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Not surprisingly, it took the first natural history collectors to penetrate into the Arfak Mountains a good while to recover from their ascertainment that the unreal roofed maypole bowers of the Vogelkop Bowerbird Amblyornis inornatus indeed were no playing houses made by the indigenous children.

Explore Arfak

Outdoors break

On this West Papuan outdoors break we basically follow in the footsteps of the great Italian naturalists D’Albertis and Beccari, who once collected in the Hattam cultural area only a few kilometers away from our base in the Arfak Mountains on the mid-slopes of majestic Mount Indon, towering 2,425 m above the Prafi Valley. Nearly a century and a half elapsed since the intrepid D’Albertis was the first westerner to penetrate any distance into the mountains of New Guinea exactly here in 1872, but exploring these magnificent woods, swathed in clouds during parts of most days, remains an irresistible adventure. A privileged opportunity also, to be taken in tow by the Hattam, across their ancestral lands, and marvel at endemic wildlife that few outsiders have ventured to come and see before.

When?

Possible year-round, but most certainly best from June to November.

Scheduled departures

Please enquire for details on our upcoming departures.

Physical effort

Reasonable physical fitness and good agility are required to hike the relatively steep slopes here.

Tour summary

Day 1 > Manokwari and Arfak montane forests.
Day 2-3 > Arfak montane forests.
Day 4 > Arfak montane forests and Manokwari.
Day 5 > Manokwari.

Tour description

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Related links

Read on about the birdlife of the Arfak Mountains.

Read on about our filming expedition for Vogelkop Bowerbird in the Arfak Mountains with the BBC Natural History Unit.

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5 days/4 nights

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...on sent vraiment le début d’une amitié avec eux, dommage que nous n’ayons pas plus de temps mais ce sera aussi l’occasion de revenir, merci Iwein et Like.
Cedric and Yanick Gentil, Founders, ExplorAction, Switzerland