Ben Winston

Not your average travel blog

A thirst-quenching cauldron full of vivid hallucinogens

Sleeping in a hammock is rather good for keeping you off the jungle floor, if you can sleep! It’s perfect for catching a few winks, but to sleep through the muggy night … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Miniature-stealth scorpions and Schwarzeneaggar-esque Jiminey crickets…

Miniature-stealth scorpions and Schwarzeneaggar-esque Jiminey crickets, hypnotic millipedes and flesh-piercing ants. Nothing in the bush is ever bug proof and whether it be stabbing you with a sting, munching through … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Truly into the wild, and lying to my mother about it…

There is no point in comparing the bush experience we had in Kasungu, near the Zambia border, to what we are enjoying on the northern lake tributary. For one, we’re … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Some more controversy for you…

Before disappearing up a watery gash in the landscape to explore where one of the northern rivers flows into Lake Malawi, we catch our breath and take a chance to … Continue reading

June 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hangovers, Goats, and some Freekin Ice!

Leaving over two hours later than scheduled, the “local” boat, as its referred to, took over eleven hours to carry us to Ruarwe at the north end of Lake Malawi. … Continue reading

June 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Food…and drugs…and drunk fishermen…

Before we reached the lion’s den we passed Malawi’s largest farmed area of rubber trees. Tapped, much like maple trees for their syrup, the rubber trees contribute to a healthy … Continue reading

June 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Barbecuing Beer, Intelligent Pigeons and Chuck Norris…

At last! You say. This one isn’t about how terrible humans are to the unfortunate wildlings. I had goaded one of the more social park rangers to join us for … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Elephants (videos)

And you think YOU have issues at breakfast!?   Nervous Elephant

May 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Marrying Sharron…

Compared to a few other nations on the continent, Malawi has remained relatively peaceful. Even through the historically volatile and ongoing trials of Southern Africa, the people here remain extremely … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mobile cash machines in a war zone

Life isn’t all covert operations, investigations into convolutions or apprehending unfortunate forest folk. In truth, as much as I enjoy and appreciate the experiences to understand what “protected wilderness” is, … Continue reading

May 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Should we accept a sad fate?

Six months ago, the village we found yesterday, where we apprehended a man, was burned to the ground and returned to the wild. We saw remnants of scorched earth, charcoaled … Continue reading

May 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jealous of my lifestyle? Read this one

Three sounds concerned me as I tried to fall asleep in the Kasungu bush. One, chickens. They shouldn’t be here. Two, gunshots. They weren’t for the chickens. And three, the … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hopefully, without getting shot…

Hopefully, without getting shot, stabbed, sliced with a machete or even just damaged by anything in the bush…. After an early start to pack our bags with appropriate and thoroughly … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Kasungu National Park

While at the triathlon in Cape Maclear, and through no late night liquid coercion, Bjorn and I accepted a welcoming invite from Matteau, Remi and Leonie to visit them in … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

It was a success…. Nobody died!

Beyond the point of relaxation and drifting into a tired trance, I managed to stay up for another thirteen hours after a fifty hour+ sleepless journey from the U.S. to … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Just missing that haunting, panpipe-style, ding ding…

I’m normally a morning person, and here in Cape MacClear waking up isn’t too much of a problem. The natural sounds of the village children (not a Village People spin … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Skip this opportunity? Don’t be silly!

Outside of Lilongwe (Malawi’s capital) it’s hard not to feel like I’m in a remote place compared to the western world I’ve just left behind. The countryside vistas vary as … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nobody ever accomplished anything alone…

Just before the end of my adventure across the United States in 2014, seemingly impressed by my intrepid spirit and wordsmithing, I received an email from a man I had … Continue reading

May 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Malawi: Africa’s Warm Heart

The last you saw of me was when I left Portland, OR. They even had a new carpet in the airport! Time to let you all know what in the … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Survival on Arrival

  After a fifty hour journey to Lilongwe, I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived. I had emailed my contact, without response six days prior and said that … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Love shack & some morning wood.

I was bound to talk about love at some point… Conveniently, a friend in Skagway, where my ferry will sail from, tossed me an invitation to visit. New friendships across … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Into the Wild?

“The best beer I’ve tasted this side of the Rockies” that’s me, quoting myself. The 49th State Brewery, just off Parks Highway in Healy (north of Denali National Park and … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Graham eats Molly. Stan takes one for the team!

