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$100 Taxi Ride

Genres: Travel, Documentary

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About the Show

$100 Taxi Ride is a British/Canadian travel documentary series which visits a wide variety of countries to find out how far a $100 taxi ride will take you.

The series airs worldwide on National Geographic, Life and the Travel Channel, amongst others. There are 26 episodes in two seasons (13 episodes per season).

The first season of $100 Taxi Ride aired in South Africa on DStv's Travel Channel from 11 September to 4 December 2007, on Tuesdays at 21h30.

Season 2 premiered on the Travel Channel on Tuesday 11 March 2008, at 22h30. There are 13 episodes in the season.

Synopsis

Where does $100 dollars take you? When you have a spirit of adventure, and your taxi driver does too, it can be to the ends of the earth.

Imagine getting into a taxi and letting your driver pick the destination — with no agenda and only one restriction: to go as far as $100 will take you.

This eclectic, half-hour television series travels the world — from Auckland to Amman, Hollywood to Havana, Bombay to Buenos Aires. Though it visits every continent (except Antarctica), it’s no ordinary travel show.

The destination is always just $100 away — as the cab flies — and the more unusual the trip, the better. Each Episode features two journeys in wildly contrasting parts of the world.

The series unfolds from the front seat of a taxi, spilling out into the countryside, inner cities and inner sanctums.

Starting out from 26 locations on six continents, we join the driver as he (or sometimes she) takes us to some of the most exotic locations in the world — extraordinary places not found in any tourist guide.

And the guides for the rides? Knowledgeable, personable, with a keen sense of humour — and a keener navigational instinct — the drivers are as diverse as the locations. They provide unique, and unexpected, perspectives on their countries.

We meet their friends and colleagues, witchdoctors, fortune-tellers, radio announcers, monks, miracle workers, artists, a self-proclaimed werewolf — and even their mothers.

Along the way we chomp our way though a remarkable variety of food — from a delicious coddle in Ireland to raw beef in Ethiopia, from prairie oysters in Calgary to kiss-proofing fermented shark meat in Iceland.

In Bombay we eat the evocatively-named “tomato stuff” and in Phnom Penh raw duck embryos top the bill. But we draw the line on the cockroaches.

Where will The $100 Taxi Ride take us? From the road less travelled to beyond your wildest dreams.

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