Tumbuna Festival 2018

Tumbuna Festival Tour 10 to 20 May 2018

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The Tumbuna Show is a grand celebration of culture and tradition - celebrating 'pasin bilong tumbuna,' - the way of the ancestors. The 'Tumbuna' Show (Tok Pisin for ancestors) is held annually on the beautiful Kum mountain.

The show is attended by over 100 tribesmen and women from more than 10 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. 

Our “Tumbuna Show Tour” is an unescorted 11 day / 10 night program beginning in Port Moresby.  From there you will fly with Air Niugini to Tari for 2 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 Hela Province we fly you across the majestic Central Ranges into the lowlands of the Sepik Basin for 1 night at Karawari Lodge before you transfer to the Sepik Spirit and journey 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.   

After an unforgettable Sepik experience we fly you to Mount Hagen for the highlight and grand finale of the tour, of course, the “Tumbuna Show”, where you spend a full day immersed in the “Tumbuna” festivities.

Thu 10 May
Arrive in Port Moresby. Overnight Airways Hotel
Fri 11 May
Fly with Air Niugini to Tari. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Ambua Lodge
Sat 12 May
Full Day Tour. Overnight Ambua Lodge
Sun 13 May
Charter flight to Karawari. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Karawari Lodge
Mon 14 May
Transfer to the Sepik Spirit.  Afternoon Tour. Overnight Sepik Spirit
Tue 15 May
Transfer to the Sepik Spirit.  Afternoon Tour. Overnight Sepik Spirit
Wed 16 May
Full Day Tour. Overnight Sepik Spirit
Thu 17 May
Charter flight to Mount Hagen. Afternoon Tour. Overnight Rondon Ridge
Fri 18 May
 Full day Tumbuna Show. Overnight Rondon Ridge
Sat 19  May
Fly with Air Niugini to Port Moresby.  Afternoon Tour.  Overnight Airways Hotel
Sun 20 May
Transfer to international flight out

Land Cost: US$5869.00 per person (twin share). US$6877.00 single throughout except twin share at Rondon Ridge and Sepik Spirit

Additional Charter Flights: US$1290.00 per person.
Sunday 13 May Tari/Karawari
Thursday 17 May Karawari/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 10 May to breakfast on 20 May 2018, services of local guides at each location and show gate fees.

Land Cost Does Not Include:
Domestic and international flights, gratuities, visa fees and services of a personal nature such as beverage, laundry charges, phone and fax bills etc.

Important Note:
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:
Fri 11 May PX864 Port Moresby/Tari
Sat  19 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 11 March 2018 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

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