Local Taxis

The local taxi/bus system here in Lubumbashi is great. Most of the taxis are small mini-vans that seat about 15 people.

Taxi (3) A typical taxi

IMG_1209 A taxi in Kananga

The taxi is a small van, with three seats in the front, and then several rows of wood benches in the back (they clear out the back, and then secure wood benches to the floor for people to sit on. Sometimes they form a U shape, but most of the time they put in about 3 rows of seats.

The taxi business is a two man operation: there is the driver (usually the owner of the vehicle), and a helper. The helper takes the fees from the customers, aides in seating and exiting the vehicle, and aides in traffic situations. It is amazing how many people can be fit into these vans! Often the helper stands on the side of the van, with the door open, and holding-on to the top of the car (if there is a paying customer, he doesn’t get a seat!). I am told the cost for a ride is 250 francs– about 25 cents.

It can be dangerous, especially for the helper, as the traffic in town can get very crazy.

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