Southern Highlands Province


Lush, high valleys sandwiched between towering limestone peaks.

In Mendi and Ialibu you’ll get a strong feeling for the intricate social systems that define the Southern Highlands. This is one of the few remaining places where the traditional way of life can be seen in everyday living, making it an adventure seeker’s dream. Summit the country's second-highest mountain, Mount Giluwe (4,368m), explore the tracks around Mount Ialibu (3,465m), or simply enjoy the peaceful scenery at Lake Kutubu.


  • Organise a guided tour from Lakwanda to visit skeleton caves, mountain trails, the region’s endemic orchids, bird watching sites, and cultural activities.
  • Feel the mist rising off the spectacular 100m plummet of the Wasi Falls at the Wildlife Management Area.
  • Pick up an Imbonggu basket from the Mendi Market, best visited on Fridays and Saturdays when the full force of vendors come to town.


Domestic flights arrive directly into the Mendi or Moro airports from Port Moresby. Your accommodation will provide airport transfers for your convenience. The Highlands Highway connects Mendi to Mt Hagen.