Klasow valley of Sorong Regency
It is located around 1.5 hours by 4WD car from Sorong city and 2 hours walk into the jungle. Klasow valley is a good choice for visitors who have at least 3 days of exploring tropical jungle of West Papua.
This is one of the remotest and the most difficult to reach birding sites that I have ever known. It is located in Tambrauw regency. To go there we need to charter a 4WD car from Sorong city to Fef town in Tambrauw mountains. After that, we need to continue walking to Ibu river where we will need to stay in a camp for one night. The next morning, we will have to hike up steep mountain and then down to Ases valley.
During the hiking trip, we can see an abundant of Avifauna of Tambrauw mountains. The most recommended trip duration for visiting Ases is at least 6 days. In addition to watching birds such as paradise birds, visitors are able to see other wild animals such as deers, cuscus, wallaby and giant soa-soa lizard. It is a highly recommended site for anybody who pristine rainforest ecosystem.
Aiwatar hill in District Senopi
I can say that birding in Aiwatar hill of Senopi village is a good choice for those who are physically fit. I went there with Wim and Vicky Boyden, two visitors from Belgium who went hiking and birding in Senopi for one week. This opinion might be subjective but it was the place where I saw a lot of species of birds. I saw the famous lesser birds of paradise (paradisaea minor), Blyth's hornbill, western crowned pigeon, pinon imperial pigeon, yellow faced myna, Goliath cockatoo and many others that I cannot mention one by one on this post.
Wildlife in the jungle of Senopi
Birds are not the only animals that you will see in the jungle. When I was trekking between Senopi and Aiwatar hill, I saw kangaroo, cows, deers and snakes. There are wild pigs, various species of butterflies and beetles. While walking down from the hill, I saw a green frog sleeping on a leave.
Aiwatar hill is a five hour walk from Senopi village. The village, or now is also called district, is located between Manokwari and Sorong. You have to leave early in the morning at around 6 a.m. to reach the hill in the mid-day. Along the way, you will be able to see sulphur crested cockatoo, black capped lory, and ornate lorikeet in the branches and twigs of the trees.
- First, fly from your country to Jakarta - the capital of the Republic of Indonesia.
- Second, take a domestic flight served by Sriwijaya Air, Batavia Air, Lion Air or Express Air to Sorong city.
- Contact me by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before arriving in Sorong so that I can give you detailed info of tour price. I will meet you at the airport.
- I will arrange a 4WD car that will bring you to Klasow valley, or Ases valley.