Friday, November 27, 2020

Arfak Mountains

This is the view of Arfak mountains taken from Rendani airport of Manokwari city. The mountains have been an important destination for visitors who like to see rainforest with its unique tropical plants and animals. 

Rendani airport of Manokwari with the view of Arfak mountains
Rendani airport with the view of Arfak mountains

There are hundreds of species of tropical birds, insects, mammals, reptiles that live in the forest of Arfak. The mountain range itself is home to a lot villages of the indigenous people. They gather food from forest but also work as traditional farmers. 

Lesser Birds of Paradise in Susnguakti forest

There is a forest in lower montane region of Arfak. Its name is Susnguakti. It is the habitat of some species of paradise birds including Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), and King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus). There are also a lot of other birds such as Brown Cuckoo Dove, Superb Fruit Dove, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Red-bellied Pitta, Hooded Pitta, Frilled Monarch, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Hooded Butcherbird, and a lot more. 

The rainforest is also the natural habitat of various kinds of insects, reptiles and mammals. I have guided tourists to the forest since 2010. During the day, when we walk, we see birds, butterflies, cassowary, and snakes. At night, we can see nocturnal animals such as cuscus possum, bandicoot and forest dragon lizard. 
Rainforest tour in Manokwari regency of Indonesia

There is a basecamp where we put dome tents, mattresses, cooking and eating utensils in it. When I go there with tourists, we are accompanied by local people who own the forest. We stay for 3 to 4 days in dome tents  and do jungle tours to see the wildlife of the forest.
After that we can continue our adventure to another different place such as the higher elevation forest of Arfak range or to Sorong regency and Raja Ampat islands. 
I usually combine the rainforest tour with swimming and snorkeling tour so that participants can see the biodiversity of plants and animals in the forest and coral reef. 
If you are interested in traveling to Arfak mountains or enjoy snorkeling to see colorful tropical reef fish, you could contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

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