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Private Tour: Overnight Sogeri Jungle Village Trip

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What to Expect
This tour heads straight out of town one hour up the scenic Rouna Gorge to Sogeri, a tiny town surrounded by lush farmlands that supply much of Port Moresby's fresh produce.

 

(If taking this tour on a Sunday during the academic year you have the option of an earlier start in order to make a stop at the weekly market at the Pacific University).

From Sogeri you will continue along a side road to Lake Sirinumu, an artificial lake created by damming of the Upper Laloki River in the 1960's for hydro-electricity and the city water supply. You will be met at the dam wall by your village guide and a motor boat for the half hour trip across the lake where you'll nestle into the back of a rattletrap old truck for a bumpy journey along a bush track to a jungle village of about 500 Koiari bush people. The name of the village is kept confidential to prevent random unannounced visitor arrivals, which could be inconvenient for the village people.

If arriving on a school day you'll stop first at the village school where the children will welcome you with a traditional dance in tribal dress, and take you inside to see their classrooms and projects. (If you wish to bring something for the children, one or two books for the school library that they can all enjoy would be most appreciated).

From the school your guide will show you around the village to see how they live, with stops at the church and even the village store. Local style lunch (freshly picked garden vegetables cooked in coconut cream, and fresh tropical fruit) is served with green coconut juice or billy tea to drink.  

After lunch you will be shown around the village gardens to see how the people cultivate yams, sweet potatoes, green vegetables and special types of bananas for cooking. There are also market gardens filled with pineapples and sweet bananas for selling in Port Moresby. 

Your guide will also take you along a jungle path to see some of the plants they use for different purposes eg bamboo for building houses, rough leaves for scrubbing pots and some medicinal plants, and lastly stop at the freshwater stream where the villagers bathe, to have a refreshing dip if you wish (your clothes will soon dry in the tropical heat without needing a towel).

Sleep overnight in a private visitors hut built in traditional style from bush leaves and bamboo, located next to your guide's home. Clean bedding, mosquito nets and electric lights / power are fitted. A clean visitors toilet is out back and there is a raised rainwater tank for showering under. Bottled water and delicious fresh local food is provided but you are also welcome to bring your own snacks though we prefer you don't bring alcohol.

Next day enjoy a candid village immersion experience, join in selected village activities, relax on the verandah of your hut, or take an extended jungle hike before returning to Port Moresby in the afternoon.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Your Port Moresby City hotel
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Duration
2 days
Return Details
Your Port Moresby City hotel
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch (local food)
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Umbrellas
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Meals
  • Tour escort/host
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants travel free with adults
  • Tour not suitable for cruise ship shore excursion
  • Subject to reasonable, safe weather conditions. If canceled due to exreme weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Infant free
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Service animals allowed
  • Requires 2 hours hiking each way over rough ground in hot humid weather
  • Not recommended for travelers with mobility difficulties, weak ankles, knee problems, poor aerobic fitness
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Key Details
  • Ecotourism Melanesia
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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