Interview with Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio: ‘River Gambia Expedition’ – Connected by Far

Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 11.57.40 AMThanks to our East Africa friend, Yvette Pennacchia, for her recently posted interview, on ‘Connected by Far‘,  with us about the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘. Angry hippo’s, mutiny, and more !

Connected by Far: ‘What possesses a British couple to leave their apartment in New York City and decide to canoe 750km of the 1044km long River Gambia, in West Africa – one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers – in two Ally 811 Norwegian folding canoes, which they fondly named ‘The Twins’, and travel by motorcycles, local taxis, and a ancient, rusty 4×4 Land Cruiser to get to the source of the river and then back (one such ride took 24 hours over the rockiest of roads in the Fouta Djallon Highlands) to pick up their canoes from Kedougou, on the border of Senegal?‘…read more here

Photoville, NY, 2013 – countdown to opening night and the first exhibition of ‘River Gambia’ images by Jason Florio


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UPDATE: Monday 16th September 2013

Thursday 19th September and we will be opening our shipping container doors to the public, at Photoville, to exhibit - for the first time‘River Gambia‘ presented by the Virginia Quarterly Review: images by Jason Florio and curated by Helen Jones-Florio. The fruits of our recent West African journey, in November 2012-January 2013 – ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ – that took us through three countries: over-landing in beat up 4×4′s, up and down mountains on the backs of motorcycles, and dodging pissed-off hippos as we canoed the mighty River Gambia!

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Men from the Fula tribe swim their horses across River Gambia next to a local ferry at the village of Karantaba where the famous Scottish explorer, Mungo Park set off for two of his journeys 200 years ago in search of the Niger river. Image © Jason Florio

We’re also finalizing an edit of an exclusive-to-Photoville footage which we both shot whilst our River Gambia journey. And…we will be offering stupendous deals on a couple of Jason Florio’s fine art photography prints – for the duration of Photoville only. There will be limited stock available. So, first come, first served!


‘Boy in the Mask’ © Jason Florio – will be available to purchase at a special ‘Photoville only’ price

Again, its with huge thanks to VQR for their support of the ‘River Gambia’ body of work – they ran a lengthy feature in the Spring 2013 edition of the journal.

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Thank you, VQR!!

If you are in New York between the 19-29th September, please stop by and say ‘hello’ to us. There promises to be some phenomenal exhibitions going on, over the two long weekends, along with workshops, talks, screenings…check out the Photoville schedule page. However, to name but a few which we personally can’t wait to see: aCurator presents Jim Mortram’s ‘Small Town Inertia‘ ; Chris Hondros Fund presents ‘Liberia: Remembering‘; PDN presents ‘The Great Outdoors‘; Indie Photobook Library presents ‘A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks‘…and aCurator panel, presented and moderated by Julie Grahame and Stella KramerPersonal Projects, Long Term Commitment‘; Andy Adams/Flak Photo ‘On-line Photographic Thinking‘; ‘Collecting Photography‘ panel…and, and, and…way too many more to mention!

We’re excited!! You’d be mad to miss Photoville!!

The Florios (H & Flo)

‘River Gambia’ presented by VQR at Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, 2013 – exclusive film footage

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Dawn – Florio, River Gambia, The Gambia, West Africa – clip from footage by Helen Jones-Florio


Hippo sighting! Helen and the River Gambia Expedition team, Senegal, West Africa – clip from footage by Jason Florio

Monday 1st September 2013

It’s Labor Day and we are working – hard!

Not in any particular order: wonder, amazement, joy, laughter, love, elation, peace, fear (that’ll be the multiple hippo encounters!), frustration, patience, helplessness, sorrow… pretty much sums up our state of mind, moods, and emotions that we relive – wading through hours of video footage that both Florio and I shot, whilst on our recent ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘.

We’re putting together an exclusive piece – to accompany Florio’s ‘River Gambia‘ series of images which we’ll be exhibiting (thanks to VQR for their support!) – for this years Photoville, in Brooklyn, New York.

