One of my greatest passions is to explore Africa. I love visiting and exploring this exotic place. If you are planning to visit the continent, it is good to note that each location have different modes of transportation. Knowing what kind of transportation is available and expected can take quite a load off your shoulders.
Let me take you to one of my favorite spots: South Africa. Listed below are the most popular modes of transportation available in this beautiful country.
10 – Leaving On a Jet Plane
Planes are still the most popular mode of transportation as it can bring you faster to your destination. It also has the least hassles when it comes to travelling. There are several airlines servicing South Africa including South African Express Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Air Zimbabwe, Air Tanzania, to name a few.
9 – Big Yellow Taxi
The taxi is another hassle free mode of transportation. Most often this is a car used in public to bring passengers from one destination to another. It has a fixed flag down rate and the fare increases every hundred meters or so.
8 – Rental Cars
Yes! You can drive yourself in Africa. Car rentals are plenty. Depending on your budget and needs, most car rentals have several vehicles for you to choose from. Choose appropriate vehicles for your purpose. As you would be travelling in some rough terrains, it is better to select four wheeled drives. Car rentals do not come cheap though. You also need to pay deposit as insurance for any unforeseen incidents. However, if you want to take the tourist route, it’s preferable to drive yourself so you can stop and enjoy the scenery or whatever catches your fancy.
7 – Chauffer Driven Cars
Understandingly the most luxurious mode of transportation as most people cannot afford to hire one, chauffer driven cars is a commodity that not everyone can afford.
6 – Kiss Me on the Bus
What would a place be without buses? Buses are big trucks that carry a lot of passengers from one place to another. Most places have this mode of transportation which can carry its passengers on short distance or long distance travel. Most owns in South Africa have buses.
5 – Translucent Carriages
4 – Animal Rides
Other than horses, some towns use animals like carabaos and donkeys to transport passengers. Others even use big dogs attached to a sled or carriage and carry people to their destination.
3 – Breakfast on the Morning Tram
2 – Ferry Cross the Mersey
Ferries and boats are popular modes of transportation not only in South Africa but all over the world. These are the preferred by people who are travelling by sea or ocean. Aside from being modes of transportations, you can also enjoy South Africa by embarking on ferry tours such as the Keurbooms River Ferries.
1 – Took the Last Train
Being the largest economy in the continent, South Africa also has the most highly developed railway system in Africa. All major cities are connected by rail so if you’re fond of using railway cars to hop from one place to another without hurting your pocket, this one is for you! You’ll surely enjoy the journey. Taking a journey through South Africa by rail could not be easier. The train vacation options are limitless ranging from luxurious foreign getaways to simple, inexpensive trips. Some train destination points are Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria. Popular train services include Premier Class train, Shosholoza Meyl (for long distance passengers), Metro Suburban Trains and cruise trains.
The mode of transportation doesn’t really matter. What’s important is you know what type of transportation to expect in a particular place in South Africa.
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Geraldine Mills is a Community Outreach Coordinator for www.AndBeyondAfrica.com. She is an avid African safari explorer and writes travel tips and guidelines for tourists interested to travel in Southern African Region. Follow her on twitter @geraldinewalks.