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Buses that used to rule the Kenyan Roads from 1980s to 90s photos by Saocv(m): Sun Oct 2019 09:41pm
The public transport sector in Kenya has really undergone tremendous revolution in the past three decades. It traces back its history to funny looking, sluggish and noisy buses to the existing luxurious and technologically advanced coaches.
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During festive seasons, the buses usually throng major towns with the Capital City, Nairobi, accounting for the highest number. The players in the sector have known how best to exploit the December season with an aim of tapping into the growing demand of transportation services to upcountry regions.
Those who had a chance to use public transport sector before 80s and 90s can attest to the fact that some of the fastest buses could spend at least 11 hours to travel from Nairobi to upcountry regions for instance Webuye, Migori, Taita Taveta or Garissa among other far flung regions. The following are some celebrated buses that used to ply the routes during those days:
1. Kagema Bus
Kagema buses used to ferry passengers from Nairobi to Eldoret, Kitale Kimilili among other regions of the country. Kagema buses used to ferry passengers from Nairobi to Eldoret, Kitale Kimilili among other regions of the country. Photo: UGC Source: UGC
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2. OTC Bus
This is another celebrated bus service that most Kenyans who traveled for long distances in the 80s and 90s also encountered. The buses plied many routes in Kenya. They would transport passengers from Kisumu, Kakamega, Busia, Machakos, Kericho, Mbale, Luanda among other areas to Nairobi. The buses plied many routes in Kenya and would transport passengers from Kisumu, Kakamega, Busia, Machakos, Kericho, Mbale, Luanda among other areas to Nairobi. Photo: UGC
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3. Stagecoach Express Bus
This brand of buses was widely known to ply routes within Nairobi City and would also make long distance trips upcountry. This brand of buses was widely known to ply routes within Nairobi City and would also make long distance trips upcountry. Photo: UGC Source: UGC
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4. Benways
Benways could spend at least 12 hours to travel from Nairobi to Kakamega. This is if it hit the tarmac without experiencing any mechanical hitch. Benways could spend at least 12 hours to travel from Nairobi to Kakamega. This is if it hit the tarmac without experiencing any mechanical hitch. Photo: UGC Source: UGC
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5. Akamba
It is only the young ones born after 2003 who may not have an idea of what Akamba was. The bus line traversed almost all routes in the country and later expanded its network to major towns within East Africa. The company, however, lost traction to its competitors who invaded the market from 2004 and it collapsed.
The company, however, lost traction to its competitors who invaded the market in 2004 to date. Photo: UGC Source: UGC
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6. Shaggy
Shaggy was once considered as real road warrior. It was a well decorated bus with trending graffiti inscribed on its exterior. It was also synonymous with very stylish and flashy honks that lured passengers to board the bus. It was a well decorated bus with trending graffiti inscribed on its exterior. It was also synonymous with very stylish and flashy honks that lured passenger to the bus. Photo: UGC Source: UGC
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7. Coastline bus
Commuters from the coast region used this bus to access the capital city among other destinations before or after Nairobi. Commuters from the coast region used this bus to access the capital city among other destinations before and after Nairobi. Photo: UGC Source: UGC
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8. Gusii Delux Bus
You should now consider any person who might have intimated to you that parts of Nyamira and Kisii counties were inaccessible during the 80s as a chief liar. Gusii Delux roared on the roads and could ferry people and goods from Nairobi to the now John Nyagarama and James Ogwae led counties. Gusii Delux roared on the roads and could ferry people and good to Nairobi from the now John Nyagarama and James Ogwae led counties. Photo: UGC Source: UGC
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9. Tawfiq Bus
Tawfiq bus was a coast bound bus. It underwent great metamorphosis and currently exists as Simba Coach. Tawfiq bus was a coast bound bus. It currently exists as Simba Coach. Photo: UGC Source: UGC
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10. Dolphin Bus
Commuters to the Western region had a variety of buses to choose from. Dolphin bus was one among their choices. Commuters to the Western Region had a variety of buses to choose from. Dolphin bus was one among their choices. Photo: UGC Source: UGC
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11. Garex Express Bus
Although Garissa and other North Eastern areas never had a good road network by then, Garex Express could often be spotted on the region's roads. Although Garrissa and other North Eastern areas never good road network by then, Garex Express could often be spotted on the region's roads. Photo: UGC Source: UGC Other buses that existed included Kenya Bus, Jangle Manta, Calypso, Otongolo, Kangasha, Webuye Escot, Kirenga, Mawingo, Roadways, Jamhuri, Kensilver which still operates the Nairobi-Meru route and the list is endless.
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