The Asaro Mudmen Tribal Eco Lodge

Welcome to The Asaro Mudmen Tribal Eco Lodge, a unique and sustainable accommodation option nestled in the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about the fascinating history of the Asaro tribe, famous for their distinctive mud masks and rich traditions. Relax in comfortable and eco-friendly accommodations while surrounded by stunning natural beauty and diverse wildlife. Experience the adventure of a lifetime while contributing to the preservation of this incredible region.

Situated in close proximity to Goroka Airport, a visit to the renowned Asaro Mudmen, one of Papua New Guinea’s most celebrated tribes, is a must. Our eco-friendly rooms, collaboratively constructed with the Asaro tribes, are conveniently located just a 20-minute drive from Goroka. Our all-inclusive rates encompass everything – from captivating performances and shows to delectable meals and comfortable accommodation.

Asaro Eco Lodge: Immerse Yourself in the Rich Culture of the Asaro Mudmen

Nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Papua New Guinea, the Asaro Eco Lodge stands as a gateway to an immersive cultural experience centered around the fascinating traditions of the Asaro Mudmen. Boasting 6 superior rooms and 5 standard rooms, this eco-friendly haven provides a comfortable and authentic base for travelers eager to explore the unique heritage of the region.

The highlight of a visit to the Asaro Eco Lodge is undoubtedly the chance to witness the enigmatic Asaro Mudmen in action. These indigenous people are renowned for their distinctive clay masks and elaborate performances, providing a rare glimpse into their age-old customs. Guests have the opportunity to observe these captivating displays either on the picturesque mountain and ritual caves of Mount Gurupoka or in the enchanting valley of the Asaro River.

One of the must-see events is the Asaro Mudmen Ghost Walk, a mesmerizing ritual that takes participants on a journey through the mystique of the Asaro culture. The ethereal ambiance and hauntingly beautiful masks create an otherworldly experience that lingers in the memory of those fortunate enough to witness it.

Beyond the Asaro Mudmen Ghost Walk, the lodge offers access to the awe-inspiring Moko Moko Victory Dance. This grand spectacle features participants adorned in intimidating masks and unique penis gourds. The dance, performed in celebration after battles, is a testament to the resilience and joy of the Asaro people, showcasing their unique way of expressing happiness and survival.

Exploring the Diverse Cultural Offerings at Asaro Eco Lodge

  1. Mudmen: The iconic Mudmen performances at Asaro Eco Lodge transport visitors into the mystical world of the Asaro tribe. Watch as the Mudmen, adorned in intricate clay masks, enact traditional rituals, sharing stories that have been passed down through generations. Engage with the performers to gain insights into the symbolic meaning behind each mask and the significance of their unique attire.
  2. Mokomoko: The Mokomoko Victory Dance unfolds as a grand spectacle, featuring participants wearing intimidating masks and distinctive penis gourds. Delve into the history and symbolism behind this captivating dance, as performers celebrate their triumphs with a blend of traditional movements and vibrant costumes.
  3. Widowism: Experience the poignant Widowism performance, a cultural expression of how widows used to dress and behave in the old days. Gain a deeper understanding of the traditions surrounding mourning and the unique way in which the Asaro people honor their departed loved ones through this evocative and educational presentation.
  4. Cannibalism: Prepare for a gripping re-enactment of a cannibalistic story from Asaro’s history. This thought-provoking performance sheds light on the cultural practices of the past, offering a nuanced perspective on the Asaro people’s rich and complex heritage.
  5. Bere Bere: Immerse yourself in the intensity of the Bere Bere fighting outfits, as members of the Asaro Tribe don black paint, becoming fully armed with bows and arrows. Explore the warrior spirit of the Asaro people and the significance of this martial tradition in their cultural narrative.
  6. Burning Head of Gimesave: Witness the mesmerizing spectacle of fire on a large headdress designed to scare away bats and birds from the ancient banana plantations of Gimesave village. Learn about the practical and symbolic aspects of this unique fire ritual, showcasing the close connection between the Asaro people and their natural surroundings.
  7. Mini Mudmen: Delight in the innocence and charm of the Mini Mudmen, the young children of Asaro, as they don the heavy masks of the Mudmen for the first time. Experience the continuation of tradition through the eyes of the new generation, adding a heartwarming dimension to the cultural immersion.
  8. Arunumuna Ladies Group: Be captivated by the performances and songs of the Arunumuna Ladies Group, dressed in full traditional regalia adorned with red paint. Gain insights into the distinctive culture of Gimesave area ladies as they share their stories through music and dance.
  9. Korokuvo Masked Tribe: Explore the ancient tradition of mask-making with the Korokuvo Masked Tribe. Learn about the historical significance of these masks, used to hide faces during battles. Marvel at the intricate and sometimes frightening designs that have been passed down through generations, reflecting the tribe’s rich cultural heritage.
  10. Bride Price Ceremony: Join in the festivities of a re-enacted wedding during the Bride Price Ceremony. Experience the joyous celebration and witness the cultural practices surrounding this significant event, gaining insights into the intricate rituals that bind families and communities together.
  11. Traditional Bamboo Cooking: Indulge your taste buds in the age-old cooking method of traditional bamboo cooking. Watch as chicken and local herbs are expertly prepared in bamboo wood over a campfire, providing a sensory experience that connects you with the culinary heritage of the Highlands in Papua New Guinea.
  12. Traditional Mumu: Immerse yourself in the flavors of local pit cooking with the Traditional Mumu. Experience the slow cooking of vegetables, chicken, and/or pig using hot stones and banana leaves in the ground. This culinary tradition offers a unique taste of Papua New Guinea’s gastronomic history.
  13. Dwarf: Embrace the whimsical and entertaining custom of children dressing up as dwarves. This lighthearted and eccentric tradition serves as a source of joy and amusement for locals, adding a touch of humor to the cultural mosaic of the Asaro people.

