Birding Program
Birds of Papua New Guinea (PNG) are spectacular in their natural beauties and can be fascinating experience to watch. Some species of birds are extrovert; they take pride in their elaborate courtship displays while others are more evasive while others are nocturnal. Part of the fun is trying to locate them in their habitats. Be prepared to stay a while and you are guaranteed to have an encounter with some of the most unique, colorful and endemic species. More than 100 species of birds of PNG can be seen at Magic Mountain and nearby locations. The National bird is Ragianna bird of Paradise which is red in color and can be found in the lowlands of the Highlands and PNG, some are extinct and ample time required to search and locate them.

Some of the unique species that you would expect to see while in Mt. Hagen are: Regianna bird of paradise, Blue bird of paradise, Lesser bird of paradise, Superb bird of paradise, parrots, black seagull, King of Saxony and other endangered species. 
Papua New Guinea is home to many plants and animals not found anywhere else on earth. Thirty-eight (38) of the 43 known birds of paradise are found in Papua New Guinea. They are an important part of our natural heritage.
Option 1: Birding - Mount Hagen & Port Moresby
7 Days & 6 Nights
Day 1  (Lunch & Dinner on arrival)
After customs clearance walk out to the lobby area and meet with our guide who will  assit you to check in for the Mt. Hagen flight, change money and even replace a local Sim card on your mobile phone for use while in PNG. After attending to all the formalities walk to the  domestic terminal and wait at the lounge area unitl your flight is called for boarding. Your flight to Mt. Hagen will be an hour. Meet/greet on arrival and tranfer to Traveler’s Hut for a shortbreak follwed with lunch and continue to Magic Mountain Nature lodge. Afternoon nature walk & birding around the lodge and overnight.

Magic Mountain Nature Lodge is set in a natural and lush environment. Based on typical Highland’s architectural design, the lodge perfectly blends into the natural environment and traditional identities of the people living at Paiya village. This would be a magical experience offering facilities that places high emphasis on quality and standards. All units self-contained (toilet and shower inside) 24 hours electricity and hot water system. Magic Mountain nature lodge is about 45 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen. It is located at the foot of Mt. Hagen. Many tourists have highly commended Magic Mountain Nature lodge because of its setting and scenic views overlooking Mt. Hagen valley.

Notes:
•Mobile phones can be accessed in almost every village. You may want to replace your Sim witn a local Sim in order to communicate while you are in PNG.
•You need at least K600.00/ $200.00 for shopping and may be tips. ATM mchines are located in every town and you can access them when you need  additional cash.
•Magic Mountain is located at an altitude of 2400 meters above sea level.
•Driving from Mt. Hagen to Magic Mountain is approximately 45 minutes.
•Birds likely to be seen at the lodge are:
Red colored myzomela, yellow browed melidectors, Belford melidectors, Hooded manikins, white shouldered fairy wren, willie wag tail, Pied chat, Blue grey robin, Brown sickle bill, orange crowned Fairy Wren, Bremhns tiger parrot,  Rufous Snapped Whistler, King of Saxony BOP, Superb BOP, Niugini White eyes, Island leaf warbler, Black butcher bird, Ornate Maledicts, Common Smoky honey eater, Fan tail berry pecker, Friendly fan tail, Black fain tail, Dimorphic fan tail, Long tailor strike,Yellow Billed Lorikeet, Orange billed lorikeet, Brown breasted durigin, Papuan Lorikeet, Macgregor bower bird, Black Kite, Brahminy kite, Glossy swiflet, Great wood swallow, brush cuckoo, Fan tail cuckoo, black pitohui and more.

Day 2 (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
“Full day birding”

B/fast around 4:30am and transfer to Rondon - birding site located about 60kms from Magic Mountain. Meet the Local guides / porters on arrival walk to the birding site. It will take approximately 45 minutes to reach the site. Settle in and wait patiently until you are in contact with the birds of paradise and other species. Spend sufficient time there doing own studies on birds and the natures especially exotic plants, orchids etc.
The panorama overlooking Mt. Hagen city and Waghi valley is gorgeous so as the surrounding villages. Briefly visit nearby villages, meet with the people and learn about their lifestyle as you descend. You will learn more if you decide to spend few moments of your time with the people. Transfer to Mt. Hagen - Traveler’s Hut for lunch and continue with birding.

