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The Transport We Use

Matatu is the name of the public transport used in Kenya. Many countries in Africa like Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania have transport systems like the matatu, just different names. A matatu plays an important role in an economy, it is a source of income for many. The most interesting thing about matatus are the stickers, graffiti or random quotes that give each matatu a unique edge. Take a look at some pictures.

In Tanzania, people use the word Dala Dala. In Zimbabwe, they call it a Kombi. In South Africa, some simply refer to it as a taxi. One advantage of a matatu is its affordable fare and free musical entertainment on board. In most cases, the driver is the owner, and the bus will only move when it is full. Sometimes a conductor is an additional stuff member who handles the money and signals the driver when a passenger has arrived at their destination.

Photo: jy.maisonnasse
Photo: jy.maisonnasse
Dakar Senegal. Photo: Robert Grant , Dakar Senegal.
Dakar, Senegal. Photo: Robert Grant , Dakar Senegal.
Senegal. Photo: Jeremie/ Flickr
Senegal. Photo: Jeremie/ Flickr
Tanzania. Photo: James Campbell/ Flickr
Tanzania. Photo: James Campbell/ Flickr

 

Photo: Jamisonshuck/Flickr
Uganda. Photo: Jamisonshuck/Flickr
Uganda Mutata Jinja. Photo: Flowerbeetle/Flickr
Uganda. Photo: Flowerbeetle/Flickr
Photo: pd2q/flickr
Photo: pd2q/flickr
Photo: Jamisonshuck/Flickr
Uganda. Photo: Jamisonshuck/Flickr
Photo: Chung Cheong/ Flickr
Photo: Chung Cheong/ Flickr
Photo: Sneha Parghi/Flickr
Photo: Sneha Parghi/Flickr
Photo: Mwangy/ Flickr
Photo: Mwangy/ Flickr
Photo:mashim/Flickr
Photo:mashim/Flickr
Taxi Rank Kampala. Photo: James Anderson/Flickr
Kampala, Taxi Rank. Photo: James Anderson/Flickr

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