Tonda Wildlife Management Area, Western Province
remote and sparsely populated South-Western corner of Papua
New Guinea is home to our 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.
is our premier wildlife location in PNG. 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.
wetlands are also home to massive flocks of pelicans, pygmy
geese and sea eagles and other raptors hunt fish from the
skies above. A complete list of the 191 different species
of birds that have been recorded at Bensbach lodge is available
at Bensbach however, is not only abundant above the water.
Bensbach 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.
of malaluca (paper bark eucalypts) provide building materials
for the local people and the bark is used as insulation in
traditional ovens. Sago and yams are the staples of the Bensbach
people, storing their yams for up to six months at a time
in yam houses, this seasonal crop is the life blood of the
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.
fishing and cultural touring is done on small power boats
with experienced skippers and accompanied by knowledgeable
Wilderness Lodge is accessible by charter aircraft from Mount
Hagen, Port Moresby or Daru.