Tonda Wildlife Management Area, Western
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
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 here.
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
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 Bensbach people.
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.