Africa transportation is difficult, however this is not the true problem, the problem is how to ask in French for what you want. If I say Voiture, this means about anything with four or more wheels. I found out, the better way, may be to ask for the number or seats.
5 place Small Car
9 place Station Wagon
15 place Van and miserable trip
30 et plus A larger bus or a normal bus, hard to find in Togo,
I am going to leave Atakpame, Togo soon, I need to maybe take a Motorcycle Taxi to the Fwee (I do not know French for this.) or the Police Checkpoint as you leave any city, and this one leading to Notse or Lome and then turn back towards the city, and go to the first gang of cars waiting to leave the city.
Then find or ask for a 5 place car that is almost full, I never enter a car until it is full, or they believe they have a reservation on you..
A friend said to me, you need to go in the morning, I say, what time si the morning to you. She says, 5 to 5:30 and by 6:00 am it is getting late.
The Western world is doomed to take bad trips, this is three to five hours before the normal backpacker leaves a city.
I am not sure what time this is, but I am sure if I knew the sunrise time here, and I left about 10 minutes before sunrise, I would do well to get the early bird rides. My new strategy is to take the cars between major distance or over about 35 kilometers, then under 35 kilometers I will use a Moto or Motorcycle taxi. I am not going to the Gares and I have written off the using of vans or paying in advance.
I will go to the edge of the city, very early, like I was hitchhiking to the next city.
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