The remote and sparsely populated South-Western corner of Papua New Guinea is home to the most isolated Wilderness Lodge - Bensbach. Unlike most of the country there are no towering mountains, no waterfalls, only wide, sweeping flood plains abundant with all forms of wildlife.
The grasslands teem with herds of deer, wallabies, snakes and monitor lizards and the flood plains are a vital stopping point for migratory birds on their incredible journey between their breeding grounds to the North and their feeding areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Curlew Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones (which breed in Arctic Siberia) and Yellow Wagtails (which breed in Eurasia) are some of our more special visitors found here.
Life at Bensbach however, is not only abundant above the water; it is a sport fisherman's paradise -renowned as one of the Barramundi capitals of the world. Catering to the serious angler as well as those who just want to experience catching one of these magnificent fighting fish, Bensbach practices sustainable catch-and-release fishing and only what is needed for that night's meal is kept.
Bensbach Lodge accommodates up to sixteen guests in two separate wings, each linked to the main lodge building that houses the dining area, a well stocked bar and comfortable lounge. The lodge is built entirely from local materials, adapted to the tastes and comfort of its visitors with 220V electricity, ceiling fans and hot and cold water. The dinner menu features delicious freshly caught Bensbach Barramundi and venison purchased from local hunters.
Bensbach is accessible by air charter from Mt Hagen or Australia. This package is priced from Horn Island in the Torres Strait, an airport serviced twice daily by Qantaslink to Cairns. Ideally this trip would be taken over a long weekend, however, we can be flexible to fit in with your requirements.
Day 1 - arrive Horn Island, clear customs and board your charter to Bensbach via Daru for immigration and customs clearance. Arrive Bensbach and check in to the lodge. Balance of day exploring or fishing.
Day 2-3 - full days fishing
Day 4 - after breakfast, board your charter to Horn via Daru to clear customs. Arrive in time to catch the afternoon Qantaslink flight to Cairns.
*$4395 per person, 6 per aircraft.
*$4695 per person, 5 per aircraft.
Prices are based on the aircraft and pilot staying with you for the duration, so preference would be to depart on a Friday and return on a Monday. Additional nights, charter fligth from Mt Hagen and land only options are available upon request. Return flights from Cairns to Horn start at $290 per person. Basic alcohol is available to purchase at the bar.
Prices are quoted in AUD, valid for 2016 BUT are subject to change without notice due to currency variations and increases in taxes. They cannot be guaranteed until paid in full. A $400 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking with the balance due no later that 60 days prior to departure. Bank transfer or credit card fees are not included in the above rates and will be added at the time of quoting. Bookings made within 60 days must be paid in full. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here. Travel insurance is mandatory.