Looking back: River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey (youtube)


River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey’footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio From the source of the River Gambia, in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, into Senegal, and onto The Gambia, West Africa, to the Atlantic Ocean’ (2012-2013) – See/read more at River Gambia Expedition 


Related: ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey’

Moto-Taxi boys – Labé’s got style, Guinea-Conakry, West Africa


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Motorcycle taxi boys, on the streets of Labé, Guinea-Conakry, West Africa © Jason Florio


Labé, the capital of Guinea-Conakry, up in the Fouta Djallon, is motorcycle city, overrun with thousands of Chinese-made bikes – and ‘moto taxis’ are the way to travel, carrying a minimum of 2-3 passengers a piece. As we walked around the town, we had to constantly dart out of  the way as  a ‘moto’ zoomed towards us, at maximum speed– within inches of us – “à ton, à ton!” (we have this expression: ‘taking no prisoners’, which seemed rather apt, on the frenetic, horn-blaring, streets of the capital, as we leapt and scurried out the pathway of motorcycles, coming from all directions!).  “In Labé, there are too many accidents every day.” Saif (our local fixer) told us, as he led us through the dusty, stinking, dirty, litter-filled streets of the downtown area. Despite the moto-taxi dodging, and the putrid aromas, Labè is a vibrant, animated, friendly place – ‘Jarama’s’ (local Pula language greeting), “bonjour’s”, and “ca va’s”, abound, from every smiling, curious (intrigued by the two ‘portos’ – white people/European) person we pass’  – words by Helen Jones-Florio – extract from ‘The Long and Winding Road… Kedougou, Senegal – Labé, Guinea-Conakry – and back again‘ Read more on the River Gambia Expedition blog.


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Ebu – on his moto-taxi, in Mali-Ville, Guinea-Conakry – and our (extremely bumpy!) ride back down the Fouta Djallon Highlands to Kedougou, Senegal.
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Motorcycle taxi boys, on the streets of Labé, Guinea-Conakry, West Africa © Jason Florio 
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Photographer, Jason Florio, gets details from moto-taxi rider, Labé, Fouta Djallon, Guinea-Conakry – image © Helen Jones-Florio

Photographer Jason Florio, at work, on the River Gambia, West Africa


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© Helen Jones-FlorioTangiers International  ‘We are conflict zone medical’


Jason Florio photographs young fisherman, Samba, on the River Gambia, in Kuntaur, The Gambia, West Africa. Taken whilst in the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea Africa odyssey‘, 2012-13

A week of crocs and quad bikes in (#ebolafree) Gambia, West Africa

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Kachikally Crocodile Pool, Bakau, Gambia – L-R: Helen Jones-Florio, Musa (the keeper of the crocs), Jason Florio


We’ve had a busy, adventurous – and extremely exhilarating – kind of week, since we completed our walk of the Gambian coastline, finishing off a couple of travel assignments… from getting up close and personal with big crocodiles, to throttling around in the Gambian bush, getting thoroughly down and dirty in the process,  on Tonka Toy-like 200cc quad bikes, alternating with bouncing over potholes in buggys. What fun!

Helen – ‘I’m going to drive that buggy next’! Image © Jason Florio


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Photographer, Jason Florio – shooting from the rear! Image © HJF – UTV buggy courtesy of West African Powersports


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Yours truly – I am hooked! Image © JF. Quad bike courtesy of West African Powersports


And, where better to finish off editing (me: ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush‘ book) and writing  the features (Jason) … my old haunt, Laybato Beach Bar. Our office with a view…

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Once the features are published, we’ll be posting more on the coastline walk, the quad-biking, and the crocodile pool. Please stay with us. In the meantime, updates about what else we are up to, down here in West Africa, will be posted on FB, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thanks for stopping by The Florios – Helen & Jason

It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it! JF & HJF – buggying in #ebolafree Gambia, West Africa. Thanks to West Africa Powersports