Monday, September 25, 2017

Camping Site in Arfak Mountains

Basecamp in Arfak range
I went to Mount Mabowi of Arfak mountains last week. I spent three nights there repairing our tents. We use them to serve our visitors who want to explore the bio-diversity of tropical rainforest of Arfak mountains. There are a lot of trees, shrubs, lianas and creeping plants, orchids, and mushrooms that we can see in the jungle. Insects such as butterflies, dragon flies, ants and grasshopper are abundant. There are also lizards, frogs and birds as well as marsupial animals that can be found in the forest.
Most visitors stay between 3 to 4 days hiking and camping in Mount Mabowi. They enjoy watching birds, observing tropical plants and animals of New Guinea.
If you are interested in taking a hiking and camping tour with me in Mount Mabowi of Arfak range, please, contact me by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or text massage to my whatsapp: +6281332245180

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rainforest Tour in Tambrauw Mountains

There is a very nice destination for rainforest tour in West Papua province of Indonesia. Its name is Tambrauw mountains. It is located between Manokwari and Sorong regency. Tropical rainforest that covers the mountains is the natural habitat of deer, cuscus possum, wallaby, tree kangaroo, and a lot of species of birds such as Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird and Magnificent Bird of Paradise.
Rainforest in Tambrauw Mountains
Because of its remote location, the cost of traveling to the regency is quite expensive. I suggest that visitors go there in a group of at least 2 to 4 people. I could guide a solo traveling visitor too as long as he or she is willing to pay for the cost of the trip. By traveling in small group, visitors can share the cost of transportation, food, local guides, and accommodation. The trip to Tambrauw mountains may include camping near a river, hiking in the jungle and walking in remote roads along a mountain ridge or a cliff. These area will provide open spaces or forest clearings where visitors can watch birds and other wild animals easily.

If you are interested in visiting Tambrauw mountains to explore its the bio-diversity of its rainforest and want me to be your guide, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text massage to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Birding in Raja Ampat of West Papua

Palm Cockatoo in Raja Ampat
Here is the picture of Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus). I saw the bird while I was traveling in Raja Ampat. I also saw Pacific Swallow, Radjah Shelduck, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pink Spotted Fruit Dove, Papuan Blyth's Hornbill, Olive-backed Sunbird, Starling, Island Kingfisher and Wilson Bird of Paradise and Red Bird of Paradise.
Wild Flowers in the Forest
When I was climbing a steep cape in Fish Lagoon, I saw beautiful flowers. They were orchids, one that I recognized was the Giant Tiger Orchid (Grammatophyllum speciosum). Another one is a terrestrial orchid that I still haven't been able to identify. Here is its picture:
Terrestrial Orchid in Raja Ampat
If you know its name, please, inform me by text message to my email or whatsapp number below.
As a tourist guide, I provide rainforest birding tours for visitors who want to go birdwatching and snorkeling in Raja Ampat, Manokwari, Numfor and Sorong regency.  The duration of the tour is between 3 days to 2 weeks depending on how many places visitors want to visit. If you are interested in enjoying birding with me (Charles Roring), please, contact me by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send whatsapp message to: +6281332245180

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Rainforest Flowers in Manokwari Highland and Lowland

Manokwari is an interesting regency in West Papua that is worth exploring. Its area is still covered by tropical rainforest that is the natural habitat of a lot of species of flower plants. Visitors can come to Manokwari to see wild flowers that grow in coastal area, along the rivers and in highland region, particularly in Arfak mountains.
Lowland and Coastal Flowers
In lowland area, we can see various colors of hibiscus, bougainvillea, arboreal and terrestrial orchids, water hychinth, Glory Vine (Faradaya splendida), Morning Glory, Scarlett Jade Vine (also known as New Guinea creeper), Africa Tulip (Spathodea), Morning Glory and varous other species of flowers that I cannot identify.
Highland Flowers
There are tropical rainforest flowers that can be seen in montane and cloud forest. Some of them include rhododendron konori, and terrestrial orchid flowers.
The best time to see flowers
From my personal experience, the best time to see flowers is at the end of dry season and when we are about to enter rainy season. At that time, we can see a lot of plants with colorful flowes. However, because most of the tropical rainforest has got dark green leaves, green colors still dominate the landscape view of the mountain, hill and lowland forest.

