Kundiawa Travel Guide

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Kundiawa Overview

Kundiawa is the capital of the Simbu province in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. It is home to 8,147 (2000 Census) who live along the Highlands Highway between Goroka and Mount Hagen. It is a relatively small town with several stores, police station, banks. The town is bordered by the Simbu river and the Wahgi river that flows out of it. You can wash your car in the river which is a welcome activity on a hot day in the dry season. Kundiawa is also where you pick up the road to Mount Wilhelm - the highest peak of Oceania, and the second highest peak on the Island (the other one belongs to Indonesia and is in Irian Jaya).
There are many dialects spoken in this very vertical society, the most common being Koman (Tok ples).
Just 20 minutes down the road is the Mingende Rural Hospital which services the large area in the Eastern Highlands. It is staffed by two physicians who are the family medicine, pediatric, general surgeons and anesthesiologists for the patients treated there. They are trained through the rural health fellowship and are excellent in case of an emergency. The hospital is also the site for the Callan Services resource center - this is a center promoting inclusive education for kids and adults with disabilities.

The people of Kundiawa are friendly and welcome you with open arms.