Welcome to Maprik Area


Interesting back roads connect villages between Maprik and Lumi, some with spectacular haus tambarans and good carvings. You can walk between these villages but to explore the area thoroughly you’ll need your own transport.

Another good base for exploration is Apangai, 10km from Maprik, which has three haus tambarans. Another particularly fine one can be found at Kumunibis, a small village near Maprik, accessible by a dirt road.

To get to either Maprik or Apangi from Wewak catch a 3-10 PMV (K20, Monday to Saturday, three to four hours) from opposite the post office. Maprik makes for a convenient overnight stop on the way to Pagwi (K10, 1½ hours).

There is a fairly shabby but friendly Wakin Hotel and though it looks rather like an abandoned factory, the simple rooms at the Kwara Jimbi Lodge are clean (even if the beds are meant for Hobbit-sized travellers) and staff are helpful.


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Maprik Area in detail