A short 7 day introductory birding tour to New Guinea visiting the Varirata National Park on the Sogeri Plateau above Port Moresby and Kumul Lodge near Mt Hagen. All the endemic PNG families can be seen on this tour.
While we will be concentrating on getting as many species of Birds of Paradise as possible, we will also be looking for other New Guinea specialities particularly the brighter and more colourful parrots, pigeons and kingfishers. There are excellent photographic opportunities at Kumul Lodge where Birds of Paradise come to the feeders in the Lodge grounds and at the PAU in Port Moresby where the ponds allow us a good view of waterbirds.
This short tour is designed for people with limited time who would nevertheless like a New Guinea experience. It can be run consecutively with other Taste of Tours with a slight modification to allow for a longer more thorough exploration of this fascinating country.
This tour offers a good chance for at least one member of all seven New Guinea endemic bird families.
In Port Moresby accommodation is in comfortable western style hotels. Kumul lodge is a well appointed westernised landowner lodge made of bush materials.
Participants need to be in good health and of a reasonable fitness level. Although this is a short tour Papua New Guinea is a country of steep, rainforest clad mountainsides and while we try to keep them at a minimum there can be steep muddy trails to be negotiated somewhere during the trip.
Expect rain somewhere and while the area around Kumul at 2600m will be quite cool and even cold at night around Port Moresby it may be hot and humid.
2019 Tour Cost:
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Flights ex Brisbane (Approximately):
- 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 - Varirata National Park (1)
Full day guided birding at 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 3 - Varirata National Park (2) & PAU Ponds
A second morning up at Varirata should prove very rewarding with an afternoon visit to the PAU ponds,where Wandering and Spotted Whistling Ducks, PapuanFrogmouth and Fawnbreasted Bowerbird are amongst the species which can be seen.
Day 4 - Fly to Mt Hagen
Taking the early flight up to Mt Hagen we will spend the next 3 nights at Kumul Lodge, a photographers dream where paradise are amongst the visitors to the feeder. Brown Sicklebill, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Archbold’s Bowerbird, Brehm’s Tiger Parrot and Smoky Honeyeater can all be seen in the vicinity of the Lodge.
Day 5 - Kumul area birding (1)
Full day birding the Kumul area. Superb and Lesser Bird-of-Paradise likely.
Day 6 - Kumul area birding (2)
Morning birding the Kumul area, checking a site for the rare Blue Bird of Paradise and another trail for the spectacular King-of-Saxony Bird of Paradise with the afternoon option of a cultural tour to the local village birding on the way.
Day 7 - Fly to Port Moresby & onward flights
Leaving Kumul we take fly back to Port Moresby where we have lunch and then spend some time in the Port Moresby environs before taking our evening flight back to Cairns.