After the lovely experiences in Bouaké in Ivory Coast and Lomé in Togo of driving amids swarms of motorcycles I have had the pleasure of driving a car in Cotonou, Benin. Actually, the other car drivers are much more patient here then they were in, for instance, Abidjan. I am as of yet unsure which is worse in terms of motoswarms, Lomé or Cotonou, but people here tell me that Ouagadougou and Bamako will be even worse.
This makes driving a challenge, though so far we have only seen one accident and then only after it happened. For cars in Africa we have already seen about 5 happen in front of us so far and many more some time after the event.
Anyway, a normal taxi is hard to find in Cotonou, but the ZEM (taxi-moto)(click for details) is everywhere and cheap. As the entire country was out of gasoline last night (as was the country of Togo) we decided to go for a zem-ride.
Quite an experience and very nice in these temperatures!