June - October
Colours, size and action for the lures are very important at Bensbach. Angling Adventures will provide a tackle list with the final documents for our clients.
*CLIENTS MUST TAKE THEIR OWN TACKLE
The Bensbach is the last river westwards in Papua New Guinea, meandering through lowland forest and lush waving grassland, finding its slow way to the sea on the Irian Jaya border.
For fishermen, Bensbach is paradise, the water of the river is teeming with barramundi, tarpon and saratoga. Local guides accompany visitors and can show you all the best fishing spots.
The scenery is like nowhere else in Papua New Guinea. As you move through the densely forested lowlands, a bend in the river will transform the landscape, as swiftly as an image on a screen, into a vista of rolling parkland, empty and green and infinite.
There are literally thousands of head of Rusa deer grazing the plains, descendents of small herds introduced more than fifty years ago by the Dutch in Irian Jaya. Wild pigs, wallabies and packs of wild dogs all roam at will on the plains, not at all timid and very easy to spot. There are salt water crocodiles as well as goannas and turtles, and a dazzling variety of birds.
You can see pelicans and parrots, motionless herons standing sentinel in the reeds, magpie geese and scrub turkey. Jabiru storks floating overhead on the unseen thermals, dancing brolgas and delicate ibis, cormorants diving for fish, bush fowls, cassowaries, eagles - and many, many more.
Just less than 100km inland from the river mouth is the Bensbach Wildlife Lodge. Its deceptively simple design, harmonising perfectly with its surroundings, offers a well equipped comfortable base from which visitors travel by 20 foot boats at a relaxed and easy pace, to explore the surrounding wilderness.
Bensbach Wildlife Lodge has been built entirely from locally available materials, charmingly and cleverly adapted to the tastes and comfort of its visitors. The result is a building which blends perfectly with its surroundings and yet offers excellent accommodation for sixteen guests(We keep our groups to nine). Rooms are spacious and cool, with ceiling fans and refrigerators. Covered verandahs link the accommodation wings to the main building, which has a dining room, bar and a relaxing lounge. Food at Bensbach is ideal for a country holiday - delicious farmhouse cooking with venison, duck and freshly caught barramundi as regular items on the menu.
Boats: 20 foot Yamaha “banana boats” and River Trucks.
Guide: You will always have a guide with you, someone who belongs to the area and knows exactly how to advise you.
Transport: Charter flights from Cairns with Barrier Air take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to Daru where we clear customs and immigration. From Daru a 50 minute flight has you at Bensbach Lodge.
PER PERSON COSTS
8 days, 8 night ex - Cairns
6 to 9 people $7065 per person
plus insurance - 3 per boat
* all meals
* permit fees
* 2 nights twin share accommodation in Cairns
* 6 nights twin share accommodation at Bensbach
* 5 1/2 days guided fishing
* return flights from Cairns to Bensbach