Land of the blacks

For as long as I can remember I dreamed of traveling to the second largest island in the world. An island where there are more airports than roads, where birds are killed for headdresses and a neighborly argument can turn into a local war. I am talking about Papua New Guinea, which means “the land of the blacks” in one of the local languages.

The moment the plane lands I feel at home. This is not because of the city of Port Moresby, which looks quite desolate and way too busy, it is because it reminds me of Africa. The many fruit stalls along the way, people selling their colorful art and even the smell in the taxi we take to the hotel reminds me of my time there.

We are immediately immersed in the culture of PNG as there is a local dart competition going on, our luggage has not arrived and so we have to shop in the large shopping center nearby and there is no internet that works to check where our luggage is so we spend our time finding ways to communicate with British Airlines (which fails).

Without luggage but with a dose of curiosity, we leave the capital behind to immerse ourselves in the culture of the Western Highlands and stay with the Huli Wigmen, the largest tribe on the island, for a while.

Papua New Guinea has more than 600 tribes and 800 languages. Birds and insects live here and plants and trees grow, which are found nowhere else on earth. A very interesting country of which I can taste only a tiny piece of during my trip. Which I do with dedication.

During the trip I stay with the Huli Wigmen in the Western Highlands, I climb the highest mountain in Oceania and stay in the idyllic village of Govermas on the Sepik river where I meet the famous crocodile hunters. In this photo series I will take you on this tour that definitely asks for more.

Papua New Guinea has more than 600 tribes and 800 languages. Birds and insects live here and plants and trees grow, which are found nowhere else on earth. A very interesting country of which I can taste only a tiny piece of during my trip. Which I do with dedication.

During the trip I stay with the Huli Wigmen in the Western Highlands, I climb the highest mountain in Oceania and stay in the idyllic village of Govermas on the Sepik river where I meet the famous crocodile hunters. In this photo series I will take you on this tour that definitely asks for more.