Wongan Waterfall, a Hidden Treasure

first_imgWongan Waterfall, Kokoyah, Bong County, central LiberiaWongan waterfall, although relatively unknown to the general public, is indeed a spectacular place to visit. As a wonder of Liberia, the waterfall showcases an awe-inspiring beauty which is manifested in the spray, the thunderous sound that accompanies the cascading water and the tranquil island beneath the waterfall.A stunning feature of the St. John River, the waterfall, located in Kokoyah District, Bong County, is said to be about 50 to 60 meters high.  Its majestic beauty appears when the waterfall goes around the Wongan Island.The wide basalt cliffs over which the cascading waterfall are framed in particular ways that are different from each other; thus giving the waterfall a spectacular and unique view.  Remarkably preserved in its natural state by locals, Wongan inspires visitors from several vantage points, like the “falling edge point.”At this point, a visitor can have the panoramic view of the waterfall, the cascade and the boiling pot, which is an area where the waterfall enters into the St. John River.Open to visitors throughout the year, the Wongan has a park that is boosted by a thick patch of forest, which is home to a variety of plants and animal life that are exclusive to the area.  Hunting and farming activities are prohibited by locals in the forest.Activities, seasons and locationAt the waterfall, a number of activities can be undertaken, such as fishing and traditional canoe rides, swimming, and diving from the top of the waterfall for those who are brave enough.The river’s annual flood season is for six months—May to October, and during this period, the spring from the Wongan’s typically rises to a higher height and can be seen from as far as 10km away.But when the dry season, which occurs from November to April, takes effect the islet crest becomes wider as the rocky bottom becomes easily accessible.The Wongan waterfall lies on the northern bank of a village in Boisien, Kokoyah Statutory District, Bong County.  From the town, it is accessible via a footpath that is a 55-minute hike.The footpath in itself is an experience to take in, in addition to the anticipation of the waterfall and the surrounding jungle. The path provides visitors with a good selection of traditional food while en route to the waterfall.Sadly, Boisien town lacks better accommodation, like hotels, guest houses, and supermarkets. But the town’s lively residents are deeply rooted in their culture.Despite poor accommodations, Wongan waterfall is a unique place of mesmerizing beauty, exciting activities, or simply to lounge in the sheer tranquility.Meanwhile, Wongan and Gbedin waterfalls, unlike Kpatawee, remains relatively unknown to the public but are exciting places to visit. Gbedin waterfall is between 25-30 meters in height and is located in Nimba County, off the road between Ganta and Sanniquellie.July 26 adventure, anyone?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mickelson back on track

first_imgMallinger, however, started his round on the 10th hole in the virtual calm of the morning. The wind didn’t arrive until he had only five holes remaining, and by then he had done most of his damage. Of course, it helped that he made 100 feet worth of birdie putts on his first three holes, starting with a 60-footer just off the green. “I got 14 holes with good weather,” Mallinger said. “Those are where you make your birdies, so when you’ve got good weather, you’ve got an advantage.” Over at Spyglass, Furyk played his best golf in the worst conditions. His 2-under start was wiped out by a double bogey from two bunkers on the sixth hole, and he was even when the trees began to shake. Then he made five birdies on the back nine. “I’m glad I got through there,” he said. Mickelson ran off three straight birdies on the back nine at Poppy Hills and then settled for pars in the cold, blustery conditions. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Robert Rock shot an opening-round 6-under-par 66 for a one-shot lead in the Malaysian Open. The Englishman leads Indian rookie S.S.P. Chowrasia, who matched Rock with seven birdies before finishing with a 5-under 67 at the Saujana Golf and Country Club. GOLD COAST, Australia – South Korea’s Ahn Sun-ju shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Ladies Masters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PEBBLE BEACH – Four tournaments into his season, Phil Mickelson showed signs of turning the corner on Thursday. Mickelson, nowhere near the leaderboard since his collapse at the U.S. Open last summer, eagled his final hole at Poppy Hills for a 7-under 65 to share the lead with rookie John Mallinger and Nick Watney in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “I didn’t think it would take three tournaments to get to where I wanted to be,” said Mickelson, playing for the fourth straight week. “But each tournament, I saw progress.” Mickelson and the rest of the 180-man field also saw a return of the notorious weather – known in these parts as “Crosby” weather as a tribute to when Bing Crosby was host of a tournament that featured every element just about every hour. center_img Cold. Windy. Wet. It was better to be at Poppy Hills than the other two courses in the rotation because it is the farthest from the Pacific Ocean and protected by tree-lined fairways. That’s where Mickelson and Watney played. The best round belonged to Mallinger, who was on the wrong course, but at the right time. Pebble Beach sits along the bluffs of the Pacific, bare to the wintry wind that was so strong at times it toppled a tree on the 17th fairway around the corner at Spyglass Hill. “There’s nowhere to hide there,” Jim Furyk said after his 67 at Spyglass. last_img read more