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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To truly enhance your appreciation of the people and lifestyles of Enga Province is to visit the Take Anda Cultural Center. It's a must! You will be captivated by the stories of how societies have evolved over the centuries in this area and the purpose and significance of distinctly Engan traditional customs and rituals, many of which area still practiced today. The center features years of research by scientists such as Dr. Polly Weisener, with photographs, books and articles by early missionaries and contributions by many local researchers and artists. There are exhibits includind artifacts, wigs, war shields and miniature models of Enga architecture on display. Take Anda is also known as 'Ende Take' which translates to House of Wisdom, and there is an entire wall inside the center featuring Engan lore, a series of ancient sayings which serve as a guide to the morals and values of Engan society. The precinct also contains an art gallery and an artists' workshop where you can witness local artists, creating the renowed Enga sand painting. an art form that is uniquely and distinctly Engan. The Take Anda Cultural Center is located in Wabag Town and is open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays.





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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A stay at Kumul Lodge is like entering a forested cocoon. Nestled on slopes of the Mount Hagen Ranges amongst ancient highlands forests, which are still intact today, this lodge is one of the few places in the world where you can see magnificient Bird of Paradise species in their natural habitat in comfort. Using traditional architectural styles and building materials combined with modern fixtures, the lodge blends the old and the new perfectly making your stay here an experience of comfort, relaxation and tranquility. An exquisite array of bird calls herald the start and end of each day and the lodge has a viewing platform overlooking where the birds come to feed throughout the day. Kumul Lodge offers half and full day bird watching through the forests surrounding it and further afield. Rare species of orchids also abound in these forests, and orchid tours can also be arranged. Kumul Lodge is an hour's drive from Wabag Town and 30 mins drive from Wapenamanda Airport and promises to be one of the highlights of your visit to Enga.





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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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To truly enhance your appreciation of the people and lifestyles of Enga Province is to visit the Take Anda Cultural Center. It's a must! You will be captivated by the stories of how societies have evolved over the centuries in this area and the purpose and significance of distinctly Engan traditional customs and rituals, many of which area still practiced today. The center features years of research by scientists such as Dr. Polly Weisener, with photographs, books and articles by early missionaries and contributions by many local researchers and artists. There are exhibits includind artifacts, wigs, war shields and miniature models of Enga architecture on display. Take Anda is also known as 'Ende Take' which translates to House of Wisdom, and there is an entire wall inside the center featuring Engan lore, a series of ancient sayings which serve as a guide to the morals and values of Engan society. The precinct also contains an art gallery and an artists' workshop where you can witness local artists, creating the renowed Enga sand painting. an art form that is uniquely and distinctly Engan. The Take Anda Cultural Center is located in Wabag Town and is open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays.





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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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To truly enhance your appreciation of the people and lifestyles of Enga Province is to visit the Take Anda Cultural Center. It's a must! You will be captivated by the stories of how societies have evolved over the centuries in this area and the purpose and significance of distinctly Engan traditional customs and rituals, many of which area still practiced today. The center features years of research by scientists such as Dr. Polly Weisener, with photographs, books and articles by early missionaries and contributions by many local researchers and artists. There are exhibits includind artifacts, wigs, war shields and miniature models of Enga architecture on display. Take Anda is also known as 'Ende Take' which translates to House of Wisdom, and there is an entire wall inside the center featuring Engan lore, a series of ancient sayings which serve as a guide to the morals and values of Engan society. The precinct also contains an art gallery and an artists' workshop where you can witness local artists, creating the renowed Enga sand painting. an art form that is uniquely and distinctly Engan. The Take Anda Cultural Center is located in Wabag Town and is open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays.





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