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Birding Experience in PNG



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Shirley Johnson

Trans Niugini Tours

Discover how easy Papua New Guinea can be when travelling with Trans Niugini Tours.

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Birding Experience in PNG

One of Papua New Guinea's greatest attractions is its birdlife. Because of Papua New Guinea's isolation, it possesses a wide variety of ecosystems. Its physical isolation from South East Asia also means that there are very few predatory mammals, and so New Guinea's bird life flourishes. Trans Niugini Tours has comfortable wilderness lodges throughout rural areas of Papua New Guinea, perfectly situated for serious birding.

Rondon Ridge, Mount Hagen

Upon your arrival in Port Moresby, you will be met by Trans Niugini Tours staff and transferred to your Air Niugini flight Port Moresby to Mount Hagen. Upon arrival in Mount Hagen you will be transferred to Rondon Ridge. Mt. Hagen town is in the upper Wahgi Valley - a valley with some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Perched high on Mount Kuta is Rondon Ridge, with unbelievable views of the Wahgi Valley. Read more

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Rondon Ridge, Mt Hagen

A full day is spent birding on in the high altitude forests behind Rondon Ridge. Close by to the lodge are Macgregor's Bowerbird, the Brown Sicklebill, Stephanie's Astrapia and the Superb Bird of Paradise amongst many others. Further a field is the Black Sicklebill, the Buff tail Sicklebill, King of Saxony Bird of Paradise and the Short tailed Paradigalla to name a few. Read more

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Lake Murray Lodge, Lake Murray

Transfer to Mt. Hagen airport. Fly by charter from Mount Hagen to Lake Murray. After arrival at Lake Murray you will be assisted to the lodge for lunch and then proceed on with a half day birding tour.

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Lake Murray Lodge, Lake Murray

With over 154 species, Lake Murray has high diversity of birds, including several special birds that will be the highlight of your two full days of birding.

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Lake Murray Lodge, Lake Murray

Lake Murray is one of the best bird watching areas in the Province. In addition to a host of migratory birds, several birds of paradise species, pelicans, hornbills, eagles, parrots and numerous other birds have been sighted. The identification of bird species is an ongoing process and you may be the first person to spot a new species that is not on our current list. Read more

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Ambua Lodge, Tari Basin

Transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Tari flying over some of the most rugged and impressive landscapes in the world. After arrival in Tari you will be transferred to Ambua Lodge. Ambua Lodge is an inspired mixture of local architecture, spectacular views and modest luxury off the beaten track. Located at 7000 feet (2100 meters) in the PNG Southern Highlands, homeland of the Huli clan with their human hair wigs adorned with colourful flowers. Afternoon guided nature walk through the alpine forest looking for the exotic bird of Paradise. Read more

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Ambua Lodge, Tari Basin

With an amazing thirteen species of birds of paradise, Ambua and the Tari Gap is a mecca for birders seeking these amazing and colourful birds. Close to the lodge, birds that are commonly seen include the Buff-Banded Rail, Longtailed Shrike, Pied Chat, Orange-crowned Fairy-wren, Mountain Peltops, Friendly Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Blue-grey Robin and the hooded mannikin. Read more

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Port Moresby

After breakfast you will be transferred from Ambua Lodge to Tari Airport for your PX domestic Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby and further connected onto your outgoing international flight home.

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Day in trip
Day 1
Location Mount Hagen
Hotel Rondon Ridge
Day 3
Location Lake Murray
Day 6
Location Hela Province
Hotel Ambua Lodge


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees

Package excludes

  • Airfares Domestic and International
  • Charters are quoted separately and are additional
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • Additional Air Charter Costs:
  • US$1046.00 per person
  • Friday Day 3 - Mount Hagen to Lake Murray
  • Monday Day 6 - Lake Murray to Tari
  • Special Note Regarding Charters: Maximum baggage allowance is 10kg per person and a maximum of 5kg carry on baggage per person. Large, hard sided suitcases are not permitted on charter aircraft.
  • Important Note:
  • Domestic and international flights are not included in the cost and we do not arrange these. You are to book and ticket the domestic Air Niugini flights together with your international flights. We will book the internal air charter flights.
  • Internal Domestic flights you are to book with Air Niugini (PX) :
  • Wednesday Day 1 - PX186 Port Moresby to Mount Hagen
  • Wednesday Day 8 - PX865 Tari to Port Moresby


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