Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Itinerary for the Rainforest Tour in Tambrauw Mountains of West Papua

Camping site at Cuan rive
As a tour guide, I often receive requests from visitors who are interested in visiting tropical rainforest. There are a lot of destinations in West Papua but the one that I highly recommend is Tambrauw regency. It is approximately 4 hours by 4WD car from Sorong city.
Visitors who want to go there need a least 4 days/ 3 nights to explore the biodiversity of rainforest ecosystem.
Here is the typical itinerary for those who want to go trekking and camping in Tambrauw mountains. We can provide a customized itinerary that is more suitable for the duration of your stay in West Papua.

Destination: Tropical Rainforest of Tambrauw Mountains of West Papua
How to get there?

  • Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • Fly from Jakarta to Sorong city by domestic airlines such as Garuda, Lion Air, Express Air or Sriwijaya Air
  • We will meet you at the airport  of Sorong city to organize the tour for you.

Contact: peace4wp@gmail.com


Soa-soa Lizard in Tambrauw Forest
Day 1
I will meet you in Sorong city
Together we will buy food at traditional market of Sorong
Transfer to Tambrauw regency
Walking into the jungle
Building tents at the first camp site
Overnight stay in the forest at the bank of Cuan river

Day 2
We will wake up in the morning to have hot tea
After that we will walk to a place where we will watch Lesser Birds of Paradise
At around 10:00, we will dismantle our tents and continue walking deeper into the jungle
A long the way, we could see various flower plants, shrubs, trees and hear or watch birds flying in the sky.
We will build our tents at the side of the Cuan river and relax for a few hours while the locals prepare our lunch.
We can also see how the local Papuan villagers catch fish and shrimp using traditional fishing gear.
After lunch, we can take a rest for a while by swimming in the river or walk around the jungle again to explore the plants there.
Usually, birds gather in trees that have fruits. We can try to find the trees and watch the birds
We can arrange a night walk in the jungle to find bandicoot or cuscus possum.
At night when we sleep, we will hear the sounds of insects and the flow of water in the river. They become the natural music for us.

Rainforest along the side area of Cuan river
Day 3
In the morning we can still explore a little more of the forest.
In the afternoon, we could dismantle our tents again and walk back to the main road. The forest is home to reptiles such as snakes, and soa-soa lizards; and Blyth's hornbills whose wings will flutter as they fly above us.
We will go to Sausapor town and had a little walking tour around this coastal town to see its people in their daily life.
Overnight stay in the guesthouse in Sausapor tow

Day 4
Transfer to Sorong city
End of the tour

The tropical  is the natural habitat of a lot of species of birds (including the ones from the family of Paradisaeidae), marsupial animals (cuscus possum, tree kangaroo, bandicoot), mammals (deers, wild pigs), trees, shrubs and flower plants (including orchids, rhododendron, and hibiscus), insects (including eupholus snout beetles and birdwing butterflies) and  a lot more.
Taking a rainforest tour in Tambrauw mountains will be your great opportunity to discover the wealth ofits bio-divesity and see and experience tropical nature by yourself

To book this tour, Please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com

Here is the location of Tambrauw Mountains
Tambrauw Mountains - your rainforest tour destination

Friday, August 14, 2015

Rainforest Camping Tour in Tambrauw Mountains

Blyth's hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus).
This vector artwork was created by Charles Roring
Destination: Lowland rainforest near Cuan River of Tambrauw Regency
Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights
Availability: All year round
Cost: Please, send e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com for prices and customized itineraries

