See the breathtaking beauty and unrivaled culture of Papua New Guinea.

In the small island country of Papua New Guinea, adhering to tradition isn’t quite the challenge that many countries face. Tradition permeates their way of life, from the rural inland villages of Goroka and Mount Hagan to the colonial coastal cities of Port Moresby and Lae. With untouched natural wonders including cascading falls, sweeping valleys, and fiery volcanoes, Papua New Guinea holds spectacles spanning the nation.

Plan to go during September for the annual Goroka festival, when more than 70 tribes gather for sing-sings—song and dance performances in ceremonial headdresses and body paint. Diversity thrives on the island nation with more than 800 languages, and this colorful celebration allows visitors a cultural showcase in what is considered the largest tribal gathering in the world.

No matter the time of year, vsitors are welcomed with open arms from a people with a culture like no other.

Kevin Johnson is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Travel. Follow him on Twitter.

Plenty of travelers visit South Africa for its wine or beaches. But fewer travelers venture inland to the landlocked country of Lesotho–surrounded on all sides by South Africa. It’s a pity, as Lesotho, with its high altitude and some three hundred days of sun a year, is one of Africa’s finest destinations for adventure travelers. Head to the Tsehlanyane National Park–thick with che-che (old wood)–or go skiing at Oxbow, one of Africa’s few ski resorts.

Lesotho

Plenty of travelers visit South Africa for its wine or beaches. But fewer travelers venture inland to the landlocked country of Lesotho–surrounded on all sides by South Africa. It’s a pity, as Lesotho, with its high altitude and some three hundred days of sun a year, is one of Africa’s finest destinations for adventure travelers. Head to the Tsehlanyane National Park–thick with che-che (old wood)–or go skiing at Oxbow, one of Africa’s few ski resorts.
Photograph by David South, Alamy STock Photo
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