Monday, March 14, 2016

Trekking and Camping in Arfak Mountains of Manokwari

I offer a 3-day/ 2-night tour package for visitors who are interested in trekking and camping in Arfak mountains of Manokwari. Most of the mountain range is still covered by pristine tropical rainforest. We will stay in the forest during the tour to see its biodiversity.
Campsite for visitors located deep inside the tropical jungle of Arfak mountains

During the tour, we walk up very steep slopes of the mountain range to see its green plants (such as large trees, bamboo, or terrestrial orchid flower), colorful butterflies or the nocturnal cuscus possum, birds (such as Papuan Frogmouth, Blyth's hornbill or Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and Lesser Birds of Paradise).
Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) in Arfak mountains
- photo by a European tourist Attila Buczko
Participants of the trekking and camping tour have to be physically fit. We will stay in the jungle camp for 3 days/ 2 nights. The tour can be extended to several more days depending on customers request. We will go trekking in the jungle during the day and also at night to see some nocturnal animals.
Terrestrial orchid flower in Arfak mountains Photo by Charles Roring

Local Papuan people will work for us as rangers, porters and cooks. Because the trip to the Arfak mountains is difficult, I suggest that visitors wear trekking shoes and bring raincoat.

Snorkeling Tour
After exploring the rainforest, you might want to explore the rainforest of the sea which is called coral reef. Manokwari has got plenty of coral reef sites. I can also organize snorkeling tour for you to see the marine environment of this vogelkop region. The coral reef of Manokwari is the natural habitat of various species of fish including surgeonfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, anemonefish and a lot more.
Coral reef and anemonefish of Manokwari
Coral reef of Manokwari

Don't forget to bring your own snorkeling gear (snorkeling mask, fins and snorkel)
If you are interested, please, contact me by email to:

Dear Readers,
I am raising fund to buy binoculars and spotting scopes for local guides who accompany visitors watching birds of paradise in the jungle. Please,