Taru Kikori River Basin

Tari/Kikori River Basin in the Gulf Province is in the midst of a region of nearly 8,900 square miles (23,000 km2) of one of the world’s densest, most wildlife-rich mountain rain forests, home to tree kangaroos, birds of paradise, hornbills, and cassowaries. It is home also to the renowned Huki wigmen, famous for intricately decorated wigs. The Kikori Integrated Conservation and Development Project is the largest conservation area in P.N.G., with lakes, river systems, mountain ranges, marshes and mangroves, and 16 different ethnic peoples, a pilot project in helping local communities integrate conservation with sustainable development. There’s an airstrip—also boat access through the maze of waterways—and several guesthouses.


Varitata National Park, 26 miles (42 km) from Port Moresby, with walking trails through upland rain forest and savannah, fine birdlife including birds of paradise visible morning and evening.