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Birdwatching in Papua New Guinea

The 708 bird species identified so far for the islands include 578 land and freshwater species, 40 sea birds and 90 migrants from countries to the North and South.
The non-perching birds include cassowaries, birds of prey, megapods, pigeons and doves, cuckoos and coucals, owls and rogmouths, lorries and lorikeets, parrots, cockatoos, kingfishers and hornbills.
The perching birds include cuckoo-shrikes and trillers, shrikes, thrushes, logrunners, babblers, warblers, fairy-wrens, fantails, monarchs and robins, whistlers and pitohuis, honeyeaters, finches, starlings, mynahs, orioles, drongos, wood swallows, butcherbirds, bowerbirds and Birds of Paradise.

"Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura victoria)"

There are 43 known species of Bird of Paradise on our planet, 38 of these are found in Papua New Guinea.

Electronic map of Papua New Guinea

Tour I
12 Day birdwatching tour in Papua New Guinea.


Day 1.
Upon arrival in Port Moresby ex international flight, you will be met and transferred to ongoing flight to Mt Hagen. Mount Hagen Town is in the upper Wahgi Valley - a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Perched high on Mount Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley.
Overnight: Rondon Ridge (B).

"Raggiana Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea raggiana)"

Day 2 and 3.
Two days are spent birding on in the high altitude forests behind Rondon Ridge. Close by to the lodge are Macgregor's Bowerbird, the Brown Sicklebill, Stephanie's Astrapia and the Superb Bird of Paradise amongst many others. Further a field is the Black Sicklebill, the Buff-tail Sicklebill, King of Saxony Bird of Paradise and the Short-tailed Paradigalla to name a few.
Overnight: Rondon Ridge (BLD).
Day 4.
Fly by charter from Mount Hagen to Karawari, the mountains start to give way until eventually vast tracts of dense tropical lowland rainforest cover the landscape for as far as the eye can see. Located on a ridge overlooking the Karawari River, in the Sepik region is a time-warped mixture of pre-technological and technological architecture - is the perfect base for some old-fashioned jungle, river and village exploration. You are in the middle of Arambak country - locals pole dug-out canoes, the drums throb, the wild birds call, and, traditional village lifestyles continue largely unchanged. "Something likes a National Geographic expedition". No roads. Thick jungle. Locals poling dugouts. Crocodiles. You wind up at the surprising Karawari Lodge. Afternoon birding.
Overnight: Karawari Lodge (BLD).

"Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus)"

Day 5 and 6.
With some 225 species of birds, Karawari is an excellent location to seek lowland, rainforest and freshwater birds - particularly parrots, including Lorikeets, Eclectus, Palm Cockatoos, Edwards-Fig Parrot. There are also three birds of paradise, the King, Twelve-Wire and the Magnificent Riflebird. Cassowaries, Frog-mouths, Owls, birds of prey, Bower birds, Honeyeaters and a whole host of others await the intrepid birder!
Overnight: Karawari Lodge (BLD).
Day 7.
Fly by charter aircraft to Tari over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. The country between Ambua and the Sepik region is an amazing array of jagged limestone that seem to rise and drop at impossible angles. Ambua Lodge is an inspired mixture of local architecture, spectacular views and modest luxury off the beaten track. Located at 7000 feet (2100 meters) in the PNG Southern Highlands, homeland of the Huli clan with their human hair wigs adorned with colourful flowers. Recipient of the 1991 Pacific Asia Travel Association's "Pacific Heritage Award" which sighted Ambua Lodge as "superb example of culturally sensitive and ecological responsible tourism".
Afternoon guided nature walk through the alpine forest looking for the exotic bird of Paradise.
Overnight: Ambua Lodge (BLD).
Day 8, 9 and 10.
With an amazing thirteen species of Birds of Paradise, Ambua and the Tari Gap is a Mecca for birders seeking these amazing and colourful birds. Close to the lodge, birds that are commonly seen include the Buff-Banded Rail, Longtailed Shrike, Pied Chat, Orange-crowned Fairy-wren, Mountain Peltops, Friendly Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Blue-grey Robin and the Hooded mannikin.
Overnight: Ambua Lodge (BLD).
Day 11.
Transfer from Ambua Lodge to airport for your flight with Air Niugini to Port Moresby.
Meet and be transferred to Gateway Hotel.
Overnight: Gateway Hotel (B)
Day 12.
Today you will be transferred from Gateway Hotel to airport for your outgoing flight.
(No Meals)

12 day tour price is:
2 pax US$7365 per person double room. 4 pax US$6699 per person double room.

