“The Wildest, Most Incredible Part of Our Journey”
Powell and Roberts have begun their journey down the Gambia River. On January 24th, in the country of Guinea, they found the source of the river and have since been following it downstream.
As they trekked the river through Guinea they were battered by the intense heat. However, their spirits were lifted by the warm hospitality of the local people who gave them beds to sleep in numerous locations.
Finally, they followed the river into Senegal. After passing through the city of Kedougou, the next major hurdle was to cross the large Niokolo-Koba National Park which is home to derby elands (the world's largest antelope), leopards, lions, elephants, chimpanzees, and hyenas as well as many birds, reptiles and amphibians. Despite the welcome challenge, they were denied entry to the park and they announced they would instead be walking the southern boundary of the park.
It was then an unexpected surprise when, a day later, the authorities made an about turn and they were suddenly granted entry. They will now be able to follow the entirety of the Gambia River. Rangers will accompany them and they will now have unprecedented access to this region. Powell anticipates this to be, "the wildest, yet most incredible part of our journey."