My wife and I stayed at Karawari Lodge for 3 nights in July as part of a birding trip organised directly through Trans Niugini Tours. The accommodation in a group of rustic en suite chalets was good and the food and service pretty good. A problem with the shower hot water was resolved reasonably quickly and the daily programme managed efficiently. Our birding guide was knowledgable but as with Rondon Ridge, needed training in communicating and dealing with guests to ensure that , having travelled to the other side of the globe they are taken to where the target birds can be seen! The general background number of birds was disappointing presumably because the resident children still kill them. It was fascinating to cruise past the local people in their riverside villages and the scenery was very pleasant. As with Rondon Ridge there was a debacle with TNT head office, this time with their nonsensical flight arrangements which fortunately manager Paul was able to resolve, at the same time saving the pilot one flight and TNT some cost. In both cases we experienced the lodge managers should have more autonomy.
Overall we enjoyed our 3 days in Karawari though our PNG trip was expensive and not terribly rewarding for birding compared with other destinations. We did see the Twelve-Wired BoP after badgering our guide that we westerners are actually not so 'weak spirited' that we cannot traverse some pasture.More