GOROKA FESTIVAL 2020

Description :

   Location : Papua New Guinea
   Duration : September 12-17th 2020
   Price : Call

Where you will learn about the amazing ecology, culture and history of this remote and amazing corner of the planet, which boasts panoramic will take you to the famous Goroka show where an array of sing-sing groups will dazzle your senses.
 
The ‘Goroka Show’ is a significant cultural event in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea and is also the longest running annual cultural festival in Papua New Guinea drawing many tourists to the country every year in September during the weekend closest to the nation's Independence Day celebrations. More than 100 tribes participate in the event performing extraordinary displays of 'singsings' - traditional songs, dances and ritual performances. There will be some excellent photo opportunities so make sure your camera is fully charged and your guide will explain the order of events and will ensure that you witness the most important 'sing-sings' including those of the famous mudmen.

Goroka is the capital of the Eastern Highlands Province. A town of approximately 19,000 people, 1600m above sea level. it is on the "Highlands Highway", about four hours frm Mt. Hagen. It has a mild climate, known as a "perpetual Spring". The mountains and valleys around are fertile and produce some of the finest coffee beans in the world.

Half-an-hour west of the town lies the Asaro Valley and its fascinating Asaro Mudmen, one of the iconic cultural groups of the country. That's some going for a country that is home to up to 1000 different languages. The Asaro are happy to explain their story, through eery representations of battle, cannibalism, and communion with their gods.  The valley also has some stunning walks and viewpoints, birds of paradise and many orchid species, as well as the refreshing Asaro River.  

Every September the town hosts the amazing and unique Highlands Cultural Festival, when up to 150 different tribal groups gather for the weekend closest to independence day, the 16th of September. Around 350 foreign visitors are privileged to be able to attend, vastly outnumbered by tens of thousands of locals from the surrounding areas.

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Located only 100miles north of Australia, this Melanesian nation shares the island of New Guinea with Papua, Indonesia's easternmost province. The island is blessed with a wealth of natural treasures including dense rainforests, idyllic islands, rich highlands, and volcanic sites. Visitors can look forward to diving along pristine coral reefs and World War II wrecks, observing the traditional culture of the local tribesmen in the Highlands, or exploring remote villages along the spectacular 550-mile Sepik River. Aside from the dizzying array of diverse ethnic groups, one of the prime attractions is the island's unique ecosystem which is home to an some unusual wildlife such as tree- climbing kangaroos and the much celebrated birds of paradise. Still steeped in mysticism, Papua New Guinea remains one of the most remote and intriguing destinations in the world. It makes an ideal destination for intrepid travellers seeking a wild adventure into one of the world’s final frontiers.  

Banking and Currency

Currency  

Kina (PGK; symbol K) = 100 toea. Notes are in denominations of K100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of K1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 toea.  

There are no restrictions on the import of local or foreign currency. The export of local currency is restricted to K200 and foreign currency to the equivalent of K10,000. 

Banking  

Banking hours: Monday-Thursday 08h45-15h00 and Friday 08h45-16h00.

American Express is the most widely accepted credit card; MasterCard and Visa are often accepted as well.  

Travellers cheques are accepted by most shops and hotels. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, traveller's are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Australian Dollars.  

Currency exchange facilities are available through trade banks.  

Travel, Transport and Getting Around  

Air Niugini (www.airniugini.com.pg) and PNG Air (www.pngair.com.pg) fly to all the main centres. Charter services are also available.  

Car hire services are available in principal towns. Owing to the rugged terrain of Papua New Guinea, road development of the interior has been slow. There is a network of roads connecting the northern coast towns of Madang and Lae with the major urban centres in the Highlands region. There are few roads connecting the various provinces. Vehicles drive on the left side of the road in Papua New Guinea..  

Boat cruises go mainly to the islands and otherwise inaccessible places on the coast. Cargo/passenger services between Lae and Madang run by Lutheran Shipping (with facilities including passenger cabins, accommodation and meals) are currently suspended following the company's liquidation.  

For the local people in some regions of the country, rivers, particularly the Sepik, provide the main thoroughfares. In these areas it's possible to hire motorised canoes or obtain passage on a trading boat; however, apart from cruises, there are no regular public transport operators on the rivers. 

