A short 7 day introductory birdwatching tour to New Guinea visiting the area around Port Moresby and the lowland rainforest area of Kiunga. While we will be concentrating on getting as many species of Kingfishers as possible we will also be looking for other New Guinea specialities particularly the spectacular Birds of Paradise.
A highlight of the tour will be a full day river trip through unspoilt lowland rainforest where live at least eight possible kingfishers and ten species of parrot. That huge, spectacular and rare Southern-crowned Pigeon can also be found here.
Accommodation on this tour is a mixture of comfortable western style hotels and landowner lodges.
Participants need to be in good health and have a reasonable level of fitness. Although this is a short tour you will be visiting a variety of habitats and you should expect some rough walking along fairly steep and muddy trails. The road trip between Kiunga and Tabubil is winding and bumpy.
Expect rain somewhere along the way and in the lowland areas it can be hot and humid at all times of the year.
- 6 nights accommodation
- Meals as itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
- Airport transfers within Papua New Guinea
- Transport including driver and fuel where required
- Guide services of the tour leader
- Site Fees
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Drinks & Snacks
- Items of a personal nature
Day 1 - Arrive Port Moresby
Arrive in Port Moresby. A short tour of the Port Moresby area can be arranged for those who arrive in time to take advantage of it.
Day 2 - Fly to Kiunga and bird the local area
We take the early plane over to Kiunga on the Fly River in Western Province. Located in the midst of a huge area of lowland rainforest this is a great birding destination. Palm Cockatoo, Greater Bird of Paradise, Trumpet Manucode, Flame Bowerbird and Obscure Honeyeater are all possibilities here.
Day 3 - Boat trip up Fly & Elevala rivers to Kwatu
Taking a boat up the Fly and Elevala Rivers to Kwatu landowner lodge we enter an area of pristine rainforest. We will be looking for 12-wired and King Bird of Paradise, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Common and Little Paradise Kingfishers, Hooded and Red-bellied Pittas, Blue Jewel-Babbler and the huge Southern Crowned Pigeon.
Day 4 - Kwatu area birding before returning to Kiunga
Morning birding around Kwatu before returning by boat to Kiunga.
Day 5 - Kiunga to Port Moresby visiting PAU ponds
Returning to Port Moresby we visit the PAU ponds where where Wandering and Spotted Whistling Ducks, Papuan Frogmouth and Fawn-breasted Bowerbird are amongst the species which can be seen.
Day 6 - Full day visiting Varirata National Park
Full day guided birding in the Varirata National Park. Located on the Sogeri Plateau above Port Moresby this is a great birding spot. The Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise have a lek tree here, there are 6+ species of Kingfisher including Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher and Yellow-billed Kingfisher plus at least 7 species of dove not to mention Red-cheeked Parrots, Barred Owlet-nightjar and perhaps a Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler or Painted Quail-Thrush.
Day 7 - Morning birding before transferring to airport for onward flights home
After an early breakfast we will head out to bird the sites around Port Moresby including the mangroves where Collared Kingfisher may be found. Return to Port Moresby in time to take you evening flight.
Please note that there may be no evening flight to your chosen destination and an extra overnight in Port Moresby may be required.