Immersive Accommodations at Asaro Eco Lodge: Blending Tradition with Comfort

Discover a harmonious blend of cultural authenticity and modern comfort in our thoughtfully designed rooms at Asaro Eco Lodge. Embracing the spirit of the local tribes, each of our 6 superior rooms and 5 standard rooms is a testament to the rich heritage of the region, echoing the architectural traditions of the old Papuan houses that have stood the test of generations.

The superior rooms, adorned with indigenous tribal materials, exude a unique charm that transports guests into the heart of Papua New Guinea’s cultural tapestry. Two beds in each superior room offer spacious and comfortable sleeping arrangements, while the 5 standard rooms provide an intimate setting with a single bed, all crafted with a keen eye for local aesthetics.

Beyond their visual appeal, our rooms prioritize the convenience and well-being of our guests. Private showers and toilets in each room ensure a personal and refreshing experience, allowing you to unwind after a day of exploration. For those seeking connectivity, Western plugs are readily available, and a dedicated desk provides a comfortable space for work or leisure, whether you’re using your laptop or jotting down notes in your journal.

In our commitment to sustainable tourism, Asaro Eco Lodge extends its impact beyond the confines of our property. We take pride in sharing our profits with the entire local community that played an integral role in the construction of these rooms. Every stay contributes to the well-being and prosperity of the community, fostering a symbiotic relationship that enhances the overall experience for our guests.

For added convenience, the superior rooms are equipped with a luggage table and a clothing rack, offering a designated space to organize and store your belongings. These thoughtful amenities complement the overall design, ensuring that your stay is not only culturally enriching but also comfortable and tailored to your needs.

At Asaro Eco Lodge, we invite you to immerse yourself in the authenticity of Papua New Guinea’s tribal heritage while enjoying the modern comforts of a well-appointed retreat. Our rooms are more than accommodations; they are gateways to a cultural journey that extends its positive impact to the very communities that make it possible.

Nestled at Asaro Eco Lodge, the Tree House Bungalow blends tradition and nature. A massive tree emerges from its roof, symbolizing Papua New Guinea’s vibrant landscapes.

Inside, tribal richness fills the space with artifacts from across the region. The living room, adorned with tribal designs, features a large table for meetings or shared meals, fostering community.

Explore two bedrooms seamlessly integrated with a growing tree. Each room, with two beds, is a sanctuary of comfort amid tribal aesthetics.

What sets the Tree House Bungalow apart is its dedication to showcasing diverse tribes. Each corner is a tribute, adorned with photographs and artifacts, offering a journey through Papua New Guinea’s cultural mosaic.

This bungalow is not just a stay; it’s an immersion into the rich heritage of Papua New Guinea, inviting guests to connect with the soul of this extraordinary land.

For inquiries or price quotation requests, individuals can reach out to, ensuring a prompt response within 48 hours; however, rates may vary depending on the time period, with August and September considered high season and thus more expensive. Additionally, it’s worth noting that traveling solo in Papua New Guinea can be relatively costly, as individuals bear all expenses, making it advisable to consider joining friends or opting for one of our annual guided group tours for a more cost-effective and enriching experience.

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