Filed Under (Beninese culture) by Rob on 31-07-2007

…differ from British ones in the following ways:


1. They have a cement base, or occasionally a tiled one. Moulded fibreglass is virtually unheard of.

2. The water is usually COLD! However, most of the year this is a refreshing change from the heat outside, and cold water in Africa is seldom as cold as what comes out of the tap in Britain.

3. They are part of the room – ie no glass cubicle and rarely a curtain. Many have a 10 inch wall you step over, which keeps the water out of the rest of the bathroom.

4. They are purely gravity fed – no electrically pumped power showers here!

5. The shower head is made of metal and would look more at home on the end of a watering can.

Just thought you’d like to know!


3 Comments posted on "African showers…"
Eddie on July 31st, 2007 at 5:17 pm #

You forgot to mention that very often no water comes out of them and even when it does it’s often only a trickle!

Rob on July 31st, 2007 at 5:44 pm #

Good point, Eddie. I also had one once which had a ‘fit’ and shook all over the place when I turned it on.

Michael PZ on September 24th, 2007 at 10:32 am #

what about when it has hot water when it is hot outside and want anything but…?