Heads up: Peter Gostelows cycle through Africa

Heads up: Peter Gostelows cycle through Africa

Posted: Jul 31, 2009 12:06 pm EDT

(ThePoles.com) British adventure cyclist Peter Gostelow will set out on 16 August 2009 to cycle from the UK to Cape Town, South Africa; a 25,000 km journey through 25 countries that will take him between 18-24 months.

The route

Peter told ExplorersWeb that he will be following fellow British adventure cyclist Helen Lloyd (see links section) through Africa, but his route will include cycling through Central Africa.

Starting from a small village in Dorset, England, Peter will head through France, Spain and Portugal, before continuing to Morocco. The expedition will then continue south through the Sahara and on to West, Central and Southern Africa.

The route will take him through some of the Worlds most challenging environments.
The specific route is likely to change depending on the situation with visas.


Depending on how much water and food is carried the total weight of Peters luggage will vary between 20-30kg.

His bike is a Thorn Raven bicycle with Rohloff speedhub (internal gears) and 2 front and back panniers.

Peter will take a tent and camping equipment as well as a water filter.

Previous cycle

Peter is no stranger to cycling long distances in countries few people would choose to go to.

Last year he cycled back to the UK from Japan, a 50,000 km, 3-year journey, which included cycling through Tibet, Pakistan and Iran. Peter was accused of spying by the Chinese military and almost lost his life climbing over a landslide in Tajikistan.

Photography and charity

Documenting the expedition with photography is a major part of Peters cycle.

The former English teacher, who currently lives in Dorset, uses his experience from cycling expeditions to give presentations to school children and raise awareness and funds for the Against Malaria charity.


Peter Gostelow pictured previously in Libya. Image courtesy of Peters Japan-UK journal (click to enlarge)
Peters cycle route through Africa. Map courtesy of Peter Gostelow (click to enlarge)