October is Transport Month in South Africa and Minister of Transport, Dr. Bonginkosi Blade Nzimande officially launched the 13th anniversary of the October Transport Month Campaign (OTM) in Benoni, Ekurhuleni Municipality. The theme of the campaign is “Together we move South Africa Forward” showcasing transport infrastructure development and services across all modes of transport including public transport and road safety in the country.
Transport also plays a large role in tourism industry. Here’s a look at the various modes of transport from around the globe that you can use, on your next big adventure.
1. Cyclo, Vietnam
The cyclo is commonly used in Vietnam. The three-wheeled bicycle taxi is supported by two front wheels and the driver sits behind you.
2. Gondola, Italy
The traditional flat Venetian boat is popular and charming in Italy. Gondola’s are a favourite among tourists, particularly in the summer.
3. Hydrofoil boats, Greece
Ditch the ferries and opt for a faster way to get from one island to the next. The hydrofoil boats travel at a high speed, making your stay on the island long and the trips to get there shorter.
4. Suspension Railway, Germany
The Wuppertal suspension railway in Wuppertal has been a part of the city for more than 100 years. It’s the oldest elevated railway and you can enjoy views of the city from the top.
5. Toboggan, Portugal
The ride dates back to the 1850s. The Toboggan is now used to transport tourists in the streets of Funchal, Madeira.
6. Tramways, Europe
Trams are a wonderful way to move around Europe. This famous mode of transport lets you take in sights of the cities from different angels.
7. Tuk Tuk, Thailand
The engine powered Tuk Tuk is a valuable mode of transport in Thailand. This open three-wheeled vehicle was first developed in Japan.
8. Boda Boda, Kenya
Boda Boda’s are bicycles and motorcycle taxi’s found in East Africa. In Kenya, they are commonly called Piki Piki’s.
9. Bamboo Train, Cambodia
Affectionately known as the ‘norry’, the bamboo train is a flatbed made of bamboo that is placed on wheels. The bamboo train is powered by a small tractor engine.
10. Coco Taxi, Cuba
The Coco Taxi is named after a coconut due to the shape resemblance. This unique kind of transport is a scooter that is driven by gas power.
11. Shanghai Maglev Train, China
Launched in 2002, the Maglev train is the world’s first and only maglev line in operation. This amazingly fast train can go as fast as 430 km/hour.
12. Tangah, Pakistan
Tangah is the traditional transport used in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. The hand painted carriage is pulled by a horse and has two large wheels at the back. The tangah comes with a protective canopy at the top.
Wiggle Car Hire, Cape Town
Wiggle introduces car hire done differently. They offer car hire from an array of their fleet from luxurious cars to 4x4s. Wiggle Car Hire lets you decide on self drive options or the option of being chauffeur driven.
The tech driven app that is trusted by many around the world is a good travel companion, no matter where you are. With just a tap of a button, you can order an Uber and go to your desired destination.