Recently, I was traveling around Papua New Guinea for three weeks and had Sepik river on the agenda. As a single female traveller, I was looking for a guide who could organize my transport from Wewak to Sepik and around the Sepik River. I checked with a few guides including Mathew Alois who is recommeded by Lonely Planet. The price for a single person was consistantly high by all of them. I ended up using a guy called Mathew Kaku, who is the head of the village at Wagu and owner of the guesthouse there. Unfortunately, after I got there and asked around, I realized that the price I paid was ridiculously high and almost double what it could be (i paid 4500 kina for three days two of which was spent on transportation!!!) and didn't get to see any of the places that I was promissed to. If you want to see Wagu lake and upper Sepik, which I highly recommend, stay away from using Mathew Kaku as a guide but rather organize your own trip (and to the ladies out there: don't worry about public boats they are just as secure as private ones and your can hire a private boat on the spot if you prefer a private boat). If you decide to do it all on private transportation, the cost of a private car from Wewak to Pagwi is around 600 kina and private boat from Pagwi to Wagu around the same price. So a private transfer from Wewak to Wagu, round trip should not be more than 2400 kina while I paid 4500 Kina!!! Ouch!!!!
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