Bensbach Lodge

Bensbach Wildlife Lodge

Bensbach River, Papua New Guinea

Lodge Lodge


The remote and sparsely populated South-Western corner of Papua New Guinea is home to our most isolated Wilderness Lodge – Bensbach. Unlike most of the country there are no towering mountains, no waterfalls, only wide, sweeping flood plains abundant with all forms of wildlife.

Bensbach is our premier wildlife location in PNG. The grasslands teem with herds of deer, wallabies, snakes and monitor lizards and the flood plains are a vital stopping point for migratory birds on their incredible journey between their breeding grounds to the North and their feeding areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Curlew Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones (which breed in Arctic Siberia) and Yellow Wagtails (which breed in Eurasia) are some of our more special visitors found here.

Life at Bensbach however, is not only abundant above the water. Bensbach is a sport fisherman’s paradise -renowned as one of the Barramundi capitals of the world. Catering to the serious angler as well as those who just want to experience catching one of these magnificent fighting fish, Bensbach practices sustainable catch-and-release fishing and only what is needed for that night meal is kept.

Bensbach accommodates up to sixteen guests in two separate wings, each linked to the main lodge building that houses the dining area, a well stocked bar and comfortable lounge. The lodge is built entirely from local materials, adapted to the tastes and comfort of its visitors with 220V electricity, ceiling fans and hot and cold water. The dinner menu features delicious freshly caught Bensbach Barramundi and venison purchased from local hunters.

Birding, fishing and cultural touring is done on small power boats with experienced skippers and accompanied by knowledgeable local guides.

Bensbach Wilderness Lodge is accessible with our charter aircraft from Mount Hagen, Port Moresby or Daru.

Bensbach Wildlife Lodge


Double Rooms


Private Facilities
24hr – Electricity
Hot & Cold Water

Naturalist / Guide

Resident Guide
Guided Walks
Night Walks / Drives
Boat Trips
Fishing available
Near National Park / Reserve
(less than 50km)
Near Stream or River


Nearby Trails


Restaurant / Dining
Picnic / Lunch Boxes

Species List - English

  1. Southern Cassowary 2-10km
  2. Orange-footed Scrubfowl 1km
  3. Australian Bustard 2-10km
  4. Brolga 2-10km
  5. Beach Stone-Curlew 2-10km
  6. Coroneted Fruit-Dove 2-10km
  7. Orange-fronted Fruit Dove 2-10km
  8. Rainbow Lorikeet 1km
  9. Australian Masked Owl 2-10km
  10. Papuan Frogmouth 2-10km
  11. Little Paradise Kingfisher 2-10km
  12. Papuan Spinetailed Swift 1km
  13. Pale-vented Bush-hen 2-10km
  14. Nankeen Night Heron 2-10km
  15. Royal Spoonbill 2-10km
  16. Wedge-tailed Eagle 2-10km
  17. Spangled Kookaburra 2-10km
  18. Glossy-mantled Manucode 2-10km
  19. Coconut Lorikeet 2-10km
  20. Red-cheeked Parrot 2-10km
  21. Palm Cockatoo 2-10km
  22. Fly River Grassbird 2-10km
  23. Grey-crowned Mannikin 2-10km
  24. Black Mannikin 2-10km
  25. Collared Sparrowhawk 2-10km
  26. Australian Pelican 2-10km
  27. Australian Pratincole 2-10km
  28. Moustached Treeswift 2-10km
  29. Pheasant Coucal 2-10km
  30. Spotted Whistling-Duck 2-10km

Species List - Scientific

  1. Casuarius casuarius 2-10km
  2. Megapodius reinwardt 1km
  3. Ardeotis australis 2-10km
  4. Antigone rubicunda 2-10km
  5. Esacus magnirostris 2-10km
  6. Ptilinopus coronulatus 2-10km
  7. Ptilinopus aurantiifrons 2-10km
  8. Trichoglossus moluccanus 1km
  9. Tyto novaehollandiae 2-10km
  10. Podargus papuensis 2-10km
  11. Tanysiptera hydrocharis 2-10km
  12. Mearnsia novaeguineae 1km
  13. Amaurornis moluccana 2-10km
  14. Nycticorax caledonicus 2-10km
  15. Platalea regia 2-10km
  16. Aquila audax 2-10km
  17. Dacelo tyro 2-10km
  18. Manucodia ater 2-10km
  19. Trichoglossus haematodus 2-10km
  20. Geoffroyus geoffroyi 2-10km
  21. Probosciger aterrimus 2-10km
  22. Poodytes albolimbatus 2-10km
  23. Lonchura nevermanni 2-10km
  24. Lonchura stygia 2-10km
  25. Accipiter cirrocephalus 2-10km
  26. Pelecanus conspicillatus 2-10km
  27. Stiltia isabella 2-10km
  28. Hemiprocne mystacea 2-10km
  29. Centropus phasianinus 2-10km
  30. Dendrocygna guttata 2-10km

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