Papua New Guinea is all about experiencing a variety of wild vacations. From bushwalking through the thick rainforest to diving at the beautiful reefs on the small islands, the country is certainly a place filled with extreme adventure. In addition to the fascinating rich and varied natural environment of Papua New Guinea, the country holds many reminders of the Second World War where the brutal battles between the Allied Forces and the Japanese were held. With such adventurous activities lined up in Papua New Guinea, one of the most favorite activities is whitewater rafting along the Wahgi River.
The Highlands region of Papua New Guinea is composed of a long strip of fertile valleys, each being separated from each other by imposing mountains. Although the Highlands are made up of different regions, all of them remain equally fascinating.
The Wahgi River can be found on the Eastern Highlands region of Papua New Guinea. It has earned itself a reputation of being one of the supreme whitewater rafting destinations in the world. The river has all the excitement needed for those who seek a challenging aquatic pleasure. The rough and fast flowing river is wide in width as participants can start rafting from one end and finish on the other end within a day.
For the more tamed water activities along the river, ironman kayaking or fishing can be done. Activities can be arranged by your accommodating hotel since most hotels offer this service, such as the nearby Mt. Wilhelm Tourist Hotel. Make sure to sign up with reputable and profession rafting companies that are armed with a thorough knowledge of rafting along the River of Wahgi.
The Eastern Highlands of the country, although less remote, are more developed than the Southern Highlands, despite being less topographically overwhelming. This region still possesses considerable and fascinating attractions. One of these is Mount Wilhelm, which is the country’s highest peak at 14,793 feet. Climbing Mount Wilhelm is moderately easy as it can be done at an average of two days. The trail begins in the middle of the island, goes through a moss forest, past waterfalls and lakes and passes by the remains of a war-era American bomber plane. Upon reaching the summit, spectacular views of the northern and southern coasts of Papua New Guinea can be seen.
Aside from the Wahgi River adventure, another popular spot for whitewater rating is along the Mendi River located in the southern Highlands of the region. The trip is rather for the more experienced ones, which means it can take about two to three days to be finished. The course includes a 30 foot waterfall and grade-five rapids characterized by strong currents, big waves, powerful holes and restricted routes that can easily topple over rafts.
The Wahgi River is considered by expert rafters as one of the best rafting experiences in world. Feel the adrenaline rush through your veins as you charge through deep chasms, long stretches of rapids, go under small rope bridges and paddle through pristine waterfalls. It is definitely an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.