Of all the world’s birding destinations, Papua New Guinea must certainly rank amongst the most fascinating and exotic. The second largest island on Earth, New Guinea was the last inhabited island to be explored by Europeans, and even today many areas have little or no exposure to Western influence. The virtually untouched forests come alive with incredible fruit doves, fig parrots, fairywrens, jewel-babblers, pittas, honeyeaters and berrypeckers, while over twenty species of dazzling birds-of-paradise present sometimes unbelievably iridescent colours and wild tail plumes in one of the most astonishing exhibits of the natural world!
Travelling by air, road, and boat we will explore the diverse habitats of the country, from winding lowland rivers and sprawling grasslands, to the richly forested highlands. Native tribes still dress themselves to mimic the island’s fabulous birds, adorned with elaborate head plumes made from the feathers of parrots and birds-of-paradise. Our eighteen-day tour covers the highlights of this enchanted and little-travelled country. We can expect a phenomenal variety of remarkable birds in and amongst vast regions of immaculate forests that have been experienced by few people on earth!
King of Saxony, Superb, Magnificent, King, Twelve-wired, Greater, Raggiana, Lesser & Blue Bird-of-paradise, Magnificent & Growling Riflebird, Black, Brown & Black-billed Sicklebill, Glossy-mantled, Crinkle-collared & Trumpet Manucode, Short-tailed Paradigalla, Ribbon-tailed & Princess Stephanie's Astrapia, Queen Carola's & Lawes's Parotia, Salvadori's Teal, Forest Bittern, Papuan, Pygmy & Gurney's Eagle, Doria's & Black-mantled Goshawk, Papuan Harrier, Chestnut & Forbes's Forest Rail, New Guinea Flightless Rail, New Guinea Woodcock, New Guinea Bronzewing, Cinnamon Ground Dove, Pheasant Pigeon, Southern Crowned Pigeon, Wompoo, Pink-spotted, Ornate, Orange-fronted, Superb, Coroneted, Beautiful, White-bibbed, Orange-bellied & Dwarf Fruit Dove, Purple-tailed, Rufescent, Pinon's, Collared, Zoe's & Torresian Imperial Pigeon, Papuan Mountain Pigeon, Papuan Boobook, Marbled & Papuan Frogmouth, Archbold's Nightjar, Feline, Starry, Wallace's, Mountain & Barred Owlet-Nightjar, Hook-billed, Common Paradise, Little Paradise, Buff-breasted Paradise, Brown-headed Paradise, Forest, Torresian, Yellow-billed, Mountain, Papuan Dwarf & Azure Kingfisher, Shovel-billed, Blue-winged & Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Pesquet's, Yellow-capped & Buff-faced Pygmy, Papuan King, Eclectus & Brehm's Tiger Parrot, Striated, Red-flanked, Fairy, Papuan, Yellow-billed & Orange-billed Lorikeet, Purple-bellied, Dusky, Goldie's & Coconut Lorikeet, Orange-breasted Fig Parrot, Papuan Pitta, Archbold's, MacGregor's, Flame, Yellow-breasted & Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, Papuan Treecreeper, Wallace's, Emperor, White-shouldered & Orange-crowned Fairywren, Goldenface, Papuan Babbler, Papuan Logrunner, Loria's & Crested Satinbird, Tit & Crested Berrypecker, Papuan Whipbird, Spotted, Blue & Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler, Painted Quail-thrush, Mottled Berryhunter, Papuan & Black Sittella, Wattled Ploughbill, Rufous-naped Whistler, Crested Pitohui, Lesser Melampitta & Greater Melampitta, Blue-capped Ifrit, Mountain Firetail, White-spotted, Great-billed, Grey-headed, Hooded & Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.
Spectacled Dasyure, Black-tailed Giant Rat, Agile Wallaby, Great Flying Fox
lowland and montane rainforest, Eucalyptus savanna, mangroves, grasslands, wetlands, islets
hot and humid with tropical showers, cooler in the highlands
Max Group Size
6 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace with some longer hikes
comfortable to good hotels and lodges with one basic lodge
Ease of Birding
moderate, can be challenging at times
Number of Species Expected
300 - 350
traditional carvings, spectacular forest vistas and mountain scenery
[This was] my third trip with Adam Walleyn and I will definitely go with him again. He is constantly looking and working to find the birds---during lunch breaks, after the day ends, on the bus. He never stops and it pays off. He works hard to get everyone on the birds and remembers special needs that various members of the group have. He took a lunch break one day to spend time with me looking for one bird that I had repeatedly missed. We didn’t find it, but the effort was very much appreciated and noticed. He gave me some pointers and I did find the bird later on during another break.
We are home having had an amazing trip to PNG....we were very impressed with Adam Walleyn and Gareth Robbins and would rate them very highly as tour leaders. Very Best Wishes from very satisfied customers.
"Andre and Lev were excellent guides, and ensured we had a great time, even when birding, the weather, or the inevitable logistical challenges of travel within PNG seemed to do their best to thwart us. They did an excellent job of managing expectations, but also ensuring that as many people in the group got to see the birds, while also understanding that not everyone would see ingle bird. Difficulties, whether with accommodations, weather, or even participants, were dealt with quickly, and I have no doubt far more issues were cleared before the group was even aware they existed! I look forward to returning to New Guinea (including West Papua) with Rockjumper soon, and also exploring more birding destinations with Lev and Andre or the other excellent guides you have!"
The birds were magnificent, and when you combine this with the awesome guide combo of Adam Walleyn and the 'Big G' (Gareth Robbins), it made for a once in a lifetime trip. Thanks again Rockjumper for delivering a first-class birding experience.
Adam Walleyn acted as a very experienced and skilful leader. He had an intimate knowledge of the birds and great skills in finding and showing them. His communication was extremely clear, to the point and flavoured with a good sense of humour. In the few difficult situations that arose due to flights, civil unrest, etc, he showed extremely good skills in handling these with a perfect balance between group decisions and executive decisions. A role model for a tour leader.