"Angoram - on the Mighty Sepik River" Angoram by Bwana_Brown

Angoram Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 6 photos

My trip to Angoram was a short side-adventure from one of my visits to the power station at Wewak, on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. Although a 113-km (66-mile) road will get you there, after a scenic 3-4 hour drive, weather permitting, I flew in via a charter airplane to deal with a small problem at the local diesel generating station.

Angoram itself is a small town, consisting of a few banks and stores and with one main hotel. The town arose as one of the first adminstrative centres to be developed inland from the north coast of the country, and is located about 80-km upstream on the banks of the Sepik River, close to where the tributary Keram River joins. The Sepik River is one of the greatest in the world, draining a huge area in the north of PNG as it winds its way from the central mountains and through tropical rainforest for 1130-km (660-miles). The brown waters of this slow-moving river push 50-km (30-miles) out into the Bismarck Sea before the Pacific Ocean is able to tame them!

Angoram actually makes for quite a convenient jumping-off spot for explorations in this very remote part of our globe. In my case, I had a one-night stand and was back on the airplane the next day. This view toward the mouth of the Sepik gives some idea of the size of the river, even this far inland. Please see my 'General Tips' for a map showing the location of Angoram.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A good exploration base for this exotic part of the world
  • Cons:A very distant and expensive place to reach
  • In a nutshell:You are really going to have to go out of your way to get here!
  • Last visit to Angoram: Feb 1981
  • Intro Updated Aug 23, 2005
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Still smiling about the accommodation tip [it being the only choice]. The river, the Spirit House, the introduction...all make for excellent reading.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2007 at 6:22 AM

    Interesting information about Haus Tambaran, Sepik river and the water plants!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2006 at 5:14 AM

    I found the tip about the Spirit Houses fascinating and the Sepik River looks like a tranquil place to take a canoe trip on. Also thank you for visiting my Medina, Spain page Glenn.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2006 at 7:16 AM

    These PNG pages of yours are fascinating, Glenn. But I suspect that even now, Angoram being a 'tourist centre' must surely be a very relative thing! :-)

  • aemilys's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2005 at 12:07 PM

    thanks so much, this is a dream for me!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2005 at 11:26 PM

    an interesting page, Glenn ! nice to see these color-pics of the early days !

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2005 at 12:35 AM

    Glenn, great you decided to make these oldies. Very interesting and informative as usual !!

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2005 at 4:18 PM

    Yes, echoing J-L comment. I wouldn't mind a go in one of those log canoes, I'm still to try one.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2005 at 10:24 PM

    Very interesting story with Salvinia molesta. The same has happened with Eichhornia crassipes, but as far as I know, there is no bug to control it !

  • quartinb's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2005 at 6:41 AM

    ..obviously ,a lot catching up to do with yur pages of papua new guinea and others, now that i'm back!

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