The 'Tumbuna' Show (Tok Pisin for ancestors) is held annually in the beautiful Paiyagona Valley, a 45 minute drive from Mount Hagen. It is a private sing-sing, staged only for guests of Trans Niugini Tours.
The show is attended by over 300 tribesmen and women from more than 15 different tribes in the highlands and coastal areas of the mainland. The show is “small” in comparison to the more famous provincial shows, but its relaxed intimacy and friendliness, combined with its stunning village location make it one of the most memorable shows in PNG. Our guests are treated to watching the groups dress up and prepare their bilas (traditional dress) before the dancing starts, and are then free to mingle with the performers and even take part in the festivities.
In true “Tumbuna” style for a celebration of this nature a big “mumu” (underground oven) is fired up for lunch and guests are free to explore the village and socialize with the local residents. The Tumbuna Show is a grand celebration of culture and tradition - celebrating 'pasin bilong tumbuna,' - the way of the ancestors.
Our “Tumbuna Show Tour” is an unescorted 12 day / 11 night program beginning in Port Moresby. From there you will fly with Air Niugini to Tari for 3 nights at our award winning eco-lodge - Ambua - home of the flamboyant Huli Wigmen. During your stay at Ambua, you will learn all about this fascinating culture and have the opportunity to see rare Bird of Paradise on our morning birding tours. Escorted programs have the same guide throughout whereas with unescorted programs, you still have guides to assist you at each location, the only difference being that guides change at the different locations.
From the Southern Highlands we fly you across the majestic Central Ranges into the lowlands of the Sepik Basin for 2 nights at Karawari Lodge before boarding our charter flight to Timbunke. Upon disembarking, enjoy a scenic cruise on the Mighty Sepik river on a small jetboat, ending at our “floating lodge” the Sepik Spirit. Your 2 night Sepik stay explores the many waterways, villages and cultures of the Sepik River and its tributaries.
The highlight and grand finale of the tour is, of course, the “Tumbuna Show”, so after an unforgettable Sepik experience we fly you to Mount Hagen where you spend a full day in the Paiyagona Valley immersed in the “Tumbuna” festivities.
|Tue 14 May
||Arrive in Port Moresby. Overnight Gateway Hotel
|Wed 15 May
||Fly with Air Niugini to Tari. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Ambua Lodge
|Thu 16 May
|| Full Day Tour. Overnight Ambua Lodge
|Fri 17 May
||Full Day Tour. Overnight Ambua Lodge|
|Sat 18 May
|| Charter flight to Karawari. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Karawari Lodge
|Sun 19 May
|| Full Day Tour. Overnight Karawari Lodge
|Mon 20 May
||Charter flight to Timbunke. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Sepik Spirit|
|Tue 21 May
||Full Day Tour. Overnight Sepik Spirit|
|Wed 22 May
|| Charter flight to Mount Hagen. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Rondon Ridge
|Thu 23 May
||Full Day Tumbuna Show Tour. Overnight Rondon Ridge
|Fri 24 May
|| Fly with Air Niugini to Port Moresby. Half Day Tour. Overnight Gateway Hotel
|Sat 25 May||Transfer to international flight out
Additional Charter Flights: US$1425.00 per person.
Saturday 18 May Ambua/Karawari
Monday 20 May Karawari/Sepik Spirit
Wednes 22 May Sepik Spirit/Mount Hagen
Special Note Regarding Charters:
Maximum baggage allowance is 10kg per person and a maximum of 5kg carry on baggage per person.Large, hard sided suitcases are not permitted on charter aircraft.
Land Cost Includes:
Accommodation, airport transfers and tours on a seat in a bus basis, meals from dinner on 14 May to breakfast on 25 May 2013, services of local guides at each location and show gate fees.
You are only to book and ticket the domestic Air Niugini flights together with your international flights. We will book the Air Charter flights.
The Air Niugini flights you are to book and ticket are:
Wed 15 May PX184 Port Moresby/Tari
Sat 24 May PX181 Mount Hagen/Port Moresby
To secure space due to the popularity of our show programs, a non-refundable deposit of US$500.00 per person is required to confirm the booking.
Cancellations received between 14th March 2013 and commencement of the tour will attract a 50% fee of the total land and air charter costs. No refund is available after scheduled arrival in Papua New Guinea or in respect of any tour, accommodation, meals or other services not utilized during the tour. Any additional costs incurred because of changes made during the itinerary by clients, will be to the client's account.
Please note that Trans Niugini Tours is unable to refund any services, which appear in the main itinerary, but are not taken. Please also note that Trans Niugini Tours is unable to exchange services, which are not taken in the main itinerary, for other services. Services must be taken on the day that they appear in the main itinerary, and cannot be transferred to a different day.
For further information please contact us