How to get to Manokwari
It is easy to come here, first, you need to fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
After that, fly to Manokwari city. There several airlines that provide regular flight to Manolwari such as Garuda, Sriwijaya, Xpress Air, NAM Air.

Glory Vine

Additional Activities

In addition to seeing flowers, visitors can enjoy hiking and camping in the forest to watch butterflies, birds, and other wild animals as well as enjoy snorkeling in coral reef area of Manokwari.

Extending Your Tour
I could also organize additional tour for you to Raja Ampat where you could enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and birdwatching in the region. The length of the tour is 3 to 5 days. During the marine tour, visitors will be able to see coral reef, various species of tropical fish such as anemonefish, butterflyfish, grouper, moorish idol, parrotfish, wrass, lionfish, boxfish. Sometimes we can also see turtles, sea star and even stingray.
Don't forget to bring snorkeling gear such as mask, snorkel, and fins. A good waterproof underwater camera will be needed for taking pictures of the marine life of Raja Ampat.
Interested in snorkeling and birding with me?
I can be your guide and accompany you to explore rainforest and coral reef in this regency, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com. Or you could send text whatsapp message to: +628133224510.
Uninhabited island in Raja Ampat

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rainforest Tour in Manokwari Arfak range

Destination: Mount Mabowi in Arfak mountains
Durations: 3 days/ 2 nights
For booking: Please, send email to: peace4wp@gmail.com

I offer a 3-day rainforest hiking and camping tour in Mount Mabowi of Arfak range to visitors/ nature lovers who are interested in watching birds, fireflies, cuscus possum and various kinds of insects such as birdwing butterfly, spider, cruiser butterfly, moth and etc.. The tour is organized in the following itinerary:

Day 1
We will leave Manokwari city for the coastal area of Arfak mountains by a public transport vehicle. It takes approximately one hour for the car to reach our destination. We will walk up steep slopes of Mount Mabowi to reach our basecamp that is built by a small river. Butterflies, New Guinea orb web spider, birds can be seen in the surrounding areas of the basecamp. At night, we could do jungle walk to find nocturnal animal such as cuscus possum. Food will be prepared in the campsite. Oveenight stay in the jungle.
Day 2
We will wake up early in the morning at 05.00. After drinking some coffee or tea and have biscuits, we will start walking to the birding ground of Lesser Birds of Paradise. Male lesser birds of paradise dance and show their beautiful feather to attract their female counterparts for mating. We will watch them until 09.00. We will walk back to our basecamp and have lunch there. We will move to higher elevation area where we will spend the night in the second basecamp. We could do another night walk to find nocturnal birds such as Marbled Frogmouth and Papuan Frogmouth. We could also see fire-flies, various kinds of moth, and glowing mushroom.
Day 3
Cuscus Possum
The next morning, we could walk to around to find Common Paradise Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher or even Magnificent Riflebird. Sometimes, Papuan Blyth's hornbill, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo or even Dwarf Cassowary bird walking around the jungle.

How to get there?
Fly from your country to Jakarta city
Continue your trip by taking an airline such as Garuda, Xpress Air, Sriwijaya, or Batik to fly to Manokwari city. I will meet you at the airport and organize your tour to Mount Mabowi of  Arfak mountains.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Birding and Snorkeling in Raja Ampat

