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:

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.

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.

Please, contact me by e-mail to: 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
Field guide: Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler. This book could be ordered from Amazon online store.

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.
You could send email to my account: or send text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180.



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