Trip Report:
I have just returned from a camping tour in the lowland rainforest of Tambrauw mountains. I guided a tourist from Luxemburg who wanted to stay in the jungle for several nights. We built three tents at the bank of Cuan river and did some walks in the forest to see birds, butterfly and various vegetation of the tropical jungle. At night, the sounds of insects, and other nocturnal animals became our natural music that we enjoyed, together with the flow of the water in Cuan river.
There are things that I and my friends had to bring to the forest to serve our guest such as tents, air mattresses, rechargeable lamps, eating and cooking utensils, binoculars. We also contacted local people from the nearby village in Cuan river to work as guides and cooks. Several days before the trip, we contacted a driver to charter his 4WD car for this trip. 
The Rainforest trip
I met our guest at the airport of Sorong city. First, we went to my friend's house to put his bags which he did not need for the forest trip. After that we went to local market called Pasar Remu to buy fresh vegetables and other food materials that we would need in the jungle. I bought smoked fish, eggs, rice, fruits, and tempe.
When everything was ready, we headed directly to Tambrauw regency. It was a long ride approximately 4 hours. We needed have lunch in Sausapor town and then went to inform the local police about our tour. When all the paper works were ready, we continued our trip to Jokte village to pick up our local guides. Then we left for Cuan river. The 4WD car stopped at the riverside near the road. The scenery of the surrounding forest, and mountains and the river was really beautiful and peaceful. We took all of our things from the car and guided by the villagers, we walked along the banks of the river deeper into the jungle. 
Sharing Food with Local People
We built our first camp at around 16.00 local time and then prepared our evening tea and coffee.  At night we had dinner. We shared them with the indigenous Papuan villagers who guided us in the jungle. They were really nice and were happy to share their foods with us too. During the whole jungle trip, they caught fish, shrimps in the river. The women who worked as cooks picked some vegetables and cassava in the garden for us. 
Our Tents at the bank of Cuan River in Tambrauw Mountains of West Papua
The rainforest on both sides of Cuan river was the natural habitat of such tropical birds as Blyth's hornbill, sulphur crested cockatoo, egrets, Goliath cockatoo, black capped lory and paradise birds.  Near our second camp was a deeper water. We liked to spend time there to swim and enjoyed the surrounding view of the forest. In the afternoon when all birds began to return to their nests, we saw two sulphur crested cockatoo at the tree close to our "swimming pool." They were so beautiful. Birding in Cuan river was very easy. We just need to walk along the sides of the river and observe the sky and the trees. To take picture, we used bridge camera with super telephoto lens such as Sony Cybershot H400 and Fujifilm Finepix H50EXR.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in the tree near Cuan river of Tambrauw regency
On the last day of our jungle camping tour and while walking back to the main road, I saw a unique terrestrial orchid flowers whose color was white. I said it was unique because it emitted fragrant smell. Most orchids do not emit fragrant smell but these flowers were fantastic - very fragrant.
White terrestrial orchid flowers that were very fragrant
On the second day of our stay, the villagers presented cassowary meat to us. One of their dogs killed a young cassowary bird. We were quite concern but we realized that their traditional life is hunting. The meat was very delicious said our guest.
There are a lot of things which tourists can see or experience while exploring the rich bio-diversity of rainforest. The trip to this region is suitable for nature lovers.
Eupholus schoenherri beetle in the forest of Tambrauw regency
If you are interested in taking a rainforest camping tour in Cuan river of Tambrauw mountains, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com. I will happy to arrange your trip and guide you in the jungle.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wildlife Tour in Ases of Tambrauw Mountains

There is a place in Tambrauw mountains where human settlements do not exist. It is called Ases. Because there are no human activities in the area, wild animals thrive undisturbed and live in peace. That's why I promote it as my new tourist destination this year for Wildlife Tour.
Road in Tambrauw Mountains of West Papua
Please, look at the map below. Ases is an oval green shape that is located in the south of Fef. To reach it, visitors have to walk for a whole day through dense rainforest. Ases is covered by pristine tropical rainforest that is the natural habitat of various species of animals such as deers, cassowary, wild pigs, snakes, soa-soa lizards, birdwing butterflies, and various species of birds of paradise. The minimum duration of the tour is 1 week. With 2 overnight-stays in Sorong before and after the tour in Ases.
ASES is the most recommended destination for visitors who want to take a wildlife tour in the rainforest of Tambrauw mountains.
Participants of the tour have to be fit physically. They need to bring head torch or flashlight, wear sport or water shoes, flipflops, t-shirt and long trousers for walking in the jungle. Insect repellent lotion will be needed too. Those who want to swim in the ponds of the rivers need to bring beach or swim suit. There is no cell phone coverage. So, if you need to keep in touch with the outer world, you could bring satellite phone. For participants of the tour who are interested in photography, please, bring D-SLR camera with telephoto lens or such bridge camera as Nikon P900 or Sony DSC H400 with extra batteries. As tour guide, we will provide complete camping gear such as tents, air mattresses, cooking and eating utensils, rechargeable lamps.
Day 1 Arrive in Sorong, Buying food and other logistical needs
Day 2 Transfer from Sorong to Fef by chartered 4WD car
Day 3 Trekking, Camping and Wildlife watching
Day 4 Trekking, Camping and Wildlife watching
Day 5 Trekking, and Wildlife watching, walking back to Fef
Day 6 Transfer from Fef  to Sorong by chartered 4WD car
Day 7 Transfer to Airport

Cost: Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com for further information about Wildlife Tour in Ases of Tambrauw regency and other areas in West Papua.



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