Note:
• Our bird guide is from Rondon and he is able to lead you to his and other villages.
• Rondon is about 1700 meters above sea level

Birds likely to be seen at Rondon are:
King of Saxony, Superb, Princes Stephanie’s Astraphia, blue BOP, Brown Sickle bill BOP, black sickle bill birds of Paradise, short tailed paradigalla. Blue capped ifritta, fantails, Robins, swallows, whistlers, Doves & pigeons, falcons, Parrots, Lori keets.  Macgregor Bower bird, scrub wrens, berry packers, cuckoo - shrike, Red colored myzomela, yellow browed melidectors, Belford melidectors, Hooded manikins, white shouldered fairy wren, willie wag tail, Pied chat, Blue grey robin, Niugini White eyes, Island leaf warble, Ornate Maledictes, Common Smoky honey eater, Stout billed Cuckoo shrike, Niugini mountain Pigeon, Yellow breasts fruit Dove, Black billed cuckoo Dove, Brown cuckoo dove, Lesser Melampitta dove, orange billed lorikeet, Yellow billed lorikeet, Torrent lark, Fan tail berry pecker, Friendly fan tail, Black fain tail, Dimorphic fantail, Lesser ground Robin Yellow Billed Lorikeet, Orange billed lorikeet, Brown breasted durigin, Papuan Lorikeet, Macgregor  bower bird, Black Kite, Brahminy kite, Glossy swiflet, Great wood swallow, Orange crowned Fairy Wren, Bremhns tiger parrot,  Rufous Snapped Whistler, goshawk & kites, plump face lorikeet, brush cuckoo, black pitohui, Fan tail cuckoo and other species.

Transfer to Nebilyer after lunch for Regianna, Superb BOP and Magnificent BOP. The distance between Mt. Hagen and Nebilyer is approximately 35Kms. Meet on arrival and walk to the birding site - few kms from the car park. Spend sufficient time there and retire to Magic Mountain and overnight. Expect to see other species as well - see the list. Trumpet Manicored BOP, Jobi Manicored BOP and other non BOP species - Helmet friar bird. Yellow breasted bower bird, Rainbow lorikeet, hooded pitohui, Doubled eyed pygmy parrot, Clamorous reed warbler, White shoulder  fairy  wren, great wood swallow, Little grass bird, Dollar bird, Purple swamp Hen and more.

Day 3 (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)

Early B/fast and transfer to Baiyer River for Lesser Bird of Paradise. It will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to reach the site.  Meet with the locals there and walk for at least 20km to the birding site. Birds come for display between 6:00am & 8am. Wait patiently until you get a full display. 
You have the chance of seeing other bird species as well, such as Hooded pitohui, Zoe imperial Pigeon, Trumpet Manucorded, Jobi Manucored, Southern Baza, Helmetted friar bird, Great Egret, White shouldered fairy wren, Yellow breasted bower bird, Sulphuric - crested Cockatoo, Bhlys Hornbill, Black winged kite, Black kite, Rainbow lorikeet, Dollar bird  and Purple swamp Hen.
Continue to Baiyer River bird sanctuary once renowned for collection of bird and animal species. The sanctuary has been closed for some time but redevelopment is taking place now. Visit the site for lesser Bop and other bird species and retire to Magic Mountain.

Day 4 (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast at 4:30am and transfer to Rondon once again for Blue bird of paradise. The distance between the main road leading to the birding site is approximately an hour’s walk. Wait patiently until you get a clear view and retire to Mt. Hagen. Lunch and continue to Kumul lodge to see birds which come to the feeding table and feed. Here expect to see White ribbon tailed astraphia, tephanie astraphia & black single bill and other non bird of paradise species. Afternoon retire to Magic Mountain Nature lodge and overnight.

