A 14 day New Guinea introduction for those who, while still active birders, feel they would not enjoy the exacting pace of the usual New Guinea Tour. This tour is particularly suitable for those who want a more relaxed tour with a return to the hotel for lunch and a rest an option for most days.
While there will still be some walking, venues have been carefully chosen to avoid steep muddy trails and the more difficult sites. Accommodation is in comfortable western style hotels throughout. Visiting the lowland areas around Kiunga, the montane heaths and forest of the Tari Valley and the savannah areas around Port Moresby, while we concentrate on the more spectacular and easily seen New Guinea Birds, there should be plenty of birds of paradise and a full supporting case of New Guinea specialities.
While every effort has been made to ensure that the steepest and muddiest trails are avoided New Guinea is still a country of thickly forested mountain slopes without a contiguous road network which necessitates a number of flights often in small planes. many roads are unsealed and can be bumpy.
Rain is likely at all times, in all areas and while the lowlands may be hot and humid it can be cold at the higher altitudes. Participants need to be in good health but only need a reasonable level of fitness.
Day 1: Arrive Port Moresby. A short tour of the town can be arrange for those who arrive in time.
Day 2: 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: 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, and Obscure Honeyeater are all possibilities here.
Day 4: Taking a boat up the Fly and Elevala Rivers 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 5: A morning visit to the Flame Bowerbird lek site. before taking the plane to Mt Hagen and Kumul Lodge where we will relax on the verandah watching the feeders where Brown Sicklebill, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Archbold’s Bowerbird, Brehm’s Tiger Parrot and Smoky Honeyeater can all be seen.
Day 6: Full day birding the Kumul area.
Day 7: Transfer to the very comfortable Rondon Ridge where we will have lunch before an afternoon bird walk.
Day 8: Birding the Rondon area.
Day 9: Take the chartered flight over to Tari and the world famous Ambua Lodge where a relaxed lunch will be followed by a bird walk in the grounds.
Day 10- 12: Birding Ambua or there is a Huli cultural tour option. There are 13 species of Birds of Paradise in the Ambua area including Black Sicklebill, King of Saxony Bird of Paradise, and Princess Stephanie’s Astrapia plus many other birds.
Day 13: Take the morning flight to Port Moresby where we will check into our hotel and take lunch before an afternoon visit to the PAU ponds Wandering and Spotted Whistling Ducks, Papuan Frogmouth and Fawn-breasted Bowerbird are amongst the species which can be seen.
Day 14: Take the flight back to home.