Three wolves, countless bear, numerous moose, a curious arctic fox, eagle hoards, awkward stalks, migrating swans and geese, territorial osprey and various regal raptors, botherless bison, wolverine, tasty fish, elk, … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

My dithering pensioner and I disagree a lot

My dithering pensioner and I disagree a lot. We’re extremely good at it. Naturally, our opposing political views are cause for regular debate, but we agree and disagree on probably … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leeches! Driving! Glaciers! (videos in Denali)

Speechless Views   I caught a Leech. Brilliant!   My favourite driving

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Like a drunk spider, trying to climb out of a bathtub…

Clearly a blogging mix up in the last post, written by either a randy drunk or a lethargic halucenogenist. A cup of tea and a hearty breakfast sorts any Englishman … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

If you’re only going to read one update….why not make it the weird, sexually frustrated one? It has My Little Pony in it…

We had our sights set on Denali for the mountainous scenery, the remote wildlife, the promise of expansive, lush landscape, and well, now that we’re here: Beer. The drive from … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Civilised trimmings & techno Grumpiness

Roughly two months into the trip, and before leaving Fairbanks, we stayed a night in a hotel for the first time. You may think it was a luxury, an indulgence … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Some attractive mature nudists

The drive south on the Dalton Highway was infinitely more interesting and enjoyable than heading north. Not only was the mosquito population higher toward the north end of the road … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

You may need some lubrication…

The strangest, unpleasant, oddly informative and most numbing feelings I have ever had as a tourist. The shuttle bus escorted a handful of curious people through the oil drilling facilities, … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reaching the Arctic Ocean!

Reaching the Arctic Ocean! Prudhoe Bay

May 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hoth does exist on Earth

A few dozen miles into the Arctic Circle lies the place where Luke Skywalker ventured out on his tauntaun… Beyond the first 300 miles of the Dalton Highway, seeing virtually … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Almost at the Arctic Ocean (videos)

In the photo: I started at the small red dot and travelled on the blue line. I’m now at the large one on the north coast. Few updates on Deadhorse, … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Storms in the Camper (videos)

Grateful times and Hellman’s! Storms in the Camper

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Dalton Highway

There are three seasons in Alaska – Autumn, Winter, and; If the ground isn’t frozen, and if there isn’t a white out causing everyone to stay indoors for a few … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Trans Alaska Pipeline

The kinky snake is as long as Great Britain (just over 800 miles) and transports oil from the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic, to Valdeze on the southern coast. The … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

I’ll make sure the minx is filthy again soon

After driving slowly past the least inconspicuous military air base in The World (I can say that now, as America advertises everything compared to “the world”) Fairbanks is the next … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tok on July 4th & a mile marker to note

Driving into the tiny town of Tok on the Alaska Highway at the beginning of the 4th of July carnival/caravan parade, is rather like accidentally walking into a meeting room … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rougher than grinding pebbles in a blender

Top of the World & Taylor Highway. Following the old sourdough track over the hills from Chicken, the views from most of the Top of the World Highway as we … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

I “beeped” out the expletives

This morning I was woken up by a loud, beeping alarm and KP coarsely saying “no, I don’t need you!” Unless signalling a fire, some carbon monoxide overload, burglary, an … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Into the Arctic

We crossed into the Arctic Circle a little after 7am on July 1st 2015. The sodden, squelching tundra was forgotten briefly as it opened up into sparkling, dew-covered hills. From … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mother Nature: The Temptress

There have been no obvious critters from the start of the Dempster, all the way to the Inuvik (750Km). The caribou cross the road twice a year on their migration … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Wearing a woolly jumper and swimming through peanut butter

Day two on the Dempster and the road has been surprisingly good so far. Like many highways in the north country, it’s detailed as dangerous and not for standard vehicles. … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

I am literally a walking stick of candy floss wrapped in bacon

Industrious, vicious, relentless, and the size of birds – mosquitos in the Yukon are intrepid villains, seemingly programmed to insistently make my life a complete misery. As long as I’m … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

I Lied

Dawson City is not the start of the Dempster Highway (but it is where the paddle boats from Whitehorse once steam powered to). Forty kilometres east of Dawson City, we … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Whitehorse: An update for lovers….of murderous horses, my toilet time, and history

Arriving into a city isn’t normally such a wonderful thing, but since leaving dusty, Dawson Creek, Whitehorse is strangely, rather comforting. There are crowds of people, even in the rain. … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Penetrating your Yukon…

Update from the river bank   Penetrating Your Yukon   Update prior to Heading North   Productive day

May 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Intimacy with an orally fixated sheep

As if driving on the back of a grey millipede which is missing a few legs, the highway’s industrial limbs appear to be less common as we head north. I … Continue reading

May 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Camouflaged, but not for my furry friends.

