This tour takes in the Kumul Lodge area in the PNG Highlands and coastal area around Port Moresby, bringing you the highest concentration of species of Birds of Paradise. You will also get to see other specialities, particularly the brighter and more colourful parrots, pigeons and kingfishers.
This tour can be combined with Taste of New Guinea 2 or check with us for other itineraries that can be added. This is a short tour 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 very good chance for at least one member of all three New Guinea endemic bird families.
Participants need to be in good health and have a reasonalbe level of fitness. Although this is a short tour, Papua New Guinea is a country of steep, rainfirest clad mountain sides and, while we try to keep them at a minimum, there can besteep and muddy trails to be negotiated somewhere along the trip. Expect rain somewhere, and while the area around Kumul at 2600m, it will be quite cool and even cold at night. Around Port Moresby it will be hot and humid.
Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Papuan Lorikeet, Red-cheeked Parrot, Black-capped Lory, Brown-headed Paradise & Yellow-billed Kingfishers, Crested Satinbird, Blue, King of Saxony, Lesser, Raggiana and Superb Birds of Paradise, Brown Sicklebill, Ribbon-tailed & Princess Stephanie’s Astrapia Tit-Berry pecker.
Day 1: 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: 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: A second morning up at Varirata should prove very rewarding with an afternoon visit to the PAU ponds,where Wandering and Spotted Whistling Ducks, Papuan Frogmouth and Fawn- breasted Bowerbird are amongst the species which can be seen.
Day 4: Taking the early flight up to Mt Hagen we will spend the next 3 nights at Kumul Lodge, a photographer’s dream where birds of 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: Full day birding the Kumul area. Superb and Lesser Bird-of-Paradise likely.
Day 6: 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 : 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.
Please note that there may be no evening flight to your chosen destination and an extra overnight in Port Moresby may be required.
$4520 ex Cairns; $4620 ex Brisbane.
Based on a minumum of 6 people with international guide.
Prices are for 2015 itineraries, in AUD, and subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations. Prices cannot be guaranteed until full payment has been received. A 10% deposit is required at time of booking, with the balance due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 60 days must be paid in full to secure. All international bank fees will be borne by the client. Additional nights accommodation and meals are not included in the costs. Food and gratuities are not included at Tabubil with local guide. Specific local guides cannot be guaranteed and we cannot take responsibility if things do not run smoothly.