African Color – Road Transport

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‘ Are we there yet – Just a thought ‘

African Road Transport takes many forms be it motorbikes, carts, bus, trucks, tro-tro, or the ubiquitous taxi.

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If you can tie it on, pile it up, or just plain jump on then you have a ride to a distant town.

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So where are we going? To a country I have come to know well, Ghana.

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Ghana map

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Western Africa map

These photos have been taken over the years of my journeying to western Africa.

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Taxis abound here at the market area in Techiman, Ghana. I found both the complexity of how the taxis had worked themselves in to the space to be of near equal interest to the women going about the shopping in the market area (below) in a somewhat similar fashion while weaving in and out of people.

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Tro-tro’s as they are known in Ghana are mini-buses (vans) that can hold 10-12 people and many belongings, chickens, bags of rice and yams, on both roof and off the back. The row of tro-tro’s in Kumasi just stretched onwards down the street.

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Cart and donkey by Bolgatanga (Bolga), or

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Motorbikes seen here for sale.

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Just tie it down,

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as in our PolyTank (water tank) to be taken north of Tamale as well as the pipes that will carry the water that were purchased in Navrongo (below).

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The value of water, sold in drums for 2-3 dollars a barrel also in need of transport.

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And be thankful that it is daylight and you can see this black cow crossing the road for if it was night your vehicle might not fare so well if you happened to run into him on the Navrongo-Tuma road.

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And if you think these photos are a “hoot” then this is only half of what you can expect as you go north into Ghana. But make sure to stop and talk to the people, buy some local food items and be prepared to hit the brakes at any moment. Enjoy yourself and remember to do something good for someone else while on your journey.

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‘Niger’ men & camels “not a licensed vehicle”

 Ah ha, so you thought you were finished with this African Road transport piece. But, not till you see the last camel on the road. Honk & “Like” the post if you have gotten this far down the blog.

These men on camel I was told have come down from Niger and were on the main road north of Tamale when we saw them. The people I was traveling with said that they usually do not come down until March during the worst of the dry season in the Sahel and Sahara desert regions. However, it was still the third week of January and they had arrived early, meaning the dry season must have been worse this year. In looking up temperatures it was around 95-98 F during these days in the north of Ghana, now a month later it is 102-105 F as this blog is posted. In March it will be much worse for both lack of water and temperature, perhaps approaching 110 F. And again, that is why I am doing my volunteer mission of trying to see that one small part of the world has clean water resources, especially at schools and medical clinics. (see Facebook pages for non-profit; Extend God’s Love, Charity Society).

Photographs copyrighted by Jean-Bernard Cabana  (c)  2013.

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