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We hope that you can make it to Photoville – held over two long weekends – 19-29 September.

More updates coming soon!

The Florios (H & Flo)

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VQR – ‘Life on the River Gambia’. To view some of the images we’ll be exhibiting at Photoville, please click here: Jason Florio

Dead monkeys and Christmas night – sleeping on a rock by the River Gambia, Senegal


Christmas dinner? Dead monkey & bathing hunters – Njuen, River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa © Jason Florio

Carrying on from where we left off, on our River Gambia Expedition

Tuesday 25th December 2012 – Njuen, Senegal, West Africa. Total paddling distance to-date: 185.73km

Over the last couple of days since we left Yousef in Mako – our ever-so-slightly deranged Malian fisherman/guide/hippo expert -  we dismantled and strapped ‘The Twins’, our two Ally 811 canoes, onto the roof of a Sept Place and drove 134km to Wassadou, through Niokolo Koba National Park. We were still feeling very disappointed that we didn’t get the go ahead (permit) from the park director, to allow us to paddle the River Gambia through the park. However, we were definitely not upset about the thought of dodging 1000′s of hippos in the park!


21st Dec: Yousef – River Gambia, Mako, Senegal © Jason Florio

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22nd Dec: Sept Place – Mako-Wassadou, Senegal, West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

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22nd Dec: Arriving at Wassadou camp – sign post © Helen Jones-Florio

We arrived at the very tranquil setting of Wassadou Camp, on the 22nd December, where we were planning to spend a few days over Christmas – a special treat and much needed rest before we rebuilt ‘The Twins’ to get them back into the River Gambia. However, after finding out that our welcoming lunch worked out at $60 for the four of us, we decided that perhaps Wassadou wasn’t going to be where we spent Christmas. Considering our budget is usually between $5-$10 maximum, per day, to feed four of us, staying in the relative luxury of Wassadou would leave us pretty much budget-less in no time! Mind you, we ate like kings – that lunch was delicious. Fresh green salad, a huge steak, and home-made rice pudding for afters. Divine. Such a welcome change from our staple diet of rice and sauce, cous cous and sauce and…erm…more rice and sauce.

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23rd Dec: Helen catches up on journal writing, River Gambia, Wassadou, Senegal © Jason Florio

A little r’n'r and time to catch up on writing up our journals – just look at that view. That’s Niokolo Koba National Park on the left.

Then it’s back to worlk: reassembling the Ally 811′s – ready to get them back into the river in the morning.

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Reassembling the Ally Canoes – Wassadou Camp, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

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Dining room, Wassadou camp, Senegal, West Africa © Jason Florio

Christmas Eve – time to move on again

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Florio packs the Ally 811′s – ready to head off – River Gambia, Wassadou, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

During our trunkated stay at Wassadou, our neighboring camp-mate was a French man – Claude – a teacher who had driven his car all the way from France and was making his way to Guinea-Conakry. Florio and I were a little concerned that his tiny car would not survive the ‘roads’ of Guinea. However, Claude had made the journey a few years previously and assured us that he could get around the riverbed-like roads of the Fouta Djallon in Guinea. An inspirational man who I hope we meet again one day – or at least hear from. If you are reading this, Claude, please get in touch!

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‘au revoir’ to new friends – traveller, Claude, from France – Wassadou, Senegal © Jason Florio

Back onto the river – this time without our trusty Malian fisherman/guide and hippo expert. The trepidation was palpable .

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Fisherman, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

As peaceful and idyllic as the above and below setting may look, the hippos were around. We never let our guard down. They especially like the beach areas – like this one we were about to paddle past:

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H: ‘Gulp. Hippo beach on the left!’ Back on the River Gambia, Senegal  © Jason Florio

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Meeting people along the way – women’s garden, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Florio ‘hippos…what hippos?’ River Gambia, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

Then again, some of us did let our guard down – every now and then!

