• Africa Calendar 2014 December 1st, 2013

    Following on from last year’s Big Africa Cycle Calendar I’ve decided to put together another collection of images for 2014. Since May this year I’ve been living and working in the city of Mwanza, northern Tanzania. I continue to cycle on a daily basis – albeit a 20km round trip commute.

    In June I spent several weeks cycling through Western TanzaniaRwanda and Burundi, from where a few of the following images were taken. Next week I’m off to Johannesburg, the plan being to make a 6-week loop that includes South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province, Lesotho and also Swaziland. I’ll be posting photos and a trip report here.

    The A3 calendar will be printed on high quality laminated gloss paper, with captions and country map annotations to show where the pictures were taken. You can view a copy here. I’d be delighted if you bought one. Prices include delivery.













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  • 50 photos from Africa March 27th, 2010

    “Let’s face it an unarmed white man travelling alone across Africa what are the chances of making your trip WITHOUT being killed, raped or robbed? Pretty slim. I commend Gostelow however naïve he is.”

    Trust readers of your local newspaper to support you. The story of my machete attack was splashed across the front page of the Dorset Echo last Thursday. I’m glad to say other readers posted more positive comments than the one above. In actual fact the chances of being robbed of something in Africa, if you’re here long enough, are  probably quite good – killed, raped or attacked by a machete however is a different matter. I wonder if this commentator has ever stepped onto the continent or been following my travels to date? I doubt it.

    The final stitches come out later today.  In another week the splint supporting my wrist will be off too. I’m feeling more active, which at the same time means  more restless.

    There has been no word from the police regarding the theft of my camera and belongings, nor the capture of those machete-wielding savages. I had little hope from the beginning. That particular stretch of Dakar’s corniche, highlighted on  my map, will witness another attack I have no doubt. I hope the next victim is less resistant to giving up their belongings  than I was, or reads something like this before going.

    Earlier in the week I promised a selection of favourite photos from Africa. Here they are. Many thanks to those who’ve offered to contribute towards replacing the stolen camera. My trip feels incomplete without one.

  • St Louis in pictures February 26th, 2010

    I like places with history and St Louis has plenty of it. The French have been fond of the town for over three hundred years and still are.  I rolled  onto  this  time-warped island shortly after crossing the border with Mauritania and soon realised it was somewhere worth stopping for a few days.

    If you’ve been following the twitter updates you’ll know my compact camera was stolen yesterday. It was visible in the mesh-pocket of my day-sack  whilst I was out walking. A lesson quickly learnt. I still have my main SLR, the camera used to take the photos in the slide-show below,  but the theft has certainly put a dampener on my impressions of the place. Time to move on south.