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