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Meeting more people along the way – Malian fisherman, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

Despite not getting permission to paddle through the Niokolo Koba National Park, our route, along the River Gambia from Wassadou, bordered the outskirts of park on our left for around 60-70km

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Well-wishers we meet along the way, Banana plantation worker, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

We were hoping to spend Christmas Eve night in one of the villages near to the river, but each opening we came to was too steep – either that or there was a platform with a motor on it, in the way. We passed dozens of these rickety pallet-like platforms along this stretch of river. Their purpose is to pump water up to the many banana plantations. Since we had started out in Kedougou, the banks had gotten progressively steeper – perpendicular in places – thus making it very difficult, or impossible, to haul our gear up.

It was getting near to dusk and we knew we had to get out of the water very soon – a guy we passed, on one of the platforms, warned us that the hippos would be coming out towards the river from the fields at any moment. Yet, we couldn’t find a way to get up any of the steep inclines. We were getting pretty desperate – non of us wanted to be in the water in the dark – i.e. and not be able to see a hippo until it was upon us!

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Christmas Eve – Abdou & Ebou collect wood for the fire, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

We eventually settled, out of necessity, on a sandbank in the middle of the river.; which we’d actually passed by over a mile away and had to paddle back to. Abdou and Ebou paddled over to the the opposite bank to fetch fire wood. We needed plenty of it if we were to keep the fire going all night long. For all we knew, we could have been in the pathway of hippos getting to and from the river – we could see plenty of tracks on the nearby bank.


Time for tea – Kelly Kettle style -  River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Dusk over the River Gambia and on a sand bank – Senegal West Africa © Helen Jones-Florio

I lay awake under our makeshift mosquito-tent that night – which Florio had constructed, using our paddles as tent rods – imagining every noise I heard was the sound of a hippo. In reality, aside from the usually cacophony of the surrounding bush, three sets of snoring was pretty much all I could hear. At least the guys slept well, then. I hardly slept a wink, keeping my eye on that fire all night long. Getting up to stoke it and add more wood, whenever I saw the fire-light dwindling.

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Dawn – and the beginning of a new day! Merry Christmas! River Gambia, Senegal g Jason Florio

Christmas Day – Merry Christmas!

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Christmas morning – time to pack up and get back on the River: Florio, Abdou & Ebou, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio


Banana plantation workers, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Christmas Day – Stopping for a break, River Gambia, Senegal © jason Florio

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Yep! Christmas dinner, it is! Njuen, Senegal © Jason Florio

We reached the rocky outcrop which led up to the village of Njuen. Seeing the monkey, shot in the head, didn’t sit too well with me either – strangely enough. The village itself was set back – about 1km from the riverside – and, as usual, we needed to stay near to the canoes and all our gear. And, once again, it was fast approaching that we-need-to-get-out-of-the-river-time again. Dusk. Thus the rocky outcrop became our camping spot for the night. It is definitely in the top ten most uncomfortable places we set our camp, along the River Gambia.

We placed our mosquito net on the most level piece of ground we could find and virtually had to strap ourselves in to avoid rolling down into the river! Yet, another sleepless night. Mind you, that was mainly due to the fact that the villagers – Njuen being one of the rare Bassari Christian villages along the route – celebrating Christmas. All. Night. Long. Fireworks, blasting music, on cranked up to Mac 11, PA systems, and drunken village boys coming down to swim, drunkenly, in the river beside our camp.

Merry Christmas!!

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Christmas Day – our campsite for the night – Njuen, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Dusk – Christmas evening – Njuen, River Gambia, West Africa © Jason Florio

Hey, at least the vista never failed to disappoint.

Thanks for stopping by. More River Gambia stories to come soon.

The Florios (H & Flo)

‘River Gambia’ a new series of images from Jason Florio

Coming up next: making ‘The Twins’ into the ‘Ally Cat’

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Abdou, Florio & Ebou – converting the Ally 811 into the ‘Ally Cat’ Gouloumbou, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio




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

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Leaving Yousef at Mako, Senegal © Jason Florio

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 on the River Gambia Expedition  – giving the team a crash-course on how to deal with hippo’s, here on the River Gambia. That is, Yousef’s rather quirky way of dealing with the mammoth mammals.