Red Bird of Paradise in Waigeo island of Raja Ampat
I have just completed my trip in Raja Ampat islands of West Papua. It is a world class destination for visitors who are interested in scuba diving, snorkeling and sightseeing. The coral reef environment of Raja Ampat is the natural habitat of more than one thousand species of fish. Parrotfish, convict surgeonfish, striped surgeonfish, sweetlips, butterflyfish, pink anemone fish, lionfish, walking shark, and manta are some of them.
Wooden Guesthouse for Snorkeling Visitors
Birding
As a matter of fact, Raja Ampat is also a nice place for birdwatching. There are two species of Birds of Paradise in Raja Ampat, i.e. Wilson Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) and Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra). These paradise birds are sexually active in the mornings and in the afternoons. Male paradise birds perform courtship dance to attract females. A female paradise bird will select one whose performance and feather is beautiful for mating.
Male Red Bird of Paradise
Male Paradise Birds have got more than one sexual partners. We may see them as womanisers just because they involve in numerous casual sex encounters with females. But they do this to survive. The rainforest which is their natural habitat is being cut and they have also been hunted by human for centuries.
There are also other birds that we can see in the jungle such as Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Hook-billed Kingfisher (Melidora macrorrhina), Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus), Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Radjah Shelduck (Tadorna radjah), Pacific Swallow, Azure Kingfisher, Willie Wagtail, and etc.
Snorkeling and Birding Buddy
As a tour guide I offer birding and snorkeling trip for anyone who is interested in visiting Raja Ampat and wants me to be a snorkeling or birdwatching buddy. I can accompany solo traveling visitor or organize tours for a group of visitors consisting of 3 to 8 people or even more.
Extending Your Trip
We can extend your birding tour to other parts of West Papua such as Klasow valley of Sorong regency and Arfak mountains of Manokwari where you could explore tropical rainforest of New Guinea island in search of Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise and Northern Cassowary.
Booking
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com whatsapp: +6281332245180
Palm Cockatoo in Raja Ampat

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Riverwalk Tour in Manokwari Lowland Forest

There are a lot of big and small rivers in Manokwari which tourists can explore to see exotic tropical plants and animals of West Papua's rainforest. One of them is Mesirrokow river-forest located in the west of Manokwari city. As a tourist guide, I have organized a number of riverwalk birding and wildlife tours for visitors who come from France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and several other European and North American countries.
Visitors who take this riverwalk tour can stay in tents in the jungle of Mesirrokow for several days to watch birds, butterflies and other wild animals, see the beautiful landscape of the tropical rainforest,  unique and beautiful flowers, swim in the river.
Riverwalk Tour in Manokwari Lowland Forest
Birding
Birdwatchers who want to go there should bring binoculars, spotting scope, and digital camera with telephoto lens as well as field guide birdwatching book "Birds of New Guinea" written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler. Birds that live in the lowland of Manokwari play important roles in the ecosystem of the forest. They eat fruits and disperse seeds to every corner of the forest. Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Papuan Hornbill, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Western Crowned Pigeon, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Great Cuckoo Dove, Yellow capped Pymy Parrot, Yellow-faced Myna, Golden Myna, and etc.
Papuan Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
Wild Animals
It is not only birds that live in the forest but also other animals such as soa-soa monitor lizard, wallaby, deer, wild pigs, snakes, fruit bats, and thousands of species of insects. Local people like to go hunting in the forest to catch deer and wild pigs. Butterflies such as Ornithoptera priamus, Taenaris catops, Vindula arsinoe, Papilio ullysses can easily be seen while we walk in the forest.

Flowers
Scarlet jade vine, Faradaya splendida, Monochoria vaginalis, Thunbergia grandiflora, and a lot of orchids grow in the forest. People who live in coastal villages in the area also grow flower plants in front of their houses such as hibiscus and bougainvillea.

Camping
I can provide tents, sleeping bags, cooking and eating utensils, and solar powered lamps for tourists who want to take this riverwalk tour with me in the jungle of Manokwari.
Camping in the forest of Manokwari Lowland Area
Getting there:
Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) or Bali (an important tourist hub in Indonesia).
Continue your trip to Manokwari city by taking a domestic flight. Airlines such as Sriwijaya Air, Garuda, Xpress Air, and Batik Air have got regular flight service from major cities in Indonesia to Manokwari.
When you arrive in Manokwari city, I can meet you at the airport and organize your riverwalk tour to the lowland forest.