Single supplement US$1,682

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Accommodation on twin share basis, airport transfers and tours on a seat in a bus basis, meals as specified in the above itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.
Domestic and international flights, visa fees and services of a personal nature such as beverage, laundry charges, phone and fax bills.
Notes: Additional Charter Cost for this service: (we book and ticket and you pay us).
Please note that on all charter air, TNAIR, the maximum baggage allowance is 10kg per person and a carry on bag that must not exceed 5kg per person. Large hard-sided suitcases are not permitted on charter aircraft.
TNAIR Mt Hagen/Karawari @ US$523.00 per person.
TNAIR Karawari/Tari @ US$523.00 per person.
Important Note: You book the Air Niugini (PX) flights in conjunction with your international arrival and departure flights your end to gain better discounts available overseas.
These flights are: PX186 Port Moresby/Mt Hagen and PX865 Tari/Port Moresby

The above birding itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes for birders. It can be shortened or extended.
All the date of itineraries include arrival and departure dates.
All trips are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
Minimum lead time four (4)weeks.
To check availability for tours on short notice, fill out "Request for Quote" form with desirable dates.
Clothing - Please pack lightly! This will most certainly add to the enjoyment of your trip. The climate at Karawari and Malolo Plantation Lodge, and the MV Swpik Spirit is hot and humid, thus lightweight long sleeved (preferably cotton) casual and modest clothing is appropriate for all occasions. Mosquitoes are drawn to dark colours, so khaki, camel, bone or similar are preferable colours to wear. A sweater is needed for cool highlands evenings and good walking shoes are essential.
Malolo Plantation Lodge has a swimming pool, so don't forget your swim suit. Bikinis or tight, skimpy clothing are not advisable in respect of the local culture.
Check list - Sun hat, Insect repellent, Flashlight (power is turned off at night at Karawari Lodge), Sunscreen lotion, Rain jacket, Extra pair comfortable walking shoes (the first pair may get wet or muddy at some point in your PNG travels), Binoculars, Camera and Malaria medication prescribed by your physician

Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Joseph.   

Birding guide Joseph Tano, your local Birdingpal guide
Joseph is a specialist birding guide and has guided birdwatchers for over 30 years. He was worked with the following, who regard him as the best guide in PNG: Brian J. Coates's, Bruce M. Beehler, Tim Laman and David Atterbury. Joseph speak English.

Some facts about Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea is one of the last frontiers of adventure travel, providing an unparalleled array of natural beauty, exotic wildlife and cultural tradition. Located just north of Australia, Papua New Guinea is the second largest island in the world next to Greenland and is the highest island in the world.
A land of geological contrasts it is marked by 4500 meter mountains, expansive rain forest terrain, vast river delta systems and pristine coral atolls. Such diversity is only rivaled by the people themselves whose traditions remain an active part of everyday life and are as varied and breathtaking as the landscape that surrounds them.
With over 700 known languages, Papua New Guinea has one of the most diverse populations on earth with many different cultures. Intrepid travelers can immerse themselves in a vibrant collection of cultural possibilities. From the colorful body adornment of the highlanders to the ceremonial and decorative carvings of the Sepik Region, the people of Papua New Guinea share their customs and their heritage with a genuine openness and hospitality.

More facts about Papua New Guinea.

Guide books and CD's recommended:

Birds of Papua New Guinea: Brian J. Coates's two-volume set
Birds of New Guinea: Bruce M. Beehler (Author), Thane K. Pratt (Author), Dale A. Zimmerman (Author)
Tim Laman Birds of Paradise: Revealing the world's most extraordinary birds
CDs: David Atterbury - Atterbury in Paradise

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Last update 24/02/2014