We started our tour early in the morning. Accompanied by local people, we began walking into dense forest of Arfak mountains. At first, the path was only flat. After 30 minutes of walking, the path was leading us to steep slopes. Our walking speed was getting slower as the slopes were getting steeper.
Leg pains and Massage
|deep ravine in Arfak range of Manokwari|
That night after dinner, I gave her a gentle full massage to ease the pains and relieve tensions in the muscles of her body and legs. I used sandalwood oil that I applied on my palms and then warmed them above ember of wood fire. My warm palms would transfer moderate heat to her muscles. This could improve blood circulation in her legs. She felt better after the massage and could sleep well that night. I still gave her massage treatments after some jungle walks in the mountains to make sure that she could walk back to the main road again.
|Tree Kangaroo in Arfak range|
We still had some walking tours in the jungle to watch birds of paradise, butterflies and most importantly the tree kangaroos. The indigenous people were very smart in locating where the kangaroos were. They used dogs. Dogs that were trained to hunt animals in the jungle could sense the smell of tree kangaroos even though the animals were sitting in the branches of high trees. When the dog found a tree kangaroo, we could see scratches of claw prints on the trunk of the tree.
Taking pictures of the kangaroo was quite difficult. I had to adjust my camera several times and aimed it at the marsupial animal located high above my head. After several attempts, I could make some nice photographs of the tree kangaroo (Dendrolagus ursinus). It was eating young leaves. He saw us on the ground but did not move away from us. Perhaps he was curious about what we were doing down there.
|Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)|
Birds of Paradise
The jungle of Arfak range is the natural habitat of various animals including several species of birds of paradise. Visitors need to bring binoculars if they want to watch the birds.
Where is Arfak range?
It is a mountaineous region in Manokwari, the capital of Papua Barat province of Indonesia. See the map below:
How to go there?
- Fly from your country to Jakarta city (the capital of Indonesia)
- Fly from Jakarta to Manokwari (there are regular flights served by Garuda, Express Air, Sriwijaya Air)
- I will meet you at the airport, or at the hotel where you stay and organize your tour to Arfak mountains
Since 1800s Arfak has been a famous destination among foreign visitors. In the past, they came as researchers who wanted to study anything about New Guinea, its people, its flora and fauna and its land. Now most of the visitors are tourists. Only very few tourists would like to do long hours of walk to the jungle where tree kangaroes live.
Well, if you are interested, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to do regular exercise before taking the rainforest tour with me.