The start of the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek constantly reminded me of how the north works – practically, hard, hands on, in extreme weather, overcoming the wild, and with … Continue reading

May 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Dithering Pot Boy and I

Waking up early in the morning and sporadically being bumped or swayed around in bed, as if on boat in a storm, is currently a normal experience. KP is always … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Alaska Highway – Dawson Creek

No punns or associative crying please – although, half expected, the start of the Alaska Highway is not what you’d call a metropolis, nor is it a picturesque country town. … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Couple of videos through British Columbia

Leaving Jasper and heading through British Columbia. Wildlife update from inside the camper.

April 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rainbows, Bears & Beaver, and all before the Alaska Highway!

The city of Jasper seemed another, slightly middle of the road version of Banff. Looking a little cheaper and more relaxed, and without everywhere being covered in an expensive, branded … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

I could have just written “wow”, but…

South of the city of Jasper, the Ent-paced sights conjure lucid scenes in my mind, of how the wild was constructed. My wandering from “wow” surprises even me sometimes… A … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

It’s beginning to get contemplative

The journey through Banff and Jasper National Park is like travelling through one euphoric postcard of Canadian landscape into another. Except without “Wish You Were Here” slapped across the sky … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

I need a pet Bat for this adventure…

I need a bat. The flying, insect-eating variety, not the sporting kind. Walking around with a cricket bat on a leash might be assuming a kind of crazy that can … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

This really isn’t funny (I apologise)

April 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Banff & Jasper, and a bit of blue for the dads

The massive, monstrous hotel at Lake Louise (Banff National Park) is a fine example of a failure of aesthetics. After the original wooden hotel/lodge burnt down in the late 19th … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Couple of videos in Banff National Park

Arriving in Banff National Park   Lake Louise

April 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

The slightly ranty post…

I feel like I should judge Canada, while waving my judgy finger, for allowing such a sordid sin of commercialisation within a national park. Yet for some reason, I find … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Reaching the Rockies

Since crossing the border into Canada, we’ve driven over 2000 miles across the prairies and we haven’t seen a single police car, police officer, or even a speed camera! They … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Even when it’s dull, it isn’t

Driving across the four principalities of Canada, or the few states across the centre of the USA if we had gone that route must surely be, some of the dullest … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Do you have any guns?

After the elation of seeing Mr Wolf, it was time to cross the border into Canada. It wasn’t the strangest border crossing I’ve ever encountered, but it was in the … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

I’m Russell Crowe… only without the lovely sandals

A sleepless start to the night as one of us left a slither of opportunity open for the “skeetos” to come after me as I tried to settle. They can … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mackinac, the fudge, and rubbing myself against a cheese grater

The towns on the forehead of the Exogorth outline (well done if you worked out that obscure reference), are quite picturesque in the sunshine. Much of the monster’s brow, with … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ocean-fronted home for napping bear

Our first day on the road was a shaky one. It was also the first time KP gave me the reigns to his four wheeled, fancy lady, and that reminds … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

The world is full of generous, gin-loving ladies

I brushed shoulders with some old friends at the aptly named TILT picnic at Zenda Farms….because after all I’ve drank in the last two weeks, I feel like I’m on … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cherry Pie, Bananagrams, and struggling to sober up

If my navigation in 2014 was a walk in the park, this year I’m jumping the fence. Although travelling mostly by automobile this time, I am aiming to travel across … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Butt Bulbs & Bucolic Beauty

After being chaperoned around twenty miles of the industrious and steaming streets of New York City by a marvellously-moustached, mounted park policeman, I journeyed the four hours north east, to … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lust, love and holding hands on a river bank

Due to wild beasts crossing my path or invitations to the crack den corners of the US, I was sure that I would venture off my prepared course more than … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · Leave a comment
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Where am I now?

After extensive work and tours through Southern Africa, I’m now mainly in Malawi.
Go Untamed Safaris is now up and running.
Between work days and in the rainy season (December to April); I am planning some expeditions and seek out some experienced individuals keen to be involved.
I am normally available in the U.K. January to March.

For safari and expedition details:

email: info@gountamed.com

http://www.gountamed.com

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