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Birding in Klasow Valley of Sorong Regency

Sorong City-The Gate to Raja Ampat

Sorong is a city in West Papua province of Indonesia. It has become the entrance gate for visitors who want to go to Raja Ampat. Every day, there are regular flights between Sorong and some major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Makassar, Manado, Ambon, Jayapura and Manokwari. Garuda Indonesia operates its regional jets Bombardier CRJ 1000 whereas Batik Air provides its Airbus A320. Sriwijaya and NAM have got Boeing 737. Most visitors fly to this city and then continue their trip by fast passenger ferry from Pelabuhan Rakyat in Sorong city to Waisai harbor in Waigeo island. By smaller speed boats, they will continue their trip by traveling around such islands as Kri, Mansuar, Gam, Fam and Wayag. They travel by boats to enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving and seeing beautiful marine landscape of Raja Ampat. Most visitors stay for 5 or 7 days up to 2 weeks in Raja Ampat. Most tourists think that Sorong is only a transit point.
As a matter of fact, Sorong regency has got significant area of lowland rainforest that is the natural habitat of birds, marsupials, butterflies and various unique plants.

Lesser Bird of Paradise
Male Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)

Sorong is a business and transportation hub in West Papua. It is also a logistical transit point for people who want to go to Raja Ampat, Tambrauw, and other regencies in the Vogelkop region . There are significant number of visitors who go to Sorong for birdwatching near the city particularly in its protected forest. However, human settlements, mining activities for sand and stone materials have surrounded the forest. These reduce the birdlife in this forest.

Klabolo Forest
There is a forest area outside Sorong that I have promoted as a birding destination. It is called Klabolo forest. It is located in the east of Sorong around 1.5 hours by 4WD car and another 1.5 hours walk into the jungle. There is a small hut in the middle of the jungle for visitors who want to watch birds and other wild animals and plants of New Guinea.

The Birds

The tropical rainforest near Klabolo river is the natural habitat of various species of birds. Some of them are listed below:

Large Fig Parrot Bird
Large Fig Parrot (Micropsittaculirostris desmarestii)

Mammals

Reptiles

  • snakes
  • various kinds of small lizards
  • soa-soa lizards
  • In addition to watching Birds of Paradise, visitors can also do night walk in the jungle to watch wallaby. It is a nocturnal marsupial animal that looks like kangaroo but smaller.

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    If you are interested in taking a birding and wildlife watching tour in Klasow valley, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp: +6281332245180