Explore the unexplored in Papua New Guinea, one of the least-trodden nooks of the planet where the rules of evolution have gone wild. Papua New Guinea, popularly known as PNG, ranks as the most exotic, rewarding and extraordinary birding destination globally. PNG, being home to sundry varieties of celestial Birds of Paradise, “poisonous” Pitohuis, amazing Fruit Doves, unbelievable Kingfishers, Satin bird, Flame bowerbirds, different species of parrots and many more, makes it a birder’s paradise. The specially curated ten nights, eleven days, nonstop birding expedition will lead us through the montane forests of Mt Hagen and Enge and the lowland habitats of the Varirate National Park and Kiunga. We are expected to cross paths with the displaying Raggiana Bird of Paradise and the Growling Riffle Bird in the Varirata National Park and the Lesser, Blue and Superb King of Saxony, Sicklebills, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia and other BoPs in the Mt Hagen area. Tabubil and Kiunga are home to the greater bird of paradises, 12 wirered bird paradises, King bird of paradises, flame bower birds and crown pigeons.
Our 11 days PNG birding and photography tour pushes you to the next level of birding. For the first three nights, we will be staying at the famous Kumul Lodge,
located in the mountainous Enga province – probably the only place on Earth where you can photograph a Bird of Paradise twittering on a patio table while sipping your coffee. Since New Guinea’s forest bird communities vary with elevations, our tour will encompass lowland and hill/montane forest areas.
After our scrumptious early morning breakfast, we will bid farewell to our friendly host at the Kumul lodge and drive down to the Mt. Hagen Airport to take the first flight to Kiunga. On arrival at Kiunga, we will drive our minibus to Tabubil (in the Star Mountain Area), with a few birding stops if required.
We will reach Tabubil on time to explore the nearby forests and photograph many exotic species. On the second day in Tabubil, we visit a few birding locations that are seldom explored and search for rare endemics and near endemics such as the Shovel-Bill Kingfisher, Hooked-Bill Kingfisher and many species of Birds of Paradise.
On the third day, after an early breakfast, we will explore birding sites scattered between Tabubil and Kiunga. We will explore neighbourhood forests and spend time in hides to photograph a few rarities. We will head back to Kiunga in the evening.
On the last day of birding in Kiunga, we will drive to KM17 early in the morning to witness the Great and Hydride Birds of Paradise display. After a few hours of birding in KM17, we will return to the guest house to collect our baggage and proceed to the airport to take the noon flight to Port Moseby.
After checking in at our accommodation in POM, we will visit the PAU site for resident frogmouths and various Australasian aquatic birds.
We will lavishly spend the next one and half days birding in the only national park of Papua New Guinea – the Varirata National Park, home of the Raggiana Bird of Paradise, the abundantly celebrated national bird of PNG. The target species include the displaying Raggiana Bird of Paradise, Manucode, Brown Oriole, a collection of the Birds of Preys, Great Cuckoo Dove, Fruit Doves, Parrots, Parakeets, Lorikeets and other regional species, such as Blyth’s Hornbill, Marbled Frogmouth, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Owlet Nightjars, Brown-Headed paradise Kingfisher, Kookaburras, Jewel Babblers, Pitohuis, Riffle Bird, and many more.
On the morning of the 11th day, we will go back to Varirata National Park at 5 am to search for a few nocturnal birds and do a last round of birding to spot any missed species. We will return to the hotel by 9.30 am to have breakfast, check out and drive to the POM International Airport.
Guides: Seasoned local guides
Accommodation: Safe & hygienic; Basic to Modern Difficulty Level: Moderate
Team Size: 6-8 + Team Leader/Guide
* All our tours are photographer-friendly tours
Tour Commencement: 01-July-2023 at POM Airport, PNG
Tour Completion: 11-July-2023 at POM Airport, PNG