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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

I just returned from an 11-day tour of PNG with Trans Nuigini Tours. I think the amount of time spent in Ambua and Karawari was too long and redundant. There were only 3 people in our group so they decided that we would not be seeing the Sepic River area on their boat, the Sepik Spirit. If I had known... More 

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TransNiuginiTours, Nick Duako, Operations Manager at Ambua Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment on your PNG experience. We have noted your concerns about some aspects of your trip. We will look into them and address accordingly. Your point about expectations is a good one. Karawari Lodge is the highlight of many Papua New Guinea trips. We regret that you found it uncomfortable. We are pleased... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This Lodge is located on a mountain ridge and has great vista's from the cottages/rooms. The staff is very kind and very helpful. The food is good, but lacks local ingredients. It would be nice to eat what is available in the area instead of just "western" food. The cost of lodging is high enough to justify better quality food... More 

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Kensington, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Ambua Lodge is about a one-hour drive from the airport on an unpaved road, so the drive can be quite dusty if it hasn’t rained recently. The lodge itself has beautiful landscaping, and there are killer views from the property. Each room occupies an individual, charming round hut. The rooms are large, with wrap around windows that afford a 180... More 

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milpitasca
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

I spent over $9,000.00 USD for an 11 day tour of PNG with Trans Niugini Tours. Day 2 we were flown to Tari and driven 45 minutes to Ambua Lodge at over 7,000 feet in elevation. I was to share a hut with a roommate way down a pathway away from the eating area of the lodge. Halfway there, I... More 

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TransNiuginiTours, General Manager at Ambua Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Alice, Thank you for sending a report of your experience. We have been very concerned about your experience and have investigated and addressed your points with the lodge management.  We were shocked to hear about the incident with Paul falling asleep at the wheel. While it appears that, as manager, he wanted to drive you himself, if he was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

On arrival the lodge manger didn't leave us with much confidence. He looked disinterested and not knowledgable. It wasn't surprising then that the service in the restaurant was comparatively appalling. Unlike the other two TNT lodges where we stayed, Ambua had the worst food (eg consistently cold eggs for breakfast, rubbish lunch and at one point, no food at all)... More 

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TransNiuginiTours, General Manager at Ambua Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Tui, Thank you for taking the time to comment on your stay at Ambua Lodge. We are pleased you enjoyed the tours and the Huli people. We agree with your comment that some of the rooms need refurbishment and we have made plans to do this. I’m sorry that the food did not meet your expectations as this lodge... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I just returned from the Mt. Hagen sing sing fest in PNG and it was fantastic! My group and I stayed at the Ambua lodge for 3 nights and then visited several villages in the area such as the Huli Wigmen village near Tari which was interesting and so colorful. Our total trip consisted of 12 days which is the... More 

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Randolph, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

For over 45 years, I have wanted to visit Papua New Guinea! A visit to PNG is like no other! I just spent 2 weeks in August touring Papua New Guinea. I heard about the large sing sing during this time in Hagen. To watch thousands of warriors from the hundreds of tribes dancing in their traditional way brought so... More 

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spokane, washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Very comfortable stay in a lodge that pays attention to the ecology. Many exciting activities. It was somewhat basic but the views from each room were outstanding. The staff was wonderful and could not accommodate much more. While the food was basic, you are on an adventure, and it was excellently prepared.

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We stayed here two nights through Tran Niguini Tours. The Ambua lobby is spacious and comfortable with stunning views of the grounds and surrounding Tari valley. Our hut was quaint and provided good-enough amenities. Remember to turn on the electric blanket (low) and leave your PJs under the covers before dinner so you'll have a warm and cozy bed! Meals... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We came to Ambua for two things ... the fabulous Huli Wigmen and to do some birding. The wigmen are fun and enjoyable and we had a great time visiting the villages and seeing all the amazing make-up, wigs and birds of paradise feathers. As for the birding, we certainly weren't there at the best time of year and it... More 

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  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Ambua Lodge

Address: Tari | Tari Gap, Tari 255, Papua New Guinea
Location: Papua New Guinea > Highlands Region > Tari
Price Range: $300 - $600 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 42
Also Known As:
Ambua Hotel Tari
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