|a male Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)|
Tropical birds of New Guinea that thrive in lowland rainforest can be seen in the valley. Shining flycatcher (Myagra alecto), Sulphur crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Pinon Imperial Pigion (Ducula pinon), Goliath Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Western crowned pigeon (Goura cristata), Blyth's hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Moustached Tree Swift, and Lesser birds of paradise (Paradisaea minora) are some of the many birds of New Guinea that visitors can watch while walking through the forest.
Hiking through the rainforest of Klasow valley is easy because the land is flat. However, the footpath to the display tree of Lesser Birds of Paradise is steep and slippery. It is approximately one hour on foot from the village. Visitors have to walk for at least 1 hour to reach the lek of the birds that is located near Klasow river.
Visitors can watch the birds in the mornings and in the evenings. Male lesser birds of paradise compete against one another to win the heart of female birds.
When the weather is good, the courtship dance performance usually lasts for 3 hours from 6 to 9 a.m.
After watching the paradise birds, visitors could walk back to the village and do birdwatching along the way. Binoculars, spotting scopes and laser pointer will be very useful during the morning walk.
The clearing area around the jungle village is a good place for birding in the afternoon particularly between 16.00 to 18.00 local time. Birds such as friarbird, moustached tree swift, large fig parrot, red cheek parrot, and black lorry often fly and perch in the nearby trees. Children in the village with their sharper eyes can spot birds in distant trees faster than most of the visitors.
- Buy food such as instant noodle, biscuits, bread, canned fish, and some bottles of mineral waters from Sorong city that you can quickly prepare and consume.
- Water shoes or trekking shoes and long sleeve clothing that will protect you from insect bites when you sleep.
- Sleeping bags
- Insect repellent lotion. Apply it on your skin, and the clothes that cover your body, including areas over your neck, armpits, chest, crotch and ankle. This is very important to protect you from tiny insects that can go through your clothes and bite your skin.
- Bring binoculars or digital camera with super telephoto lens if you want to take pictures of the animals that live in the jungle.
- Extra batteries for your camera.
|Klasow valley in the east of Sorong city|
Itinerary of Rainforest Tour:
Transfer from Sorong city to Klasow valley. You will stay in a basecamp in the jungle. Birding can be done directly along a small river. Local guides will accompany you to have a night walk in the jungle to find glowing mushrooms or wallaby. Sometimes Papuan frogmouth calls near the camp. If local guides hear them they could call to the bird to come closer to the camp.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will leave your camp to walk deeper into the jungle to explore its biodiversity. Deer, porcupine, wild pigs and wallaby live in the jungle of the valley. At night, after dinner, local guide can accompany you to find cuscus possum that usually comes out at night to find food or to mate.
We will go trekking and birding in Klaglas area.
This is your last birding day, the easiest way to explore the forest is to walk around the forest through old logging tracks that are located near the village. Birds usually come to villagers' garden to find grains such as corn, peanuts and green beans.
In the afternoon 4WD pick up truck will transfer you back to Sorong city.
|Unpaved road leading to Klasow valley|
On the average, the cost is very expensive if visitor travels alone. Traveling in a group of 3 or 4 people will make the price cheaper.
Klasow valley is located in the west of Sorong city. Visitors need to rent a 4WD Pick-up truck to reach the valley. You could contact me if you want a more customized trips and different itinerary. Just send an email to: email@example.com or text message to my cell phone 006281332245180. I will be happy to arrange your trip to Klasow valley and other parts of West Papua. written by Charles Roring.