YOUTUBE: River Gambia – source-sea 1044km African Odyssey ©Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

We can’t promote this beautiful tiny West African country enough – after all the turmoil The Gambia has experienced. In particular, recently. Following, is from our extensive archive of travels and adventures, in and around the country:

We did it! We completed the River Gambia Expedition23rd November 2012 – 21st January 2013 – after almost 400km overland in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry into Senegal and then putting our two canoes into the water in Kedougou – we paddled (no engine!) over 700km of the River Gambia to its end, at the Atlantic Ocean in Banjul, The Gambia.

During our travels, we bounced and rattled down the mountains of the Fouta Djallon on the back of motorcycle taxis; hung out with gold miners in Senegal; drank attayah tea with village chiefs and elders; dodged very angry hippos on the River Gambia; and, as we paddled on the increasingly widening ocean-like river, we battled the wind and waves, as we neared the Atlantic Ocean and the end of our journey…’ see more on the River Gambia Expedition blog


Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio

Co-expedition leaders/Photographers


You may also be interested in ‘A Short Walk in the African Bush – 930km African odyssey‘. We walked around The Gambia, completely by foot – ‘bi tamala singo lah

'Silfando' Village chief, Herouna Tunkara and his horse ©Jason Florio
‘Silafando’ Village chief, Herouna Tunkara and his horse © Jason Florio

His Excellency Adama Barrow President of the Republic of The Gambia – portraits ©Jason Florio

Portraits of the new president of the Republic of The Gambia – His Excellency Adama Barrow © Jason Florio


We were highly honoured to have a private audience with the then President-Elect, Mr. Barrow, a few weeks ago. And, even more so when he readily agreed to let Jason Florio make his portrait, in the gardens of the Kairaba Hotel, Senegambia.

L-R: Jason Florio, President Adama Barrow, Helen Jones-Florio, Buba Bah – Kairaba Hotel, The Gambia, West Africa



Jason Florio prepares to photograph President-elect, Adama Barrow, surrounded by his protocol team and his personal security guards – Kairaba Hotel, Senegambia. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio


President Adama Barrow has a tremendously unenviable task ahead of him. Therefore, we wish him and his team all the very best in the world. The people of The Gambia deserve only the best.

The Florios



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Image © Jason Florio – Ex-President Yahya Jammeh leaving The Gambia to fly into exile in Guinea


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Image ©Helen Jones-Florio – Ex-President Yahya Jammeh leaving The Gambia to fly into exile in Guinea



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Image ©Jason Florio – Waiting for Jammeh – Press Gang, Yundum/Banjul Airport, The Gambia


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