What to bring
For staying in the forest for several days, you need to bring:
Clothing that is suitable for tropical region and for riverwalk tour such as t-shirt, shorts, water shoes. Bring bathing suit if you want to enjoy swimming in the river every day.
Binoculars and camera
Flashlight/ torch
Sunblock lotion and anti insect bites lotion

Booking
If you are interested in taking this river walk tour with me as your private guide, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180.
Please, note that I often guide tourists in the jungle and there is no internet connection in the middle of the forest. You may get later reply.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Birding and Camping in Lowland Forest of Manokwari

Birding in Manokwari forest
Hiking and Biding in Lowland Forest of Manokwari
I often receive requests from birdwatchers who are interested in birding in lowland forest of Manokwari. Most of the land in Manokwari regency consists of steep mountains and deep ravines. But there is some area that is covered by lowland forest. It is a perfect site for visitors who want to enjoy easy birding walk. Some female birdwatchers prefer walking along flat land to hiking up and down steep mountains. So, lowland forest is a good choice.
Lowland Birds
Birding in Lowland Forest of Manokwari
The lowland forest of Manokwari is a highly recommended site for those who want to see Papuan Blyth's hornbills, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Great Cuckoo Dove, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Western Crowned Pigeon, Little-ringed Plover, Variable Goshawk, Brahminy Kite, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Large-tailed Nightjar, Moustached Treeswift, Rainbow Bee-eater, Yellow Faced Myna, Dollarbird, Black-capped Lory, Rainbow Lorikeet, Little Egret and a lot more.
Camping near a river
As of today, there are no guesthouses in the lowland forest of Manokwari. For visitors who want to enjoy birding in the area for several days, the only way to do that is by staying in tents.
We provide
 As a tourist guide, we provide tents, solar powered lights, basic cooking and eating utensils for birdwatchers or nature lovers who want to take birding tour with us.

Itinerary
Day 1 
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Transfer by car to lowland forest in the west of Manokwari.
Riverwalk to Campsite 1
Birding to see Dollarbird, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Papuan Hornbill and Little Egret, Large-tailed Nightjar, Glossy Swiftlet, Moustached Treeswift, and etc. Birding along the banks of the river very easy. There is a wide open space that allows birdwatchers to see birds on both sides of the river.
Day 2
Move to Campsite 2 that is located deeper into the jungle. Birding walk to find Palm Cockatoo, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot, Rainbow Bee-eater, Variable Goshawk, and a lot more.
Day 3
Willie Wagtail in Lowland Forest of Manokwari
We will dismantle our tents and walk slowly back to main road. Along the banks of the river, we may see Willie Wagtail, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Brahminy Kite, or perhaps if we are lucky enough, we may be able to see the Pesquet/ Vulturine Parrot that has become one of the most threatened species.
Arriving at the main road, we will return to the city again by car.

Other Activities
Eclectus Parrot
Besides doing riverwalk and birdwatching, visitors who go to lowland forest of Manokwari can enjoy swimming, fishing, taking pictures of various species of tropical flowers, and butterflies as well as other insects that make the forest as their natural habitat.

What to bring
Avid birdwatchers usually bring their own gear such as binoculars and spotting scope and field guide book BIRDS OF NEW GUINEA written by Thane K. Pratt, Bruce Beehler. Other items: flashlight/ torch, bathing suit for swimming in the river, fishing rod, hook and line if you are interested in catching fish, ziploc or plastic bags to protect electronic devices, sunblock for sunbathing, and insect repellent lotion.

