Jiwaka Province

EXPERIENCE JIWAKA, A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Image

Pull on your hikers, sling on a coat and prepare for high altitude adventure.

Whether you choose to brave a mighty river crossing, walk in lush mountainous landscapes or experience the finest of traditional Highlands cuisine, Jiwaka will leave you awe stricken and in a state of bliss.

Three large ethnic groups live in unison here atop one of the highest places in Papua New Guinea. The Jimi, a proud race of mountain folk that still live an almost Neolithic existence along the north-eastern region of the province will fascinate you with their modest existence and truly shake your ways of viewing the ever-changing world. The Waghi, thought of as the high-born folk of the land, live a more contemporary existence mostly due to their location along the main Highlands Highway. And of course the Kambia people, the smallest in number of the three, who after years of inter-clan merging, have some who can speak as many as five different languages from nearby areas.

If it’s a rugged adventure atop cliff faces that you seek, or maybe a relaxing night or two in pristine forests, Jiwaka’s scenery and people will delight you.

MUST SEE

  • Visit the banks of the mighty Waghi River and The Bisil Kana River – a natural wonder with its raging 10m wide flowing out of a mountain face.
  • Join the festivities of the Annual Waghi Show every June.
  • Browse the biggest and best market in the whole of Jiwaka, Banz market, where the delights to your taste buds await.
  • Pick tea leaves among the breathtaking rows upon rows of tea plants sprawled out over 2,000 hectares, at the Kurumul Tea Plantation.
  • Roadtrip around Jimi District for its excellent mountain views and culture.
  • Witness a traditional Bride Price ceremony, renowned across the world, where hundreds of relatives from bride and groom exchange gifts to cement the matrimony.

HOW TO GET THERE

Domestic flights arrive into neighbouring Mt Hagen airport from Port Moresby. From the airport, it’s a one-hour drive by car or 4WD to Banz, the provincial capital of Jiwaka province.