Ribbon-tailed sstrapia | Papua New Guinea

The most beautiful birds in the world are found in Papua New Guinea. Be with us on this exclusive birding adventure to the jungles where these birds of paradise are found. This tour offers you the opportunity to bird this mega destination with experienced guides.


Prices below are guide, expect a 10% increase to those listed below

             US $  9,850 per person sharing, assuming 8 – 9 participants

             US $12,245 per person sharing, assuming 6 – 7 participants

             US $14,930 per person sharing, assuming 4 – 5 participants

Key wildlife: Birds of paradise and other endemic bird species.

Weather: Hot and humid in the lowlands, cold cloudy and wet in the highlands.

Group size: 4 - 8.

Departure and finishing point: Port Moresby.

Transit plan between different birding regions: Domestic flights are used between birding locations. 

Accommodation: Hotels, lodges and basic rustic huts.

Vehicles: Lodge vehicles will be used at each destination.

Meals: Fully catered, meal choices will depend on the locations we are in,some of these are remote and supplies can be limited and meals fairly simple.


Day 1 - Arrival in Port Moresby and birding around Pacific Adventist University.

Arrive at Port Moresby’s Jackson International Airport at 05h00 from Singapore on PX393. To be met and taken to the Gateway Hotel. Then on to the Pacific Adventist University 30 minutes away to see and photograph lowland species.

Day 2 - Varirata National Park.

Return to Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby at the end of the day. Target birds: barred owlet-nightjar, fawn-breasted bowerbird, chestnut-breasted cuckoo, brown-headed paradise kingfisher, rufous-bellied kookaburra, black berrypecker and the Raggiana bird-of-paradise.

Day 3 - Mount Hagen and Kumul Lodge .

Flight PX180 from Port Moresby to Mt Hagen. To be met and taken to Kumul Lodge situated 3 000m above sea level. Cloud forest species.

Days 4 and 5 - Mt Hagen area around Kumul Lodge.

Two days in this avian wonderland. Target birds: Blue bird-of paradise, chestnut forest rail, Goldie's lorikeet, Papuan lorikeet, yellow-billed lorikeet, orange-billed lorikeet, mountain owlet-nightjar, black-breasted boatbill, white-winged robin, regent whistler, rufous-naped whistler, black sittella, common smoky honeyeater, grey-streaked honeyeater, fan-tailed berrypecker, crested berrypecker, mountain firetail, yellow-breasted bowerbird, McGregor’s bowerbird, crested satinbird, ribbon-tailed astrapia, king of saxony bird-of-paradise, brown sicklebill and lesser bird-of-paradise.

Day 6 - Flight to Kiunga.

Flight CG11310 from Mt Hagen to Kiunga. Taken to Kiunga Guesthouse and possible birding in the afternoon.

Days 7 and 8 - Kiunga area.

Target species: Long-tailed honey buzzard, southern crowned pigeon, collared imperial pigeon, Pesquet's parrot, blue jewel-babbler, emperor fairywren, white-bellied pitohui, yellow-eyed starling, flame bowerbird, large fig parrot, yellow-capped pygmy parrot, common paradise kingfisher, hook-billed kingfisher, glossy-mantled manucode, trumpet manucode, twelve-wired bird-of-paradise and greater bird-of-paradise.

Day 9 - By boat to Kwatu Lodge.

Travel up the Elavala and Ketu rivers to the locally-owned Kwatu Lodge. Target birds: New Guinea flightless rail, orange-bellied fruit dove, pink-spotted fruit dove, palm cockatoo, red-cheeked parrot, eclectus parrot, ivory-billed coucal, Blyth’s hornbill, Wallace’s owlet-nightjar, starry owlet-nightjar, hooded pitta, moustached tree swift, shining flycatcher,  black-sided robin, frilled monarch, hooded butcherbird, lowland peltops, black sunbird and King bird-of-paradise.

Day 10 - Kwatu Lodge and by boat to Kiunga.

Birding around the Ekame and Kwatu lodges. By boat in the afternoon to overnight at Kiunga Guesthouse.

Day 11 - Kiunga to the Star Mountains.

Drive to Tabubil in the Star Mountains. Overnight at Hotel Cloudlands.

Day 12 - The Star Mountains.

Target birds: Salvadori's teal, Queen Carola's parotia, beautiful fruit dove, dusky lory, striated lorikeet, red-breasted pygmy parrot, orange-breasted fig parrot, blue-collared parrot, shovel-billed kookaburra, golden cuckooshrike, chestnut-backed jewel-babbler, Wallace's fairywren, white-rumped robin, obscure berrypecker, capped white-eye, mountain peltops, greater melampitta, magnificent riflebird and magnificent bird-of-paradise .

Day 13 - Flight to Port Moresby

Flight CG1301 from Tabubil to Port Moresby. Overnight at the Gateway Hotel.

Day 14 - Port Moresby to Tari Valley.

Flight PX864 from Port Moresby to Tari in the Hela Province.  To Makara Bird View Lodge. In the afternoon birding around the Ambua Gap.

Day 15 and 16 - Ambua Gap

Target birds: Forbes's forest rail, yellow-billed lorikeet, orange-billed lorikeet, red-breasted pygmy parrot, Brehm's tiger parrot, painted tiger parrot, Papuan king parrot, sooty owl, Papuan boobook, mountain kingfisher, spotted jewel-babbler, blue-capped Ifrit, garnet robin, lesser ground robin, wattled ploughbill, yellow-browed melidectes, tit berrypecker, great woodswallow, Archbold's bowerbird, lesser melampitta, Loria's satinbird, short-tailed paradigalla, Princess Stephanie's astrapia, Lawes's parotia, superb bird-of-paradise, black sicklebill, brown sicklebill.

Day 17 - Tari to Port Moresby .

Tari to Port Moresby on flight PX865.  Overnight at Gateway Hotel.

Day 18 - Varirata National Park.

Varirata National Park to overnight at Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby. Target birds: spotted whistling duck, black berrypecker, grey-headed mannikin, Papuan frogmouth, barred owlet-nightjar, brown-headed-paradise kingfisher, yellow-billed kingfisher, Zoe imperial pigeon, yellow-breasted boatbill, white-bellied whistler, hooded pitohui, orange-fronted fruit dove, graceful honeyeater, fawn-breasted bowerbird, crinkle-collared manucode.

Day 19 - Varirata National Park and depart Port Moresby.

Final morning's birding and afternoon departure from Port Moresby Jackson’s International Airport for your international flight.

Included: Twin-share accommodation, all meals, international tour leader fee, airport and government taxes.

Not included: International and domestic flights, departure taxes, visa fees and any personal costs such as laundry, internet, taxi services, phone calls and meals not catered for.

Please note prices do not include domestic flights in PNG, estimated at between US$1 000 and US$1 800, depending of fare availability. Where to book these flights at a discount and the exact flight numbers will be provided closer to the time.

Safety and Security:

PNG is a mind-blowing destination for birds, wildlife, and culture, because it is one of the world’s last great unexplored frontiers. However, frontiers can be risky places, and PNG is no exception.  The Australian government’s travel advice provides a good outline of the types of risks in PNG (http://www.smarttraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Papua_New_Guinea). Fangs & Feathers exercises extreme care in planning and coordinating its tours, and we stay alert to and avoid areas of trouble. Fangs & Feathers does require, however, that all birders on this tour have comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers Papaua New Guinea! We consider it a less safe destination than most, and we need potential participants on our tours to this country to be aware of this.


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