Papua New Guinea
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PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is an amazing country in so many unbelievable ways.

PNG encompasses the eastern part of the world’s second largest island New Guinea and about 600 other islands/atolls, with a total area of 473,189 sq km.Description of photo here

Over 750 languages/dialects are spoken in PNG, this represents about one third of the worlds indigenous languages.

These staggering figures are also demonstrated in the flora and fauna.

• 740+ species of birds, with 77 of these being endemic.
• 900+ species of butterflies. Includes the world’s largest species the Queen Alexandra Birdwing.
• 3000+ species of orchids.


ALL PAPUA NEW GUINEA TOURS ARE EX-CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

Sitting in the evening with a cold drink in your hand, after an exhausting days walk, watching Eclectus Parrots fly past on their way to roost.

Checking a mist net in the still of the night to find the unexpected catch of a beautiful Common tube-nosed Bat.

Frantically searching through your field guide trying to identify a bird that is totally unknown to you, before it disappears into a sea of green.

This and more is all part of a wildlife encounter in Papua New Guinea.


MILNE BAY PROVINCE

Gondwana Connection has focused its PNG Tours in the Milne Bay Province. This area offers the excitement of a rough and unexplored country and the beauty of a tropical island, all rolled up in one stunning package.

Our base in Alotau, the provincial capital, is perfectly located to offer a diverse range of habitats all on your doorstep.

You could be watching birds in the Mangroves and a short twenty-minute walk brings you to Alluvial Coastal Rainforest. Drive an hour east and you are in Tropical Grasslands. Drive an hour in the opposite direction and you will find yourself standing at the base of mountains covered with untouched Lowland Rainforest. Every time, presenting a whole range of new species of animals and plants.

GONDWANA CONNECTION Wildlife Tours also utilize the village stay network being developed in Milne Bay. This allowing for the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of these great people and at the same time putting you in the middle of what you have traveled to PNG to see, wildlife and this absolutely incredible country.  

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The people of this region are very friendly and travelers are made to feel safe and welcome. 

Road access is fairly restricted in PNG and this is noticeably so in Milne Bay. Boats and aircraft are widely used to move about this area, both of which will be used on our visit. This enables us to access island habitats, Lower Montane Forests and those special isolated spots.

Bats and Flying Foxes are very well represented in Papua New Guinea and Milne Bay has more than its fair share. During our stay we will take in a visit to Damawewe Cave. This cave complex holds a vast array of the smaller insectivorous bat species, plus numerous other cave dwelling species.

This is an area where species constantly break the rules. Spend a week here and it is very likely that you will identify a range extension or possibly a new species.
The problem with Milne Bay is that there are so many things to see that you just run out of time.


                                                
In November 2015 we carried out our " Birding Milne Bay's Endemics Tour" and this being developed specifically for those with birding interests. This tour will be repeated in November 2018.

Click on the link for the Trip Report

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Each year it is intention to develop a tour that takes in areas of Papua New Guinea outside of Milne Bay Province. In 2014 we visited New Ireland and the Kiunga area in Western Province. Is there a part of Papua New Guinea that you would like to experience? Drop us an email and make your suggestions. We are only too happy to develop a tour around your special spot.


Want to know more about Milne Bay? Maybe want to plan your own trip?

Check out  Milne Bay Contacts







 

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