Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rainforest of Arfak mountains a nice birdwatching destination in Manokwari

I have just finished guiding two tourists from Finland. The last leg of our trip was in Arfak mountains in Manokwari regency. Our destination was Kwau - a 2-hour car ride from Manokwari city. The tropical rainforest of Kwau is home to magnificent birds of paradise, pitohui, cinnamon dove and hundreds of other species that are endemic to New Guinea island. In the last day (8 July 2011) of their hiking trip, we woke up early in the morning for an hour walk through the jungle of Mount Indon for watching Western Parotia. We were able to see it only for a few minutes. The bird was suspicious about his surrounding environment when he heard the sounds from camera's shutter button. We were not lucky enough to watch his dance performance.
Because the tropical rainforest of Arfak are located in steep slopes of the mountains, the terrains are really demanding for tourists. Therefore, I suggest to every tourist who wants to visit Arfak mountains to make adequate preparations before starting to travel. A regular aerobic, walking or jogging exercises will improve your physical condition.
Besides trekking and birdwatching, tourists who visit Kwau can see how the local Papuan people make the extract of red fruit oil that has been a famous medicine for curing various kinds of diseases. If you are interested in traveling to Manokwari and need me as your tour guide, please, contact me at charlesroring@gmail.com
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