Matatu – shared taxi in Kenya and Uganda

A matatu is a shared taxi service in Kenya and is the country’s primary mode of public transport. It is often a 16-seater minibus from Asian manufacturers (including Nissan and Toyota).

Almost all over East Africa, minibuses are popular and also the most important means of transport in cities and rural regions. In Kenya the shared taxi is called Matatu, while in Tanzania the minibuses are called Daladala. Especially in Nairobi and Mombasa, numerous matatus have a particularly striking appearance and appearance, carry humorous or Christian sayings and are sometimes equipped with lighting systems, sound systems and LED lighting like a rolling discotheque.

The staff of a matatu usually consists of two people, a driver and an attendant (called makanga or manamba), who collects the money from the passengers.

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