Ben Winston

Not your average travel blog

The African Barking Spider! (Apologies for this one)

The sounds of the jungle bush in the north are much different to the sounds of the flatter bush lands to the west and to those hectic noises of Nkata … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ravin’ Bees and a lot of Gin

The storms have begun and thankfully, we weren’t caught out, floating around on some hefty hollowed-out tree trunks near Mozambique (as we had planned). Plenty has however, been blown off … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

A geriatric, old swan from Scotland

Although she is reliably late, the Ilala ferry is a stalwart of lakeshore life in Malawi. Overworked engines, (possibly) drunk captains, questionable weather, the economy, people falling over board, a rusty … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Life’s a Beach, with a few owls and some fly burgers

The project to kayak along some of the lake shore of Mozambique has sadly been put on hold – due to the kayaks not arriving from South Africa. We’re closing … Continue reading

January 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

Crocodiles, Music, and a Sorry Sanctuary

I just needed to man up! Whatever I had last night was not malaria. A decent breakfast and a swim in some, apparently crocodile-friendly waters and I am fine. This … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Something to do with a drunk captain…

Something to do with a drunk captain…or at least an extended stop while he visits his mistress(es) – of this I have absolutely no evidence other than everyone talking about … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Where Elephants Once Ruled

On the beach at Ruarwe, along with hundreds of other folk, we loaded our belongings into the rickety boats that realistically in the west would have carried a quota of about 15 folk. … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Chiefly Politics and Recovery

I would love to say that like my two malaria muppets and the infected leg bandit, that my next few days were a smoke-free, alcohol-free resuscitation period, but I’d be … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fatal mistakes, losing your jaw in the night….and Roy Hodgson

Baboons kept me awake all night (as well as trying to sleep in the hammock). Hackling, coughing and grunting to each other around the forest floor, it must be a … Continue reading

June 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Malaria

 Bjorn woke up this morning with what he thought was a mild hangover, but quickly within an hour, announced he had malaria. It comes on fast, especially when you’re in … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Backpacking Spooners….and Charlie

Charlie was a young Berkshire boy who lost himself backpacking in Malawi over eighteen years ago – back when most of the lakeshore was wild and when backpackers didn’t expect … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

A corpse, a lot of blood, and a Chelsea smile

Back down the river in the bush north of Ruarwe, we found a new splotch of blood on a large rock by the river. This time, it wasn’t from the … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Perfect for a paddle…and a few cannonballs

As far as we know, and as far as we like to guess, no human has travelled up this river valley since the mid 19th Century. We assume there was … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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
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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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