Inaccessible by road, the isolated Karawari Lodge can only be reached by river or air. Perched atop a lone crest, this rustic property was inspired by indigenous architecture and features a traditional thatched roof.
Accommodation comes in the form of 10 comfortable cottages, built using traditional bush materials. However, modernity has prevailed in aspects of their design - amenities include electricity, as well as hot and cold water. Each of these unobtrusive buildings houses a pair of twin rooms, complete with modern en suite bathrooms. Ceiling fans provide a welcome breeze in the simple rooms, but air conditioning is an impossible indulgence in such a remote location. A communal veranda offers a space to relax and read, after a day exploring the surrounding tropical landscape.
The main lodge embraces the design of a traditional spirit house, or 'haus tambaran', with impressive displays of Sepik artefacts filling the interior. Offering sweeping jungle vistas, the building contains lounge and dining areas, as well the 'Puk Puk' bar. All around, the treetops abound with birdlife, including colourful parrots and energetic sunbirds. Below the lodge, the powerful Karawari River winds its way past, cutting through this dense swathe of tropical lowland forest.
why we like it
Its totally remote and can only be accessed by small plane. Of the small choice of places to stay in the Sepik it's by far and away the most comfortable. Small and intimate it's a great base for exploring the mysteries of the Sepik.