We took several modes of transportation during our journey to South Africa. We flew Egypt Air to Cairo then on to Johannesburg.
On the descent, we saw pyramids silhouetted against Cairo’s
lights! It made us want to go to Egypt
. He sat next to someone on the plane who was going to Cairo to retrieve their valuables because they were moving back to Germany
. The gentleman said that the situation was too problematic and unstable to stay. Hopefully, things will improve over the coming months and years.
When we arrived in Johannesburg and picked up our rental, we were surprised by its size. He did a wonderful job driving the big rig
, but unfortunately, it was not always the easiest to park.
Cabs function as a form of inexpensive mass transit
in South Africa. People use hand signals
to indicate their desired destination and vans headed in that direction stop. Below you can see tons of them at a cab stop on Soweto
Notice the cabs look exactly like our van. They constantly break every conceivable traffic law. We joked that since our big rig looked just like a cab, he could run red lights, cut people off, speed as much as he wanted and no one would think anything of it. In case you were wondering, he did not take advantage of his apparent ability to break every traffic law known to man with no foreseeable consequences.
We saw people crammed into the giant taxis. As there isn’t a large mass transit system, they were crammed into every vehicle, including the beds of pickups on the highway.
Our big rig turned out to be a great vehicle on the animal preserve
. I spent a fair amount of time hanging out the open door with my camera gawking at wildlife.
Oh yeah, when you arrive at Geneva’s airport, there are free regular trains to the city. All trains go from the airport to the main train station! From there, it’s just an easy tram or bus ride home.