A Gambian fisherman comes to check the river condition from the bank of the River Gambia at the village of Bambali, The Gambia © Jason Florio
Lopiz Jarju is one of the few full-time sailors to work on the River Gambia in The Gambia. He works for the Gambia Groundnut Corporation on one of their tugboats, which pull barges with 100 tonne loads of peanuts from upcountry loading centers to a processing plant near to where the river meets the Atlantic ocean at the capital, Banjul © Jason Florio
A group of men use a pontoon to ferry a generator by hand along a remote section of the River Gambia in Senegal. The generator will be used to pump water through a large pipe from the river up the very steep banks to irrigate banana plantations that flank the river. © Jason Florio
To see more of Florio’s River Gambia Expedition – a new series of images – please visit his website: floriophoto.com
We have so many more photos and road and river stories to share, from three months of travelling in three West African countries…stick with us
The Florios (‘H’ & ‘Flo’)
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Gold miners take a break near their mine shafts in South East Senegal. The mine shafts can exceed 10 meters deep and collapses and resulting deaths are frequent.© Jason Florio
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')
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