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!

Top Birds

King of Saxony, Magnificent, King, Twelve-wired, Greater, Raggiana, Lesser & Blue Bird-of-paradise; Magnificent & Growling Riflebirds; Black, Brown & Black-billed Sicklebills; Superb Lophorina; Glossy-mantled, Crinkle-collared & Trumpet Manucodes; Ribbon-tailed & Princess Stephanie's Astrapias; Queen Carola's & Lawes's Parotias; Salvadori's Teal; Forest Bittern; Papuan, Pygmy & Gurney's Eagles; Doria's & Black-mantled Goshawks; Papuan Harrier; New Guinea Flightless Rail; New Guinea Woodcock; New Guinea Bronzewing; Cinnamon Ground Dove; Pheasant Pigeon; Sclater’s Crowned Pigeon; Wompoo, Pink-spotted, Ornate, Orange-fronted, Superb, Coroneted, Beautiful, White-bibbed, Orange-bellied & Dwarf Fruit Doves; Purple-tailed, Rufescent, Pinon's, Collared, Zoe's & Torresian Imperial Pigeons; Papuan Mountain Pigeon; Papuan Boobook; Marbled & Papuan Frogmouths; Archbold's Nightjar; Feline, Starry, Wallace's, Mountain & Barred Owlet-Nightjars; Hook-billed, Common Paradise, Little Paradise, Buff-breasted Paradise, Brown-headed Paradise, Forest, Torresian, Yellow-billed, Mountain, Papuan Dwarf & Azure Kingfishers; Shovel-billed, Blue-winged & Rufous-bellied Kookaburras; Pesquet's, Yellow-capped, Buff-faced Pygmy, Orange-breasted Fig, Papuan King & Brehm's Tiger Parrots; Papuan Eclectus; Striated, Red-flanked, Fairy, Papuan, Yellow-billed & Orange-billed Lorikeets; Purple-bellied, Dusky, Goldie's & Coconut Lorikeets; Papuan Pitta; Archbold's, MacGregor's, Flame, Yellow-breasted & Fawn-breasted Bowerbirds; Papuan Treecreeper; Wallace's, Emperor, White-shouldered & Orange-crowned Fairywren; Goldenface; Papuan Babbler; Papuan Logrunner; Loria's & Crested Satinbirds; Tit & Crested Berrypeckers; Papuan Whipbird; Spotted, Blue & Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler; Painted Quail-thrush; Mottled Berryhunter; Papuan & Black Sittellas; Wattled Ploughbill; Rufous-naped Whistler; Crested Pitohui; Lesser & Greater Melampittas; Blue-capped Ifrit; Mountain Firetail; White-spotted, Great-billed, Grey-headed, Hooded & Chestnut-breasted Mannikins.

Top Mammals

Spectacled Dasyure; Black-tailed Giant Rat; Agile Wallaby; Great Flying Fox.

Habitats Covered

lowland and montane rainforest, Eucalyptus savanna, mangroves, grasslands, wetlands, islets

Expected Climate

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

Other Attractions

traditional carvings, spectacular forest vistas and mountain scenery

Photographic Opportunities


What our clients say about us

Adam Walleyn
JH - Papua New Guinea 2019

Adam Walleyn knew the birds and the calls and worked hard to make sure we saw not only the specialties of the area but all the birds. His nightbirding skills were phenomenal. It is like he knew exactly where the bird was going to show.

Glen Valentine
MK, Papua New Guinea 2018

The credit for the trip’s success goes to our guides, Glen Valentine and David Erterius. Both have seemingly limitless knowledge of the birds, extrasensory capacities to find them, apparently endless patience and generosity with their clients, and (critically) wonderful senses of humor. They consistently squeezed more out of the birds, the environment, and the experience than I thought possible.

Stephan Lorenz
RL & CL - Papua New Guinea

We thought the birding went very well. Both Dusan and Stephan were great guides - very knowledgeable, very dedicated, quite determined to get everyone onto pretty much everything, and they combined very well. And, they both tried very hard to help all the participants who needed it, whether it was locating a bird, getting up a steep section or getting in or out of the boats. They did an admirable job.

Glen Valentine
AH, Papua New Guinea 2018

Glen Valentine was excellent, seeing and hearing most of the target birds, despite a very chatty, enthusiastic group that must have been very challenging at times.

Dušan Brinkhuizen
GW - Papua New Guinea 2019

This has been an incredible tour with Stephan Lorenz and Dušan Brinkhuizen as amazing guides. Experts in their knowledge of the New Guinea birds and wonderful companions who looked after the needs of all the participants. We all worked as a team under their guidance and saw many challenging as well as beautiful birds.

Papua New Guinea - Birding in Paradise (Small Group) I 2024

02 Jun 2024 - 19 Jun 2024 (18 days)

PGK47,950 - 1 Space Available on this guaranteed departure


Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

Tour price (Per person): PGK47,950 * USD12,321 * GBP9,706 * EUR11,412 * AUD18,637

Single Supplement: PGK4,950 * USD1,272 * GBP1,002 * EUR1,178 * AUD1,924

Flight costs: PGK5,950 * USD1,529 * GBP1,204 * EUR1,416 * AUD2,313

Can be linked with: Papua New Guinea - New Britain I 2024

Papua New Guinea - Birding in Paradise (Small Group) II 2024

02 Sep 2024 - 19 Sep 2024 (18 days)

PGK47,950 - No Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Stephan Lorenz

Tour price (Per person): PGK47,950 * USD12,321 * GBP9,706 * EUR11,412 * AUD18,637

Single Supplement: PGK4,950 * USD1,272 * GBP1,002 * EUR1,178 * AUD1,924

Flight costs: PGK5,950 * USD1,529 * GBP1,204 * EUR1,416 * AUD2,313

Can be linked with: Papua New Guinea - New Britain III 2024

Papua New Guinea - Birding in Paradise (Small Group) 2025

20 Aug 2025 - 06 Sep 2025 (18 days)

PGK47,950 - 1 Space Available


Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth

Tour price (Per person): PGK47,950 * USD12,321 * GBP9,706 * EUR11,412 * AUD18,637

Single Supplement: PGK4,950 * USD1,272 * GBP1,002 * EUR1,178 * AUD1,924

Flight costs: PGK3,400 * USD874 * GBP688 * EUR809 * AUD1,322

Can be linked with: Papua New Guinea - New Britain III 2025

Papua New Guinea - Birding in Paradise (Small Group) 2026

25 Jul 2026 - 11 Aug 2026 (18 days)

PGK49,900 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Paul Varney

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): PGK49,900 * USD12,822 * GBP10,101 * EUR11,876 * AUD19,395

Can be linked with: Papua New Guinea - New Britain II 2026

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