Despite being the provincial capital, Mendi is a relatively small town, built around an airport. It shelters in a long green valley, surrounded by beautiful limestone peaks. There is not much to keep you hanging around here – it’s really just the starting point for a trip into the Tari Basin or Lake Kutubu.
Mendi isn’t as volatile as it was a few years back and recently it has been relatively well behaved. Nonetheless, the general vibe is that it’s only a few stiff drinks away from sliding back to its warring ways. If a war is on, it will be confined to the aggrieved parties, but you’d do well to quickly move on.