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Guinea Local Transport 

Guinea – December 2019

IMG_7739How do you fit 15 adults in a car? 

Ageing Peugeot station-wagons are the car of choice here in Guinea. They are the workhorse of the country often see stacked high with cargo and people riding on top. 

The locals stack them high. Three in the front row (including the driver) four in the middle and three more in the back seat. A few babies IMG_7882or infants can be thrown in for good measure. All the luggage gets tied to the top often so much the car doubles in height. Once skillfully stacked, a cargo net is thrown on top to keep everything tied down and to give three roof top passengers something to hold onto. The last two passengers stand on a tiny running board bolted to the back bumper. On the rare good road the cars can get up to 80 kilometres an hour but usually  it is slow going through a sea of potholes. 


Our car for two days

As part of our trip our group got to do a two day trip in these jalopies. With only six to a car we did not get the “full” experience. 

Only the necessities work in these cars which generally means the engine. The dashboard is held together with wire and all the gauges have been disconnected. Any airflow and temperature is only provided by open windows. These are necessary as the exhaust pipe seems to vent into the cars and competes with the red road dust for air space.  Often petrol leaks in from roof top or trunk containers (gas is often in short supply) leaving some passengers smeared. One often emerges from a car even after a short ride dirty, sweaty and with a headache 

As tourists we rode in the “nicer” cars. Doors closed and none of the windows were broken. Even the suspension worked. 

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Notice the side windows

Many of the other vehicles are panel vans with basic bench seats. Windows are cut into the metal for ventilation.  To add a touch of whimsy some are love heart or diamond shaped. Budgets are too low to add glass or frame the sharp sheet metal. 

It seems like every vehicle here is worth a photo. Each daring  the next to defy the laws of physics and gravity in their bid to carry as much as possible.

One comment on “Guinea Local Transport 

  1. Scott Henderson
    December 20, 2019

    Tyson, you travels and blog thereof are a never ending source of interest and amazement for myself, as I’m sure they are for everyone following them. Thanks once again for sharing, I’d love to see your journeys picked up as a series…but that might change the flavor. I look forward to meeting up next time you’re back in Van. With much work and a little magic perhaps, my kidney function may have improved by then and I’ll be more available to all.

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