Wapenamanda is the capital of the Wapenamanda District, which is situated in the Enga Province. With its mountainous terrain extending beyond 2,000 metres, the Enga Province boasts steep valleys, dense rainforest and stunning waterfalls. It is home to around 200,000 people who predominantly speak Engan, not English or Pidgin like many other regions in Papua New Guinea. Wapenamanda offers visitors a base to explore the Enga Province.

Things to see and do

Wabag, the capital of the Enga Province, lies approximately 30 kilometres from Wapenamanda. If you want to learn more about the Engan people, then be sure to check out the Taekanda Cultural Centre. The centre showcases an array of cultural artefacts, which offers an insight into the fascinating locals. Just a little out of Wabag, you’ll find Yuo Waterfall. The falls are a sight to behold, so make sure you set aside some time to see them. Ask around locally for a guide to take you to the falls. Check out Lake Surunki or Lake Rau in the Enga Province. The lakes have laid fertile ground for birdlife and other local fauna. Speak to someone at the Wabag District Tourism Office about organising a guide. Kumul Lodge, nestled within the Mount Hagen Ranges, is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The eco lodge is located in an area endemic to a number of species of the bird of paradise. Additionally, the lodge offers orchid tours, bushwalking, trekking, cultural tours, and travel to the famous Mount Hagen Show.

Other attractions worth checking out

  • Laiagam Botanical Gardens
  • Porgera Gold Mine and Paiam Town
  • The Laiagam Salt Ponds

Annual Festivals & Shows

  • Enga Show in Wabag, August
  • Mt Hagen Show, August

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