Itinerary 2nd - 16th July 2005
(Revised 20 May 2005 - may alter subject to weather conditions)
DAY 1-Saturday 2 July
Meet Bob Bates and the rest of the group at Horn Island
Catch the ferry for a half day tour of Thursday Island or free time
Welcome dinner and briefing at Torres Strait Island Resort
DAY 2-Sunday 3 July
Clear Australian customs and fly to Mount Hagen (Approx 310 NM)
Clear PNG customs and relax around the pool at the Highlander Hotel
DAY 3 – Monday 4 July
Various tours of the local agricultural and cultural centers
DAY 4 – Tuesday 5 July
Depart for Gusap via the beautiful Ramu Valley (approx 110NM)
Gusap is located about half way between Lae and Madang where both the Ramu and the Markam Rivers have their source and is the centre for beef and sugar cane in PNG. It is about 1,500 feet above sea level. Gusap was an old war time airstrip and is now the Airstrip for Ramu's agricultural operation. Ramu has PNG's largest herd of cattle, 14,000 head. They are mostly Brahmans but they have some Bradford and Chabra crosses. Ramu is also the country's major grower of sugar cane. Oil palm, peanuts, forestry are additional agricultural interests.
After visiting the above, fly up the valley to Madang (a distance of approx.55NM)
Transfer to Mololo Plantation Lodge
Mololo Lodge lies nestled amongst coconut palms on a beautiful black sand beach,42km north of Madang. This scenic drive from Madang takes approx. 45 minutes on a sealed road through the lush tropical rainforest, past thatch roofed villages and copra plantations. Across the bay is 'Kar Kar Island' - an active volcano with a halo of smoke. Members will visit the Coconut & Cocoa Research Institute.
DAYS 5 & 6– Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 July
Optional activities for the next two days. These include: cultural based activities, diving, fishing, snorkeling tennis, bird watching or just relax by the pool and enjoy the natural beauty of the Lodge and surrounding ...please yourself!
DAY 7 - Friday 8 July
Fly to Karawari in the Sepic Region
Fly coastal via the active volcano "Manam Island" if you wish (AYMD-KARR direct is approx 142 NM)
Enjoy the views along the famous Sepic River to Karawari
Overnight at Karawari Lodge.
See how the village people collect and make Sago, the staple diet in this region. Vanilla vines growing in the jungle can be spotted from the tour boat.
Karawari Lodge stands majestically on a lone ridge amongst a vast expanse of dense tropical lowland rainforest. This is 'Arambrak' country, one of the most unspoiled areas of Papua New Guinea, with the Karawari River only 300 feet below.
DAY 8 - Saturday 9 July
Explore the Sepic river basin, the unique cultures, priceless carvings and souvenirs
Overnight at Karawari Lodge.
DAY 9 - Sunday 10 July
Group A: The more adventurous members will fly to Mt Hagen and drive by 4wd to Keglsugl at the base of Mt Wilhelm. Overnight will be at Betty’s guest House.
Group B: These members will fly to Bensbach Fishing & Wilderness Lodge.
Bensbach is famous for it's Barramundi fishing and is a wonderful place to cruise the Bensbach River for fish or just enjoy the scenery and wildlife.
DAY 10 - Monday 11 July
Group B: Full day cruising the fabulous Bensbach river exploring the most amazing wildlife and scenery...
DAY 11 - Tuesday 12 July
Group A: A 1-00 am rise and continue climb to Mt Wilhelm summit 14,700 ft asl and return to the Lakes. Overnight at the hut. A very big day but very rewarding for those that do as well as those that don't.
Group B: Fishing, cultural activities or just relax at the lodge. Your choice.
DAY 12 - Wednesday 13 July
Group A: Walk back to Keglsugl and 4wd to Mt Hagen. Overnight at Highlander Hotel
Group B: Fly back to Mt Hagen for half day tours of local surrounds. Overnight at Highlander hotel
DAY 13 - Thursday 14 July
Mount Hagen people are probably the world’s first farmers. Members will have the opportunity to study local farms.
Enjoy the Tumbuma Sing Sing at the new Rondon Ridge Lodge
R0ndon Ridge is located at 7100 feet on Kum Mountain and promises the visitor magnificent views of the Hagen Range, Mount Giluwe, the Sepik Divide, the Baiyer Gap and the Wahgi Valley. This Safari will be the first to have a sneak preview of the new lodge due to be completed later this year.
Overnight Highlander hotel.
Farewell party. Some of the group will leave us here.
DAY 14 - Friday 15 July
Fly to Horn Island (AYMH-YHID is approx 310 NM)
Clear customs and continue to Cooktown. (YHID-YCKN is approx 340 NM)
DAY 15 - Saturday 16 July
Leave for home after a fabulous and unforgettable flying experience!
We look forward to enjoying