National Geographic Traveller ‘The Gambia’ – Words & Images by Jason Florio

National Geographic Traveller - opening page depicting a young boy fishing from a dug out canoe, in the early morning, on the River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio

National Geographic Traveller magazine – ‘The Gambia’.

The Gambia River has given the country it flows through far more than just a name. In this small, riparian nation on Africa’s west, life revolves around the river’s gently winding course as it makes its way out to sea: traders sail between historic riverside towns; fishermen cast nets from narrow pirogues; and women harvest oysters in the brackish tributaries. Wildlife, too, thrives in these waters, from hippos wallowing in the depths to western red colobus monkeys keeping watch from tentacled mangroves… Words and images by Jason Florio – National Geographic Traveller magazine, UK edition, Jan/Feb 2022

National Geographic Traveller 'The Gambia': Two women checking their oyster harvest on a tributary of the River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa. Images ©Jason Florio
Editors Picks’: Favourite travel photography, 2021 – National Geographic Traveller ‘The Gambia’: Women checking their oyster harvest on a tributary of the River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa. Images ©Jason Florio

From many hundreds of images that coloured the pages of National Geographic Traveller (UK) and National Geographic Traveller Food’s magazines and website, the editors bring you a selection of their favourite images (above image by Jason Florio)

National Geographic Traveller 'The Gambia': A fisherwoman checking her crayfish pots, at dawn, standing in a small dugout canoe on a the River Gambia; a local ferry with 4 passengers crossing the River Gambia, cattle in the background on the shore; a young boy stands by his dugout canoe with his catch of fish on the River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa. Images ©Jason Florio
National Geographic Traveller ‘The Gambia’: A fisherwoman checking her crayfish pots on a the River Gambia; a local ferry crossing the River Gambia; a young boy with his catch of fish on the River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa. Images ©Jason Florio

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National Geographic Traveller 'The Gambia': A local man on his way from harvesting in the fields; dawn over the River Gambia': A trio of images - a woman sitting in a dugout canoe, amongst the mangroves, harvesting oysters, The Gambia, West Africa. Images ©Jason Florio
National Geographic Traveller ‘The Gambia’: A local man on his way from harvesting in the fields; dawn over the River Gambia; a woman harvesting oysters in the mangroves, The Gambia, West Africa. Images ©Jason Florio

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National Geographic Traveller 'The Gambia': a trio of images of women harvesting rice, a man checking his peanut crop, red colobus monkeys on a tree. Images ©Jason Florio
National Geographic Traveller ‘The Gambia’: Women harvesting rice; a man checking his peanut crop; a Red Colobus monkey, The Gambia. Images ©Jason Florio

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National Geographic Traveller 'The Gambia': The front of an open local shop, advertising boat trips, and mineral water; a woman gutting a large fish, The Gambia, West Africa. Images ©Jason Florio
National Geographic Traveller ‘The Gambia’: A local shop; a woman gutting a fish, The Gambia, West Africa. Images ©Jason Florio

Expeditions – Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

Huge thanks to Olly Puglisi, photo editor, and all the Nat Geo Travel UK team for featuring our Gambia work – and for such a beautiful layout in the magazine.

Helen Jones-Florio & Jason Florio

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Photographer & Filmmaker, Jason Florio, stands by a river, reading his feature - River Gambia - in National Geographic Traveller Magazine. Image by Helen Jones-Florio
Photographer & Filmmaker, Jason Florio, reading his feature – ‘River Gambia‘ – in National Geographic Traveller Magazine (Jan-Feb 2022). Standing beside The Thames river, Kingston-upon-Thames, where we made some pre-River Gambia expedition training with our Ally canoes, Image by Helen Jones-Florio

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