© JASON FLORIO
Portrait of Chief and elder in Republic of Gambia.
Award-winning experienced West Africa travel photographers and producers, husband and wife team Jason and Helen Florio will attempt to make the first recorded source-to-sea expedition of the entire length of the River Gambia: one of the last remaining, large, free-flowing rivers in Africa. Traveling by canoe and foot 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-infested 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. Visit their blog for more information and to donate to this journey. The Florios are also guest bloggers for Africa Geographic Safari Interactive Magazine. Here is their introduction, and first posting about the River Gambia 2012 Expedition.