Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Night Walk Tour in Susnguakti Forest of Manokwari

Night Walk Tour in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari
We were watching a King Bird of Paradise that was sleeping on a low branch of a tree
The tropical rainforest of Susnguakti is a nice destination for tourists who are interested in watching paradise birds such as Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird and Common Paradise Kingfisher. However, it is also a great site to see cuscus possum, Papua dragon lizard, bandicoot and glowing mushroom. The cuscus, dragon lizard usually can be seen at night. That's why when I organize tours to this forest, I offer night walk tours.
A King Bird of Paradise was sleeping on a lower branch of a tree.
In my last trip with two French tourists and one Japanese, we saw a King Bird of Paradise sleeping on a small branch of a tree that is around 4 meters above us. We were surprized to see the bird. One the second night, we saw cuscus possum. In the first night, we did not see cuscus. It was a full moon period and we felt that our chance was little. However, we decided to do the night walk again and finally saw the marsupial animal. On the third night, we saw Papuan Dragon Lizard.
Glowing Mushroom
Susnguakti forest was not completely dark at night. There were fireflies, and glowing mushrooms. Sometimes we could see light from the moon or stars.
Cuscus in Susnguakti forest
There were moths, and beetles in the forest. They sat on wooden posts and beams or flew around the battery powered lights that were hanging on our basecamps.
It was a great trip because we saw animals that had been our targets. We stopped at a villager's house to see how a Papuan man made a traditional match to make fire.
If you are interested in a taking tour in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari, please, contact me by email to: or whatsapp: +6281332245180.