Updated: Jul 8
Take in the Enga Cultural Show, the Take Anda Museum and Sand Painting Gallery. Then a visit to the traditional salt making ponds, on a tasting day tour through Enga’s food belt to the spectacular outlook over Lake Ivae, the source of the Sepik River.
FRI 6TH AUGUST
Catch the morning flight from Port Moresby to Wapenamanda.
It's a scenic drive 30 minute drive from Wapenamanda to Wabag Town on 100% sealed road and there is a free shuttle bus from the airport, or check with your accommodation host, as most also offer airport transfers.
The show grounds are located at Aipus Rugby Field but you will need to collect your show pass and wristband from Take Anda Museum before going to the show ground.
TAKE ANDA MUSEUM
More than ten years of research into pre-contact Enga, based on rare first-hand accounts of the time before the arrival of the colonisers and missionaries, is housed here at the Take Anda Museum.
While at Take Anda you can also pop in to the sand painting gallery. Enga's sand painting is a contemporary art form that evolved out of the workshop at the Take Anda in the late 1970s and early 80s. See art on display and artists at work in the workshop.
The show VIP ticket includes a weekend pass to the Take Anda Museum & Art Gallery.
ENGA CULTURAL SHOW
Immerse yourself in Day One of the show, which includes singsing, rituals, crafts, traditional skills, flora & fauna, food stalls.
The show ends each day at 4pm
SAT 7TH AUGUST
ENGA CULTURAL SHOW
The show grounds open 9am. It’s worth getting there early to watch the groups streaming in and fill the arena.
Day Two is when the show is in full swing with more singsing, rituals, crafts, traditional skills, flora & fauna, food stalls.
The show VIP ticket includes grandstand seating.
SUN 8TH AUGUST
TASTING ENGA TOUR
Early morning start: Travel west by road from Wabag on an hour and a half drive up to the fertile Sirunki Plateau and venture through picturesque Laiagam District to the site of traditional Salt Ponds.
Arrive at Yokonda village and take a 30-minute mini-trek through a small forest grove and pretty local gardens to reach the salt ponds site. There is an entry fee of K35 to the salt ponds.
Hear first-hand the story of how salt was discovered some seven generations ago, see a demonstration of the traditional method that was used to extracted the salt and taste its extraordinary flavour.
After the salt ponds visit you can enjoy more tastes of Enga with a hearty traditional mumu lunch prepared by the locals back at Yokonda village. Then travel by road to Sirunki, the agricultural heart of the province, for something sweet, visiting a strawberry farm and honey apiary.
Stop in at Yaskom Resort-Hotel overlooking Lake Ivae, for refreshments and spectacular views before heading back to Wabag in the late afternoon.
You may choose to stay the night at Yaskom Lodge so can catch the sunset over the lake.
The Tasting Enga Tour package can be booked online here and Includes transport for the day, entry fee to salt ponds and the mumu lunch. Adults K185 Children K90.
If you are driving in your own vehicle the fee is K135 for adults and K65 for children and include lunch. You will still need to book either by contacting us here or email Yaskom Resort-Hotel on email@example.com