Update: Happy New Year from Basse, The Gambia, West Africa-River Gambia Expedition!


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The River Gambia Expedition team hit the River Gambia for the first time in Kedougou, Senegal – image by Henk Eshuis

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The River Gambia Expedition team hit the River Gambia for the first time in Kedougou, Senegal – image by Henk Eshuis

Happy New Year!! We have been unable to get internet connection for over two weeks and this connection in Basse, The Gambia, is frustratingly too slow to upload any images – we have so many to share + road and river stories! We’re not sure when we will be able to get on line again either as we set off again, on the River Gambia, towards Banjul tomorrow. We are around 3 weeks to the Atlantic Ocean and the end of our journey.

It’s been a roller coaster of a ride so far: bone-crunching car and motorbike taxis, up, down, and around the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea; hanging out with gold miners in Bantaco, Senegal; dodging hippos (bloody huge scary ones!) on the River Gambia, in Senegal…alas, more of those encounters of the close up kind to come in this next section of The Gambia (s#*$!).

However, even though we may not be able to update, you can still follow our route through our YellowBrick Tracking Device – http://my.yb.tl/florio/

Thanks so much to Henk Ehuis, in Kedougou, Senegal, for capturing this seminal moment from the River Gambia Expedition: getting the 811 Ally canoe into the River Gambia for the first time on our journey.

We had seen and done so much up to this point and so much more since. Please bear with us and we promise to share the journey as soon as we are able.

Thanks for stopping by!
Jason ‘Flo’ Florio and Helen ‘H’ Jones-Florio xx

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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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One Response to Update: Happy New Year from Basse, The Gambia, West Africa-River Gambia Expedition!

  1. tyoungson says:

    Thankyou to Yellowbrick Tracking for allowing me to follow your amazing progress. I feel as if I have been part of the adventure!…

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