9 January 2013
Last updated at 00:26
This photo sent in by Nigel Peter Walker of the Sani Pass between Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is the first of a series of images about life on the roads of Africa. Mr Walker says this was taken on a cold winter's morning “from the Sani Top Chalet, apparently the highest pub in Africa”.
This image from Kelsey Smith shows passengers and matatu (minibus taxi) touts in Kenya’s capital: “My host brother and I would climb to the roof of a neighbouring apartment building to watch the traffic of Nairobi at night. Our views of the sunset behind downtown and the muffled street noise from below were cherished moments during my stay in Kenya.”
“Returning to Nairobi from a school trip to Mombasa, my classmates and I witnessed the danger poised by the Kenyan roads. Lack of seat belts, road signs, pavement, laws, speed limits, education and enforcement make travel through Kenya slow and difficult,” says Kelsey Smith.
It was a bus versus a herd of cows on this road, says Tefesehet Mesfin about his shot taken in Ethiopia.
In Myke Gerrish’s photograph, donkeys carry cartons of water down a street in the Ethiopian town of Harar.
Mr Gerrish also captured this shop of a garage sign in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Jennifer Harte says the image to the left of a motorbike in the Senegalese capital, Dakar “is a normal scene driving in town”. A new toll road (right) which will eventually link Dakar to the town of Thies, 70km (45 miles) to the east, has opened. But it has been causing confusion as the motorway only lasts a few kilometres before joining the old road.
In neighbouring Gambia, Debbie Bradley says there are “all forms of transport on a busy road in the heart of Serekunda”, the country’s main commercial centre.
Sisters walk home along a narrow road in Gulu, northern Uganda, an area once plagued by rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army, in Lizzy Chenery’s photograph.
Ivan Rigney sent in this street shot from his trip to Egypt: “Walking through Alexandria, we came across this little girl who showed us melons and chickens and then where to play pool.”
On the streets of the Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo, a group of men and women commemorate the life of King Mzilikazi, the founder of the Ndebele kingdom, in this shot by Clayton Moyo, who says the annual event is dominated by song and dance.
A girl returning along a road from market in the Togolese village of Zowla, near the border with Benin, is captured in Alexis Egborge’s photograph.
Hubert Simmer took this photo in Liberia. "I like this picture because of the inscription on the car, as well as because of the condition the car was in at that particular moment," she says, "And, last not least, these people can still smile at the worst circumstances."
This is Broad Street in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, photographed by Cecil at night from his hotel window.
Meg Pickersgill says “a different kind of road crossing” is captured in her photo taken in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. For future African galleries, send in your shots on the theme of old and new in Africa and relaxation and repose on the continent.