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World's Scariest Taxi Rides

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Breakneck rides through traffic, self-destructing vehicles, even drivers-turned-kidnappers. And they all still want a tip, too.

Johannesburg

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The history of the minibus started earnestly—as a way to transport workers during the days of apartheid—and today you can hail them anywhere along their routes. But the system of large, usually white vans has deteriorated over the years. The vehicles, meant to comfortably hold about a dozen people, often carry 20 for a claustrophobic, bumpy, and sometimes crazy ride. And there’s another problem: with the threat of a new bus system launched for 2010’s World Cup, some minibus drivers have been taking out their aggressions on said buses with gunfire.

A Better Ride: Most hotels book taxis for their guests using private car services with insured drivers. The Mount Grace Country House and Spa does that, but also recommends Rose Taxis and SA Cabs.

World's Scariest Taxi Rides

Johannesburg

The history of the minibus started earnestly—as a way to transport workers during the days of apartheid—and today you can hail them anywhere along their routes. But the system of large, usually white vans has deteriorated over the years. The vehicles, meant to comfortably hold about a dozen people, often carry 20 for a claustrophobic, bumpy, and sometimes crazy ride. And there’s another problem: with the threat of a new bus system launched for 2010’s World Cup, some minibus drivers have been taking out their aggressions on said buses with gunfire.

A Better Ride: Most hotels book taxis for their guests using private car services with insured drivers. The Mount Grace Country House and Spa does that, but also recommends Rose Taxis and SA Cabs.

Charles O'Rear/Corbis
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