We paddled about in an Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Expedition Kayak . This is an inflatable kayak with all the pros (and cons) of a blow up boat.

On a beach Isla Bubaque

We had the 13 foot one person version with ‘backbone’. This carried 2 of us, tent, food, pots (African style – not ultra-lite), clothes, air pump, 20 litre water ‘rubber’ and fishing kit. A wee bit of a squash …

Mumy paddling at Bubaque town

I’ve taken a trip with this kayak around the Outer Hebrides, North Atlantic and it took the swell well. The water is warmer in Bijagos and it’s a lot more sheltered but there’s some wild tidal runs. Kayak did well with the load it had though the going could be slow.

Two into one will go

Kayak on Playa Bruce, Isla Bubaque

Kayak on a beach near Acanho, Isla de Orangozinho

We did a one night test trip down the west coast of Isla Bubaque and ditched some kit (machete, rope, food) for the trip round Isla Orangozinho.

On the beach south Orangozinho . We carried a 20 litre 'rubber' for water

Camp on Isla Bubaque. Bonus with the Advanced Elements Kayak is the 'lilo' floor which is pure luxury to sleep on and good for comfy sitting about camp

Tent is an Aussie Mossie Dome II. This is a great tent for West Africa as is mosquito/bug proof and airy.  It’s a bit heavy to carry on long treks but was magic for cycling in Ghana and weight is not such a big issue on a kayak.  For this trip I took a tarp for shade. A second tarp to fully cover the tent at night for warmth would have been handy.

Nights could be relatively chilly and we bought a cotton blanket after our test trip to add to silk sleeping bag liner (great thing but not that warm unless it’s lining a sleeping bag).

Aussie mossie dome Isla Orangozinho

Camping under big trees good for shelter from the sun

Tent and kayak in perfect harmony