After an early pickup at your hotel this tour involves a 1 hour drive up Rouna Gorge to Sogeri township, a 30 minute motor boat ride across Lake Sirinumu and a 1 hour rough road transfer in the back of an old truck (what an adventure!) to a jungle village of the Koiari bush people. This is a genuine local village not a tourist center. At the village enjoy a traditional welcome dance by the local children, a guided walk around the village (school, church, private homes), a forest walk, a visit to the banana and pineapple gardens and an optional swim in the cool freshwater creek. A local-style vegetarian lunch and bottled water is included . Return by the same route arriving back in Port Moresby late afternoon. This is a private tour for you or your group only, not shared with other tourists.
This tour heads straight out of town one hour up the scenic Rouna Gorge to Sogeri, a tiny town surrounded by lush farmlands that supply much of Port Moresby's fresh produce. From here our driver will take you along a side road to Lake Sirinumu, an artificial lake created by damming of the Upper Laloki River in the 1960's for hydro-electricity and the city water supply. You will be met at the dam wall by your village guide and a motor boat for the half hour trip across the lake where you'll nestle into the back of a rattletrap old truck for a bumpy journey along a bush track to a jungle village of about 500 Koiari bush people. The name of the village is kept confidential to prevent random unannounced visitor arrivals, which could be inconvenient for the village people.If arriving on a school day you'll stop first at the village school where the children will welcome you with a traditional dance in tribal dress, and take you inside to see their classrooms and projects. (If you wish to bring something for the children, one or two books for the school library that they can all enjoy would be most appreciated).From the school your guide will show you around the village to see how they live, with stops at the church and even the village store. Local style lunch (freshly picked garden vegetables cooked in coconut cream, and fresh tropical fruit) is served with green coconut juice or billy tea to drink. After lunch you will be shown around the village gardens to see how the people cultivate yams, sweet potatoes, green vegetables and special types of bananas for cooking. There are also market gardens filled with pineapples and sweet bananas for selling in Port Moresby. The gardens are grown in space hacked out of the surrounding jungle. Your guide will also take you along a jungle path to see some of the plants they use for different purposes eg bamboo for building houses, rough leaves for scrubbing pots and some medicinal plants, and lastly stop at the freshwater stream where the villagers bathe, to have a refreshing dip if you wish (your clothes will soon dry in the tropical heat without needing a towel ).Afternoon rains are common in this location so around 3pm you will begin your return journey to Port Moresby hopefully before any showers begin - we provide umbrellas just in case. Also, be aware that in this rainforest location rain showers are liable to occur at any time during the day (though December to March is the period with highest rainfall) and your tour will still proceed in mildly wet weather (rain and mud is also part of the authentic village experience!) and will only be cancelled if the weather is considered unsafe for travel due to string winds, very heavy rains and flash flooding.If taking this tour on a Sunday during the academic year you have the option of an earlier start in order to make a stop at the weekly market at the Pacific University.