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. Sleep overnight in a traditional style village hut and spend the next day enjoying a candid village immersion experience or taking an extended jungle hike before returning to Port Moresby in the afternoon.
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. (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).From Sogeri you will continue 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. 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).Sleep overnight in a private visitors hut built in traditional style from bush leaves and bamboo, located next to your guide's home. Clean bedding, mosquito nets and electric lights / power are fitted. A clean visitors toilet is out back and there is a raised rainwater tank for showering under. Bottled water and delicious fresh local food is provided but you are also welcome to bring your own snacks though we prefer you don't bring alcohol.Next day enjoy a candid village immersion experience, join in selected village activities, relax on the verandah of your hut, or take an extended jungle hike before returning to Port Moresby in the afternoon.