Quick update from Kedougou, Senegal – off to Guinea and the Fouta Djallon tomorrow

Florio – ‘mapping the River Gambia Expedition route’ – with team mates, Ibu and Abdou and the Kelly Kettle = PG Tips!! Kedougou, Senegal, W Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

Monday 26th November – Kedougou, Senegal, West Africa

Apologies for yet another quick update but we are having power problems – “its all about the power” as Florio keeps reminding us: camera batteries, laptops, cell phones…Anyhoo, we are in Kedougou, ready to set off for the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, in the morning. We’ll head for Labé, the capital of the Fouta, and then on to exactly why we are starting the River Gambia Expedition in Guinea: the source of the River Gambia where our expedition truly begins. Although, it’s been quite an adventure so far, in one way or another. We’ll fill you in on more of that when we can charge our laptops fully.

Plans are changing too – daily, it seems. One of our major plan changes is that our ‘trusty’ Senegalese guide has not obtained the permit we need to pass through Niokolo Koba National Park with our canoes – despite assuring us that he had, some weeks ago now. So, we have to make some hasty phone calls to the Director of National Parks of Senegal, in Dakar, and the Director of Niokolo Koba National Park, in Tambacunda to see if we can persuade them to let us paddle through the park. All whilst trekking for 200kms in the Fouta Djallon Highlands!

The River Gambia, Kedougou, Senegal, W Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

Florio has been taking photos here there and everywhere and, again, once we can get fully powered up, we’ll be posting some on the blog.

We’ll keep you posted on our Niokolo Koba National Park situation as and when…keep your fingers crossed for that permit for us please.

Juice is running low! More soon

The Florios (H & Flo)

P.S. remember,  you that you can follow our trail on our YellowBrick blog – see where we are at, at all times, should you so desire.

click to go to YB site




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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6 Responses to Quick update from Kedougou, Senegal – off to Guinea and the Fouta Djallon tomorrow

  1. Fingers crossed for pass arriving. Surely there cant be anymore delays as you have had more than your fair share. Lesser people would of given up by now. But as all who know you, the Florios are made of stronger stuff and after months of planning there is no way you are going to let a few minor hic ups stop you. Lots of love from Scarborough.xxxxx

  2. Yay! Can’t believe you are actually getting on the trail tomorrow. We have 10 yogis with their fingers crossed here about the permit. Good luck guys from Geri and the Sandele Team x

  3. hey, nice base camp for heading into the Fouta Djallon!

  4. i guess the lack of power is my fault – most of my solar panels are packed away when I’m not there. You can charge devices at any boutique for around 100cfa, or better yet grab a beer at any drinking establishment, and they won’t mind you re-charging equipment.

  5. Tafa says:

    Hello Guys , as a senegalese i’m truly sorry and i feel bad for your “trust” guide. i’m right now in Kédougou and i would be happy if i could be of any help. Good luck !!!!

    PS : it’s funny but i have taken almost the same photo than the one you posted ….( from the restaurant “LE RELAIS DE KEDOUGOU” ..

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