Booking
For more info, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send whatsapp message to my cell phone: +6281332245180.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Scarlet Jade Vine Flowers in Manokwari forest

This is the photograph of Scarlet Jade Vine (Mucuna bennetti) flowers that I see in the lowland forest of Manokwari. It is also called New Guinea creeper. The plant climbs trees that grow near the river to get enough sunlight and water. Huge number of red flowers bloom from the solid stems and twigs of the liana vines that are "wrapping" their parent trees.
The massive number of flowers in the trees creates an impression as if they are burning in flames. There are also other species of tropical flowers that we can see in the lowland forest of Manokwari if we go hiking, camping, birding and wildlife watching.
One of them is Blue Trumpet Vine (Thunbergia grandiflora) flowers that hang on big trees in the forest edges. Their petals are blue and yellowish white in their center hole.


If you are interested in hiking and camping in Manokwari lowland forest to see its flowers, butterflies, birds and unique plants, and want me to be your guide, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text message/ whatsapp to my number +6281332245180.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Rainforest Flowers in Mesirrokow River of Manokwari

Terrestrial Orchid "Yellow Crown"
 in Lowland Forest of Manokwari
I organize hiking, camping and wildlife watching tours in the rainforest of Mesirrokow in Manokwari regency. Visitors who book the tours go there to watch birds. But there are also tourists who are interested in seeing tropical flowers as well.
An Ideal Site for Flowers to Grow
The wide open space that is created by rivers in Mesirrokow forest is an ideal site for a lot of species of wild flowers to grow. There is enough sunlight, and abundant water as well as shades provided by large trees that grow on both sides of the river.
Four Yellow Petal Flower in Manokwari Lowland Forest
Every time I visit Mesirrokow forest, I always spend time in looking for beautiful and colorful flowers. When I see them I take pictures for documentation and identification purposes. There is a blue-yellow terrestrial orchids that grows under the shades of big trees near the footpath where tourists, hunters, and farmers walk through. I still don't know its scientific/ latin name. Its leaves are slender and long and have got dark green color.
There is also yellow flower that grows on the side of the river whose soil consists of a lot of gravel and sand. But the flower plant looks so healthy. I still cannot identify it. Tropical flowers in lowland forest of Mesirrokow grow well and are pollinated by bees, other insects and birds.

Booking
If you are interested in visiting Mesirrokow forest to see its natural beauty, its birds, flowers and butterflies, you could book a 3 to 4 day hiking and camping tour with me (Charles Roring) to: peace4wp@gmail.com and whatsapp: +6281332245180.

How to get there?

  • Fly from your country to Jakarta city, the capital of Indonesia
  • Take a domestic airlines such as Garuda, Xpress Air, Sriwijaya and etc to fly to Manokwari city and organize your rainforest flower watching tour in Mesirrokow forest.


Rainforest Tour in Manokwari Lowland

Rainforest Birding Tour
Mesirrokow forest - Manokwari Lowland Area
We are now entering dry season in Manokwari. It is a good time for visitors who are interested in taking rainforest tour in lowland area. There is a good forest in lowland area of Manokwari. Its name is Mesirrokow. A lot of species of birds, butterflies, marsupials and mammals live in this forest. Birds such as Blyth's Hornbill, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Yellow-faced Myna, Eclectus Parrot, and Little Egret can be seen when we walk along the banks of a river that flows through Mesirrokow forest.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
At night we could explore the tall grass that grow along the riverside to find Papuan Frogmouth, Large-tailed Nightjar. If breadfruit trees have got a lot of fruits, we could find cuscus possum and fruit bats. Mesirrokow forest is a nice place for nature lovers who want to enjoy the beauty of tropical rainforest. They can enjoy swimming, hiking, camping, birding and wildlife watching for a few days there.
I have organized numerous rainforest hiking and camping tours for tourists who want to spend several days of their vacation period in the jungle of Manokwari to watch Brahminy Kite, Willie Wagtail, Little-ringed Plover, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot, Variable Goshawk, Magnificent Riflebird, Western-crowned Pigeon.
Bringing a good pair of binoculars and spotting scope is important for watching birds and wild animals that sit on the branches of distant trees on both sides of the river. This is an easy birding trip and rainforest tour which is suitable for everybody who does not want to go trekking up very steep slopes of mountains in Manokwari.
Wild Flowers
Monochoria vaginalis flower
There are a lot of flowers that I see in the lowland forest of Manokwari from Glory Vine (Faradaya splendida) that grows near the river to Terrestrial Orchids (Spathoglottis plicata) and New Guinea Tulip (Spathodea campanulata). My favorite flower is the Blue-Purple Pondweed (Monochoria vaginalis). It looks beautiful but it is considered as invasive noxious weed in certain countries. In Mesirrokow forest, this aquatic flower plant is not a threat to the surrounding environment. Its population is very small. Compared to Common Water Hycinth (Eichhornia crascippes), the flower of Monochoria vaginalis is smaller.
From my personal observations, the Glory Vine flower emits very fragrant scent. It is very potential to be cultivated for essential oil production.
Camping
Camping in Lowland Forest of Manokwari
As a tour guide, we have prepared some places as campsites. As a tourist guide, I provide camping tents, cooking and eating utensils for visitors who want to stay in the forest for 3 to 5 days. So, visitors do not need to bring those heavy things in their luggage when flying to Manokwari.

