Papua New Guinea Highlights: Jul 09—22, 2017

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Price: $13,395
Internal flights included
Departs: Brisbane
Tour Limit: 8
Operations Manager: Erik Lindqvist
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Dion Hobcroft

Dion Hobcroft has been working for VENT since 2001. He has led many tours (more than 170) to...

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Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise at Varirata National Park, August 2013

Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise — Photo: Dion Hobcroft

Exceptional tropical forest birding with large numbers of endemics in one of the world’s most exotic birding destinations. We explore vast, untouched areas of lowland, hill, and pristine montane forest from comfortable, well-appointed, air-conditioned hotels and lodges. We expect to see an excellent variety of birds-of-paradise, fabulous kingfishers, pigeons, parrots, bowerbirds, and many handsome forest skulkers. Outstanding tribal cultures.

In recognition of the fact that some of our clients are unable to spare the time to take our comprehensive full-length tour of Papua New Guinea, we have designed a very special highlights tour of this fascinating country. We will focus our efforts on two specific locations: the vast lowland forests of the mighty Fly River—replete with hornbills, crowned-pigeons, and King Birds-of-paradise; and the montane forests, literally dripping with birds-of-paradise, as well as some very exciting and little-known specialties.

New Guinea, albeit the second largest island in the world, is in reality an island-continent. This still wild, sparsely inhabited, and somewhat mystical land hosts more than 700 species of birds, the world’s richest island avifauna, nearly half of which are found nowhere else on earth. While the extraordinary birds-of-paradise are the finest jewels in New Guinea’s ornithological crown, there is so much else to attract the birdwatcher—huge, flightless cassowaries; strange mound builders; a gorgeous array of doves, parrots, and kingfishers; exquisite fairywrens; and fascinating bowerbirds. Interesting mammals include numerous little-known marsupials, in addition to some striking and weird reptiles and amphibians, and a wondrous plethora of butterflies, including the spectacular birdwings. This will be a true wilderness experience; however, we will still be able to enjoy all the comforts and trappings of civilization. Much to the astonishment of previous tour participants, you can drink the water and even eat the salads!

Excellent (much to most people’s surprise) to very good accommodations and food; generally easy walking, mostly roadside or from river-boats, or occasionally along well-defined easy trails, and very occasionally an optional moderate grade hike for certain special birds; hot and humid in the lowlands, cool and pleasant in the hills and mountains.