Our River Gambia Expedition leaving date is set! Thanks to The Gambia Experience for their support

At last!! We have a leaving date, to fly down to The Gambia, West Africa, to begin final preparations for our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source to sea African odyssey‘. 16th October is the date. And, it’s with BIG thanks to The Gambia Experience (and Serenity Holidays) for their continued support (GE also generously donated flights for our 2009 Gambia expedition). And, a special shout out to Jenny Adams, PR guru, and Matt Smith, The Gambia Blog , wordsmith extraordinaire  – our main contacts at GE – for their continuous support. You guys truly do rock!

Fisherman on the River Gambia, at Dusk – Image © Jason Florio 2009

We’ll fly into Banjul’s Yundum International Airport and then spend around two weeks, last minute prepping with our Gambian team mates, Abdou and Ibu – meet the expedition 2012 team. From there, we will overland to Guinea, with the canoes, camera and camping gear. Leaving the bulk of our gear with a friend, the four of us – along with a local Guinean guide/fixer – we’ll pay homage to the source of the River Gambia and then begin trekking for 200 miles in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, keeping as near to the river as we can. We’ll be staying in local villages, with the aim to document – through photography and video – the way of life of the people we meet along the way; with their permission, of course. After which, we’ll collect our canoes and get paddling!

That’s the plan so far…you’ll have to stick with us to get the updates, as events unfold. However, we just know, from experience, that we’ll definitely be meeting some interesting folks on this journey:

‘Ensa’ – young Gambian guide, holding cow head’ (slaughtered for ‘coming of age’ celebrations), in Myork, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio, 2008

If you’d like to get one of expedition co-leader and award-winning photographer, Jason Florio’s, limited edition fine art photography prints from the River Gambia Expedition (or Florio’s on-line gallery), then check out our Kickstarter campaign – deadline 15th October 2012.

To find out why we are doing this documentary photography expedition, please click here.

We hope you enjoy the journey with us – we’ll be posting updates and images, on a regular basis, from trekking in the highlands and paddling down the River Gambia – thanks to our trusty YB3 Global Tracking Device from Yellowbrick™!

The Florios (Helen & Flo’)

19 days to go!! Please click on the image to view details

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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