Things to bring
A good pair of binoculars, camera and spotting scope
Flashlight/ torch
Insect repellent/ sunblock lotion
Ziploc bags for cell phone, and passports and other electronic goods

Cost of the tour: This depends on the number of participants and how long they want to stay in the rainforest.

How to get there: 
  • Fly from your country to Denpasar Bali or Jakarta city of Indonesia
  • Fly from Denpasar city or Jakarta city to Manokwari
  • I will meet you at the airport and organize your tour to lowland forest of Manokwari
Booking:
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or whatsapp: +6281332245180


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Birding in Lowland Rainforest of Manokwari

Blyth's Hornbill
Watching Tropical Birds in Lowland Forest
Manokwari has been a famous destination among birdwatchers for years. This regency has got huge areas of tropical rainforest both in the Arfak mountains and in the lowland that are suitable for birdwatching. There is a new birding site in northwest region. Its name is Mesirrokow forest. I introduced it on this blog early this year. It has been visited by visitors from Switzerland, French, England and China. The lowland rainforest that covers the riverine area is the natural habitat of a lot of species of tropical birds such as Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Little-Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii), Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Willie Wagtail, Brahminy Kite, Grey Goshawk, Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus), Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot and a lot more.
Hornbill were sitting on a palm tree
Watching Blyth's Hornbill and other tropical birds
A few days ago, I guided a French visitor on a 4-day/ 3-night camping and birding tour in the lowland forest to watch birds, butterflies and see the wealth of bio-diversity of the tropical jungle. We stayed in tents at the side of the river that devides the forest. To enhance our birding experience, I provided two pairs of Visionking 10x42 mm roof prism binoculars and a 20-60x60 mm birding scope. However, visitors can bring their own binoculars.  I also brought my digital camera Fujifilm HS50EXR. It was a great experience because we were able to watch Yello-faced Myna (Mino dumontii), Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita). I was able to take a nice picture of the hornbills that were sitting in Nibong Palm tree using my old bridge camera. They were big birds whose wings will make fluttering sounds when flying in the sky. Hornbill birds eat nutmeg, ficus fruits.
Reference 
I highly recommend that visitors buy Birds of New Guinea as the main field guide book


How to get there?
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta city (the capital of Indonesia)
  • After that, fly to Manokwari city. Domestic airlines such as Garuda, Xpress Air, and Sriwijaya Air have got regular flights to Manokwari.
  • I will meet you at the airport or hotel in the city to arrange your birdwatching tour to lowland forest of Manokwari
Camping near the river
Campsite in lowland forest of Manokwari
As of today, there are no hotels or guesthouses in Mesirrokow forest. Visitors will have to stay in tents if they want to enjoy birdwatching in the area for a few days. I, as tourist guide, have got several dome tents which tourists can use during the riverwalk and birding trip in the area. I also provide cooking and eating utensils. There are several campsites in the area. In the first day, we can stay in Campsite 1, the next day, we can move deeper into the jungle and stay in Campsite 2 and then move to Campsite 3 or walk back to main road and return to Manokwari city by car. Birds are usually active early in the mornings and late in the afternoons. However, because the open space in the river is very wide and long, we have higher chance to see birds that sit on the branches of trees, walk on the shore or even fly over the river during the day.
Birding in Lowland Forest of Manokwari
Booking a Birding Tour
As a tourist guide, I offer private birding tour for birdwatcher who is interested in birding in West Papua. The destination can be Klasow valley in Sorong regency, Lowland Rainforest in Manokwari, or Numfor island. For discussion about your destination, duration of the trip and cost, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or whatsapp message: +6281332245180.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Camping and Birdwatching in Lowland Forest of Manokwari

