Local transportation in Kenya

On 4 October 2013 by From elephants to kangaroos

Through my articles, I will try to do other than just tell you about my visits or my humanitarian mission, I also want to explain what you eat in each country, how to move, the cost of living, etc…

Today, I embarked on the modes of transport in Kenya. And believe me, we can (unfortunately) die from an explosion here, but every day, you put your life in danger in the transport :) Well obviously, as in all countries, you can move by plane between the big cities Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. I do not think there is any train or very few. The most used mode of transport is the bus, whether for long distances as my way from Nairobi to Kisumu, with companies as matatuEasy Coach. But especially for all your short trips in town, you would use “matatu“, Kenyan small bus with 15 seats normally, but unless to take it at the only time of the day where there is none, you will rarely be less than 18! My record for the time rises to 21 people… Few people are in good condition, very often you find yourself head on the ceiling, on broken seats but hey, it makes good service! For a ride in your city, it will cost you 20 KSH in day, 30 KSH at peak hours (morning and evening). If you leave the city to go a little further, it will cost you between 70 and 100 KSH. Very soon I will explain the cost of living but be aware that to make our lives easier, there are 1 euro = 100 KSH (in reality 1 euro = 118 KSH).

tuktukThen you can take a local tuk-tuk with normally three places but…I have already made ​​with 7 people in (on his knees, in the back part and other). It’s pretty funny in itself, but pay attention against you at the slightest shock, your body feel good pass …

pickyAnd finally, you can take a picky-picky, so motorcycle taxi, or the equivalent in cycling. Well, no need to specify that you won’t have helmet, no gloves, no coat or anything … just you and the driver (sorry sometimes two others with you if you like the danger / you have children) browse roads and muddy roads while trying not to slip. Even if we do not drive 200km / h, I admit that I’m not a big fan of this transport too dangerous in my eyes saw the roads and the manner of conducting Kenyans. When I can, I privileged the matatu or tuk tuk but to go to school, for example when one is very late, the picky picky is required. So I take a deep breath, and wait for arrival :)

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