Chaz Powell and Tim Roberts from the U.K. have completed their expedition along the Gambia River. They started at the source of the river in the Fouta Djallon highlands of central Guinea and finished in the coastal Gambian city of Banjul. They travelled 1,137 kilometres over 47 days.
“We have reached the Atlantic Ocean,” said Powell. “After 46 days, 1.5 million steps, we have successfully walked the length of The Gambia river from its source in the Fouta Djallon to the Ocean on Africa’s Western coast.
“A journey that has seen us walking through Guinea, Senegal and the complete length of the Gambia to become the first people in known history to walk the rivers length. An incredible life changing expedition that’s taken us through, wild, rugged and breathtaking landscapes from day one.
“A challenging adventure that’s seen us trek through extreme temperatures and harsh landscapes, whilst enduring constant hunger, dehydration and walking amongst the wildest of animals.
But also it’s been the most incredible of journeys where we’ve experienced unending hospitality and kindness from the most humble of people. Thank you all for following and supporting our journey into which we’ve poured our hearts and souls.”
They experienced intense humidity, difficult terrain and permit issues with Niokolo-Koba National Park they were able to fix.
So today we walked an extra 12km to make it a total of 47 days walking from source to sea. We decided to walk to the Western most point at Cape Point to officially end our journey here 👌 We weren't too sure what we could officially class as the furthest point where the Gambia river met the Atlantic Ocean. So we walked here to be sure! 👣 The expedition is officially over though now and we're having a week's rest before heading back to the UK! #FootstepsOnTheGambia #TheWildestJourney Big thanks to Ant from @zerosixzeromap for supporting the expedition with the online tracking map👌🙏