Trans Niugini Tours is the leading tour operator for tropical island vacations in Papua New Guinea. We own and operate seven highly acclaimed wilderness lodges as well as boats, buses and aircraft to facilitate tours at, and travel between the lodges. Geared to the adventurous traveler of discerning tastes, Trans Niugini Tours provides comfortable accommodation in some of the most remote areas of the country.
As Papua New Guinea’s leading tourism provider, we maintain a high standard of quality throughout all aspects of its operation. We offer cultural festivals, special interest programs or customised itineraries to suit your requirements. Birding watching, , village visits and cultural tours, snorkelling are some of the many activities we offer.
Traditional villages, ledgends, Huli Wigmen, Spirit Hauses, rivers, trival art, birds of paradise and knowledgeable guides are all part of the experience. Follow the sounds of kundu drums, chants and laughter. Arrive curious and depart amazed.
PNG has a famously rich avifauna. 708 bird species, including 578 land and freshwater species have been identified.
Our wilderness lodges. Including Rondon Ridge, are strategically located in PNG's most exciting birding areas. A review of each lodge's birding list makes it clear that an itinerary built around our lodges will rate amongst a birder's top trips .
Renowned Ambua Lodge has long been the favoured home base of film crews and leading naturalists including Sir David Attenborough. Seeing the trailing white tail feathers of the Ribbon-tailed Astrapia is just one of the many thrills Ambua's guests may experience.
A stay at Karawari Lodge, overlooking a tributary of the Sepik River, is an opportunity to spot a wildly diverse range of birds from the Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise to the Victoria Crowned Pigeon to a litany of lorikeets, cockatoos and parrots.
Trans Niugini Tours
Trans Niugini Tours has over 30 years of expertise when it come to cultural tours, trekking, ecological tours, sea kayaking, wilderness adventures and special cultural events. The company offers a number of options for accessing Papua New Guinea’s unspoilt environments and traditional cultures.
Rondon Ridge (situated in Mt Hagen)
Rondon Ridge, situated 2150 meters above sea level, offers sweeping views of the incredible Wahgi Valley, as well as the Hagen Range and Sepik Divide. With continuous spring-like weather, this outstanding accommodation is unlike any other. Just 30 minutes from the centre of Mt Hagen, each of the 22 units offer 90-degree views, modern bathrooms and electric blankets.
There are numerous activities that give insight into the special cultural traditions of the area. A comprehensive touring program takes guests on a journey through the traditions and customs of the Melpa people. First contact with the Melpa people was made as recently as the mid-1930s. With daily flights from Port Moresby to Mount Hagen, Rondon Ridge is also the perfect “jumping off” point for access to Ambua Lodge, Karawari Lodge and the MV Sepik Spirit.
Ambua Lodge (situated in Tari)
Located 2100 metres in the Tari Gap area of Papua New Guinea, Southern Highlands, Ambua Lodge showcases local architecture, spectacular views and modest luxury.
The Tari Gap is an excellent place to practice some birding, with the chance to observe up to 13 species of the birds of paradise. When you venture along the nature trails that are complete with traditional vine bridges, you may be lucky enough to discover a secluded waterfall or spot these beautiful birds.
Accommodation at Ambua Lodge is in 54 individual units that feature 180-degree picture windows and a modern bathroom inside the Lodge. With its beautiful Highland architecture, the main building houses a lounge, bar, dining room and a beautiful, cosy centre fireplace.
The Tari Valley is one of the few places left where men and women can be seen wearing traditional dress as part of their daily living and men’s wealth is still counted by the number of pigs and wives they possess.
Karawari Lodge (situated in the middle Sepik)
Overlooking the Karawari River in the Sepik region, the Karawari Lodge is set in dense tropical lowland rainforest, in one of the most remote and culturally rich areas of PNG. Often described as comfort amidst miles of jungle, the guest cottages are made from local bush materials and yet have all the modern luxuries for which a traveller could ask. The main building of the lodge is built in the form of a ‘haus tambaran’ or spirit house, which contains the dining area, bar, lounge, and an incredible collection of Sepik artefacts. With no roads in the area, the Karawari River provides the only ground access. A truly old-world experience, guests can try jungle, river or village exploration. Cruising the jungle-fringed waterways is particularly memorable. The lodge is accessible via a cruise or air transfer from Karawari private airstrip.
MV Sepik Spirit (situated in the middle Sepik)
The ultimate ‘floating lodge’, this is an amazing way to see the middle reaches of the Sepik region, while still experiencing all the comforts of civilization. The Mv Sepik Spirit accommodates 18 passengers in the nine deluxe bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. Three-night liveaboard cruises, where guests can experience such unique cultural encounters as the Latmul people, whose prolific wood carvings are seen throughout the Middle Sepik. Currently, the Sepik Spirit primarily journeys on the Karawari River, the storied tributary of the Sepik River, and on to the Krosmeri River which allows entry to the mysterious Blackwater Lakes.
Malolo Plantation Lodge (situated in Madang)
Malolo Plantation Lodge is set in a truly magical landscape with jungle, birds, thatched roof huts and steaming volcanic mountains. Snorkellers and divers will love the marine ecology, whilst thrill seekers can try a canoe ride over crystal-clear waters to an uninhabited island for a nature walk. Malolo Plantation Lodge features 14 air-conditioned rooms with a restaurant, bar and lounge, fresh water swimming pool and lawns and gardens that lead to the ocean. Here guests can expect personalised service and the smaller touches that really do add to a holiday experience.
Lake Murray Lodge
Nestled among the trees on an island spit, Lake Murray lodge, the newest lodge in our portfolio, overlooks beautiful Lake Murray. The lodge has found its' home in this very remote area and on the largest lake in Papua New Guinea. Guests are accommodated in 12 individual cabin rooms overlooking the lake. They are furnished with king twin or double beds, ceiling fans, modern en-suite bathrooms, an elevated veranda and wonderful view of the lake. Lake Murray Lodge arranges excursions around the lake in 8-seat river boats to visit local villages, birding sites and fishing spots.
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