Simbu

SIMBU PROVINCE

Kundiawa, the provincial capital sits beside the Highlands Highway and an airstrip built on a sloping ridge beneath the towering mountains.Simbu is the highest province in the country and bordered by Madang to the north and the Gulf to the south, Simbu is the heart of the Highlands and home to the country’s highest mountain, Mount Wilhelm (4509m).
Attractions
Kundiawa Town
There are basic facilities in town, which was the first government station in the Highlands. The main market is located on a side road between the Kondom Agaund Building and Ega creek.
Kegsuglo
The road to Kegsuglo at the base of Mt Wilhelm snakes through rugged country patched work with gardens on impossibly steep slopes. Several very pleasant guesthouses cater for trekkers and make a good base for exploring other villages. One of them, Betty’s Lodge, has its own trout and rabbit farm.
Mt Wilhelm (4509m)- The Highest peak of PNG and the Pacific.
The climb to the summit is a highlight, affording panoramic views over the highlands. The terrain is extremely rugged, with many of the valleys inaccessible. This highest mountain holds up to 10 cold misty mountain lakes andcountless sightseeing spots.
Simbu Cultural Show
The Simbu Cultural show has long been died out and is now hosted again by the Simbu Provincial Administration under the leadership of Hon Noah Kool, governor of Simbu Province last year 2013. The event is said to be an annual held every November 13 to 15. These days will be the big cultural gathering in the province with nearly all tribes from all over Simbu to gather and proudly display their unique cultures. The event also welcomes and includes culture groups from other regions in the country.
Wildlife and Nature Conservation
I. Wildlife & Nature Conservation Centre, Mailbobo, Dumun; Local communities united in preserving their natural habitats and environment, thus promoting eco-tourism activities &further promotes nursery and reforestation.
II. Kemi Butterfly and Wildlife Conservation, Sulmaule; is located 20km south of Kundiawa town. It is a primary forest with botanic garden that conserve different species of butterflies, plants like orchids, trees and insects feeding plants. The area also has a small museum that contain artefacts and handcrafts that are famous to the Simbu province. Butterfly farming is the centrepiece of the project. They conserve up to 6 species of butterflies and moth.

• Goliath birdwing butterfly – second largest butterfly in the world
• Priamus birdwing- male and female for breeding
• Triodes birdwing- male and female for breeding (pupa) chrysalis
• Common butterfly, orange tree
• Luysses swallowtail (mountain blue)
• Hercules moth- the world largest moth

Caves

I. Keu Caves (Chuave)
Many Limestone Caves. Underground water & cultural remains
II. Gurma caves (Yongomugl)
Limestone caves featuring underground water & bat caves
III. Kiwa cave (Chuave)
Limestone Caves, underground creek, skeletons & artefacts. The caves are near the main road, are close to Chuave Station. Other large caves in the area are more suited to experienced cavers.

IV. Sigewagle Caves (Kundiawa)
Many explored and unexplored limestone caves and tunnels
V. Wela Murr (Gor Yopar)
Longest tunnel cave in Simbu featuring underground creek and rock paintings

Historical sites

I. Ombondo Burial cave (Kundiawa)
Traditional burial site of the Simbaiku Clan of the Kamaneku Tribe.
II. Nambiufa rock paintings,Nambiufa (Chuave)
Oldest rock paintings in PNG. Amphitheatre containing cultural items of significance in the Chuave area.
III. Gaima Stone axe Mine, Gumine
Small track with good panoramic view of the Dom area to the traditional stone axe mine site, Kialpa. The only traditional stone axe nine in Simbu province and nearby provinces like Eastern Highlands, Jiwaka and Western Highlands.
IV. Pilme Salt Creek, Gumine- is located along side the Wagi River.
It was the only source of salt and an important substance of trade during the traditional Stone Age era. This salty creek has a very long history.

THINGS TO DO
Village tours

I. Mingende Catholic Station (Mingende)
Expatriates & Missionaries lived here. Visit Mission Station, cattle Paddocks, Hospital & nearby villages to see their culture and way of life.
II. Goglme Catholic Mission Outstation
Oldest Catholic Mission Station in Simbu. Visit to Mission Station, Health Centre & nearby villages along the lime stone slopes is worth a remarkable experience.
III. SpagulKorulkowa (Dom
New Tribes Mission Station, linguistics center. Study of Dom language & culture.
IV. Barengil (Gembogl
Linguistics centre, Study Kuman language & culture.

Trekking
I. Mt Wilhelm (4509m), Gembogl
Different treks lead to Mt Wilhelm. Some of the treks are closed only two are currently in use. Kegesuglo & Kerowagi. Trekking through vast Varieties of mountainous environment, scenes, flora & fauna.
II. Walking/trekking: Mount Wilhelm (4509m) is a fantastic climb in a sub-alpine environment, made harder by the altitude. In clear weather the Madang coast can be seen from summit. It can be climbed from Kegsulg or traversed from remote Ambulla Village. Take guides and warm
clothes. The three to four-day hike from Kegsulg to Bundi and Brahmin Mission in Madang Province is mainly on 4WD road with great views and plenty of forest. Bundi has accommodation and an airstrip.
III. Mt Digine, Gumine; Trekking the Digine range worth experience.
Offers 2- 3 nights trekking along the range from Oledale, Simbu to Kudjip or Minz, Jiwaka depending on your choice. Sightseeing spots, untouched diverse biodiversity, village hut inns & tour guides provided.
White water rafting
White water Rafting- the Wagi and Simbu rivers are the perfect fast flowing rivers in Simbu that can give rafters a remarkable experience. There are many Local small farming, picnic sites, recreational areas, etc. offering the unforgettable experience one can see.

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