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Review of Sepik River

Sepik River
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

It located in the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea at Kanganamun Village
it starts from the town of Wewak and from here you reach the point for to take boat-canoe
fantastic scenery, beautifull river you will find everything to live directly on the real life of the indigenous peoples in close contact with them
I have done a fantastic unforgettable experience
the very kind and very efficient guide Albert Lumet ,Authentic Sepik Tours ,will guide you in a wonderfull adventure on the Sepik River between villages indigenous in canoe trips on the rivers, only here you can see the famous "sing sing" songs and dances with colorful costumes of the peoples of those regions indigen of papua new guinea
We sleep in the houses of the villages with good mattresses and tents mosquito nets meals are very simple and cooked on the camp expressed for you
a simple and fantastic adventure

1  Thank fiorenza02
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

It is difficult to describe how wonderful and unique country is Papua New Guinea, and especially to put in words the first feelings and impressions to arrive and find one of a kind and so different world from what one has seen and lived so far.
Me and my friend, we went together on this two weeks trip and the first week we spend on the Sepik River, East Sepik province, guided by Susan Baker and the guys from PNG Frontier Adventures - Chris, his wife Domenika, George and Ronny. They guided us on this expedition with love and great care, always were there for us and made this trip unforgettable and unique. We spend the first night in Tongujam village, honoured to attend their first festival - Bilum festival celebration on the next morning. Then we've been escorted to the Crocodile festival in Ambunti, where we've seen many of the tribes with their traditional clothing, dances, rituals and traditions, and everyting because of the impeccable organisation and care of our great team of guides. After the festival we went to another village - Kanganaman, where we spend 3 more nights and during the days we have visited a few more nearby villages - Palim bay and Caminabit(I'm not sure if the spelling of the last two is right). In Caminabit you can find a small shop with wonderful crafts, jewelry and artifacts, all handmade by the locals.
I cannot put in words how amazing and lovely all the people from the Sepik River are!! Tongujam people, Kanganaman people- where we spend most of the time, they recieved us as brothers and sisters and gave everything to make us feel at home and one with them. I had the most wonderful time shared with PNG frontier adventure people, all the locals and their lovely kids, and not on a last place the fellow travelers from our group.
I heartily recommend to everyone who is looking for a unique and exclusive way of traveling with lots of unexpected and remarcable moments to visit Sepik River.
Papua New Guinea is an astonishing land, unforgettable and extraordinary, place where you will be back!

7  Thank mimmimargaret
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

I came just back from the sepik. I "booked" with Joseph Kone from Pagwe (tel: +67571214829, joseph.kone6@gmail.com). He didn't go himself, but sent us with his nethew Ioannis, who is a good guide. It was all very realiable, we paid the money cash on arrival and didn't have any problems. We paid 800 kina per person per day in a group of 2 people. Would be 600 in a group of 4. We did 2 days middle and 2 days upper sepik.

We also had contact with Francistobias24@gmail.com from Angoram. He also left a good impression.

However, if I would do it again I wouldn't go with a guide. I mean, with a guide, cook and your own canoe it's very handy and relaxing. But expensive.
So, if you decide to go alone: I would just go 2-3 days. Take a PNV to Pagwe (there is enough transport). Then try to find a canoe that travels down the river. Sometimes there are 2, sometimes 40, and expect to wait some hours. But there will be some transport. Take the canoe 2 hours down to Palambei and visit the 2 spirit houses there. Cross the river and visit the 2 spirit houses in Kanganaman. Then go back to Wewak via Pagwe. It will all take 2-3 days. There are places to stay in every of these villages and once you've seen the 4 spirit houses there is not much that other places can add. We went to one at Chambre lake and one on the upper Sepik. Especially the one on the upper Sepik was different, but well, not very different. Also, the upper Sepik is hunted empty, so you will just see a few birds and no crocodiles. And the villages beyond Maliwei were boring.
And take enough water and food with you. You will likely not get it on the Sepik!
Besides, in the bigger villages you have mobile reception with Digicel, but not with Vodafone.

9  Thank AdmBreen
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

I was lucky to do the Sepik River in the most authentic way possible for a westerner, and it surely remains as one very special and unforgettable experience for me.

I did my one week river expedition with Kris, his wife Domenica, Susan and the boys from PNG Frontier Adventures. Susan has been living there for many years and is family to the locals. She does a great job by helping the communities being the connection with the outside world, therefore handles the emails and organisation prior the arrival and the boys take it from there locally.
Once there, they have guys everywhere and know everyone down the river, so wherever we went we were taken care of and welcomed as one of them.

We stayed one night at Tongujam and a few nights in Kanganaman village, as we really loved it there and by doing this we got to know the locals in a more intimate way and got a better grasp of their reality. So instead of moving around every day we decided to do day trips to the other spots and return there, rather than unpack, pack and move by boats everything every day. Bear in mind the guys were bringing our own mattresses, sheets, mosquito nets, water and most of food all the way from Wewak, which with our personal luggage is quite a lot of stuff and also time consuming.

We also visited the Crocodile Festival in Ambunti for a day, as well as the Bilum Festival in Tongujam, which was held for a first time this year, together with day trips to Pagwi village with its two House Tambarans and Kaminabit village where the ladies spread out for you a splendid selection of necklaces and souvenirs. Roni, one of our local guides has a small art shop there as well, counting with beautiful artefacts, worth checking out.

We visited many spirit houses (House Tambaran) and on a personal level I found the one at Kanganaman most impressive and beautiful. In each house you will find artefacts carved by the local crocodile men and their style would vary from house to house.
We got introduced from close to the world of Crocodile men and the process of initiation. And we also did night crocodile hunting.

Travelling on the river is as unpredictable and challenging as it may be and you have to make sure you've packed a raincoat, head torch, enough medicines (also good idea to bring for the local people in the villages, as well as candies for the kids. They were much appreciated), antihistamines, a lot of mosquito repellent, a hat and cotton light long sleeve shirts. Don't forget a good battery to charge all your devices as there is no electricity anywhere on the river.

The culture, the traditions, the beliefs and rituals on the Sepik are very bold and run deep. You almost feel like you're in a surreal world from an old fairy tale. The crocodile men, the tribal dances, the stories and beliefs of the people on the river are fascinating. And the people themselves are pure love. You'll have some of the most authentic human interactions you've ever experienced if you spend enough time with them.

Seeing this world from close is a powerful and unforgettable experience, worth doing while it lasts, and I'm definitely going back for more.

7  Thank Irimiri
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Booked a tour including the Ambunti crocodile festival.
The team made a great job under difficult circumstances. As it is also a kind of village support project, iniitated by Susan Baker, it is a good choice to go with them.

It was a real down to the simply way of life experience,

1  Thank Ushi-Guide
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