Arfak and northern lowlands
We begin our West Papuan birding adventure in the town of Manokwari, situated on the northeastern tip of New Guinea's Bird's Head or Vogelkop Peninsula. We will travel straight through to the nearby Arfak Mountains where we shall be based for four nights in search of an entire suite of so-called 'Vogelkop' endemics. The second leg of our birding adventure takes us to the northern lowlands near Jayapura. Upon arrival here, we will first be birding in open country around Lake Sentani where we foremost hope to find two rare and localized grassland finches. Early next morning, we set out to our secluded Muaib jungle camp in pristine alluvial lowland forest for a five days' exploration of its rich and colorful lowland forest avifauna. A man-sized cassowary, two megapodes, seven dazzling forest kingfishers, a profusion of parrots, the world's largest pigeon, and a whopping six species of bird-of-paradise await the intrepid and careful observer here.
Possible year-round, but most certainly best from June to November.
Please enquire for details on our upcoming departures.
Reasonable physical fitness and good agility are required for this tour which plies some challenging terrain.
Day 1 > Manokwari and Arfak montane forests.
Read on about the birdlife of the Arfak Mountains.
Read on about the birdlife of the northern lowlands of New Guinea.
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Our wonderful experience
with you in Papua is at the top
of the list of our birding
trips to this day. It was simply amazing!
Like, your efforts in coordinating
arrangements, travel, accommodations
and catering left no
stone unturned. We did not starve
on this trip. In fact, we were spoiled beyond
our expectations. Iwein, your mastery
of Papuan ornithology, language,
customs and culture,
and relationships with the local
villagers is unmatched. You
are truly a walking talking Papuan encyclopedia.
And Maurits, what can I say? You were
tireless in your hospitality
to all of us.