Day 5 (B/ fast Lunch & Dinner)

B/fast and transfer to the airport for flight to Port Moresby. Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel/lodge and check in. After check in tour Port Moresby - Botanical garden bird of paradise species, cuscus and other animals can be seen here as well. If time permits continue to Wildlife Park to see birds in an ovary and cages. Beautiful gardens especially orchids. Afternoon retire to hotel and overnight.

Day 6 ( B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast and early transfer to Warirata National Park located approximately an hr’s drive. The road leading to Warirata National Park is sealed but curved as you ascend at an altitude of approximately 800 meters above sea level. The panoramic overlooking Sogeri plateau, the city of Port Moresby is stunning. You will notice incredible locations for photographing as you stroll within the park. The park is an absolute bird and nature lover's haven and is home to many species of bird’s, orchids and exotic plants. Spend time at your leisure exploring different species of birds including the national bird of Paradise - Regianna  and retire. 
On the way visit the National Park where bird & animal species kept - in an ovary, paddocks, fences and cages including a few bird of paradise species.   Continue to Port Moresby and overnight.

Day 7 ( B/fast Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast and transfer to airport and continue to international destination.

PROGRAM ENDS HERE
Option 2: Tour Sepik, Mount Hagen & Port Moresby
11 Days & 10 Nights
Sepik is famous for its waterways along the mighty Sepik River. The people along the river live a traditional lifestyle. Farming, fishing and hunting are daily activities. Each village is unique in nature and culture. Tourists enjoy Sepik when they really get down to the people and learn about their cultures and style of living. The famous icon is the Sepik Haus Tambran(Sepik spirit house), the crocodile festival, and many different types of carvings.
While in the Highlands tourists will enjoy beautiful sceneries, high mountain terrains, fast flowing rivers, great valleys and of course the people and their rich cultures or festivals such as the Mt. Hagen and Goroka shows. 

Day 1 (Meals: Meals Dinner on arrival)
Your flight to PNG is via Singapore or Brisbane/Cairns flight. (PX -Air Niugini). Meet on arrival and check in for Wewak and continue flight to Wewak. Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel and overnight. Your hotel in Wewak is Boutique hotel.

Note:
This is one of the good hotels in Wewak, located on a hill top overlooking Wewak town, and Bismark sea. We normally bring our tourist to this hotel.

Day 2 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Early morning B/fast and transfer to Pagwi on a 4 WD drive Toyotal Land cruisher or a bus depending on the number of people traveling. It takes  approximately 3 - 4 hours drive then connect with motorized canoe and travel to Korogu, tour the village, artifacts on display, Spirit house, continue to Kanganamun for spirit dance and overnight.

Day 3 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
Spend half day at Kanganamun, lunch and continue to Yajaim village and Palimbe. Expect to see traditional singsing, sago making, carving and painting with traditional paints, weaving and basket making and the life style of the people there and of course the Traditional Sepik Spirit house called Haus Tambraun. You have the chance to see nature and river birds that fly in to fish in the river. Retire to Kanganamun and overnight.

Note:
Accommodation is basic - mattress on the floor, pit toilet outside and basic meals served, and shower from buckets and hurricane lamp in some locations while generator provided in some locations. Experience the real PNG village and remote life. This experience would be similar to many other remote villages/tribes in the country.

Day 4 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)

B/ fast and transfer upstream to Pagwi and onward to a waiting vehicle and return to Wewak. Check in at Boutique hotel and overnight.

Day 5 (Meals: Lunch & Dinner on arrival)
B/fast and transfer to Mt. Hagen via Port Moresby. Meet/greet on arrival and transfer to Traveler’s Hut for lunch and continue to Magic Mountain Nature lodge. After check in take your time out in the forest for orichids & birds or a few kilometers walk for scenic views overlooking Mt. Hagen & Nebilyer valleys.  

