Travelling by air, road, and boat we will explore the diverse habitats of the country, from winding lowland rivers and sprawling grasslands, to the richly forested highlands. Native tribes still dress themselves to mimic the island’s fabulous birds, adorned with elaborate head plumes made from the feathers of parrots and birds-of-paradise. Our eighteen day tour covers the highlights of this enchanted and little- travelled country. We can expect a phenomenal variety of remarkable birds in and amongst vast regions of immaculate forests that have been experienced by few people on earth!
- Tour Dates: 30th August to 16th September (18 days)
- Tour Price: PGK 24,950 * US$10,230 * £6,030 * €7,600 per person sharing (see below)
- PGK 2,790 approximate cost of domestic flights (Tour price fixed in PGK, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
- Tour Size: A maximum of 10 participants and 2 M17026 leaders.
30th August - Arrival in Port Moresby and Pacific Adventist University
31st August - Day trip to Varirata National Park
1st September - Port Moresby area
2nd September - Flight from Port Moresby to Tari Valley
3rd - 4th September - Tari area
5th September - Drive from Tari Valley to Mt Hagen
6th September - Mount Hagen area
7th September - Mount Hagen to Port Moresby and Varirata National Park
8th September - Flight from Port Moresby to Kiunga, drive to Tabubil
9th - 10th September - Tabubil area
11th September - Drive from Tabubil to Kiunga
12th September - Kiunga area
13th September - Boat from Kiunga to the Elevala River
14th September - Elevala River and afternoon boat ride to Kiunga
15th September - Flight from Kiunga to Port Moresby
16th September - Port Moresby and departure.
This tour can be linked with: New Britain Extension III 26th to 30th August (5 days) US$ 1,975 per person sharing.
The fee for the Papua New Guinea – Birding in Paradise tour is PGK 24,950 * US$10,230 * £6,030 * €7,600 per person sharing. (Please note: The price does NOT include the domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- PGK 2,790 per person. We can book these flights on your behalf at no extra charge.) . The single supplement cost for the tour is PGK 3,120 and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (KINA), and the actual cost in other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate domestic flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 7 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc.) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your M17026 leaders. Therefore, if you feel that they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.
Arrival and departure details:
This tour does not include ANY international or domestic airfares. Day 1 of the tour is allocated as an arrival day and you should have arrived in Port Moresby by midday, as the afternoon will be spent birding at the very productive Pacific Adventist University. The main tour will conclude by mid to late morning on Day 18 at the Port Moresby International Airport. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course.
Please note: Due to the unreliable nature of the internal flights in Papua New Guinea, it is highly recommended to take an afternoon or evening departure flight on the final day of the tour or a morning flight the day after. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard kindly contact the M17026 Head Office.
Port Moresby is the main port of entry for international flights into Papua New Guinea and is serviced most reliably by Air Niugini from Brisbane, Singapore, or Cairns. Your local travel agent will be able to book these flights for you. We will book all domestic flights of this tour on your behalf.
Important: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 Head Office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
- This Papua New Guinea tour is designed to be an intensive birding experience and we will attempt to obtain good views of as many bird species as possible. At times we will experience physical difficulty when walking along very muddy and sometimes fairly steep trails (our pace will always be slow) or on a few bumpy drives over poor road conditions.
- In some areas it can get very hot and humid, especially in the lowlands. We will thus make good use of the early mornings and will have a lot of early starts to avoid, as far as possible, birding in the heat of the day. Furthermore, the rainforest areas often have high humidity, so it can be potentially uncomfortable. It should also be noted that we spend several nights in the highlands of New Guinea at about 9,000 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level, meaning that cooler evenings should be expected.
- This tour does require a very good level of fitness and stamina. Participants should also be in good general health. Much of the forest birding will be done on foot and may require walking for several hours at a time. Should you have any physical limitations, please notify us in advance of booking. Furthermore, the trails around the Elevala River, in the Tari area and in Varirata National Park can be excessively muddy depending on weather conditions. We will be away from modern medical facilities for much of this tour – if you have any medical conditions please advise the M17026 Head Office in advance of the tour.
- Accommodation varies greatly in Papua New Guinea, ranging from very good in the primary cities such as Port Moresby to very basic along the Elevala River. We will do our utmost to make your stay as comfortable as possible, but at times we may experience maintenance problems that are beyond our control. In the smaller towns we always opt for the best available accommodation. For the most part this is good to comfortable, but may still be below the standard of what you have come to expect from the developed world. We will stay either in hotels or guesthouses with the exception of our accommodation along the Elevala River, where the small, elevated bunkhouse has only the most basic facilities (mattress, bedding and mosquito net, plus a forest clearing where washing facilities include cold water and an outhouse.)
- New Guinea is always a challenging place to visit, and it is not unusual for logistics to go awry, so please do expect some hassles along the way - we will do our utmost to make this tour run as smoothly as possible. Delays, sometimes significant, should be expected when taking the several internal flights that are necessary to access these remote locations. Weather or airline problems might cause delays that are out of our control.
- It is often impossible to land at Tabubil due to dense cloud. Should this be the case, we may land at Kiunga and engage in a 4 hour bus transfer
- Birding in Papua New Guinea is very challenging. Many species are incredibly shy and difficult to observe along trails. The Lesser Bird-of-paradise lek may be inaccessible due to poor road conditions. Such inconveniences remain an ever-present possibility.
- Although International flights to Port Moresby may have baggage restrictions of up to 30kg, the domestic flights within Papua New Guinea are limited to 16kg per person for checked luggage and 5kg for hand luggage. (Airlines in PNG have however become more tolerant towards travellers carrying heavy / expensive camera and other optical equipment and often waive overweight hand luggage fees.) To ensure your comfort and that of your companions, please limit yourself to one medium-sized suitcase / duffel bag and one carry-on bag as space in the vehicles is limited.
- Malaria is prevalent in New Guinea, as such we advise you to consult your physician or local travel clinic for further advice on the matter.
- Telescopes may prove useful in open-area conditions. You are most welcome to bring your own, but our RBT leaders will also have a telescope each.
- Rubber boots are particularly useful along the many muddy trails and are highly recommended.
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