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The birds of paradise are members of the family Paradisaeidae of the order Passeriformes. The majority of species are found in eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and eastern Australia. The family has 42 species in 15 genera.
The members of this family are perhaps best known for the plumage of the males of the sexually dimorphic species (the majority), in particular, the highly elongated and elaborate feathers extending from the beak, wings, tail or head. For the most part, they are confined to dense rainforest habitat.
The diet of all species is dominated by fruit and to a lesser extent arthropods. The birds-of-paradise have a variety of breeding systems, ranging from monogamy to lek-type polygamy.
Witness the magnificent of these birds of paradise in their natural environment and experience the wonders of Papua New Guinea.
Tour availability :
Fix departures only (refer to fix departure dates)
Fix departure dates - list of dates:
Fridays (Participants must arrive Port Moresby and commence tour on Fridays only)
Itinerary Day 1:
FRIDAY: Arrive into Port Moresby. Meet/greet by our staff, who will take you to your hotel for check in. A balance of day free to allow you acclimatise yourselves. Overnight Gateway Hotel (DB).
Itinerary Day 2:
SATURDAY: Full day birding at Varirata Wildlife National Park. Overnight Gateway Hotel (LDB)
Itinerary Day 3:
SUNDAY: Full day birding at PAU Park. Overnight Gateway Hotel (LDB).
Itinerary Day 4:
MONDAY: Transfer to the Jacksons Airport for your onward flight. You fly to Kiunga. Upon arrival our guide meets/greets you, and transfer to your hotel for check in. After lunch, you begin your half day birding. Overnight Kiunga Guesthouse (LDB)
Itinerary Day 5:
TUESDAY: Full day Kiunga birding. Overnight Kiunga Guesthouse (LDB)
Itinerary Day 6:
WEDNESDAY: Full day Kiunga birding. Overnight Kiunga Guesthouse (LDB).
Itinerary Day 7:
THURSDAY: Full day Tabubil birding. Overnight Kiunga Guesthouse (LDB). Note: Kiunga Guesthouse is a 3.2 star accommodation that offers clean, comfortable, self-contained, air conditioned rooms with good meals.
Itinerary Day 8:
FRIDAY: Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. You fly to Mt Hagen. Our staff/guide meet you at Mt Hagen airport upon your arrival. Transfer via Mt Hagen's colorful local Market to Kumul. A balance of day free for relaxation or optional activities at extra surcharge. Overnight Kumul Lodge (LDB).
Itinerary Day 9:
SATURDAY: Full day Tonga birding to view the Blue Bird Of Paradise, Superb Bird of Paradise and other species. Overnight Kumul Lodge (LDB)
Itinerary Day 10:
SUNDAY: Full day Anji birding. Overnight Kumul Lodge. (LDB)
Itinerary Day 11:
MONDAY: Full day Lai River/Mambis birding. Overnight Kumul Lodge (LDB).
Itinerary Day 12:
TUESDAY: Full day Pigites birding. Overnight Kumul Lodge (LDB)
Itinerary Day 13:
WEDNESDAY: Early morning transfer to Mt Hagen. Full day Rondon birding. Overnight Kumul Lodge (LDB). Over 180 species of birds have been recorded in the rainforests around Rondon Ridge including ten species of Birds Of Paradise. The surrounding area is pristine rainforest and home to numerous orchid species.
Itinerary Day 14:
THURSDAY: Full day Rondon birding. Overnight Highlander Hotel (LDB).
Itinerary Day 15:
FRIDAY: Transfer to Mt Hagen airport for your onward flight. You fly to Port Moresby connection with your international departure flight ****END OF OUR SERVICES****
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
B) Full refund up until 30 days before trip (less 10% fee)
Tour Cost Inclusions: Twin share accommodation, all meals as specified as L=Lunch, D=Dinner & B=Breakfast, transfers, touring & activities, all domestic flight fares, local guide expenses and birding site entrance fees, Camera & Equipment Carriers, GST/VAT 10% Tax.
Tour Cost Exclusions: International departure tax, any expenses of personal nature such as phone & internet bills, laundry, bar & beverages, and any service not listed in the 'tour cost inclusions'.
Additional Costs. - US$963.00 Single Rooming Supplement. - US$611.00 per person for our Local Naturalist guide throughout the entire birding tour. Kumul is an excellent destination for montane New Guinea birding and is the only bird lodge in New Guinea where Birds of Paradise are amongst the regulars at the lodge feeders, offering fantastic photo opportunities. Other regulars at the feeders include Brehm's Tiger Parrot, Smoky Honeyeater, Belford's Melidectes and Island Thrush. Chestnut Forest Rail is occasionally seen beneath the feeder while Crested Berrypecker and White-winged Robin are often seen nearby. The grounds also offer trails through excellent moss forest where you can see Crested Satinbird, Chestnut Forest Rail, Lesser Melampitta and maybe New Guinea Woodcock if you are lucky. Pigites Birding: A montane trail 4km return with a couple of steep but short ascents. Moderate fitness levels are advised. It can be muddy and slippery in wet weather but is very rewarding. A good site for King of Saxony Bird of Paradise, Princess Stephanie's Astrapia, Loria's Satinbird, Wattled Ploughbill,Regent Whistler, Tit berrypecker, Black-breasted Boatbill, Garnet Robin and many other high altitude specials. Anji, Walya and Village Birding Sites: Roadside birding with some of the common montane species such as Yellow-billed Lorikeet,Long-tailed Shrike, Red-collared Myzomela, Island Leaf Warbler, Hooded Mannikin and New Guinea White-eye. There is a possibility of Torrent Flyrobin and with luck Torrentlark on streams in the area. Lai River / Mambis Birding Site This is a good area for Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Torrent Flyrobin and maybe Yellow-breasted Bowerbird. Kama Birding Site 30 kilometres driving time from Kumul Lodge / 1,706 metres - 5,119 feet. Famous for its Lesser Bird of Paradise lek in the casuarina grove, it is also a good site for Mountain Myzomela, Ornate Melidectes, Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo and Black-headed Whistler. This a luxury birding adventure. We have included best available hotels in each location, between 3.2 - 4.0* star hotels. Meals are good, rooms are clean and air conditioned where necessary and self contained. Transports: Five star vehicles, clean and air conditioned to travel in comfort. The vehicle/bus will be with the birders from the start to finish of each birding tour.
Pick Up / Meeting Location:
Port Moresby Airport