You are likely to encounter birds (named) while at the  lodge.
Red colored myzomela, yellow browed melidectors, Belford melidectors, Hooded manikins, white shouldered fairy wren, willie wag tail, Pied chat, Blue grey robin, Brown sickle bill, orange crowned Fairy Wren, Bremhns tiger parrot,  Rufous Snapped Whistler, King of Saxony BOP, Superb  BOP, Niugini  White eyes, Island leaf warbler, Black butcher bird, Ornate Maledicts, Common Smoky honey eater, Fan tail berry pecker, Friendly fan tail, Black fain tail, Dimorphic fan tail, Long tailor strike, Yellow Billed Lorikeet, Orange billed lorikeet, Brown breasted durigin, Papuan Lorikeet, Macgregor  bower bird, Black Kite, Brahminy kite, Glossy swiflet, Great wood swallow, brush cuckoo, Fan tail cuckoo, black pitohui and more.
Magic Mountain Nature Lodge is set in a natural and lush environment. Based on typical Highland’s architectural design, the lodge perfectly blends into the natural environment and traditional identities of the people living at Paiya village. This would be a magical experience offering facilities that places high emphasis on quality and standards. All units self -contained (toilet and shower inside) 24 hours electricity and hot water system.  Magic Mountain nature lodge is about 45 minutes drive from Mt. Hagen. It is located at the foot of Mt. Hagen. Many tourists have highly commended Magic Mountain Nature lodge because of its setting and scenic views overlooking Mt. Hagen valley.

Day 6 (B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
“Full day birding”

B/fast around 4:30am and transfer to Rondon. Reach Rondon after an hour’s drive. Join with the Local guides / porters who will be waiting to meet you and assist you to the birding site. It will take approximately 45 minutes to reach the site. Settle in and wait patiently until you are in contact with the birds of paradise and other species. Spend sufficient time here doing own studies on the birds and the nature especially exotic plants, trees, orchids etc.
The panorama overlooking Mt. Hagen city and Waghi valley is magnificent so as the surrounding villages. Briefly visit nearby villages, meet with the people and learn about their lifestyle as you descend. You will learn more if you decide to spend few moments of your time with the people.  Retire to Rondon Lodge for lunch and continue with birding program in the afternoon.

Note:
•Our bird guide is from Rondon and he is able to lead you to his and other villages.
•Rondon is about 1700 meters above sea level.

Birds likely to be seen at Rondon are:
King of Saxony - BOP, Superb  King of Saxony BOP, Princes Stephanie’s Astraphia BOP Superb BOP, blue BOP, Brown Sickle bill BOP, black sickle bill  BOP,  Brown sickle bill - BOP, short tailed paradigalla BOP, Blue BOP. It will take a while to view because of  the distance.
Blue capped ifritta, fantails, Robins, swallows, whistlers, Doves & pigeons, falcons, Parrots, Lori keets. Macgregor Bower bird, scrub wrens, berry packers, cuckoo - shrike, Red colored myzomela, yellow browed melidectors, Belford melidectors, Hooded manikins, white shouldered fairy wren, willie wag tail, Pied chat, Blue grey robin,  Niugini White eyes, Island leaf warble, Ornate Maledictes, Common Smoky honey eater ,Stout billed Cuckoo shrike, Niugini mountain Pigeon, Yellow breasts fruit Dove, Black billed cuckoo Dove, Brown cuckoo dove, Lesser Melampitta,  dove, orange billed lorikeet, Yellow billed lorikeet, Torrent lark, Fan tail berry pecker, Friendly fan tail, Black fain tail, Dimorphic fantail,Lesser ground Robin Yellow Billed Lorikeet, Orange billed lorikeet, Brown breasted durigin, Papuan Lorikeet, Macgregor bower bird, Black Kite, Brahminy kite, Glossy swiflet, Great wood swallow, Orange crowned Fairy Wren, Bremhns tiger parrot, Rufous Snapped Whistler, goshawk & kites, plump face lorikeet, brush cuckoo, black pitohui, Fan tail cuckoo and other species.

