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Denmark
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a proffesional photgorapher and stayed with Ambua Lodge during work in PNG. I went to PNG to photograph Birds of Paradise and had contacted the lodge well in advance. Now january is not generally the best time for BOP but the Blue Bird of Paradise is mating year round with peak season in jan/feb. We had asked the...

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Andrew N, General Manager at Ambua Lodge, responded to this review

Am surprised to read this review. We were pleased that you reached out to us about staying at Ambua Lodge. It is disappointing that you did not enjoy your stay and that the discounted arrangement we made was not mutually beneficial. It was unfortunate that a scheduled flight was cancelled, reducing your stay to five nights. While our cancellation policy...

Helsinki, Finland
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Nice place in the highlands of PNG, the temperatue is cool but the beds in the rooms are heated, but the rooms are not. There is not hot water all the time so when it is on it is best to take your shower at once. From the rooms you have a beautiful view over the valley. Food was good...

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Ambua Lodge is perched high on a mountain and during our visit it was often enshrouded in mist. The trip here is exciting in itself especially the landing on the uphill gravel air strip. If flying in from the Sepik be prepared for a big drop in temperature and humidity. Thatched native huts sprawl down the grassy slopes giving it...

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We spent ten days in PNG recently. Ambua was our favorite lodge. The setting is like a storybook: we were surrounded by beautiful gardens, with great birds. The area is pleasantly cool, which was greatly appreciated after being in the lowlands for a few days. We found our room to be great: we stayed in one of the individual cottages....

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Reviewed 26 May 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...

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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...

San Antonio, Texas
Reviewed 23 December 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...

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Kensington, Maryland
Reviewed 27 October 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...

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milpitasca
Reviewed 14 September 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...

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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...

Reviewed 12 September 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)...

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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...

california
Reviewed 31 August 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...

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Additional Information about Ambua Lodge

Address: Tari | Tari Gap, Tari 255, Papua New Guinea
Region: Papua New Guinea > Highlands Region > Tari
Price Range: $419 - $838 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 42
Also Known As:
Ambua Hotel Tari
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“Choose a room in the new wing.”
51urig, 28 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Be prepared, you are out in the middle-of-nowhere. Bring flashlight.”
Fransd933, 22 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Choose a bungalow, rather than stay in the main building. The bungalows are charming. You really feel adventurous !!!”
APL007, 26 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Rooms away from the main lodge are to be preferred as there is quite a bit of noise at night from the adjacent road.”
puttvin, 9 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Ask for hut overlooking the Tari valley.”
Case_USA, 7 Jun 2015 | Read review
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