Mambefor is the Betew name for the Red Bird of Paradise. These birds display at dawn every day on a hilltop tree not far from the homestay and guided trips to see them are available. Treks deeper into Gam’s jungled interior can also be organised.
Mambefor Homestay is one of the few where you can see a wide range of Raja Ampat’s marine life without even getting wet. Turtles, giant clams, phosphorescent night-time critters, reef sharks and schools of fish so colourful they make flocks of macaws look drab – you’ll see them all from the jetty Mambefor is built on. The homestay has been built right on the edge of the reef’s dropoff – you can sit and watch the tidal race swirling around the pilings while schools of tame fish churn the water, feasting on regular handouts from homestay visitors.
Great snorkelling is available at the door, and vast tracts of reef are exposed at low tide, leaving pools in which you can observe all manner of animals waiting the tide’s return. Diving is available in conjunction with the nearby Arborek Dive Shop.
A concrete path joins Sawinggrai with Nudibranch Homestay to the east and to the village of Kapisawar to the west. The path makes long walks and exploration of Gam’s southern villages easy.