Transfer to Nebilyer after lunch for Regianna, Superb BOP and Magnificent BOP. The distance between Mt. Hagen and Nebilyer is approximately 30Kms. Meet on arrival and transfer to the birding site which is not far from the car park. The people there are friendly and they will help you walk to the birding site. Spend sufficient time here for clear viewing and photographing.  Expect to see other bird species as well.

Other bird species likely to be seen here are:
Trumpet Manicored BOP, Jobi Manicored BOP and other non BOP species  Helmet friar bird. Yellow breasted bower bird, Rainbow lorikeet, hooded pitohui, Doubled eyed pygmy parrot, Clamorous reed warbler, White shoulder fairy wren, great wood swallow, Little grass bird, Dollar bird, Purple swamp Hen and more.

Day 7 (B/fast, Lunch & dinner)
Early B/fast and transfer to Baiyer River for Lesser Bird of Paradise. It will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Normal display time is between 6:00am & 7am. Wait patiently before you get a view of the full display. You also have the chance of seeing other bird species around Baiyer area, such as Hooded pitohui, Zoe imperial Pigeon, Trumpet Manucorded, Jobi Manucored, Southern Baza, Helmetted friar bird, Great Egret, White shouldered fairy wren, Yellow breasted bower bird, Sulphuric crested Cockatoo, Bhlys Hornbill, Black winged kite, Black kite, Rainbow lorikeet, Dollar bird ,Purple swamp Hen and other bird species. You will have the chance of visiting Baiyer River bird sanctuary once renowned for collection of bird and animal species. The sanctuary has been closed for some time but redevelopment is taking place now. Visit the site for lesser Bop and other bird species and retire to Magic Mountain in the afternoon.

Day 8 (B/fast, Lunch & dinner)
B/fast at around 4:30am and transfer to Rondon again to see the Blue bird of paradise. The distance between the main road leading to the birding site is approximately 3Kms - an hour’s walk. Wait patiently until you get a wiew of the bird and retire to Mt. Hagen. Lunch and continue to Kumul lodge to see birds come to the feeding table and feed. Here expect to see White ribbon tailed astraphia, stephanie astraphia, black single bill and other non bird of paradise species. Afternoon retire to Magic Mountain Nature lodge and overnight. After lunch transfer to Kumul for birds including BOP species that come to the feeding table and feed. Take few meters walk away from the feeding area to see birds in their natural settings/trees as well.
Afternoon retire to Magic Mountain and overnight.

Day 9 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)

B/fast and transfer to the airport for flight to Port Moresby. Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel/lodge and check in followed with lunch. After lunch tour Port Moresby - Botanical garden bird of paradise species, cuscus and other animals can be seen here. If time permits continue to wildlife park where birds of PNG kept in an ovary and cages. Beautiful gardens especially orchids. Afternoon retire to hotel and overnight.

Day 10 (Meals: B/fast, Lunch & Dinner)
B/fast at 4:30am and soon after B/fast transfer to Warirata National Park located approximately 45Kms outside of Port Moresby. About an hour’s drive from Port Moresby. The road leading to Warirata National Park is sealed but curved as you descend an altitude of approximately 800 meters above sea level. The panoramic overlooking Sogeri plateau, the city of Port Moresby is stunning. You will notice incredible locations for photographing as you stroll within the park.
The park is an absolute bird and nature lover's haven and is home to many species of bird’s orchids and exotic plants. Spend time at your leisure exploring different species of birds including the national bird of Paradise - Regianna & plants and retire in the afternoon. 

On the way visit the National Park where bird species are kept in an ovary including a few bird paradise species.  Driving a few Kms in to the Pacific University located adjacent to the National wild life park as well for other bird species and continue to Port Moresby and overnight.

Day 11 (Meals: B/fast)

B/fast and check out and transfer to Port Moresby international airport for onward international destination.

PROGRAM ENDS HERE
Regianna Bird of Paradise "Mating"
Hides built for bird watchers to take photos
Lesser Bird of Paradise
Ribbon tail  Astraphia BOP
King of Saxony Bird of Paradise
Rifle Bird of Paradise