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Angry hippos and crazy Malian fishermen! River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa. Click on the image or here to view the footage

What will we do without him? More to come on that very soon…

Hippo alert – 11 o’clock! Fog horn at the ready, Jones! River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa

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YOUTUBE: Fog horn at the ready, Jones! Hippo alert – River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa. Footage by Jason Florio

Tuesday 18th December 2012 – Djinji-Bantaco – paddling distance: 29km

We set off from the village of Djinji around 10am this morning, paddling towards the next gold mining village of Bantaco – which we had heard was one of the biggest mining area, along the River Gambia. During the six hours we spent on the river, as you will see from the above footage, we had another hippo encounter. Looking back on the footage, so far, you can tell how jittery we all were – hey, it’s a nerve-racking business, finding yourself constantly under threat of colliding with and/or getting too far into a hippo’s territory. So, please excuse the expletives.

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YOUTUBE: Helen: “Non of that sneaking between our canoe and the riverbank, guys – when you see a hippo!” footage © Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio – River Gambia, Senegal

And, unbeknownst to us – when we were out of radio contact, for over a month, whilst on the River Gambia Expedition – others were equally as ‘worried’ about us. Which begs the question: Enemies? Who needs them, when one has friends, family, and DPx Gear sponsors, like these guys? Their concern was underwhelming:

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Robert Young Pelton, DPx Gear

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‘Don’t let this tranquil setting fool you – hippos love a beach!’ © Jason Florio, River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa

Let’s just say, that we were all happy to get into the salt – i.e. hippo-free – water. But, that wouldn’t come for quite sometime yet. In the meantime, please continue to follow our River Gambia adventures.

The Florios (H & Flo)

Next up: more from the gold mines of Bantaco and Tombronkoto, Senegal

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‘Washing the gold’ – gold miner, Bantaco, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

National Geographic Weekend Radio: Interview incoming – March 10, 2013

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We talk to host, Boyd Matson, about the River Gambia Expedition, on Nat Geo Weekend radio. Tune in here


‘Hippos are known as the most dangerous animals in Africa. They’re humongous, they’re ill tempered, and they’re unafraid. Needless to say, when two British adventurers nearly paddled over one on their 600-mile River Gambia Expedition, they were alarmed. The trip took Jason Florio and Helen Jones-Florio across three countries as they documented the lives of the people they encountered along the river, anxious over a proposed dam that would potentially change the river in significant ways.’

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Podcast: Photographer, Jason Florio – and River Gambia Expedition co-leader – talks to the One Hour Photo Show

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Podcast: Jason Florio on the One Hour Photo Show – click on image or here to listen

Florio talks to Anderson Smith and Jillian Hayes on the One Hour Photo Show, about the River Gambia Expedition – photography, planning and hippos!

More press and news about the journey: Meet the Press

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

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Florio, Ebou & Abdou – building ‘The Twins’ (Ally canoes), Kedougou, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

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 days we rebuilt the Ally 811 canoes so that we could see if all our gear would actually fit into them. After much trial and error – putting the gear in and then pulling it out again, we managed it. The big test will be putting them into the water and hoping they won’t sink with the weight of the gear and the five of us in them!

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Abdou – ‘will we really get everything in these two canoes?’ Kedougou, Senegal

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H, Abdou, Yousef & Ebou – Kedougou, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Thank you to the Bindia family – who took great care of us during our stay at Peter’s house, Kedougou, Senegal © Jason Florio

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Heading towards the River Gambia, Kedougou, Senegal © Jason Florio

Fortunately for us, in his absence, our gracious host – Peter – had a friend, Henk, staying at the house in Kedougou. Henk also had a 4×4 vehicle, which he very kindly offered to let us pile our two canoes on top of, pack our gear inside and then take us down to the riverbank. Thank you, Henk!

