Scenes from the banks of the River Gambia – BBC ‘News in Pictures’

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Oyster collectors: Migrant workers from Guinea-Bissau collecting oysters along the shores of a tributary of the River Gambia © Jason Florio

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Senegalese Children from the Toucouleur tribe © Jason Florio

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A Senegalese family from the Toucouleur tribe at their seasonal fishing camp at Carrolls Wharf in The Gambia © Jason Florio

Just a few of the images that picture editor, Phil Coomes – BBC News in Pictures - chose for his recent feature about our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source-sea African odyssey‘. As we traveled along the River Gambia, from its source in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea, to the where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean, in The Gambia,  Florio documented the people we met along the way – all of whom rely on the River Gambia, in one form or another.

For an update of what we are working on at the moment (Aug 2013), please check out this link

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BBC News in Pictures: ‘From source to mouth, the River Gambia’

Most nights we would wild camp on the river bank, and on one occasion on a small sandbar in the middle of the river when the banks were too steep to scale,” Florio said. “At night we would we build a big fire, and keep it going all night, to ward off wildlife, especially hippos – just in case we had inadvertently pitched our tents on one of their pathways to and from the river.” Jason Florio – Read more and see more pics on the BBC website here

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Boy with his pet monkey – Fata Tenda, The Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

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Image © Jason Florio

River Gambia Expedition - route map

River Gambia Expedition – route map

Thanks to Phil Coomes, over at the Beeb, for taking an interest in our River Gambia Expedition story and – most importantly – for publishing it on the BBC website. We both (Helen & Florio) grew up with the BBC (and we are still growing up, tuned into it every day!) . So, we are honored to be featured with the BBC again, for this particular journey.  When we returned from our 2009 ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey‘ we were approached by John McCarthy’s producer to be interviewed on the – now much missed – ‘Excess Baggage‘ radio show.

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The Florios with 'Paddy' the donkey - A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush

The Florios with ‘Hadley’ the donkey – ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’ 2009

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Click on the map, or here, to visit the ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush’ blog. And, yes, we did walk every single km of it  : ‘bi tamala singolah’ (walking by foot, all the way)!

To find out what we’re up, as of today (1st Aug 2013) please visit this link