lodge can arrange a stay in a nearby traditional village.

This tropical lowland rainforest is one of earth’s most complex habitats, housing an immense variety of flora and fauna – a staggering 229 bird species have been recorded here. Optional boat trips offer opportunities to spot elusive 12-wire birds of paradise, cockatoos, parrots, hornbills, cormorants and other waterbirds.

The only means of access to the lodge is by charter flight three times a week to the lodge’s private airstrip, or along the Karawari River, where villages of stilt-houses line the flooded waterways and dug-out canoes are the principal mode of transport. There are no roads, no shops and no phones…

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This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Birding in Paradise

An ideal location for birders, Papua New Guinea’s forests are home to a remarkable 700 species that includes 38 of the world’s 43 birds of paradise. Based in excellent remote wilderness lodges, knowledgeable local guides will introduce you to the country's extraordinary wealth of culture and wildlife.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,945 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Birds of Paradise Photography

Join one of our award-winning wildlife photographers in Papua New Guinea, and visit three of the country’s finest bird and wildlife locations. Take in lowland and montane rainforests, with enchanting cultural exchanges and festivals that offer compelling, colourful insights and photographic potential.

  • When to go: Jun-Jul
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £10,595 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Life in the Forest

Visit Papua New Guinea’s huge expanse of rainforests, staying on the Karawari River in East Sepik Province and in the Western Highlands. Based in excellent wilderness lodges and flying between locations, explore the contrasting habitats and diverse indigenous populations of this fascinating country.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,895 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Highlands & Sepik River

At 1,126 kilometres, the Sepik River is Papua New Guinea's equivalent to the Amazon and it is the people of the Sepik that makes this region an exciting and fascinating place to visit. Life revolves around the river, and locals are unique in their belief in the spirit world with its mythical stories and rituals.

  • Where: Central Highlands
  • Ideal for viewing: dwarf cassowary, Gurney’s eagle, twelve-wired bird of paradise, king bird of paradise, white-eared catbird
  • Excellent for: River safaris