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PPNG in July 2013
Posted November 24th, 2012 - 10:53 am by from London, England (Permalink)
We are planning on travelling to Papua New Guinea in July 2013, crossing the border from Indonesia.
We are skeleton planning visiting Vanimo, Wewak and the Sepik River, Madang, Lae, Kimbe, Rabaul, Mt Willhelm (maybe highlands) and the Kokoda Trail if possible in a month.
Is anyone else heading over there that time of year and would they be interested in joining up with an English/French couple.

Posted February 5th, 2013 - 3:36 am by from Gwangju, South Korea (Permalink)
it always humidity all the year, especially the season you will visit PNG. I goona give a tip take UV lotion... contact with me when you give a question in PNG.
On the reference, i'm working PNG LNG site as a piping engineer(Daewoo E&C) from last year.
During 1 year, i heard my colleagues were stolen by armed robbers on the road.
Capitial city Port Morsby is relatively safe, however, it is not sure on the night. When you go out of Port Morsby or go around downtown at night, it had better go with local guide although it spends additional money.
don't anticipate public transportation.

Posted February 5th, 2013 - 6:50 am by from Dresden, Germany (Permalink)
hey james. thats many plans for one month. we spent 8 weeks and didnt do as much. travel is slow and its also the best part of it. the coast from vanimo to madang is beautiful. public transport can be dangerous but we would still take it. watch out for the small boats from vanimo to wewak (via aitape)... we took one the other way round in december and it seriously almost sunk! the guy left late and ran out of fuel TWICE! which ment 2 guys swimming to the beach in high waves getting more fuel the first time and when it happened next time we went to the shore with the boat. and then everybody left the boat to continue on land. weeks before another boat sank there. so dont go if they run late and if they drive madly leave it. also there was holdups on the road from wewak to aitape that time.
if you want to go safer just take a bigger ferry i assume. (they do change their schedule in days so always plan more time to wait)

sepik is indeed humid and you should plan some days to rest or get stuck or amazed ;)

honestly forget doing all that in one trip.. far to hard and rather enjoy the parts that you end up doing with more time. i estimate you wont manage to see half the places on your list (unless you hire private cars and boats and fly all the time but thats not what png is about. private cars are 200$ per day and up ... depending on area+negotiation and fuel cost but serioisly why go to a country and then seperate from its people like a politician or something ;) also always add hours to the travel times given in the lonely planet.. i wonder if they ever went some places because pmvs always take looong and stop at about every market they pass - which is awesome to buy coconut and fruits to share with fellow passengers etc.

concerning moresby... we were there with locals and its not as bad as some people say but still there are bether places to visit in png for sure (where you can hang out freely and all) ...

hope we could help a little

have fun - we're absolutely jealous ;)

oh and learn some tok pisin, always appreciated and fun in anyway

Posted February 11th, 2013 - 8:42 am by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
Definitely an optimistic itinery. Be sure to pack your ambiguity tolerance... Check out my blog on some of those places. I'm also a Kokoda trek leader so I can help out with advice there too. Nick. Www.shredderinpng.com

Posted June 17th, 2013 - 7:17 am from Melbourne, Australia
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Posted March 5th, 2013 - 9:16 am by from London, England (Permalink)
Hey thanks for all the advice. We have decided to postpone it for a year due to finance and time, so we will stay in Australia for one year to save up and start our next trip in Papua New Guinea and go through to Papua afterwards.
It should give us more time as then we are not at all limited by time but just money and we will be starting a trip and have plenty of that.
We should hopefully be able to travel nice and slowly and flexibly as we'll need it on the Papua side as well. Might be able to get a group of people together to cut costs if we have no public transport option.
With a revised plan we would just start in Port Moresby, cross the Kokoda Trail, take a boat up the coast and climb Mt Willhelm, then head to the islands if we have time and if not go round the coast through Madang to Sepik. We then have 3 months to do it and we can travel super light as we can leave most of our stuff in Australia and pick it up afterwards.
Is there anywhere you guys went that you particularly loved?