Update: We dodged the angry hippo and made it to Mako – and it’s time to say ‘fonyato domanding’ to our hippo expert

‘Fonyato domanding’ – a West Africa mandinka phrase – roughly translates as: ‘see you next time‘ Friday 21st December 2012 – Bantaco – Mako. Total paddling distance to-date: 105.73km  River Gambia Expedition We left the main gold mines behind this … Continue reading

A sad au revoir to our Malian fisherman/guide/hippo expert – how the hell will we deal with the hippo’s without him?!

Coming up shortly: December 22nd, 2012 – Mako, Senegal, West Africa With sadness, and more than a little trepidation, we bid farewell – ‘fonyato’ – to Yousef, our Malian fisherman/guide/hippo expert, who has been with us for the last week … Continue reading

Hippo stand-off: lessons in ‘hippo etiquette’ – on the River Gambia, Senegal, for the first time with ‘The Twins’/Ally 811 canoes

15th December, 2012 – Kedougou – Sila Kunda, Senegal: 21kms Today is the day – getting ‘The Twins’ (our two Ally 811 canoes) into the river, for the first time on the River Gambia Expedition. Over the last couple of … Continue reading

Back in Kedougou, Senegal – prepping to get ‘The Twins’ – Ally 811 canoes – onto the River Gambia + negotiations, Senegalese style.

Wednesday 12th December 2012 – back in Kedougou, Senegal, to pick up ‘The Twins’ – our Ally811 canoes Thank God! No more spine jarring, teeth rattling, motorcycle rides, up, down, or around the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry. The eight-hour … Continue reading

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‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey’ The Journey – 1 river. 2 borders. 3 countries Guinea – Senegal – The Republic of The Gambia West Africa When: Paddles in the water mid-November 2012– Late-January 2013 Why: To create … Continue reading