Food, Drink and Cuisine Advice  

All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption.  

Hotel dining rooms cater for most visitors and menus in main centres are fairly extensive. The more remote the area, the more likely it is that the menus will be basic. However, increasing use is made of fresh local meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. The number of European, Chinese and Indonesian restaurants is rising.  

The traditional cuisine of Papua New Guinea is based on root crops such as taro, yams and sago. Pigs are cooked in the earth for traditional feasts. Mumu is a traditional dish combining roast pork, sweet potatoes, rice and greens. Local fruits include pineapples, pawpaws, mangoes, passion fruit and bananas. Alcohol is available..  

Waiter service is usual. Bills include a 10% sales tax. Tipping is not customary and discouraged.  

Climate and Weather  

Papua New Guinea has a hot, tropical climate at sea level, cooling towards the highlands which also cause climatic variation from one area to another, affecting the southeast trade winds and the northwest monsoons. The majority of the rain falls between December and March due to the northwest monsoon, although Port Moresby enjoys a dry season at this time. There is frost and there are occasional snow falls on the highest mountain peaks.

Clothing and Dress Recommendations  

Lightweight, loose-fitting, cotton or linen clothing is generally recommended due to the hot and humid tropical climate. Casual, comfortable and conservative clothes are the key. Dress down rather than up. Short, tight or  

revealing clothes should be avoided. Long-sleeved, cotton shirts and trousers are ideal as not only will they protect you from the sun, but also from the mosquitoes that come out in the late afternoon. It can get cool in the evenings (especially in the Highlands) so make sure to bring some warm clothing. Bring plenty of suncream, sunglasses, a sunhat, mosquito repellent and a good pair of closed walking shoes. Rainwear is advised for the monsoon season (December to March).  

Electricity and Plug Standards  

Electrical sockets in Papua New Guinea are the "Type I" Australian AS-3112 type. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in.  

Electrical sockets in Papua New Guinea usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. If your appliance isn’t compatible with 220-240 volt electrical input, a voltage converter will be necessary.

D1/September 12th : Landing in Port Moresby, stay in Port Moresby and Free Program. Citytour is Optional with Dinner included.    

D2/September 13th : Fly to Goroka, citytour (B,L,D)

D3/September 14th : Village setting in Goroka  
Today we learn about Asaro traditions, including bride price negotiations, preparing a "mumu" (earth oven). Three sing sing performances, archery practice, mask making demonstration.At the end of the day we leave the Asaro and relocate to our guest house in Goroka town.  

D4/September 15th : VIP access to the spectacular Highlands Cultural Festival. Up to 150 tribal groups attend to show off their traditional finery in a riot of colour and sound. Tens of thousands of locals come to watch. It is an unforgettable experience. We can take photos and videos freely all day.  

D5/September 16th : Second day with VIP access at the Festival. Don't forget to check out the agricultural fair in the bottom field with its splendid orchids and wonderful coffee to taste. Their also a concert and the hilarious greasy pole competition.

D6/September 17 : Fly back home, End Of Services

TRIP COST
(For Port Moresby : USD: 3.700 (If 6 – 15 pax)
This Price will increase IF the participants less 6 pax

  • INCLUDING : All PNG Domestic Flight, Airport Tax, Trip Program, all Permit, Special Permit Assistance for Foreigner, All Entrance Tickets, Donation, In Land Transportation, Accommodation, Meals and drink, Tour Leader
  • EXCLUDE : International Flight From your homebase, Visa Fee, International Personal Travel Insurance, Photography Fee, Over Luggage, Meals in Airport, Tipping and all the personal needs. Any Case of Force Majure for Flight Delayed and else.

