Photo of the Day: Young boy in his canoe on the River Gambia, Senegal. Image by Jason Florio

River Gambia – source-to-sea

December 2012 – January 2013 –  My wife, Helen Jones-Florio, and I co-led the first recorded source-to-sea expedition by canoe along the 1130km length of River Gambia, from its humble source in the remote highlands of Guinea, through Senegal and into The Gambia where it widens to nearly 14km and exits into the Atlantic Ocean. We teamed up with two old Gambian friends, Abdou Ndong a fisherman and Ebou Jarju a school teacher, as our river guide and translator. 

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River Gambia is one of the major arteries into West Africa from the Atlantic Ocean. First penetrated in 1455 by Portuguese explorers, fought over by the French and British, and traveled up by Scottish explorer Mungo Park on both his attempts to seek the course of the River Niger. Slave traders sailed their human cargo down to the estuary for the transatlantic slave trade, adventurers pushed far into the interior of what is modern-day Senegal in search of gold, and huge barges continue to course the navigable reaches to the old Gambian colonial era-towns to collect hauls of peanuts.

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Fishermen still throw nets from precarious narrow pirogues throughout much of the course of the river, and Guinea-Bissau refugees scour the mangroves for oysters in the brackish tributaries. Economic migrants flock to the Senegal sections of the river, busily washing the gold- bearing river sand as they have done for hundreds of years. It was the British, who in 1889 ultimately took control of 338km of it from the Atlantic coast eastwards, thereby creating the smallest country on the continent of Africa, (what is now) The Republic of The Gambia. 

River Gambia – source-to-sea

Once we started researching for the expedition, we discovered that plans were afoot to create a hydroelectric dam on the river at the Guinea-Senegal border. Villages would be flooded, the natural seasonal rise and fall of the river would be choked – causing a potentially devastating effect on the environment and the people. The idea of making the journey became a matter of urgency; so as to create a modern day account of the communities that live along the banks of one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers, before irreparable damage was done.

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Photographer and filmmaker, Jason Florio, interviews the Chef de Village, Horé Dimma, Fouta Djallon Highlands. River Gambia expedition. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
Photographer and filmmaker, Jason Florio, interviews the Chef de Village, Horé Dimma, Fouta Djallon Highlands. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

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Resonate Magazine – Photo essay: A SOURCE-TO-SEA CANOE JOURNEY ALONG RIVER GAMBIA

From December 2012 to January 2013, Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio co-led the first recorded source-to-sea expedition by canoe along the 1130 km length of River Gambia. The two traced the river from its humble source in the remote highlands of Guinea through Senegal and into The Gambia, where it widens to nearly 14 km and exits into the Atlantic Ocean. 

Jason and Helen teamed up two old Gambian friends — Abdou Ndong, a fisherman, and Ebou Jarju, a school teacher — as river guides and translators. Their photography offers a rare insight into the unique journey... read/see more Resonate Magazine Words & images ©Jason Florio, with Helen Jones-Florio

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A woman checks her traps on the River Gambia, Senegal, in the early hours of the morning, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio
A migrant fisherwoman checks her traps on the River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio

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We made it! 1044km River Gambia Expedition team reach Denton Bridge, The Gambia – Jason Florio, Helen Jones-Florio, Ebou Jarju, Abdou Ndong. Tuesday 22nd January 2013

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