Tour module round trip 8 days Adventurous Papua - the Korowai
You sleep in small tents and sometimes in local primitive accommodations. Besides a guide you will also be accompanied by porters and a cook during your trip.
You need to be in good physical condition and have a great deal of adaptability as you will get into not everyday situations.
The round trip starts and ends in Jayapura. If you wish you can add the Baliem valley tour module to (before or after) your Korowai round trip.
€ 1,970 p.p. based on 4 participants
• All transport over land by car including transfers from and to the airports
• All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
• 2 hotel overnight stays in Dekai
• 5 overnight stays in tents
• English speaking guide
• Porters and cook
• Motorboat Korowai
• Ceremonies at the Korowai
• Travel permit (bring copies of your passport and passport photos)
• Entrance fees and donations
• All activities in program
. Flights Jayapura-Dekai-Jayapura
•Tips and personal expenses
•Travel and cancellation insurance
•Booking fee and contribution Calamiteitenfonds €30 per booking
Day 1 Arrival Jayapura and transit to Dekai
Day 2 A day on the Brazza river
Day 3 Trekking to the Korowai
Day 4 Living with the Korowai
Day 5 Living with the Korowai
Day 6 Back to Mabul
Day 7 Brazza river to Dekai
Day 8 Flight back to Wamena or Jayapura
KorowaiThe Korowai, also called Kolufo, are the people who live in southeast Papua, the southeastern part of West New Guinea. They number about 3000. It is possible that the Korowai were unaware of the existence of any people besides themselves, before outsiders made contact with them in 1970.
Some sources say this group belongs to one of the few peoples that until today have practised cannibalism. Other sources contradict this and say cannibalism hasn’t been practised anymore for 20 years now.
The term Korowai is a Malaysian derivation of the name Kolufo, refers more to commonality in language, than to tribe unity. The patriarch is for the Korowai themselves the relevant unity if it’s about self-identification. These Papua people, from subdistrict Kouh in the southern district Merauke of the Indonesian province Papua, live between the islands and the upperstream of the Beckingrivier.
Living on the rhythm of the Sago palmWithout the sago palm the Korowai would be lost. This palm tree is not only used for the construction of their houses, it’s also their main food. Sago is a sort of flour made from the pulp of the sago palm. It’s a very laborious process. One family uses one tree per week! So, when there are no sago palms left the tribe has to move. The sago palm that provided food and construction material is finally used as fuel. The Korowai hunt (e.g. wild pig and Kasuaris) and fish, with arrows they make themselves.
The treehouses can reach heights up from 12 to 50 meters. The bark of the sago palm is used for the wooden floor and walls, and its leaves for the roof. The frame of the house is made of branches which are tied together with straw. To climb to the house they suspend a ladder made of a dry trunk in which notches are cut. This ladder trembles by each step and warns the occupants that a visitor is coming. Because of their small and muscular body the Korowai easily climb trees.
A marriage is often an occasion to build a new house. Even the families from neighbouring tribes come over to help.
Hostility towards strangers
Some Korowai-tribes refuse receiving white people and are hostile towards strangers. Arrows sometimes fly over the heads. Other tribes, living closer to the city, gave up their traditional equipment and receive tourists. But it is almost impossible to go there unannounced.
Entirely in accordance with their tradition the Korowai wear strange jewels. Their nose is pierced with the bone of a kasuaris-wing. Some also have special marks on their face and braids from sago palm fibres.