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The terrain is flat, generally less than 45 metres above sea level and includes tidal river reaches, mangrove areas, swamps, grassland, savannah woodlands and patches of monsoon forest.

It is an important wetland for over 250 species of resident and migratory waterbirds; most of the world’s population of little curlew stage on the plains during migration and the area also provides habitat for birds of paradise and brolga. Fifty mammals are known to occur in the area, including a number not found elsewhere in New Guinea, such as the spectacled hare-wallaby, as well as a variety of reptiles including crocodile species.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: little curlew, bronze quoll, chestnut dunnart, false water rat, spectacled hare-wallaby
  • Where: Western Province, Papua New Guinea

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Birding in Paradise

An ideal location for birders, Papua New Guinea’s forests are home to a remarkable 700 species that includes 38 of the world’s 43 birds of paradise. Based in excellent remote wilderness lodges, knowledgeable local guides will introduce you to the country's extraordinary wealth of culture and wildlife.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,945 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Bensbach Wildlife Lodge

Bensbach Wilderness Lodge is possibly Papua New Guinea's premier wildlife location. Located in the remote and sparsely populated Tonda Wildlife Management Area, you will find wide, sweeping floodplains with an abundance of wildlife, plus migratory birds stopping on their journey between feeding grounds.