"An extraordinary panorama of adventure, scholarship, and intellectual enterprise."
- Jan Morris, author of Venice and Manhattan '45
"Elegantly told, richly researched, and profoundly moving."
- Adam Nicolson, The Daily Telegraph
"Absorbing, highly readable and in places ironically humorous... A well-rounded and definitive study."
- Martin Booth, The Sunday Times
"An important, pioneering, and extremely entertaining contribution to the history of travel."
- Justin Marozzi, Literary Review
"Sattin has excelled himself."
- Condé Nast Traveller
"This is the stuff of which ripping yarns are made---and Anthony Sattin has certainly written one here."
- Geographical Magazine
"The Gates of Africa tells a story that has never been adequately told before and does so with style and scholarship. A remarkable story told remarkably well."
- Andrew Gouldie, The Times Higher Education Supplement