Karawari Lodge

Perched 300 metres above the Karawari River amidst dense lowland rainforest, this remote lodge occupies a privileged location in an isolated part of the world. Inaccessible by road, this rustic, thatched property was inspired by indigenous architecture.

Ten simple but comfortable thatched cottages have ceiling fans and a shared veranda. Communal areas can be found in the spirit house inspired main lodge. All around, the treetops abound with birdlife, including colourful parrots and energetic sunbirds.

why we like it Karawari Lodge

Inaccessible, dramatic and exciting, Karawari Lodge is by far the best place to stay in in the Sepik and waking to the sounds of the jungle and the river below is magical. Stilted villages and dug out canoes are the norm in this part of the world.


The main lodge is built to resemble a traditional spirit house, or 'haus tambaran'. Housing the communal lounge, restaurant and 'Puk Puk' bar, it is adorned with an impressive array of Sepik artefacts and has sweeping jungle vistas.


A stay here is all about experiencing the scenery, wildlife and culture of this remote and unspoilt area of wilderness. Over 200 species of bird have been recorded in the area and there are guided walks, boat trips and village visits to experience the best of this area. For a truly authentic adventure it is possible to canoe up the river and spend the night in a tribal village house. 


The best way to access this remote lodge is by charter flight from Mount Hagen which operate three times a week and take approximately one hour. The only other way into the lodge is via the river – there are no roads… 

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