Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Camping Tour for Nature Lover in the Rainforest of Tambrauw Mountains

Our dome tents at the bank of Cuan river
Rainforest Camping Tour Package
Destination   : Lowland Rainforest in Tambrauw Regency in Cuan River
Availability   : All year round
Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights
Prices : Please, email us to: peace4wp@gmail.com for prices and customized trips.

Trip Report :
Last week I had a 4-day/3-night camping tour in the rainforest of Tambrauw regency and one over night stay in Sausapor town.
I guided a tourist from Luxembourg who wanted to see the bio-diversity of rainforest ecosystem. His name was Guilaumme. As a nature lover, he really enjoyed this trip. For him it was his first experience camping in the jungle. He could get the experience of living in the forest.
Suphur crested cockatoo in the jungle of Tambrauw mountains
The sounds of water flowing in the river, the singing of birds and insects, the swaying of branches and twigs blown by the wind were our natural music during the tour. There were several indigenous Papuan people from the nearby village who accompanied us. They were really helpful catching shrimp and fish in the river, picking vegetables in the garden and cooking food for us. 
We built 3 tents at the bank of Cuan river in the lowland forest of Tambrauw mountains. We swam in the crystal clear water of the river. We also did some hiking trips in the jungle. The land on both sides of the river was flat so, it was not difficult for us to walk in the jungle. 
Eupholus schoenherri beetle from the forest of Tambrauw mountains
Most of the land of Tambrauw regency was still covered by tropical rainforest which is the natural habitat of various species of animals and plants. During the camping tour, I saw a  lot of birds including sulphur crested cockatoo, Blyth's hornbill, friarbird, egrets, eagles, and pigeons. 
I also took some nice pictures of Eupholus schoenherri's beetle that I saw will walking in the forest. I saw it on the walking path. I thought it was dead so, I picked it up and put it on the leaf of a plant. Seconds later it started to walk slowly. The beetle had beautiful green and black banded colors.
approximate location of Cuan river as a recommended destination of
nature lovers who want to stay in tropical rainforest
Cuan river is located near Sausapor town of Tambrauw regency. Visitors who want to visit it need to fly from their country to Jakarta city and then to Sorong city. The trip to the river can be done by a chartered 4WD car.

Where is Sausapor and How to there?
If you look at the map, Sausapor is located in the northern coast of West Papua between Sorong city and Manokwari city.

  • To get there, you need to fly from your country to Jakarta - the capital of Indonesia. 
  • And then you need to continue your trip by taking a domestic flight from Jakarta to Sorong city. 
  • After that you can go to Cuan river or Sausapor town by 4WD car.

If you are a nature lover who is interested in taking a camping vacation in the jungle of Tambrauw regency, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Snorkeling in Sausapor of West Papua

reef fish in Tambrauw regency
Sausapor is a small town in the northern coast of West Papua. It can be reached by car or by passenger boat from Sorong town. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity of snorkeling in the waters of Sausapor. The coral reef in this area is still in very good condition. I saw various species of damselfish, surgeon fish, and nudibranch. I used an underwater camera to shoot them. Here are some of them.
To encourage town dwellers of Sausapor to preserve their coral reef, I and some of the eco-tourism enthusiasts are now promoting it on the internet as snorkeling destination.
Coral reef in Sausapor town
In early August 2015, I successfully brought one tourist from Luxembourg to enjoy snorkeling in Sausapor waters. Although the number of foreign tourists is still small, I strongly believe that this will increase in the coming months.
Eco-tourism will only be successful if local people support the program. The main goal is to provide jobs to local people and at the same time preserve the rainforest and marine environment. It will take some time before the regency can be seen as a major tourist attraction in West Papua but with a hard works, this can be realized.


Snorkeling picture from the waters of Sausapor town in West Papua
Where is Sausapor?
Look at the following map. Sausapor is a small town approximately 6 hours by passenger boat or 4 hours by 4WD car from Sorong city. It is the temporary capital of Tambrauw regency. The real capital of Tambrauw is Fef but it is being built at the moment. So, it is not finished yet.
If Raja Ampat is famous for its marine tourism, Tambrauw regency with its huge areas of mountains, rivers, valleys, and tropical rainforest has got a lot of potentials to be developed as an important destination for rainforest tourism.
Map of the location of Tambrauw regency in West Papua
Activities in rainforest tourism may include camping, trekking or hiking, mountain climbing, swimming in the river, white-water-rafting, insect and butterfly-watching, birdwatching, wildlife and forest tour as well as cultural interaction with local people. There are still other activities that are related to rainforest and the indigenous people.
Visitors who are interested in traveling to Sausapor can combine their snorkeling trip in several coral reef areas of the regency with rainforest trekking, camping and wildlife watching tour in at least 4 days/ 3 nights program.
Please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com if you are interested in going to Sausapor town or Tambrauw regency as a whole.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wildlife Tour in Tambrauw Regency

Sujak river in Tambrauw Mountains of West Papua
I have just returned from my exploratory Wildlife Tour in Tambrauw regency. I went trekking along the bank of a river and then enjoyed snorkeling in the waters of Sausapor the next day.
Tambrauw regency is located between Sorong and Manokwari. Its land is mostly covered with tropical rainforest and its waters have got coral reef areas that are suitable for snorkeling and scuba diving. The beaches of Tambrauw are the natural nesting grounds for several species of turtles including the leatherback turtle that is now facing extinction.
The capital of Tambrauw is Fef. It is located deep in the remote area of Tambrauw mountains. Fef is the gateway for everybody who is interested in exploring the Tropical Rainforest of New Guinea.
Orange Anemonefish (Amphiprion sandaracinos) in the waters of Tambrauw 
Visitors who are interested in taking a wildlife tour in Tambrauw regency can go trekking in the jungle to see rainforest that is the natural habitat of cuscus possum, wallaby, wild pigs, cassowary, and other various species of birds including sulphur crested cockatoo, Blyth's hornbill, Yellow faced myna, pinon imperial pigeon, and etc.
While walking in the jungle, we can see plants which local people us to make bow and arrows, string bags, and build their houses. There are also a lot of medicinal plants in the jungle which the indigenous people usually use every day.
Anemone and some tropical fish in the waters of Tambrauw regency
Snorkeling
In addition to rainforest tour, the trip to Tambrauw regency can be combined with snorkeling tour along the northern coast of West Papua where its coral reef areas are the natural habitat of such tropical fish as striped surgeon fish, anemone fish, parrot fish,  butterfly fish, turtles, and etc.
Because the coastline is facing the Pacific Ocean, the snorkeling tour can only be done in April, May, June, July, August and early September. Don't forget to bring your snorkeling gear.

Contact
If you are interested in wildlife tour in Tambrauw regency and need me to organize your trip (local guides, transportation, food, accommodation, camping gear, boats and other logistical needs) and be your trekking and snorkeling guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com

Map of Tambrauw Regency

Vector Art

I have just created a digital vector art about a couple of Blyth's hornbill birds flying in the sky. These birds can be found in the rainforest of West Papua. If you are interested in having this artwork, please, visit my Tropical Artshop. The hornbill illustration can be purchased in various products.
Another artwork that is related to wildlife in West Papua and that has been a favorite tourist attraction is Whaleshark. This is considered the largest fish in the world. Whales in general are mammals. Visitors like to swim or enjoy snorkeling to see these marine animals.