Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Jungle Tour in Sorong Regency

Hiking in Sorong forest of West Papua
Sorong city has been a famous hub for visitors who want to go to Raja Ampat - the best tourist destination in the world for scuba diving. In fact, not all of the visitors who go to West Papua are diving enthusiasts. There are also a lot of tourists who are interested in trekking in the jungle of Sorong to see wild animals, trees, flowers, and butterflies, or swim at a river and meet the indigenous Papuan people.
There is a forest area near Sorong regency. Its name is Klasow valley and can be reached by a 4WD car. It is located in the east of the city. It takes approximately 1 hour by car and another hour on foot to reach it.
As a tourist guide, I have arranged trips for tourists who are interested in exploring the tropical rainforest of Klasow valley. Most of them stay for 3 days/ 2 nights or 4 days/ 3 nights.
Western Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata) in the jungle of Klasow valley
They go there to see rainforest ecosystem. During the days, they go trekking to watch birds and see herbal plants and trees whose woods and leaves are used by local people as construction materials. And at nights, they walk in the jungle to watch wallaby. 
While staying in the village jungle of Klasow valley, they can go trekking to explore the rich biodiversity of the rainforest or they can enjoy swimming at many of its rivers.
Large Fig Parrot in the jungle of Klasow valley
The tropical rainforest of Klasow valley is a recommended site for birdwatchers who want to watch lesser birds of paradise, blyth's hornbill, sulphur crested cockatoo, golden myna, western crowned pigeon, pinon imperial pigeon, dollar bird, goliath cockatoo, paradise rifle bird and many tropical birds that make the jungle of New Guinea as their home.
The forest of Klasow valley is also the natural habitat of wallaby ( a kind of small kangaroo), cuscus possum, deer, wild pigs, soa-soa lizards, and snakes. There is a village inside the valley near Klabolo stream. Tourists who stay in the village will be able to explore the forest edge to watch a lot of colorful butterflies. Klasow valley is flat. It is a tourist destination that is easy to be explored by visitors who cannot climb steep slopes of Papua's mountains.

To book your jungle tour in Sorong regency, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com

Rainforest Tour in Tambrauw Mountains

In addition to organizing jungle tour to Klasow valley, I can also organize a customized trip for visitors who want to explore tropical rainforest in remote region of West Papua. There are several sites that I recommend such as:
  • Trekking along the banks of Syuan river or 
  • Rainforest camping tour in Ases valley.
Both are located in Tambrauw mountains. However, because it is very far from Sorong city, the cost of transportation and logistical supports is expensive. Visitors will be able to see wildlife of New Guinea when they go trekking and camping in Ases valley. Because of its remote location, it is less visited by local people. That's the reason why a lot of wild animals can be found in the valley. 



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