October 2012: Please visit our new blog about our forthcoming expedition - ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 - 1000km source to sea African odyssey’ - over on Wordpress.
Thank you so much for following us on our last journey - ‘A Short Walk in The Gambian Bush - a 930km African odyssey’which produced award-winning portraits from Jason Florio, of village chiefs and elders of The Gambia, West Africa.
We hope that you’ll jump on board and follow this next one - over on Wordpress. We’ll post the occasional update on here, but if you want to follow our adventure, then please sign up (all that’s needed is an email address and verification) for updates on the River Gambia Expedition.
‘The River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey’
The Journey – 1 river. 2 borders. 3 countries – Guinea-Senegal-The Gambia, West Africa
Paddles in the water: mid October 2012
When: October – December 2012
Why: To create an historical – visual /audio/written - document of the peoples, cultures and environment along one of Africa’s last, free flowing, major rivers – The River Gambia.
Estimated journey time: 2-3 months
Modes of transport: Canoes & Trekking
River Gambia Expedition 2012:
Experienced West Africa travelers, husband and wife team - multi award-winning photographer, Jason Florio, and, photography producer, Helen Jones-Florio – will attempt to create a modern-day account of the people, societies, and life along the length of one of Africa’s last, free-flowing, major rivers – the River Gambia. There has also been talk, for a number of years, of damming the river. This journey is about documenting the communities and environment before this happens.
They will be promoting canoeing and trekking, as a means of travel – thereby maintaining a low carbon footprint/environmental impact. Travelling through the through the homelands of over seven different tribes, their journey will begin at the source of the river, where it trickles out of the Fouta Djallon highlands of Guinea, on into hippo-abundant Niokolo Koba National Park, Senegal, and finally into The Republic of the Gambia – following the same course as the early gold and slave traders had done century’s ago – to the 10km wide mouth of the river, where it opens into the Atlantic Ocean after over a 1000km journey.
Meet the River Gambia expedition team: Expedition team leaders, Jason, Helen, and rest of their team, will collect - through multiple medias: visual/written/audio - stories documenting the lives and cultures of the indigenous people, who live and work along the course of the River Gambia. Using traditional protocol, relevant to each country, they will approach village chiefs to ask permission to stay in his/her village.
They will travel with Abou Ndong & Ebou Jarjau, two local Gambian experienced river men will be on the team for the entire journey; along with hiring local guides in Guinea and Senegal – thus making it a diverse and international team.
We look forward to seeing you on other side!
Check out how you can own one of award-winning photographer, Jason Florio’s, fine art photography prints from the River Gambia Expedition 2012 http://rivergambiaexpedition2012.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/two-ways-to-own-one-of-award-winning-photographer-jason-florios-fine-art-photography-prints/
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