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Ambua Lodge

Highlands Highway | Tari Gap, Tari, Papua New Guinea
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Ambua Lodge
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We stayed in one of the huts. They are very basic but quaint. Electricity can be touch and go so I'd recommend a torch. The rooms can be quite chilly at night so the electric blanket is a nice touch. The view in the morning is beautiful. A few people on our tour were put in a new extension that... More

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Orpington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

On the short flight from Karawari Lodge in the lowlands to Ambua in the highlands you can see the change in the landscape, the different types and colour of the trees. Having worked in commodities it was a treat for me to see from the plane the vastness of the one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Landing... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Excellent service, location and food. Tours very well organized and all guides are very experienced and know a lot about the places visited. Do not give up to the very early birding visit. Most of the mornings you could see the very interesting paradise birds

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Having been to PNG several times, including the big sing-sing in Mt Hagen in 1977 and 1987 (spanning their hiatus), I never considered the country as beautiful. Imagine my surprise at the view from Ambua lodge. Being with a group for the first time, even saw the wigmen perform - still 'authentic'. The lodge itself is fine, but don't leave... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We spent 2 nights at Ambua Lodge and the accommodation has seen better days but it is warm and comfortable, the food is hearty, the bathrooms clean, the toilets flush and the service friendly. The locals live in grass huts with no gas, electricity or running water so in contrast Ambua lodge is luxurious. The price was inclusive of everything... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

Have stayed here several times whilst on business. No other real alternatives that offer easy access to the Hela basin. Most recently stayed in one of the new hotel-style rooms. Not as "authentic" as the round houses, but more comfortable. Unfortunately the local rat community has already taken up residence! Can't complain about the service. The manager is most accommodating.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Ambua Lodge is the only Western-style accommodation anywhere near Tari. It is owned and operated by Trans Niugini Tours, but you can stay there even if you're traveling independently, as we were. The cost is a whopping 900 Kina ($450) per night, and this doesn't even include meals, nor excursions, nor heat in the room. LOCATION - Ambua is located... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012 via mobile

The lodge is located at an excellent place where you have easy access to Makara waterfalls, cane bridges numerous kinds of orchids and places which our out of your imagination. The lodge is very authentic but at the same time the best of the specific area. All rooms have excellent view to Tari highlands and it is definately the best... More

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Helsinki
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2010

Our group of 12 birdwatchers stayed there for three nights. Good food and good sleep, thanks to bed heaters, otherwise it is really overpriced place to stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2010

Ambua Lodge is operated by Trans Nuigini Tours (TNT) just outside Tari in the Southern Highlands Province. I have reviewed TNT operations separately on TripAdvisor, so will only comment on the lodge here. The rooms are nice, but basic. In PNG they are certainly luxury by any stretch of the imagination but by any other standards they are far from... More

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Address: Highlands Highway | Tari Gap, Tari, Papua New Guinea
Location: Papua New Guinea > Highlands Region > Tari
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Also Known As:
Ambua Hotel Tari

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