We need to walk through dense forest for around 7 hours to reach it. Usually, we leave early in the morning at around 6.00 by car to reach the stop point. After that, we will continue our trip into the jungle by walking up and down 2 steep mountains and crossing some rivers.
If 7 hours are too long, we could split them into 2 days. On the first day, we explore the lowland forest which is the natural habitat of Lesser Birds of Paradise, Papuan hornbills, cockatoo, cuscus possum, wild pigs; and deers, on second and third days we walk up steep slopes to reach the jungle house which is the base for exploring the upper elevation forest. It is the natural habitat of tree kangaroo and other species of paradise birds, on the last day we explore the lowland forest again before walking back to the main road.
One of the destinations that I really like is Warmarway. It is located in the south of Manokwari at the foot of Arfak mountains. I have guided a lot of tourists in the jungle to see cuscus, birds, butterflies, and tropical plants.
Local people who own the land/ miuntains always help me. If we want to stay for a few days, we need to bring food, tents, mattrasses, cooking and eating utensils and flash lights.
Another destination for rainforest tour is the lowland forest of Dopi river in the west of Manokwari. It is not in Arfak mountains. Here, visitors will be able to watch Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Western Crowned Pigeon, and various colorful butterflies. Deers, wild pigs, and wallaby also live there.
|Taking a break after watching birds|
On the average, visitors stay for 3 to 4 days, sometimes more.
How to get there?
It is easy to come here.
Fly from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia
After that fly to Manokwari by domestic airlines such as Garuda, Sriwijaya, and Express Air.
I will meet you at the airport and organize your trip to Arfak mountains or the lowland forest of Manokwari.
Prices: Mupi Gunung is the most expensive destination. It may cost you 600 Euros for 5 days trekking in the jungle. The most affordable location is Warmarway and Dopi River which is around 300 Euros for 4 days/ 3 nights. I highly suggest that you travel in a group of at least 2 to 4 people or even more to share the cost.
Booking, please, contact me by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking a rainforest tour in Manokwari.