from: $9600*

Goroka Show and Kalam Festival Tour

This small group tour begins in Goroka for the Show, travels overland to Mt Hagen then hops by charter flight to Simbai for the Kalam Festival then onwards to Wewak and the Sepik River including one night in a village on the mystical middle Sepik, home of the crocodile cult.

The Goroka Show is partly an agricultural show and partly a highlands sing-sing. Since colonial days the people of the eastern highlands have come together once a year to display samples of their best crops and livestock to compete for prizes, and to show off their most colourful and energetic dance traditions. The pride of each tribe is vested in its dancing groups which vie for attention and prominence on the dance ground - often there are several groups performing at once in different parts of the arena. Sparks fly occasionally on the field as jealousy and competition fuel conflict between tribal groups. At the end of the Show, judges award prizes to the best dancing groups. Cash awards have now taken the place of pigs.

The Kalam Culture Festival on the other hand is a small local festival attended by only a few privileged outsiders. Once a year the people of the Kalam tribe around Simbai in the highlands come together to  initiate their pubescent boys into manhood by piercing their nose septums, giving them their first pig to kill, and first occasion to wear the huge cane-framed head-dresses for which the tribe is famous. The festival gathering is also an opportunity for resolving disputes (bel isi), pay bride price and other compensation payments (in the form of cash and pigs), and feast and celebrate together the traditions of the tribe.

This itinerary includes the Sepik River as a final stop to observe the lifestyle of a riverine people and see examples of exotic Sepik art and dance. You probably won’t see a Sepik sing-sing at the Goroka Show because there are no road connections from the Sepik to Goroka and groups can’t afford to fly.


$9600 per person, twin share

Single supplement $960.


  • All internal PNG air travel
  • all ground and water transport
  • twin share accommodation
  • village and cultural experiences
  • most meals
  • full time tour leader
  • all village gratuities and fees
  • flight check in assistance
  • 24 houir emergency satellite phone
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Prices are quoted in AUD, valid for 2018 BUT are subject to change without notice due to currency variations and increases in taxes. They cannot be guaranteed until paid in full. A 25% deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance due no later that 60 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 30 days must be paid in full. See attached flyer for all trip notes. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.