Rainforest Birding Tour in Sorong Regency

Western Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata)
in Klasow valley
Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights
Availability: All year round
Destination: Rainforest of Klasow valley (look at the map below)
Contact: peace4wp@gmail.com
Price: .....
This price includes transportation by 4WD between Sorong and Klasow valley, food during the trip in the jungle, basic accommodation in the jungle hut, fee to local guides, cooks, contribution to the villagers).
The price does not include airfare to Sorong city, personal expenses, and travel insurance, hotel accommodation in Sorong city before and after your tour.

I can also arrange a snorkeling trip to Raja Ampat after the jungle tour.
Introduction
Almost all visitors who want to go to Raja Ampat will fly to Sorong city. They go there to enjoy scuba diving, see beautiful islands, coral reef and tropical fish and the landscape of karst islets of Wayag and Pianemo. After completing dive trips in Raja Ampat, some of them still want to do land tour in the mainland New Guinea,
As a tour guide, I frequently receive requests from visitors who are interested in trekking, camping an wildlife watching in the jungle near Sorong.
Klasow Valley
There is a forest region outside Sorong City.  Its name is Klasow valley. It is approximately 1 hour by car and 1 hour walk to the heart of the valley. I have guided tens of visitors to the region. They went trekking, and watching wild animals in the jungle. They saw lesser birds of paradise, western crowned pigeon, and yellow faced myna, golden myna and many other birds in the forest. At night they saw wallaby (a kind of ground kangaroo) that makes Klasow valley as its natural habitat.
There is no hotel in the jungle, visitors will stay in a basic accommodation in the jungle.
Jungle walk in Klasow valley
For watching wild animals, I recommend that visitors bring a D-SLR camera with telephoto lens or buy a bridge camera that is powered with super telephoto lens such as Nikon Coolpix P900. This camera has got 83x zoom (equivalent to 2000 mm in 35 mm lens camera) which is the highest zoom in the world.

Itinerary
Day 1
I will meet you at the airport of Sorong town. We will stop for a while at a traditional market to buy some vegetables, fish, and fruits that we need during the tour. After that we can continue our trip to Klasow valley by 4WD car. The car will stop in the valley and then we need to continue walking through the jungle. Along the way, we will be able to hear the sounds of birds such as kingfishers, cockatoo and hornbills.

Day 2
You will need to wake up early in the morning at 04.30 local time. There is some hot water available for you to make tea or coffee. We will start walking when it is still dark to reach the display tree of birds of paradise. We will watch the birds until approximately 09.00.
After that, we will walk back to the village where we will be able to watch birds, butterfly and see various species of tropical plants that grow in the jungle.
During the day, we can start to have a tour around the forest to see plants that the indigenous people use as herbs, to make hunting gear or to construct their houses.

Day 3
We will explore the jungle deeper and see plants (tree, shrubs, creeping plants or vines as well as mushrooms), insects, birds, reptiles as well as marsupials that live in the valley.
We will do night walk to find wallaby (a species of small ground kangaroo that usually comes out at night to find food and mating)

Day 4
We still have time to see the wildlife of the forest. After breakfast and saying good bye to the villagers, we can walk slowly to the main road. Birds fly over the canopy of the forest and butterflies will find nectar in the wild flowers that grow in the jungle.
You will be transferred back to Sorong city.

Birds:
Lesser Birds of Paradise
Here are some of the birds that visitors may see in the jungle of Klasow valley:
  • Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
  • King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius)
  • Magnificent riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus)
  • Twelve-wired Birds of Paradise 
  • Moustached Tree-Swift
  • Glossy Swiftlet
  • Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)
  • Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
  • Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus parrot)
  • Large Fig Parrot (Micropsittaculirostris desmarestii)
  • Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon)
  • Pink-spotted Fruit-Dove
  • Beautiful Fruit-Dove
  • Wompoo Fruit-Dove
  • Yellow-billed Kingfisher
  • Forest Kingfisher
  • Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus)
  • Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
  • Papuan hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
  • Hooded Pitta
  • Northern Cassowary
  • Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
  • and etc.

How to get there?
If you are interested in taking a rainforest hiking tour or birding tour in Sorong regency, the route to get there:
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • Fly from Jakarta to Sorong city (by one of the domestic airlines such as Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, Express Air, or Lion Air)
  • I will meet you at the airport and organize your tour to Klasow valley
Interior Region of West Papua
In addition to hiking in Klasow valley, I can organize other tour deeper into the interior region of West Papua especially to Tambrauw regency where you will be able to explore the forest to see its wildlife, swim in the crystal clear water and camp at the bank of one of its many rivers.
Please, email me (Charles Roring) to: peace4wp@gmail.com whatsapp: +6281332245180

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