[19th – 24th July 2019]
[10th – 15th July 2020]
This short tour 6 day is designed to target at least one member of all 7 endemic bird families of PNG (Papua New Guinea) – Crested & Tit Berrypecker, Blue-capped Ifrit, Mottled Berryhunter, Wattled Ploughbill, Lesser Melampitta, Crested & Loria’s Satinbird & Fan-tailed Berrypecker. Visiting just two areas, both close to Mt Hagen this tour give you a good chance of cleaning up on the current New Guinea Bird families in one surgical strike.
This is not a general birding tour and is set up for specific results. Although a number of other birds, including several birds of paradise will undoubtedly be seen, the priorities are members of each of the endemic families. Because of this it is not recommended for the more general birder. However, the same destinations will give a very good short introduction to New Guinea birds if the itinerary is approached differently as this is a very bird rich area.
This area also has a number of options for exploring the fascinating cultural side of Papua New Guinea.
Kumul Lodge is a more upmarket than usual landowner lodge made of local materials. The rooms have private bathrooms but it is still a landowner lodge. Rondon Ridge is a well appointed, comfortable, modern western style lodge.
Distances are not great but there is some rough walking up steep and often muddy tracks involved. Flights in and out of Mt Hagen can be affected by weather conditions especially during the wetter months of the year though rain can occur at any time. During the winter it can get very cold. Kumul Lodge is at 2600m!
2019 Tour Cost:
2019 Single Supplement:
Flights ex Cairns (Approximately):
- 5 nights accommodation
- Meals as itinerary (check PDF itinerary)
- Airport transfers within Papua New Guinea
- Transport including driver and fuel where required
- Site Fees
- Guide services of the tour leader
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Flights (Domestic & International)
- Items of a personal nature
Day 1 - Arrive Port Moresby & fly to Mt Hagen
Fly into Port Moresby. Meet with your guide before transferring to the domestic terminal for your flight to Mt Hagen. On arrive in Mt Hagen you will be met by hotel staff from Kumul Lodge who will take you to the lodge.
Day 2 - Kumul area birding (1)
Birding the Kumul area. Members of all 7 endemic families can be seen in the Kumul area. They are not all easy but can be seen. The morning will be spent away from the lodge while the afternoon will concentrate on species closer to the lodge itself. Lesser Melampitta, Blue-capped Ifrit, Tit and Crested Berry-pecker, Fan-tailed Berrypecker, Crested and Loria’s Satinbird are all possible here.
Day 3 - Kumul area birding (2)
Second full day in the Kumul area. Further exploration of the Murmur area if necessary while the afternoon can be spent in the lodge vicinity.
Day 4 - Transfer to Rondon Ridge
After breakfast transfer to Rondon Ridge. Balance of the day will be spent walking the trails around the lodge. This is one of the best places to see Mottled Berryhunter and Wattled Ploughbill is usually easier here than at Kumul.
Day 5 - Rondon Ridge birding
Full day exploring the area around Rondon Ridge on foot.
Day 6 - Fly to Port Moresby & take onward flights
After breakfast transfer back to Mt Hagen area and take the morning flight back to Port Moresby. Here you will transfer to the international terminal and begin your journey home.