Exploring tropical rainforest of Manokwari
Manokwari is a nice destination for birdwatchers. There is a rainforest area in northwest region where visitors can explore the forest and watch birds as well as other wild animals and unique tropical plants. The name of the forest is Mesirrokow. I have organized riverwalk and camping tours for visitors who come from Switzerland, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. If you are interested, you could book the tour by sending email to: peace4wp@gmail.com

Mesirrokow river
Riverwalk and Birdwatching
We went there and explore the tropical jungle for 3 to 4 days. To explore the forest, we walk along the sides of the river. Birds such as Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Papuan Hornbill, Brahminy Kite, Little-ringed Plover, Willie Wagtail can easily be seen during the riverwalk tour.
Before sunset time birds become more active and we will have more chance to see Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Variable Goshawk, Yellow Faced Myna and a lot more. I have got binoculars and spotting scope which tourists can use to watch birds in distant trees or branches. But I highly recommend that visitors also bring their own binoculars that are suitable for them.
If possible, buy : Birds of New Guinea field guide book written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler as the most recommended birding book for West Papua region.
The rainforest of Mesirrokow river is also the natural habitat of deer, wild pigs, and soa-soa lizard. There are wild flowers and butterflies too.

Riverwalk
Camping
As a tour guide, I provide camping equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, and cooking/ eating utensils for visitors who are interested in taking the tour. In addition to watching birds, visitors can enjoy swimming, catching fish in the river.
Night walk can also be done to find Large Tail Nighjar

Duration of the Tour
On the average, visitors spend between 3 days to 5 days for rainforest river-walk and birdwatching tour in lowland forest of Manokwari.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rainforest Birding Tour in Arfak Mountains and Lowland of Manokwari

Riverwalk in Mesirrokow forest
Manokwari has been an important birdwatching destination for domestic and international visitors. They come to watch birds that live in the jungle of Arfak mountains and lowland region such as Papuan hornbill, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Hooded Butcherbird, Yellow Faced Myna, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Common Paradise Kingfishers and a lot more.
There are two places in the forest that I offer as camping and birding grounds.
Beautiful Fruit Dove
Lowland Forest of Mesirrokow River
This is an ideal site for tourists or birdwatchers who cannot go hiking in steep slopes of Arfak mountains. Local people call the area the Mesirrokow river-forest. There are no guesthouses in the jungle. Tents, mattrasses, cooking and eating utensils will be provided by local guides for tourists who want to stay here for a few days for watching Eclectus Parrots (Eclectus roratus), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) and a lot of other birds. In addition to birding, visitors can enjoy swimming and fishing in the river too.
Colorful wild flowers that grow in both sides of the river attract butterflies, bees to collect their nectar. Tourists spend between 3 to 4 days camping and watching wild animals.
Camping at Mesirrokow river-forest
Mabowi Forest of Arfak Mountains
This lower montane forest is located in the east area of Arfak mountains and has been a favorite site for watching cuscus possum, lesser birds of paradise and glowing mushrooms. There are no hotels or gueshouses in the middle of the jungle. Tourists will stay in tents are are built by local villagers.
The jungle of Mabowi is the natural habitat of wild pigs, deer, dwarf cassowary, and a lot of species of birds. It is suitable for visitors who are really nature lovers.

