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THE IBAN OF SARAWAK AND MIDDLE SEPIK INITIATIONS, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Rendezvous in Kuching, Sarawak in August 2016. Begin an 18-day journey that includes a visit to the UNESCO World HeritageSite Mulu Caves and river excursions to encounter remote enclaves of traditional Iban, a sub-tribe of the Borneo Dayaks, whose deep forest longhouses shelter dozens of families. Witness Iban ceremonies and accompany Iban hunters into the rain forest to observe their hunting techniques and subsistence strategies. Formerly fierce headhunters with occasional forays into cannibalism, the Iban today welcome visitors. Lodging is in basic guesthouses with some camping depending on which villages are accessed.

Fly to Port Moresby and on to Mount Hagen in the PNG Highlandsto to commence an extraordinary expeditionary journey to the Blackwater River villages in the Middle Sepik watershed to observe some of the world's most fascinating tribal ceremonies. Continue by chartered air to comfortable Karawari Lodge overlooking a remote section of the Middle Sepik River. Overnight at the Lodge, then by motorized canoe head six-to-eight hours downstream to the Blackwater River, a Sepik tributary. Visit villages where at this time of year young men are initiated into adulthood by their elders and shaman priests. Witness elaborate scarification rituals performed in the region's extraordinary traditional spirit houses (haus tambaran), joined by tribal people only several decades removed from a Stone Age existence. Pitch camp in two villages where you and other group members will be the first outsiders ever to visit. Porter support, remote food, water, tents and most other camping equipment is supplied.

 

AUSTRALIA'S WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS TO TASMANIA & THE SOUTHERN COAST

Rendezvous in Brisbane, Australia in August, 2017. Dive the Great Barrier Reef and explore the dazzling white beaches and turquoise seas of the Whitsunday Islands. Photograph koala bears in the wild then continue to Sydney, one of the world's most picturesque cities. Ascend the iconic Harbor Bridge, tour the Opera House and fly to Hobart, capital of Australia's State of Tasmania, to discover some of Australia's most interesting venues. Tour Hobart and bushwalk wild Cradle Mountain National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning glacial and mountain landscapes. In the wombat-rich Tamar Valley photograph endemic Australian fauna and the varied eucalypt and myrtle forests of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Narawntapau National Park is renowned for its avian abundance and wildlife. In the northwestern wilderness of Tasmania stay in private conservation areas where one is quite likely to encounter duck-billed platypus, quolls, pademelons and a good chance to see Tasmanian Devils on a nighttime foray. Accommodations in Tasmania are in small hotels, log cabins, and charming farm cottages.

Fly to Melbourne, Victoria State and drive the Great Ocean Highway. Edge spectacular coastal formations such as the Twelve Apostle sea stacks and dramatic surf-pounded cliffs. Explore the many en route nature reserves and small, quintessentially Aussie towns. A 4-day extension to Port Lincoln, South Australia to cage dive with Great White Sharks may be organized upon request.

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