Why you should visit the Sepik
The Sepik is revered for its art. The tribes living along the river produce magnificent wood carvings and artful clay pottery. Many tribes use garamut drums in rituals; the drums are formed from long, hollowed out tree trunks carved into the shape of various totem animals. As part of an elaborate coming of age ceremony, young men are scarified with the image of a crocodile on the river bank.
About The Sepik
The Sepik River runs over for well over a 1000 kilometres from its source deep in the central mountains through to the Bismarck Sea. This remote region made up of vast river systems, beautiful coastlines and mountain ranges takes you well beyond the beaten track to villages with one foot still in the stone age. The timeless mystery of Sepik folklore is still proudly displayed right throughout the region with insights into the origin of the country’s greatest tribal adornments, traditions and artefacts.
The four-day Crocodile festival held along the banks of the Sepik pays tribute to the most revered (and feared) of the river's creatures, the crocodile. Expect spirited dancing and wild costume.
- Origin of Papua New Guinea greatest tribal artefacts
- Explore villages by dugout canoe, visiting spirit houses and meeting local people
- Hear about the traditional ‘Crocodile cult’
- Travel the Sepik River onboard the expeditionary True North
Our Specialist Must Do
Forego the comforts of a hotel and opt instead for a village stay for a few nights.