Peter Gostelow

Adventure Cyclist, Speaker, Photographer, Writer

Photo story: Benin

Cycling in urban Africa is best avoided, but often a neccesity for one reason or another. On this occasion the only road option was that leading right through Benin’s capital, Cotonou. I’ve not seen a city so full of motor-bikes since I pedalled out of Ho Chi Min city in Vietnam. Most of the motor bikes there were like the ones here – Chinese imports, either privately owned or used as motor-taxis for the city’s inhabitants. Only the rich can afford to buy cars in Africa.

I had no desire to stay in Cotonou, nor did I have any information or a detailed map of how to get out. The light was beginning to fade as I raced eastwards in the direction of Nigeria, which I would cross into a few days later. It was the worst time of day to be navigating my way out of a foreign city, although I briefly stopped on a bridge and turned round to take this photo. The blog post from which this photo appears can be found here.

One Comment

  1. Hi Peter!
    Hope your first week or so in Zanzibar is going well, and that the writing juices continue! Always enjoying getting your little posts! Keep it up :)
    xo A

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