matatu

Finding your way…

For every foreigner it will be an experience to go by MaTaTu.

The principle is easy (and I think a success in itself!):

Either you go to a crowded stage which is at the first glance quite a challenge, but within this obvious chaos there is actually an underlying logical order… each matatu has its’ route written directly onto the vehicle itself, and you won’t believe it – matatu driver kind of line up at stages with the first one to leave with a sign on top of the roof… so don’t hesitate… everyone is happy to help you anyway.

But way more fascinating…

Just by standing, walking, sitting or jumping on the sidewalk you are actually able to catch it on the way… wherever you are. nice? very nice!!

… and compared to a cab (which only “mzungus” take anyway) it is so much cheaper – to get around in town you’ll pay around 20KSh. about 20 cents…

There is always one driver who does nothing else but driving, and one money collector who is also responsible that everyone (11 passengers or happily also much more to be squeezed in…) finally finds his way by just knocking loudly on the roof to signal a stop to the driver…

That most matatu have seen better days and are all over with bumps… I guess I don’t need to mention… but some are very very fancy, though, and have such quality loudspeakers that you wish you’d rather be somewhere else.

Throughout my journey, I am happy to take a picture of each matatu I get a ride on…

Note:

My roots lie in the Philippines… there they developed quite a similar transportation called a “Jeepney”…

They also fight kind of a contest – every Jeepney driver wants to have THE fanciest, most colorful Jeepney with the loudest music ever!!!

Enjoy!