the spectacular kikori river

26 Apr
April 26, 2014

The Kikori River is one of my favourite places in the world. At almost 230km long, it stretches over almost 23,300 km2 through the western part of Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea, forming a magnificent delta that reaches down to the Gulf of Papua. It is intensely remote, with dense mangrove forests lining the interweaving waterways, and small villages appearing in places that seem impossible. The river, and its people, inspire a certain awe, one that is unmatched in the places I have visited on my travels around the world. Living predominantly off of fish and sago, the people here live humble lives, their stilted wooden huts line the river banks and their dugout canoes paddle softly along the water. Their trials of poverty are as real as the crocodiles they fend off almost daily, and yet they have survived like this for countless generations. There is certainly magic in these waters, a calmness, a soothing, and it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world.

 

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3 replies
  1. Sovoxz says:

    Thanks for the pics

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  2. Susie Simerly says:

    How I envy your ability to travel to such amazing places and then write about them in such a way to make me feel like I’m there!

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  3. judy marie langley says:

    What a trip!! I assume the river floods from time to time hence the stilts? Are there schools for the children? Does the govt provide schools/teachers? These villages survive off the river – do they travel through the jungle to nearby villages or is it too difficult? How many people are we talking about that live in the river community or are there several communities along the river? Absolutely fascinating and beautiful pictures. It truly opens your mind and heart to the wonders of our human family and planet.

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