7-Day Ambunti Crocodile Festival In Papua New GuineaWrite a Review
This 7-Day cultural and environmental celebration, the Sepik River Crocodile Festival takes place in August, highlighting the importance of the crocodile and its cultural significance amongst the Sepik River communities.
In the Sepik culture, man and crocodile share a special bond, as the crocodile symbolizes strength, power and manhood. This festival features live crocodile encounters, traditional dancing, colourful costumes and visits the sacred spirit houses where men undergo intensive initiation rituals.
The Sepik River hosts some of the worldâs largest saltwater and freshwater crocodile populationâs and the richness of life in this area is celebrated during the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) supported festival. This is your opportunity to witness this region of Papua New Guinea, where humanity has frozen in time.
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
- Small group ensures personal service
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
- Led by a local guide
- Close encounter with wildlife
- Likely to Sell Out
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Day 1 - Arrive Wewak (D)
Welcome to Papua New Guinea and the town of Wewak. Upon arrival at Wewak airport, you will be met by one of the representatives and transferred to your hotel. Feel free to arrive anytime today. A welcome dinner is included this evening which will give you a chance to meet your fellow travelers.
Overnight Surfside Lodge or similar in a private room (3 star)
Day 2 â Ambunti (B, L, D)
This morning you will depart Wewak and make your way to Ambunti. Check into your lodge before enjoying a half-day tour to Meno, Tongijamp Yesan and Mayo which are remote communities within the Eastern Sepik. This evening, there is an option to go crocodile spotting on the river.
4 nightsÂ Ambunti Lodge or similarÂ in a private room (3 star)
Day 3 - Sepik River Crocodile Festival (B, L, D)
Today you will have a full-day to experience the Crocodile Festival. Starting off with an early morning trip to Wagu Lake where you will have the opportunity to witness the bird of paradise. From here, it is time to return to Ambunti where you will witnessÂ the locals display their unique cultures of the mighty Sepik River in competition with each other to show their superiority among their tribal clans. Learn about the ancient traditions as your guide explains the dayâs activities and you get up close with the locals, sing-sing groups and crocodile spirit dancers.
Day 4 - Sepik River Crocodile Festival (B, L, D)
HaveÂ breakfast before being transferred to the Crocodile Festival. Enjoy the festival until noon when you depart toÂ visit the traditional villages â Malu and Avative both known for their fishing and unique burial grounds.
Day 5 - Sepik River Crocodile Festival (B, L, D)
Enjoy a full day at the festival where you may witness a series of fun dugout canoe races, sing-sing groups from different villages tryingÂ to outdo one another in a decorative display, usingÂ the power of the dance and in sheer good-natured exuberance. Return to the lodge for the evening.
Day 6 - Middle Sepik (B, L, D)
Today following breakfast, it is a full day to the Middle Sepik. You will visit Palimbe, Yenchan and Kanganamun. These villages have stood firm against the invasion of Christianity. They still have their Haus Tamarans and practice their customs including the initiation and scarification on young boys that depict the crocodile as a symbol of power and strength. The villages are also famous artists and they make carvings with theÂ heads of birds. Return to Pagwi this afternoon where you will meet your vehicle and transfer back to Wewak.
Overnight Surfside Lodge or similar.
Day 7 â Departure (B)
The day is yours until it is time to transfer to the airport for your flight back to Port Moresby.Â
Inclusions for 7-Day Ambunti Crocodile Festival In Papua New Guinea
- Return airport transfers in Wewak
- 6 nights accommodation in a private room (3 star)
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Entrance fees
- National Park fees
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- All activities
- Local driver/guide
- Small-group tour
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Exclusions for 7-Day Ambunti Crocodile Festival In Papua New Guinea
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A maximum of 14 people per booking
You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler