The Karawari Lodge is a luxury Trans Niugini Tours base for exploring the Sepik near Amboin. The main building, built in the style of a haus tambaran with impressive carved totem poles and stools, is surrounded by 20 mosquito-proofed bungalows. The lodge has dramatic views across the Karawari River and a vast sea of jungle. Access by private flight.
Tourists arrive as part of a larger itinerary or cruise on the MV Sepik Spirit and it’s possible to opt to stay at nearby villages (far less luxurious). Like all of Trans Niugini operations, it’s cheaper to come here on a package.
The lodge river trucks will take you to nearby villages such as Maramba, Marvwak and Chimbut, where traditional Sepik-style tree houses are still used. There are also tours that travel as far as Kaminabit and some that stay in the villages. Singsings and re-enactments of the Mangamai skin-cutting ceremonies are all part of the deal. Special birdwatching tours to the Yimas Lakes can be organised.