‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey’
The Journey – 1 river. 2 borders. 3 countries
Guinea – Senegal – The Republic of The Gambia
When: Paddles in the water mid-November 2012– Late-January 2013
Why: To create an historical – visual /audio/written – document of the peoples, cultures and environment along one of Africa’s last, free flowing, major rivers – The River Gambia.
Estimated journey time: 2-3 months
Modes of transport: Canoes & Trekking & ‘Moto – Taxis’!
Expedition Leaders: Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio
Experienced West Africa travelers, husband and wife team – multi award-winning photographer and writer Jason Florio, and, photography and expedition producer and writer, Helen Jones-Florio – will attempt to create a modern-day account of the people, societies, and life along the length of one of Africa’s last, free-flowing, major rivers – the River Gambia. There has been talk of damming the river. This journey will also be about the impact to the communities, who daily lives rely on the river to survive, and the environmental impact of damming the river.
To read more, and find out about our previous expedition – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey’ – please visit: Why Exactly Are We Doing This Expedition…
Welcome on board! We look forward to having you all on the journey with us.
Thanks for your support,
Jason & Helen – ‘The Florios’
UPDATE – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! We did it! We completed the River Gambia Expedition – 23rd November 2012 – 21st January 2013 – after 400km overland in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry into Senegal and then putting our two canoes into the water in Kedougou – we paddled (no engine!) over 700km of the River Gambia to its end, at the Atlantic Ocean in Banjul, The Gambia.
During our travels, we bounced and rattled down the mountains of the Fouta Djallon on the back of motorcycle taxis; hung out with gold miners in Senegal; drank attayah tea with village chiefs and elders; dodged very angry hippos on the River Gambia; and, as we paddled on the increasingly widening ocean-like river, we battled the wind and waves, as we neared the Atlantic and the end of our journey.
All in all, it was a phenomenal journey! Please read on to find out all about it – or visit River Gambia Expedition