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Wildlife holidays in Papua New Guinea with Naturetrek
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Papua New Guinea

Wildlife holidays in Papua New Guinea

Whats special about Papua New Guinea?

New Guinea is one of the wildest, most unexplored regions on Earth, with some 90% of the country still covered in forest.

It has the richest avifauna of any island with nearly 400 endemic species, including many of the birds-of-paradise, perhaps the most extraordinary family of all the worlds birds. Although their incredible displays are often shown on television, to watch them in the field is a priceless experience of a lifetime.

The island holds a wonderful assembly of pigeons, doves, parrots and kingfishers, not to mention gorgeous jewel-babblers, fairy-wrens and stunning species such as Flame Bowerbird and Garnet Robin.

Raptors are not numerous, but we have the chance of observing one of the most magnificent, the New Guinea Harpy Eagle. 

Our Papua New Guinea specialist recommends...

"On our ‘Papua New Guinea’ birdwatching holiday visits the magnificent forests of New Guinea, where we search for the stunning birds-of-paradise and other exotic species. We will also have the opportunity to experience the unique culture of the Huli wigmen."

Alison Steel
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Naturetrek tour to Papua New Guinea

Naturetreks bird watching holiday to Papua New Guinea visits magnificent forests in search of the remarkable birds-of-paradise and other exotic species. The tour also offers a chance to experience the unique culture of the indigenous Huli ‘wigmen’.

What birds-of-paradise might I see?

The following have all been seen on previous Naturetrek Papua New Guinea tours:

Lorias Bird-of-paradise, Crested Bird-of-paradise, Glossy-mantled Manucode, Crinkle-collared Manucode, Trumpet Manucode, Short-tailed Paradigalla, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Princess Stephanies Astrapia, Carolas Parotia, Lawes Parotia, King-of-Saxony Bird-of-paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Eastern Riflebird, Superb Bird-of-paradise, Black Sicklebill, Magnificent Bird-of-paradise, King Bird-of-paradise, Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, Lesser Bird-of-paradise, Greater Bird-of-paradise, Raggiana Bird-of-paradise, Blue Bird-of-paradise & many more bird species.


The special thing about this holiday for me was the mix of lowland terrain and mountain environment to see a great range of birds as well as variety of people from the warlike Highlanders to the 'stone age' people of Sepik. Karawari Lodge was wonderfully remote, in a hugely atmospheric area a million miles from 'civilisation' as we know it. Ambua Lodge was a superb base for spotting birds of paradise and many other birds, and provided a good insight into the way of life of the Highland peoples of PNG. In many ways the holiday was 'made' by Terry Reis with his constant good humour and positive outlook, his immense skills at locating birds and his dedication to the happiness of the group.
Papua New Guinea is a lovely country, the people friendly and helpful and charming. The Birds of Paradise, our reason for the trip, magnificent.John Hornbuckle, an amazing amount of knowledge of the birds and a pleasing companion.
Definitely the guide Terry made all the difference. His knowledge, his care and timing was faultless. We were lucky to have such a good group (only four of us) I was the only female, and felt cared for without being patronised. I shall remember Papua New Guinea for as long as I live. Thank you.