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Video of 2 weeks on the Niger River

Video of 2 weeks on the Niger River

I’ve just put together some short videos I took while on the Niger River… unseen footage until now… You can check it out here on my new website: Helen’s Take On…

Bamako to Ouagadougou (part 3) - Escape from Timbuktu

Bamako to Ouagadougou (part 3) – Escape from Timbuktu

I had heard that leaving Timbuktu can be a time-consuming challenge. So when I was in Kourioume, still 10km prior to arriving, I was searching out ways to leave. The day was Wednesday. We could leave on Friday. By public pinasse. A pinasse is like a large, motorized pirogue. A pirogue is a small wooden […]

By The Numbers: Paddling the Niger River

For some numbers relating to our Niger River boat trip,  see the article posted over at The Travelers Notebook: http://thetravelersnotebook.com/by-the-numbers/by-the-numbers-paddling-the-niger-river/

Video from the Niger River Boat Trip – rapids

This is just a short clip of me and Lars paddling through one of the faster sections of water. Shortly after this clip ends, when we’re just out of camera view, we run into the bushes and I fall out, losing my sunglasses and flip-flop in the process. This is my first ever video upload […]

The Great Niger River Boat Trip - Part 5

The Great Niger River Boat Trip – Part 5

Day 14: 19th Feb 2010 Fast rapids – Boat unload – Stuck! – Decision to quit in Kouroussa It was a successful start to the day, with calm open water which Joliba II glided over with considerable ease. Boosted by our progress and steady rhythmic paddling, when we heard the distinctive white water ahead and […]

The Great Niger River Boat Trip - Part 4

The Great Niger River Boat Trip – Part 4

Day 11: Feb 16th 2010 Warthogs – Broken boat – Hippo encounter – Bush fire – Bat exodus – Uniformed and uninformed – Poacher or American? A long, hard morning paddle – at least we were paddling and not pushing or dragging, but the wavelets on the river surface were tiresome. With the ripples lapping […]

The Great Niger River Boat Trip - Part 3

The Great Niger River Boat Trip – Part 3

Day 7: 12th Feb 2010 Ou tu vas comme ca? – Bee island – Frogs and splashes Nearly a week into the trip, about 100km downstream of Faranah, getting close to the National Park and the number of people we are seeing has diminished – just the occasional onlooker from a riverbank and lone fishing […]

The Great Niger River Boat Trip - Part 2

The Great Niger River Boat Trip – Part 2

Day 4: 9th Feb 2010 Quiet morning – shallow maze – near-disaster – crocodile island Following a quiet morning on the river where progress was slow but steady, the afternoon brought with it a maze of rocks and shallow waters that slowed progress drastically. We would stop paddling and stand up to get a better […]

The Great Niger River Boat Trip - Part 1

The Great Niger River Boat Trip – Part 1

Day 1: 6th Feb 2010 Departure – 3 beers – Boh’s helping hand – will we make it to Bamako? It’s Saturday in Faranah; our boat is built and afloat on the river, our belongings have been wrapped and packaged in plastic bags ready for the trip, we have cycled into town for breakfast and […]

Photos of Niger River Boat Trip – Campsites

We spent 15 days on the Niger river – that’s 14 nights camping in the ‘wild’. The last night, having arrived in Kouroussa, we were able to check into a hotel! The photo slideshow includes a photo of every spot we stayed, except one night when I forgot to get my camera out. That night, […]