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Old 02-02-2005, 03:11 PM
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The Angabanga Whitewater Rafting - January 2005

HOLD ON! Yelled Bonny as he skilfully guided our raft down the torrent, towards the narrow opening in the gorge, there was no turning back now, no walking out, the river was our only way out.

The noise of the raging water thundering towards the opening was deafening, great plumes of water shooting skywards, as we were catapulted through the opening, airborne, floating midair on the up draft of the pounding angry water, then we plummeted down the steep, drop off, nearly vertical crashing into the churning boiling water, our raft buckled in the middle as the front of the raft headed towards the rear sucking us down into the bottom of the drop off spinning us, slamming us, before the river released us from its grasp, surrendering us to the rest of the river.

With whoops of joy and laughter and giant smiles we new we had conquered the wild and crazy bucking bull rapid.
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Legendary PNG raft man and Kokoda trail champion Osborne Bogajiwai from Fuzzy Wuzzy Expeditions and Australian adventurer Wayne Wetherall from Kokoda Spirit and their hand picked team of local guides, set about to explore and open up the mighty Angabanga river for commercial rafting.

The team set off early Friday morning down the Gulf Highway into the central province. Two hours down the highway we turned into the newly opened road that would lead us to the river.

The going was slow as we negotiated the rough road and numerous water courses gushing across the road. In low lying places huge lakes of water covered the road, shooting great blobs of mud over our vehicle as we eased our way along the track. The road moved through the open Gulf country into the lush fertile valleys, where we past through the first of many villages on the road. Squeals of laughter could be heard as we passed through the village of Kubuna with its large Catholic Church and concrete causeway that crossed the small river, the children gleefully played in the river while their mothers carefully watched on, whilst, washing and scrubbing the families cooking pots and utensils.
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Further up the track we witnessed the men returning to their village after a triumphant and successful hunting trip, carting two large pigs freshly caught strapped to bamboo poles which were slung over the shoulders of the hunters.

The track kept delighting us with its sights and scenery with massive trees rising more than 50 metres into the air, forming huge canopies. Endless amounts of stags, elks and maiden hair ferns clung defiantly and gracefully from the trees while massive vines and creepers entangle themselves in the trees and palms.

Our excitement builds as we pass through the last village and we begin our descent to the river below. Our 4 hour journey to the head of the river is soon over.
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A huge billowing dark and menacing rain cloud opens up above us as we arrive at the edge of the river delivering a wonderfully refreshing deluge of fresh invigorating rain.
The crew set to work organising the raft and our provisions. After a detailed safety check of all the equipment the master raft man Bonny gives us an intense safety run down on the raft, the equipment, the river and what to expect on our trip. We then proceeded to practice our techniques on the slower part of the river. Then with great excitement, our hearts pounding we were off down the mighty Angabanga River.

Countless birds, could be heard above us in the canopy, magnificent Eagles, colourful Hornbills and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos kept us company as we pass through the spectacular gorges, where giant pandanus palms, shrubs, small trees and ferns, where all vying for space with the choko vines, wild orchids and bamboo.

In the distance we could hear the rumbling of water, the noise multiplying as it reverberated against the sheer cliff faces that rise to more than 60 metres above the river. The river narrowed as we hit the first set of rapids, huge boulders protruding above the water line, marked our course as we hurtled over waves, down holes and down fun drop-offs. The water racing around the rocks creating a fantastic and exciting, fun filled ride.
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Around each bend a new delight was seen, massive waterfalls, tumbling into the river showering us with pure crystal clear water. We would stop at these waterfalls to catch our breath, to take a drink to appreciate the sheer beauty of the scenery that was enfolding in front of us. The sheer cliff faces resembled intricate mosaics that some ancient craftsman had created.

Massive curtains of vines dropped themselves on the side of the river along with the most vividly coloured moss, fungi and flowers that were strewn, carpeted along the jungle floor.

We hit our second major set of rapids that run for about 500 metres, they twisted and turned through the canyon, rising and falling, your confidence grows as you let the river take control sending you on a ride no theme park could surely match.

The river continues through the gorges when we hit the most exciting rapids of them all the bucking bull rapids, a short punchy rapid that delivers a high level of excitement, white water rafting in my belief in its finest form.

Around the bend we come upon a small waterfall that gently flows into the river, our raft pulls up on the rocky beach opposite the waterfall this will be our camp for the night. The camp site is so lush it looks like a team of professional gardeners have planted every known palm, fern and exotic plant that has ever lived on this Earth; we decide to call this place “Bonny’s Camp”.
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Our crew sets to work setting up camp preparing our sleeping area and unpacking our provisions, as the rest of us gather fire wood to boil the “Billy” for a refreshing and invigorating cup of PNG Gold coffee.

Our master chef Bonny as usual, has created a feast for us consisting of marinated BBQ chicken pieces, baked potatoes, coleslaw, rice and salads.

Our night is spent around the fire talking about how good the rapids are the scenery and just relaxing in the balmy atmosphere, watching the stars and dreaming of tomorrow’s adventure and just occasionally for a brief moment, wondering what the rest of the world was doing as we relaxed in our comfortable swags.
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The morning awakens us with a chorus of bird songs and the soothing sounds of the river and the tantalising aroma of freshly cooked bacon, sausages, omelettes and toast, complimented with cereal, juice and coffee to wash the meal down, a hearty breakfast to start the day.

We break camp early to enjoy the early morning tranquillity, today’s rapids are not as wild as yesterday, but still provide an enormous amount of fun as we negotiate our way through the canyon.

Morning tea has us stopping at a terrific waterfall and swimming hole, the water so clear, so pure, so enticing, we swim and relax, a spot to treasure forever.
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Our journey continues down the river the sun rising above the canyon, the river widening, gentler rapids, a time for a swim, a time to relax.

The crew are joking and laughing they know they have conquered the “Mighty Angabanga River”. As our journey nears its end our destination in sight, we round the last bend, the village could be seen, we were nearly there our journey nearly done, the laughter of the kids, the joy of the village people as we approached.

Then across the river, one voice, a village man’s voice was heard –
“Is that you Bonny?
Nobody comes down this river!
Nobody has been down this river in over 11 years.
Only Bonny comes down this river!
This is Bonny’s river the Angabanga”

The master raft man was back, back on his river, back on the Angabanga. The Legend continues.
For more information on the Angabanga rafting trip and all river trips in PNG contact; kokodaspirit@bipond.com. ....Written by Wayne Wetherall
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