 PASSPORT & VISA :

  • Passport should Valid at least for 6 month ahead.
  • For All Indonesians, you need to apply PNG Visa first. We can help you on it, please sent us your passport 1 month before departure date.
  • Countries Allowed to Obtains Visa On Arrival /ONLY valid for: Philippines, Singaporean, Malaysia, All Pacific countries, All Western European countries, All Americans and New Zealand

PAYMENT SYSTEM :
By Transfer to : PT. ITA WISATA
NUSANTARA, BANK RAKYAT INDONESIA (BRI)  
Account Number : 0530–01–000096-56–9  
Branch : KCP Sunan Giri, Rawamangun, Jakarta Timur  
SWIFT CODE : BRINIDJA
 
For Normal Trip Registration (Except Early Bird Program)  
ALL PAYMENT SHOULD BE DONE 100 % MAX March 10, 2020
 
** CANCELLATION :
Remind that your name will go fixed for ticket, travel insurance, accommodation, transportation and more at least 4 (four) week before the D date. For cancellation with any reason will charge as a follow : - Less than 30 Days from D Date : 30 %

  • Less than 20 Days from D Date: 50 % .
  • Less than 7 Days from the D Date: 100%

REGISTRATION:
August 15th 2018 – 15 March 2020 * Available Seat is LIMITED :
Min. 6 Pax, Max : 10 Pax

PARTICIPANT MEET UP : @ Port Moresby International Airport, August 12th 2020.
 
* PARTICIPANT FLIGHT DEPARTURE FROM HOME/COUNTRY BASE:
- Participant from Homebase Maximum on August 11th

 

THINGS TO DO & TO BRING

# TO DO :

1. Drinking anti-malaria drug, at least 2 weeks before departure. Repeat every week on the same day during your trip. 2 tablets per week after meals, is sufficient to prevent Malaria parasites develop in your body. Continue this dose upon arrival at home, up to 4 weeks after your return home. These tablets are sold freely in pharmacies. The drug is widely available in pharmacies with a variety of brands, recommendation: Malarone, Cloroquin, Docycyclin, Pills Kina, Recocin-bayern.

2. Always Bring A Cash, along the journey difficult ATM machines meet so bring enough cash but in POM you still can found Visa – Master Machine from International Bank.

3. In Goroka Festival, you can easily found their authentic stuff as local souvenirs such as carvings and paintings made of wood that high art so prepare the budget to buy this one.

4. Prepare a budget for each of your private photo shooting session, because here photographing must pay (even in Festival Arena). Ask for permission in advance to anyone who you wants take for your pictures, if he asked for some money ask first how much he asked for even sometime by prepared candy/lollipop (for kids) and cigarettes bit work in approaching. So, exchanged, and prepare a small fraction of money before your departure.

 

# TO BRING : 

1. Backpack/Cariel 40 L – 60 L/Travel Bag

2. Cloth For 6 Day

3. Short pant Min. 2

4. Long Pant Min 2

5. Sweather/ jacket 1

6. Towel

7. Sun Blok 1 btl

8. sunglass

9. Hat

10. Sandal

11. Camera

12. Raincoat/Umbrella

13. Shoes 1 Soft/hard soles

14. Shower Gear 1 packet

15. Private Medicine 1 Packet + Malaria Pills

16. Mosquito Spray

For more information, Visit : www.indonesiatripadvisors.com indonesiatripadvisors@gmail.com / contact@indonesiatripadvisors.com

Mobile : +62812.8373.487

PAYMENT SYSTEM :
By Transfer to : PT. ITA WISATA
NUSANTARA, BANK RAKYAT INDONESIA (BRI)  
Account Number : 0530–01–000096-56–9  
Branch : KCP Sunan Giri, Rawamangun, Jakarta Timur  
SWIFT CODE : BRINIDJA
 
For Normal Trip Registration (Except Early Bird Program)  
ALL PAYMENT SHOULD BE DONE 100 % MAX March 10, 2020
 
** CANCELLATION :
Remind that your name will go fixed for ticket, travel insurance, accommodation, transportation and more at least 4 (four) week before the D date. For cancellation with any reason will charge as a follow : - Less than 30 Days from D Date : 30 %

Less than 20 Days from D Date: 50 % .
Less than 7 Days from the D Date: 100%

REGISTRATION:
August 15th 2018 – 15 March 2020 * Available Seat is LIMITED :
Min. 6 Pax, Max : 10 Pax

PARTICIPANT MEET UP : @ Port Moresby International Airport, August 12th 2020.
 
* PARTICIPANT FLIGHT DEPARTURE FROM HOME/COUNTRY BASE:
- Participant from Homebase Maximum on August 11th