Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Nature Tour to Rainforest of Sorong City

River and Forest near Sorong City
I went hiking in the rainforest near Sorong city yesterday. I left in the afternoon at 14.00 and walked up slopes of hills to savanna and hill forest to see its beautiful scenery, terrestrial orchid flowers, and tropical birds. It took around one and a half hour to reach a river located behind the savanna hills of Sorong. The rainforest that cover the land in both sides of the river is still in very good condition although there are activities from local people who open the land for planting food crops such as banana, cassava, jackfruit, and papaya.
Birdwatching
Olive-backed Sunbird
Because I brought my Fujifilm HS50EXR, I could take some bird photos. I saw Helmetted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides), Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis), Olive-crowned Floverpecker (Dicaeum pectorale), Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta), Coconut Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), Black Lory (Chacopsitta atra), and some other birds that were flying very fast over the river making it impossible for me to identify them.
Nature Tour for Tourists
Terrestrial Orchid Flower in Savanna hills of Sorong city
As a matter of fact, this rainforest tour is very suitable for tourists who want to see nature and some wildlife of mainland West Papua before or after their trip to Raja Ampat. Most often, visitors have got one or two days of staying in Sorong city before flying back to their country. They could take this tour instead of only sleeping and waiting in their hotel. Sorong city is the main gate to Raja Ampat. There are daily regular flights that connect Sorong city to major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Makassar and Manado. Airlines such as Batik Air, Sriwijaya, Garuda, and Lion fly to Sorong city.
Booking
Rainforest Tour in Sorong city
If you are interested in taking a rainforest tour near Sorong city, you can contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
I can meet you at the airport or hotel where you stay and organize your trip to the tropical rainforest and savanna hills of Sorong city.

Things to bring or wear
You need to wear a pair of hiking shoes, long pants, t-shirt and hat. To watch birds, bring a good pair of binoculars such as the Swarovski EL 8.5×42 or the Canon Image Stabilizer 12×50 IS UD 4.5°. If you have got spotting scope, bring it with you.
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