This day trip ex-Wewak enables visitors to get a taste of the Sepik River without having to sleep rough in a village guest house (there are no hotels on the Sepik River). Departing early morning and arriving back in Wewak early evening with a two hour road trip each way enables almost a full day touring on the Middle Sepik, stopping at two contrasting villages for walk-around village tours and opportunities to buy genuine Sepik artifacts and handicrafts at village prices. Includes bottled water and a taste of local style food for lunch.
07:00 Meet up with our guide in your hotel lobby in Wewak and board our private vehicle for the two hour drive to Kanduanam Road-Head on the Middle Sepik. 09:00 At Kanduanam, board our waiting motor canoe and head down river to the confluence of the Sepik and Yuat Rivers. Most tourists don’t venture up the smaller tributaries like the Yuat River but here you get to see a quieter side of the Sepik Basin, off the “main drag”. Half an hour up the picturesque Yuat River – now moving at a slower pace motoring upstream against the flow of the river current – brings you to beautiful Kundima village, on a bend in the river with a large sand bar where locals gather at low tide to socialise, play sand games and scratch games of soccer, rugby and volleyball. Take a walking tour through the village, see what each household is up to and what they are cooking for lunch. This will be a totally candid cultural experience – there is no mobile phone coverage here and nobody knows you are coming, nothing is prepared or staged. 12:00 Your guide will arrange local style food for lunch which could be anything from smoked fish to sago grub stew to coconut and banana sago pudding, sago pancakes, a tropical fruit platter or just the plain old village "staple": canned fish with coconut rice. You are also welcome to bring a packed lunch from your hotel. 13:00 Depart Kundima 1 hour up the main Sepik to Tambanum, one of the largest villages on the Sepik River which has several clan spirit houses and many homes displaying carvings and woven goods available for sale. Spend two hours here wandering through the village (local people will come out of their houses and greet you), inspecting the handicrafts for sale and the clan spirit houses. Some of the spirit houses feature a carved “orator’s stool” where the clan leader may sit when addressing the men. Much of the village is built on a riverside sandbank so the walking is mainly on firm sandy ground with no mud. 16:00 Motor back downstream to Kanduanam road-head 17:00 Board our car or bus which has waited all day for you (in case of emergency) and commence the two hour drive back to Wewak. 19:00 Arrive back at your hotel in time for dinner. (If you’re going to be late we’ll call ahead and ask them to keep some dinner for you).Life jackets and umbrellas are provided but wear long sleeves and a brimmed hat to protect your arms, face and ears from sun-burn while riding in the open canoe, and bring sun screen to cover any exposed skin. Tropical-strength mosquito repellent is also recommended although you won't encounter many mosquitoes in the day time.Unfortunately western-style toilets are not available during this day trip but a clean village-style outhouse (sit-down long drop) is available for visitors at Kundima and Tambanum (your guide carries a toilet roll) and it is acceptable to "go behind a bush" in designated areas - your guide will advise.