Across the African continent people use different modes of transport to get to their various destinations. With urbanisation and sometimes planning challenges, people have found innovative ways. Today we look at the diverse and interesting modes of transport we have across Africa.

The Makoko village in Nigeria, is a place where shops, schools, churches, homes and even toilets stand on murky water. The village name is derived from Omi-Akoko, loosely translating to “waters ringed by palm trees” in the local Egun language. Wooden canoes are the main form of transport for residents even children, who are paddling masters.

Women canoe in Nigeria
Photo: Flickr/WarriorsWriter

In Madagascar pulled rickshaws or pousse pousse is a form of transport is a  mode of human-powered transport by which a runner draws a two-wheeled cart which seats one or two people.

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In recent times use of human-powered rickshaws has been discouraged or outlawed in many countries due to concern for the welfare of rickshaw workers.

A Pousse-pousse in Antsirabé (Madagascar). Photo: Flickr/ Hubert Guyon

Kombi is the informal name of commuter minibuses in Zimbabwe. The name is usually given to the 18 seater type, which are privately owned but used for public transport in the country.

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They are the most popular form of public transport in Zimbabwe a result of the decline of formal city transport once dominated by government.

Kombis park in Zimbabwe Photo: Financial Gazette

Motobike taxis also known as picky picky and boda-boda are popular in Kenya, Lagos and Uganda as well as other African countries.

A community health worker in Isiolo County, central Kenya, helps a mother and baby onto a motorbike taxi (picky-picky) following an appointment at the local health clinic. Photo: Flickr/ Christian Aid
A woman and children ride a picky-picky
Photo: Naibuzz

Walking is a popular mode of transport in many African countries, walking to work, school or the market is often cheaper for most households.

Men walking. Photo: Getty Images

Popular and available are the usually three-wheeled cabin cycle, commonly known as the tuk tuk or “bajaj” in Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Tuk Tuk Tanzania Photo: Flickr/ Hendrik Terbeck