Amongst all birding destinations in the World , Papua New Guinea surely ranks as the topmost ,extraordinary , rewarding and exotic. It isone of the least explored parts of theWorld , where rules of evolutions have gone wild . Papua New Guinea , Popularly knows as “PNG” is home for celestial Birds of Paradises ,“poisonous “Pitohuis" amazing Fruit Doves , unbelievable Kingfishers , Satin birds and many more . We are expected to see displaying Raggiana Bird of Paradise and Growling Riffle Bird in Varirata nationalPark and Lesser, Blue , Superb, King of Saxony , Sicklebills , Ribbon-tailed Astrapia BOPs in Mt Hagen area. We will be searching for small but adorable King Bird of Paradise in Brown River zone, but undoubtedly better known for its array of Parrots and Parakeets.
Our 6 nights -7 days long , non-stop Bird Photography tour will surely push the photographer in you to the next level. We will be staying 3 nights in the famous Kumul Lodge, located in the mountainous Enga province - probably the only place in the World, where one can photograph Bird of paradises on a feeding table while sipping your coffee at the comfort of your resort.
New Guinea’s forest bird communities vary with elevations. Our tour will be covering lowland and hill / montane forest areas . We have selected best birding locations in Eastern ranges and SE Peninsula to make sure that we spend maximum time in the field photographing birds rather than Criss-crossing the country.
Day1 (June 26, 2018 )
Arrive in POM ( Port Moserbay International Airport) from an International gateway , preferably Singapore or Manila, well in advance to board PX180 to Mt Hagen airport. You will be received by the tour operator and transferred to the Kumul Lodge. Lunch at the Kumul Lodge.
At Kumul Lodge you will be welcomed by Tiger parrots, Brown Sicklebill, Ribbon tailed Astrapia, Friendly Fantail,Common Smokey Honeyeater,Crested Berrypecker, Blue-capped Irfrit , Red collared Myzomela etc. You will photograph all these avian beauties in close range before you retire for a good night sleep.
Night : Kumul Lodge
Day 2 ( June 27, 2018 )
Morning birding in Tonga area for the mystical Blue Bird Of Paradise. We will also search for species such as Papuan Mountain Pigeon, Forest Rail, Ornate Fruit Dove , Mountain Fruit Dove, Torrent Flycatcher etc .
We will spend the afternoon exploring the bird rich forest zones and gardens near the Kumul lodge searching for species such as Crested Satinbird, Wattled Ploughbill, Regent Whistler etc.
Night : Kumul Lodge
Day 3 (June28, 2018 )
Full day birding at Kama / Lai / Mambis areas for Lesser BOP and local specialities.
Kama village is famous for its Lesser Bird of Paradise lek in the casuarina grove, and it is also a good area for species such as Mountain Myzomela, Ornate Melidectes, Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo and Black-headed Whistler etc. We will also search for Magnificent bird of paradise , Torrent lark and regional specialities in this area.
Night : Kumul Lodge
Day 4 ( June 29, 2018 )
After an early morning breakfast, we will say good bye to the Kumul lodge and drive down to Murmurpas for King of Saxony bird of Paradise and lesser Melampitta before traveling to the airport to catch midday flight to POM.
You will be transferred to Rain tree Lodge / Holiday Inn Express on arrival. Afternoon birding in the PAU campus.
Pacific Adventist University ( PAU ) campus is known for its beautiful gardens and rich avian life. It is a very safe and productive birding location for birders. We will see many a Australasian birds in the campus especially water birds. The line up includes Pied Cormorant, Purple Swamhen,
Eurasian Coot, Masked Lapwing, Comb crested Jacana, Various fruit Doves and Parrots, Papuan Frogmouth, Friarbirds, Butcherbirds etc.
Night at Rain Dixe’s Bungalow
Day 5 (June 30, 2018 )
Today we will have an early B/F before driving down to the only National Park in Papua New Guinea ,the Varirata National Park. The park offers different altitude forests and chances of seeing and photographing rare varieties of Papuan species are excellent out here.
Full day birding and bird photography at The Varirata National Park.
Target species include, displaying Ragging Bird of Paradise ( National bird of Papua New Guinea ) , Trumpet Manucode, Brown Oriole , a collection of Birds of Preys, Great Cuckoo Dove, Fruit Doves, Parrots , Parakeets, Lorikeets, Blyth’s Hornbill, Marbled Frogmouth, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Yellow billed Kingfisher, Owlet Nightjars, Brown Headed paradise Kingfisher, Kookaburras, Jewel Babblers, Pitohuis , Riffle Bird , Pheasant Coucal and many more.
Day 6 ( July 1, 2018 )
We will have a very early departure today with packed breakfast and lunch to Brown River area.
Our prime target in Brown is definitely rarely seen the King bird of Paradise . We will also search for Black-billed Brush-turkey, Variable Goshawk, Coroneted Fruit-Dove, Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove, Pied Imperial Pigeon,, Greater Streaked Lory, Eclectus Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Orange-breasted Fig-parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo,Rufous-bellied Kookaburra,Blue Jewel-babbler, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Fairy-wrens, Shining Flycatcher, Northern Fantail, Little Shrike-thrush, Rusty Pitohui, Papuan Flowerpecker, Tawny-breasted Honeyeater, Black Sunbird, Grey Headed Mannikin, Yellow-faced Mynah, King Bird of
Paradise, Spangled Drongo, Metallic Starling,
Torresian Crow etc.
Day 7 (July 2, 2018 )
After breakfast you will be transferred to Airport for return international flights.
Principal Tour Organizer Guides : KinH Tropical Tours
Accommodation : Basic to Modern
Food : Local & International ( Non Veg )
Difficulty Level : Moderate with few hikes
Team Size : 6-7
Photography Opportunity : EXCELLENT
TOUR COST : USD 1987 ( twin share basis )*
Single Supplament : Kumul Lodge @USD 100 per night : Dixie’s @ USD 124 per night
Accommodations, meals, guide fees , security staff fees , ground transportation, entry fees etc.
International and Domestic air tickets, Insurances , Extra food and beverages , extra visits ( visit to a private orchard garden for USD 20 ) Tips and other incidental expenses .
* Subject to the availability of a suitable room mate. If not single supplement rate apply. * * No refund : but space exchange is allowed
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