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Papua New Guinea (NEW DATES)

Birds of Paradise

19 September to 5 October 2017

Leaders: Simon Boyes and local guides

Maximum of eight clients.

2017 Cost £8,499 single room supplement £980

For many people, New Guinea represents the ultimate birding goal. Certainly Sir David Attenborough regards the country as ‘the greatest unclaimed prize in ornithological filming.’ His classic programme about the splendours of the birds of paradise and bowerbirds has created a widespread public interest in experiencing New Guinea at first hand. Until recently, the island’s remoteness and lack of tourist infrastructure prevented this dream from becoming reality. Now, with the help of some well-located lodges, we can explore the best Papuan habitats and their unique birdlife in comfort and safety. We will divide our time between one lowland lodge (Karawari) and two highland lodges (Kumul Lodge and Ambua Lodge) before finishing our tour in the capital Port Moresby. This should give us a wonderful opportunity to watch many species of birds of paradise (which possess some of the world’s most exotic plumages and displays), as well as a wide variety of pigeons and fruit-doves, parrots, cuckoo-shrikes, kingfishers and bowerbirds. Less familiar groups include fairy-wrens, whistlers, berrypeckers, butcherbirds and honeyeaters. We will also be able to observe some of Papua’s colourful peoples, with their distinctive tribal dress and customs. There is an option of breaking the outward or return journeys in Singapore for those who wish. This will be Ornitholidays’ fifth tour to Papua New Guinea.

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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Depart London
Day 2 Singapore
Day 3 In transit to Port Moresby
Days 4-6 Kumul Lodge
Days 7-9 Karawari Lodge
Days 10-13 Ambua Lodge
Days 14-15 Port Moresby
Day 16 Depart Port Moresby
Day 17 Arrive London