Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2010

8. Matatus

Drivers of Africa's ubiquitous minibuses (called matatus in Kenya) like to pimp their rides — fluorescent lighting and fat wheels are de rigueur from Cape Town to Cairo — but Nairobi's drivers outdo any on the continent, with huge sound systems and blaring TV screens in the cabin, and exteriors painted with the likes of Michael Jackson, kung-fu heroes or even Osama bin Laden. Climb aboard and hold on as the driver races his rivals through the city traffic. It's an African subculture all its own, with entry costing just a few cents.