Western Highlands Province
the Western Highlands Province, 7100 feet above sea level,
on the outer fringes of the Kubor Range, lies Rondon Ridge.
Boasting panoramic views of the Wahgi Valley below, Rondon
Ridge is the pinnacle of luxury in a remote and rural setting.
Hagen City is the business heart of the Papua New Guinea highlands
supporting a number of important industries such as tea, coffee,
mining and transportation. It is a city where stone meets
steel and where tradition and history is juxtaposed against
modern ways. A comprehensive touring program takes you on
a journey through the traditions and customs of the Melpa
People. First contact with the Melpa was made in the mid-1930s
when the Leahy brothers were prospecting for gold. The Melpa
are said by anthropologists, to be 'predisposed to capitalism'
because of their complex traditional society in which 'big
men' earn status by accruing wealth and then giving it all
away in a ceremonial exchange called "Moka". The
Lodge has a variety of new touring vehicles and all excursions
are accompanied by experienced local guides from the area.
180 species of birds have been recorded in the rainforests
around Rondon Ridge including ten species of Bird of Paradise.
The surrounding area is pristine rainforest and home to numerous
orchid species. The lodge has hours of walking trails providing
ample opportunity to explore the unique ecology of this area.
All nature and birding walks are accompanied by experienced
and knowledgeable nature guides. Comprehensive
bird and orchid lists are available for Rondon Ridge.
are accommodated in twelve tastefully appointed rooms with
warmed king beds for those fresh highlands nights, with modern
en-suite bathrooms. Rondon Ridge has 24-hour, eco-friendly
electricity, provided by its own hydroelectric power plant
that generates clean, natural energy from a nearby mountain
Ridge is a 40-minute drive from the town of Mount Hagen and
just under an hour from the airport. There are several daily
flights between Mount Hagen and the capital, Port Moresby.