Press: ‘River Gambia’ & ‘The Quad Squad’ – Arik Air ‘Wings’ Magazine 25th Issue

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Helen is on a mission! Quad-biking in The Gambia, West Africa, for Wings Magazine (Arik Air). Check the original story out here. Image © Jason Florio

 


 

On day five of paddling, on the River Gambia, in Senegal, a bull hippo sprung from beneath the surface, about 6 metres in front of our canoes. As we careened towards him, he submerged again. Once we calmed down (after scrambling to the safety of nearby rocks) and grew quiet, our Gambian expedition teammates, Abdou and Ebou, almost in tandem, said, “Wow, that was amazing, it’s the first hippo we have ever seen!” (this is after, whilst on pre- expedition planning skype calls, they had convinced us that ‘Hippos? No problem’)!’ River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey

 

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The village chief (‘Alkalo’) of Karantaba, Gambia, fishing in the River Gambia, West Africa. Image ©Jason Florio, River Gambia Expedition with Helen Jones-Florio

 

Thanks to Wings Magazine /Arik Air – for re-featuring two of Florio’s images (pages: 50 & 78), from our West Africa adventures, in their celebratory 25th Issue.

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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

Friday Photo: Migrant workers in the gold mines of Senegal, West Africa © Jason Florio

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Migrant workers take a rest from gold mining in Senegal, West Africa. Image © Jason Florio – Senegal, West Africa

 

Taken whilst on the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘, 2012-13, from the source of the river in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry, to the mouth of the river, at the Atlantic Ocean, The Gambia – co-lead by Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio

Check out Youtube footage: ‘River Gambia’ © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio

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Slideshow: behind the scenes of the River Gambia Expedition -1044km source to sea African odyssey

In early December, 2012 – mid-January, 2013, we followed the course of one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers – the River Gambia. Along the way, Jason documented the everyday life of those people who’s lives depend on the river.

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Image © Jason Florio – gold miners in the River Gambia, Senegal

 

From the source of the of the river – in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry, through the riverside goldmines of south west Senegal, on into The Republic of The Gambia itself, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean – we had an incredible journey, discovering the regions that we passed through; including dodging hippos and hair raising moto-taxi rides with stoned bikers! Welcome to behind the scenes of our River Gambia travels…

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We hope you enjoyed the ride. You may also like to check out our Floriotravels Youtube page, where you can see snippets of our journey in motion.

Updates coming soon on our pending travels, back down to West Africa

The Florios – Helen & Jason

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