Youtube – the expedition team receive a ‘royal’ welcome from 100+ kids! Sambal Kunda, The Gambia, West Africa


A little more background on what we Florios have gotten up to in the past – expedition-wise, that is:

The ‘Short Walk’ team’s arrival at the village of Sambel Kunda

Arrival at Sambel Kunda, The Gambia, West Africa

Arrival at Sambel Kunda – welcomed by 100+ school kids! – The Gambia, West Africa. Filmed by ‘Wobbly Productions/Jason Florio’

Blog Entry: Friday 13th November, 2009. Distance walked to-date: 267.07km

‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey’

We are almost at The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (TGHDT), in the village of Sambel Kunda. As mentioned, it’s the adopted home of our donkeys, Neil and Paddy. Not only are we going to have a day or two off there, but we will also be bidding a sad ‘fowatti kotting’ (see you again) to Paddy and a big ‘nimbara, nimbara’ to a replacement donkey – not that Paddy can be easily replaced. More on that…but first, our arrival into the village was a welcome fit for a visiting head of state.

The Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust, Sambel Kunda, The Gambia, West Africa

The Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust, Sambel Kunda, The Gambia, West Africa – Image © Helen Jones-Florio

As we rounded the path, leading to the village, we could hear singing coming from up ahead. As we get nearer, we can see what looks like the whole of the local primary school waiting to welcome us. The kids are singing and clapping. As we enter the village, we are immediately engulfed by what must be around a hundred kids –  singing at the tops of their voices, all clamouring to help push the cart up the sandy path to the stables. It is such a touching and unexpected welcome, especially for Momadou – our donkey handler – who is from the area and works at The Trust. I’m glad that I have my sunglasses on, as my eyes well up – God forbid that the team think me as any more of a softy than they already do!’ – From forthcoming book by Helen Jones-Florio

Helen enjoys an early morning cuppa at Sambel Kunda, The Gambia

Helen enjoys an early morning cuppa at The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust, Sambel Kunda, The Gambia, West Africa – Image © Jason Florio

Thanks for stopping by

The Florios

Please click on the image below to watch Jason Florio as he explains how you can own one of his fine art photography prints, from a series of images he will take whilst on the River Gambia Expedition 2012:

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About River Gambia Expedition 2012

Jason Florio, FRGS: award-winning photojournalist. Helen Jones-Florio: expedition & photography producer. 2009: The couple co-led the West Africa expedition 'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey' - the first circumnavigation of the small West African country, by foot, with two donkeys and a cart. Resulting in the award-winning series of portraits of Gambian village chiefs (Alkalo's) www.floriophoto.com (under 'Projects') http://930kmafricanodyssey.tumblr.com/ 2012-13: The couple co-led their second West Africa expedition - 'River Gambia Expedition - 1000km source-sea Africa odyssey' over-landing for 400km and canoeing the River Gambia for 720km https://rivergambiaexpedition2012.wordpress.com
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