“You were quick as I was about to email you myself with information regarding my tour last Saturday Chris.
On a good point I get your message – Your guide Florence Bunari was outstanding.Florence was an amazing source of valuable information, and we laughed a bit at my wish list of things to find. The driver and the other guy in the van were also great. Helpful and smiling all through the tour.
The War Cemetery was so special and peaceful. We did see from the outside the Parliament House.
By far my favourite place was the wonderful Port Moresby Nature Park (they have recently changed its’name). Plants, flowers, animals – absolutely terrific.
The security is such a sad part of life in Port Moresby and the scary prices of EVERYTHING, guarantee ones stay will be brief ! I am presuming that this huge security staffing makes all things so massively expensive. I can’t see any other reason why the prices are sky high !
It certainly will put visitors off from exploring Port Moresby and I wasn’t aware of seeing any tourists at all in my stay. Everyone I spoke to were there on business. PNG budget tourism is therefore so so needed!
While I will discuss should anyone enquire, what my trip was like, Please give my best wishes to Florence and as a big traveller ( I have been to 55 countries ) Africa, India, Myanmar , Indonesia, Solomon Islands, etc etc wont bore you – Florence was the best tour person I have ever had. A nice person, educated and I admire her for actually walking the Kokoda Track – sadly I think I’m a bit too old although fit, to do it myself. My days of backpacking are now over.
Thank you for organising the tour.”
-Richard Bitot, Port Moresby and Jackson Field Culture and history tour, May 2015, UK
How was your trip and guide?
“Thomas Payape and Tony Hateya from PNGBT looked after me very well. There was a funeral of a PNG pilot on the land next to Lakwanda Lodge and there were over a thousand Huli people there for 4 to 5 days.
I arrived on the day that they were preparing the mumu with 60 pigs to be slaughtered. Thomas was able to use my iPhone to get great movies shot of the preparations.
Since I had walked with a student from Tari High School to Margarima (2 days I think) in 1974, retracing Tari to Ambua Gap & Margarima was probably the highlight for me.
I cannot recommend Rapheal Kogun enough!! He is very honest and cared greatly about my safety. Same with Thomas Paypae in Tari.
The Guest house in Goroka was excellent, with ensuite bathroom and a continental breakfast provided – also very clean.
In Madang, Raphel told me that there were pirates at the moment, so we did not go to Dazib guesthouse, but stayed in the Lutheran Gusethouse in Madang – again excellent.
And would you recommend this tour to other adventurers who’d like to come to PNG?
Definitely. I had a great time thanks. Best holiday yet.”