A short introductory tour to New Guinea visiting the area around Port Moresby, the lowland rainforest area of Kiunga and the mid-montane forest around Tabubil. While we will be concentrating on getting as many species of Parrots and Kingfishers as possible, we will also be looking for other New Guinea specialities particularly the spectacular Birds of Paradise. A highlight of the tour will be a full day river trip through unspoilt lowland rainforest where live at least eight possible Kingfishers and ten species of parrot. The huge, spectacular and rare Southern-crowned Pigeon can also be found here.
Participants need to be in good health and have a reasonable level of fitness. Although this is a short tour, you will be visiting a variety of habitats and you should expect some rough walking along fairly steep and muddy trails. Expect rain somewhere along the way and in these lowland areas, it can be hot and humid at all times of the year.
Hook billed, Shovel billed, Azure, and Yellow billed Kingfishers, Little, Common and White tailed Paradise Kingfishers, Rufous bellied Kookaburra, Vulturine, Eclectus, Red cheeked Parrots, Yellow capped Pygmy Parrot, Palm and Sulphur crested Cockatoo.
Day 1: Arrive in Port Moresby. A short tour of Varirata National Park or PAU dependng on time of your flight;
Day 2: After breakfast, check in for your flight to Tabubil in the Western Province. Spend the day birding around Tabubil area.
Day 3: Tabubil birding.
Day 4: Drive to Kiunga, birding along the way.
Day 5: Full day on Kwatu River and back to Kiunga for the night.
Day 6: Full day Kiunga birding.
Day 7: Fly to Port Moresby, balance of afternoon on short tour of city and surrounds.
Day 8: Fly to onward destination.
Land content, based on using only local guides:
6 pax……$2832.00 per person.
The following rates are for land content and are based on bringing in our overseas guide.
1 pax… $19247.00
2 pax… $10092.00
6 pax……$4658.00 per person.
Single supplement in both cases is $805.00.
Flights: add (from) $900* per person ex Cairns, add $1000* per person ex Brisbane.
* presuming using Air Niugini, however, we may use Airlines PNG depending on days that coincide with the tour.
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.