Your Kokoda Solidarity Treks personal Guide is Kokoda PNG local John (Derick) Eroro, and is owned and operated by him.
We organise all aspects of your Kokoda experience – then walk beside you every step of the way.
John Eroro has built a reputation over more than thirty years as the most experienced and respected Trek Leader along the Kokoda Track. His teams are steeped in the tradition of their forefathers, the legendary “fuzzy-wuzzy angels” who carried and cared for Australian diggers in a true spirit of solidarity in 1942.
They bring that same spirit of solidarity to their relationships with the trekkers in their care today.
This spirit is perhaps best expressed in this poem written by Bert Beros in 1942:
Many a mother in Australia when her busy day is done
Sends a prayer to the Almighty for the keeping of her son
Asking that an angel guide him and bring him safely back
Now we see those prayers are answered on the Owen Stanley track
Tho they haven’t any halos only holes slashed in their ears
And their faces marked with tattoos and scratch pins in their hair
Bringing back the badly wounded just as steady as a hearse
Using leaves to keep the rain off and as gentle as a nurse
Slow and careful in bad places on that awful mountain track
And the look upon their faces makes us think that Christ was black.
We don’t rush these treks. We are on the track for nine or ten days with two days travelling to and from PNG – 11 to 12 days in total.
When you trek with us, you do so with people who will be with you every step
of the way.