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H: ‘just you remember who has the machete!’ © Jason Florio

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Well, ‘The Twins’ are in the water and they haven’t sunk yet!’ River Gambia, Kedougou, Senegal

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And we’re ready to roll (paddle!) – Kedougou, Senegal

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Off we go! Abdou, H and Flo bringing up the rear – On the River Gambia, Kedougou, Senegal

As mentioned in a previous post, along with the four expedition team members, we would be taking Yousef – a Malian fisherman – as our guide for the first 100km of the River Gambia, to Mako. Florio and I got into one canoe with Abdou, with Ebou and Yousef getting into the other one. We assumed, as Abdou was the older – ‘most experienced’ – fisherman, that we would be in good hands.

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Yousef & H, River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

We hadn’t even paddled for more than half and hour when we hit rapid water and realized immediately that Abdou hadn’t any experience in rapids! Talk about the blind leading the blind! The reason we had hired ‘experienced’ river men was for moments like this. As Abdou panicked and flayed around, Florio just managed to divert the canoe from being caught up in dense reeds, beneath the surface of the water, and possible capsizing. Fortunately, Florio has been kayaking since he was a small boy, so he has some experience on steering – as he managed to guide us safely out of the rapid water. Abdou’s style of paddling is different to the way we paddle too – he paddles fast and hard, swapping sides every two-three strokes (filling the canoe with water in the process). We tried to explain that a) not only would he wear himself out – or do himself an injury – b) our lightweight (approximately 20kg) rubber and aluminium canoes were not the same as heavy wooden pirogues which he was used to paddling. The Ally canoes can glide easily through the water, using long, deep, strokes – about 30-40 on each side (and the method minimizes the amount of water you get in the boats). However, Abdou explained that his father had taught him and his grandfather had taught his father…and so on. Therefore, it was implied – who were we, ‘toubab’ paddlers, to tell a seasoned river man, someone who had been on the river for over 40 years, how to paddle. A little later on in the journey, Abdou changed his style of paddling, due to exhaustion and injury. However, we’ll talk more about that in an upcoming post…

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Abdou – River Gambia, Kedougou-Sila Kunda © Helen Jones-Florio

It was decided that Florio and I would paddle with Yousef and Abdou and Ebou, who had fished together for years, would share the other canoe – at least they were used to each others style of paddling. And, after witnessing Yousef’s adeptness in the rapids, we felt a wee bit safer with the albeit slightly bonkers Malian fisherman (his unique way, in dealing with hippos, would soon be revealed).

A little later on, we had our first hippo encounter – despite the fact that we didn’t see it – Yousef heard it, under our canoe!

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‘Hippo watch’ – These binoculars were glued to my eyes for weeks!

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Florio at work – banks of River Gambia, Senegal © Helen Jones-Florio

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‘The Twins’ – River Gambia, Senegal © Jason Florio

We camped close to the river for the next couple of days, before we had our next, extremely much-too-close-up encounter with a hippo. We were making our way through some shallow water, and Florio was keeping an eye out for any rocks which we had to avoid hitting with our rubber canoes. Just as we were going past a big rock, close to our right hand side, a hippo lunged right out of the water, snorting loudly! Listen carefully…around the 38 second mark. It’s a wonder Yousef didn’t fall out of the boat! I just wish I’d had the video camera pointing the other way…

By the way, please excuse the expletives you are about to hear on the following clip…when you see the bulk of an animal almost as big as the 4×4 that recently transported your canoes (see above image), lurching up out of the water, not more than 20 feet from you, then you don’t really stop to think about what comes out of you mouth – “oh my, would you look at the size of that” – because you know your mum might see the footage one day! (sorry mum!)

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The moment we scared the hippo – PARENTAL WARNING: there is some bad language on here!

As mentioned, Yousef had a unique way of dealing with the hippos: a combination of firing off small rocks from his handmade catapult – his aim was pretty spot on too. You watch that hippo duck! – accompanied by loud squawking and noises that sounded like an agitated baboon!! He also used the fog horn that we had bought in Kingston, Surrey, before we left the UK…which did make the hippo submerge – for a nano-second – and probably completely pissed him off more than it already was!

Florio: “did you get it (the hippo jumping out of the water) on film, H…did you get it?!

