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Reviewed 15 September 2018

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.

Room tip: Most clients' rooms seem to have views , some further from main building via sloping concrete path network.
Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank LincolnshireAandE
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

We arrived here in September 2017 and the flight to this remote location was a great experience. The lodge was in a fantastic setting and the view overlooking the Karawari River and the surrounding jungle was awe inspiring. The common area was a nice place to gather and have a cold beer prior to having a very mediocre meal. It's unfortunate that they do not add any local flavor to their meals.
As the power gets shut off at 10 PM, the only way to keep cool was to leave the windows open, and then the worst happened. The neighboring tribal village decided to have an all night rave with music blasting (found out it was from a car stereo) until sunrise. It made for a very long day the next day. The lodge manager said he would let the village know of the displeasure of the guests, but he was too lazy or afraid to do that so the music started up again at 8 PM. Fortunately, one of the guides went over to the village to ask for quiet, and they finally stopped. The power was left on that evening to allow the fans to stay on and keep the rooms cooler.
Beautiful scenery, not well run and mediocre food.

Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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3  Thank Foojtraveller
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Remote location , after flew from Mount Hagen to grassy airstrip in Karawari , immediately could feel it was a very remote location. Not a great place for bird watching but ideal for cultural tour and to see people and their villages. Lodge comfortable overlooking valley thickly covered with trees and Karawari River flowing. Though electricity was not for 24 hours caused us no difficulty , It was hot and humid during day but rained every night without fail to cool us and electricity came exactly at 4-45 in the morning . freshly brewed coffe or tea with choices of cookies on table brought by Manager himself before he mdrove us in front wheel drive vehicle to boat through muddy slippery road just when day light was showing in horizon.Villagers live on sago pancake and fish from river. Sago plants are endemic and everywhere and fish in abundance in river.Land is v fertile .Saw coffe and coco plants growing without much care
. Had several pleasent walks along river shores . and cruising in boat for hours .Children run to plunge in river to cool themselves.
Food nicely done by chef who took pride in serving best food he could prepare. Ashtoningly where every salad leaf or egg have to be flown from distant Mt Hagen , food served was of best quality and in abundance
Room was clean shower worked well. If travel again would take medical supply , clothings and stationaries for children . Had an insight of Papuan villages and their people who live in closely knit community and always happy with broad smile .
Had a pleasent stay .

Date of stay: October 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Tapan B
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

This was my favorite lodge on my recent trip to PNG. While there is no air conditioning and it was quite warm, I just loved the authenticity of this lodge and the magnificent view of the river and surroundings. The staff was excellent.

Date of stay: May 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank Irene L
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

Our group spent two nights with amazing visits to several villages. The natives were very welcoming and greeted one and all very happily. The experiences can not be beat and thankfully the videos and images taken will be memorable for many years to come.

The Lodge needs major restoration and improvements and the meals offered as well which were sub-par. The staff however tried their best to please the guests. Take lots of DEET...the bugs and mosquitos are fierce.

Date of stay: May 2017
1  Thank 734evem
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