You will catch your breath at every turn on your journey through Enga...

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...with the seemingly endless spectacular scenery - a region with majestic mountains, sweeping valleys, fast flowing rivers and and thunderous waterfalls. Still relatively undiscovered by tourists, Enga offers a true adventure through pristine nature combined with fascinating traditional cultures. Enga Province, is the highest province in Papua New Guinea at over 2000 meters altitude. It covers an area of around 12,800 km2 and has a population of more than 200,000 people with the majority still existing in a traditional way of life. While all the other provinces in Papua New Guinea contain scores of different language groups, Enga is unique in that it is dominated by one language, called Enga, hence the name of the Province. Even so, there is still enormous diversity between and within the districts. There are two major rivers in Enga Province, the Laigap and the Lai. The Laigap is one of the main tributaries for the Fly River and the Lai is proudly referred to as the 'head' of the epic Sepik River by the Engan people. Enga is divided into 6 districts, Wabag, Kandep, Kompiam, Lagaip-Porgera and Wapenamanda. The capital of the province is Wabag Town. The main street of Wabag was originally an airstrip and an important center in the 1930's as the Highlands was being colonised. Today, Wabag is a rapidly growing town that sits on the Highlands Highway, the longest highway in Papua New Guinea, which connects the interior of the country to the coast. The other major centers in the province apart from Wabag include Wapenamanda, where the airport is located, Laiagam, which has a government and botanical research station and Porgera, where the Porgera gold mine is.





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Wander through time and discover Enga's historical pre-Colonial customs and way of life at the Take Anda Museum...

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Step back in time to the days of the ancient highlands salt trade, which was practised for generations before the arrival of people from the outside world. Witness the ingenuity of traditional Engan salt extraction methods and taste this unique and flavorsome salt produced 2,000 meters above sea level. The salt ponds are an hour and a half by road west of Wabag Town or 45 mins from Yaskom Resort to Yokonada Village followed a 30 min walk past lovely traditional gardens and through a small forest with creeks. You will need to book with local guides. The tour includes a demonstration of salt extraction methods and concludes with a feast of a traditional highlands mumu lunch of local foods slow cooked in an earth oven. CONTACT: Yaskom Lodge ---> Miok Tropical Tours ---> The Traditional Salt Extraction Method The salt is extracted by laying special tree trunks and branches in the ponds. After a period of several months soaking in the salt water, the wood is removed and burnt to ash seperating the salt from the wood. This salt is then wrapped in leaves and traded all around the highlands and down to East Sepik in the north and Gulf in the south.





Take a drive to one of PNG's highest lakes,

Lake Ivae, and enjoy the fresh produce and views  at Yaskom Resort-Hotel

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One of the highest lakes in Papua New Guinea, Lake Ivae on the Sirunki Plateau, is a 40 minute drive west from Wabag Town, through rolling mountains and valleys lined with rows and patches of local food gardens and agricultural projects. Lake Ivae has been created by a large patchment basin that is part of the Lai Valley. It's the source of one of Enga's major rivers, the Lai, which is the major tributary of the Sepik River. Lake Ivae is the habitat for a host of birds, fish and insects. The best place to appreciate the lake is from the Lake Ivae Balcony Bar at Yaskom Resort Hotel, particularly at sunset. Yaskom Resort serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as accomodation if you choose to stay the night and explore the area.





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Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Highlands salt trade at the Mulisos Yokonda Salt Ponds and see the  ingenuity of Enga's traditional salt makers.

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Step back in time to the days of the ancient highlands salt trade, which was practised for generations before the arrival of people from the outside world. Witness the ingenuity of traditional Engan salt extraction methods and taste this unique and flavorsome salt produced 2,000 meters above sea level. The salt ponds are an hour and a half by road west of Wabag Town or 45 mins from Yaskom Resort to Yokonada Village followed a 30 min walk past lovely traditional gardens and through a small forest with creeks. You will need to book with local guides. The tour includes a demonstration of salt extraction methods and concludes with a feast of a traditional highlands mumu lunch of local foods slow cooked in an earth oven. CONTACT: Yaskom Lodge ---> Miok Tropical Tours ---> The Traditional Salt Extraction Method The salt is extracted by laying special tree trunks and branches in the ponds. After a period of several months soaking in the salt water, the wood is removed and burnt to ash seperating the salt from the wood. This salt is then wrapped in leaves and traded all around the highlands and down to East Sepik in the north and Gulf in the south.





Bliss out in the tranquility of Kumul Lodge, renowned worldwide for its spectacular birdwatching trails...

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One of the highest lakes in Papua New Guinea, Lake Ivae on the Sirunki Plateau, is a 40 minute drive west from Wabag Town, through rolling mountains and valleys lined with rows and patches of local food gardens and agricultural projects. Lake Ivae has been created by a large patchment basin that is part of the Lai Valley. It's the source of one of Enga's major rivers, the Lai, which is the major tributary of the Sepik River. Lake Ivae is the habitat for a host of birds, fish and insects. The best place to appreciate the lake is from the Lake Ivae Balcony Bar at Yaskom Resort Hotel, particularly at sunset. Yaskom Resort serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as accomodation if you choose to stay the night and explore the area.





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Be captivated by the skill and story-telling through Enga's unique sand paintings in the Take Anda Art Gallery.

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Enga's sand painting art is a contemporary art form that evolved out the workshop at the Take Anda in the late 1970s and early 80s. With a lack of medium such as oil colors, acrylics, canvas and materials, mediums that are readily available from the natural surroundings were used - different colored grains of sand and earth. The new art form caught on and has evolved into a distinctly Enga style. Artist's paint images depicting Enga's traditional stories and way of life. The sand painters train for years as apprentices and you will often see them in the workshop at the Take Anda Art Gallery, alongside the master sand painters who create works for sale and display in the gallery. Watching the sand paintaings being created is mesmerizing, as grains of sand come alive with colour and form through skillful placement on the board by artists.





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