H: “Sorry, but I was too busy trying to get out of the bloody canoe – i.e. to safety!!

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“Did you get it on film, H?!” – click on the image or here to view

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Angry hippos and crazy Malian fishermen! River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa. Click on image or here to view

Almost an hour later and the angry hippo would not let us pass – we were in it’s territory. It’s huge, sleek, head emerging and submerging – watching us, watching it, watching us – and more posturing and animal noises from Yousef…

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Yousef: face off with the hippo! River Gambia, Senegal – click on the image or here to view footage

We eventually inched away from the rocks, with the canoes – ‘donding, donding’ – along the river bank, hugging the bank as we went, making our way through the trees, the whole time. watching out for the hippo.

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H – armed with the fog horn!! Image from film footage.

The scariest thing, as we edged our way along the bank (aside from when the huge hippo initially jumped out of the water, from its resting place behind a rock), we couldn’t see the hippo, as it had submerged for quite a while. We had no idea where the bloody thing was. Then Yousef suddenly shouted ‘natah, natah!’ – this time we knew what he meant, and what to do! I looked around to see that we had actually gotten past the hippo but now it was coming towards us again! I have never paddled so fast and hard in my life! Thankfully, the hippo soon got bored – or it was just seeing us off its territory – because when I dared to look behind me again, it was way up the river. Still looking in our direction though.

Ebou: “that is the first hippo we (he and Abdou) have ever seen” ??! We’d had months of pre-planning this journey and a lot of that time included discussions with them, via email and skype, about the wildlife on the River Gambia – i.e. HIPPOS! Only to be told ‘it is no problem’. They forgot to prefix that with ‘we have never seen hippos but…’!

There were many lessons to be learned, along the way, on our River Gambia Expedition.

More soon…

Thanks for stopping by

The Florios (H & ‘Florio’)

Next up: hanging out with gold miners

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There’s gold in them there hills – Bantaco, Senegal © Jason Florio

Heard but not seen: The hippo beneath the canoe…our first hippo encounter on the River Gambia Expedition, Senegal, West Africa

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H talks to Florio about the hippo under the canoe – River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa. Please click here or on the image to view footage

December 15th 2012 – River Gambia, Senegal, West Africa

Despite not having seen the hippo in this instance – a mere taster of what we would face, literally, whilst on the River Gambia Expedition- it was enough to shake us up…and wonder why the hell we didn’t have canoes with engines! During his many years on the river, Yousef, our Malian fisherman/guide, had been attacked twice by hippos – and, tragically, a friend of his had been killed by one – hence, he knew a thing or two about the colossal beasts. It was one of the main reasons we hired him in the first place, to take us through the first 100km of the River Gambia – unwittingly, giving us a crash course on ‘hippo etiquette‘ (as Florio likes to call it) in the process.

We were in a very narrow section of the river, taking in the serenely idyllic, shady, surroundings as we paddled along, when Yousef suddenly started paddling furiously, whilst shouting to us in his local language, Bambara, “natah, natah, natah!!” (go, go, go! – not that we knew what the word meant, right at that moment, but we learned to use it, pretty damn quickly and often after that) to us and our team mates, Abdou and Ebou, in their canoe behind us.

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Yousef – River Gambia, Mako, Senegal, W Africa © Jason Florio

Once we got a little further up the river, Yousef announced ‘donding, donding’ (‘slowly, slowly’ – we got used to that one too, especially when trying to sneak past hippos!), he explained, as Ebou translated, that he had ‘heard’ a hippo under our canoe. “What does a hippo sound like?” Florio and I asked. Yousef laughed out loud at this – he did a lot of that, at the oddest times (i.e. our next encounter with a hippo!) – and refused to tell us. “he cannot make the noise” Ebou said “he said it might attract a hippo”. Ermm…right…ok.

Aside from the laughing-out-loud-bit, Yousef had a very unique way of dealing with the hippos…but, we’ll expand on this in the next post.

Next up: the hippo stand off!!

The Florios (H & ‘Flo’)