Booking
Please, contact me by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text/ whatsapp message to my number: +6281332245180 if you are interested in taking rainforest tour with me in Manokwari forest.

Birding and Wildlife Watching Tour in Tambrauw Mountains

Hooded Pitta in Tambrauw mountains
The mountain range of Tambrauw is located between Manokwari and Sorong regencies. It is mostly covered by pristine tropical rainforest that is the natural habitat of hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, marsupials and insects.
There is a very good site for wildlife watching in Tambrauw mountains. Its name is Ases valley. Visitors who go to the valley can see animals such as Birds of Paradise, deer, wild pigs, and colorful butterfies. Birding tour can easily be done along the sides of Ases river.
Adventure tour in Tambrauw mountains
It takes approximately 6 hours by 4WD car from Sorong city to Ases valley. Visitors can stay at the villagers' houses or in tents at the banks of the river.
The average number of days which tourists spend in the valley for watching birds is between 4 to 7 days. To increase the chance of seeing more wild animals, local guides will offer day and night walking tours in the jungle. Nocturnal animals such as wallaby and cuscus possum can be seen in the valley.
Tambrauw Mountains
What to bring:
Darker color clothing for watching birds and wild animals
Digital camera with telephoto lens and some extra batteries
Torch/ flashlight
Binoculars
Field guide: Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler. This book could be ordered from Amazon online store.

Birding
How to get there?
Fly from your country to Jakarta city
Take a domestic flight to Sorong city
I will organize your trip to Ases valley in Tambrauw mountains.

I suggest that visitors travel in a group of 3 to 4 people to share the cost.
Booking:
You could send email to my account: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180.



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Birding in Manokwari and Sorong

Cuscus Possum in Arfak mountains
I frequently organize birding tours in Manokwari and Sorong for visitors who are interested in watching tropical birds that live in New Guinea's rainforest. The most important destinations in Manokwari are Arfak mountains and Lowland Forest along Mesirrokow river. For Sorong regency, Klasow valley has become the most favorite destination among tourists.

MANOKWARI
Arfak Mountains - lower montane forest
Birds that can be found in the jungle are Common Paradise Kingfisher, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Hooded Butcherbird, Magnificent BoP and a lot more. There is a camping site at Mount Mabowi which visitors can stay for several nights. Hiking activities can be done in the mornings to watch birds and in the nights to find cuscus possum and dragon tree lizard.
Hooded Butcherbird (Cracticus cassicus)
 in Mount Mabowi of Arfak Mountains
Mesirrokow river - lowland forest
This forest area is located in northwest territory of Manokwari regency. Birds such as Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Papuan Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus), Little-ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii), Eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus), Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot (Micropsitta keiensis) can be seen along the banks of Mesirrokow river forest.
However, it is not only birds that visitors can see in the jungle, there are various species of lizards including the soa-soa monitor lizard, deer, wild pigs and colorful butterflies.

SORONG REGENCY
Klasow valley is relatively new among visitors who want to watch birds in West Papua. Most of the land is flat but the path to the lek of Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) is steep and slippery.
Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
 in Klasow valley of Sorong regency
Birdwatchers like to visit the area because there are a lot of birds that live in the forest of the valley. Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon), Large Fig Parrot (Psittaculirostris desmarestii), Black lory (Chalcopsitta atra), Pink-spotted Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus perlatus), Beautiful Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus), Red-cheeked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi),  Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud) are some of the birds that we could see in Klasow valley. Sometimes wild Northern Cassowary bird enter the jungle village in to ask for food from local villagers. There is also King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) in the forest near the village but visitors need to use a good pair of binoculars such as the 10x42 or the 12x50 ones to see the small bird properly.

Tour Duration
On the average, visitors spend between 1 to 2 weeks to watch birds both in lowland forest of Manokwari, and Klasow valley of Sorong regency.

Booking
If you are interested in taking a birding trip in Arfak mountains of Manokwari and Klasow valley of Sorong regency and want me to organize your trip and be your guide, for itinerary and cost, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180.

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