Every year in September, over 100 clans gather in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea for one of the biggest tribal festivals in the world – the Goroka Show. Set to the beat of Kundu drums, thousands of painted, feather-adorned tribespeople come together in a huge sing-sing to perform traditional songs, dances and rituals. Join Peregrine on this eight-day adventure and discover the huge cultural diversity of this South Pacific island nation. Under the guidance of a local leader, you’ll spend two full days at the show, as well as several days in the beautiful Asaro Valley interacting with friendly villagers – including the Asaro Mudmen and Simbu tribes – through performances and immersive activities. This is definitely an off-beat experience straight to the core of PNG’s tribal cultures, and this year, you’re invited.
- Still largely untouched by mass tourism, Papua New Guinea is a truly an off-beat destination, home to friendly locals and well-preserved customs.
- The Goroka Show – which brings together over 100 tribes from across Papua New Guinea – is a brilliant display of PNG's immense cultural diversity. Spend a full two days immersed in performances of dance, song and rituals.
- Spend a day with the Simbu people of the Asaro Valley. Take part in traditional activities such as basket weaving, face painting and flute playing with local elders, and be welcomed to a traditional sing-sing gathering.
- Visit the village home to the Asaro Mudmen, who once used intimidating clay masks to scare their enemies. While there, you'll take part in a fire-making ceremony, observe a cultural show and join the local villagers in a traditional mumu meal.
- Rest easy knowing that your knowledgeable leader for the journey will provide insight into tribal cultures and help you navigate interactions and situations that may seem out of reach.