Papua New Guinea
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Kokoda Track – Papua New Guinea
Situated just below the equator, Papua New Guinea lies in the eastern sector of the South Pacific. The country consists of more than 600 islands, covering an area in total of 474,000 square kilometres. Geographically there is extreme diversity although it is essentially an equatorial environment with considerable annual rainfall, warm temperatures and rainforest vegetation.
Historical Trek – The Kokoda Track
The Kokoda Track is a fitting reminder of the Australian army's heroic battles. The Kokoda Track was forged in 1942 to defend Port Moresby at extraordinary odds from the advancing forces of the Japanese. These historic encounters on the Owen Stanley Ranges ensure that the Kokoda Track remains a classic and is popular with people of all ages. More on the Kokoda Track.
Adventure Trek Along the Kokoda Trail
The Kokoda Trail takes us through lowland rainforest (jungle) and cross through the lower levels of mountain vegetation areas and moss forest. There are hundreds of varieties of trees and more than 10,000 species of other flora, similarly there is diversity of birds, insects and other fauna. We trek across the geographical heart of PNG following trails from the tropical rainforests to the rarified climes of the ranges. At night we stay in secluded jungle camps and share experiences with the traditional villagers in some of the remotest regions of PNG. More on the Kokoda Trail.
About Papua New Guinea
The estimated population of Papua New Guinea is 3.7 million spread across varied landscapes and environments including the rugged highlands and northern and southern coastland.The country is divided into 20 provinces, and we cross through two on our itinerary; Central and Oro. PNG has up to 800 different tribal languages, with Pidgin (Pisin) and English being the most widely spoken.
Whilst most of the population is in principal towns such as Port Moresby, Lae and Hagen and Kundiawa, many people make a way of life as subsistence farmers across the rugged hillsides of the highlands.'Slash and Burn' techniques are used in the process of growing a variety of fruit and vegetables, which is quite a challenge in such terrain!The main source of income for the country in the areas we visit is in cash crops,palm oilprimarily which is processed locally, followed by copra, cocoa and coffee.
Coffee is grown along the Kokoda Trail although the main way of life here is subsistence farming with a local village orientation. The people of the Kokoda region are predominantly of Christian faith - either Seventh Day Adventist or Anglican, however there is a strong influence of sorcery and superstition deriving from times prior to the influence of missionaries.