Kenya Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Kenya
Before driving abroad in Kenya you should check the latest advice on your government’s website as there are often travel advisories in place for certain parts of the country. You can drive in Kenya on the licence of most European countries for up to 3 months . Kenya drives on the left hand side of the road in mainly right hand drive vehicles. Main roads are generally in fairly good condition but minor roads will be poorly maintained. During the rainy season some roads will become impassable-you should check with locals on the state of roads before setting off.Incidents of armed car-hijackings are more prevalent in Nairobi and Mombasa but can occur in any area of the country. In particular avoid high crime areas of Nairobi such as Kibera, Mathare, Huruma, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Mukuru Kwa Reuben, Korogocho, Kariobangi Kangemi, Mwiki and Kawangware, also the old town of Mombasa . You should also remain vigilant at night wherever you’re driving and on the roads that link Nairobi city centre to residential areas. You should use the Mombasa road between Jomo Kenyatta Airport (JKIA) and Nairobi city as there have been incidents of car-jacking on the old airport road (Airport South Road) and Jogoo Road. Police may try to issue an on-the-spot cash fine. This is not official policy. The officer should issue you with a ‘receipt for cash bond’, a notice to advise  when and where you need to attend court to answer the charge against you. However, if the fine is for a small amount you may decide that paying is less hassle overall.

If you’re planning a self drive safari, its important to let the rental company know what your plans are before you arrive in Kenya. They can then make sure you have the correct vehicle and equipment. You should decide which type of camps you intend to stay in and plan an approximate route before departure, and check that your route is feasible with the rental company. In many of the larger camps, especially in the Masai Mara, its possible to hire a Masai guide to travel with you. This may seem counter intuitive-the whole aim is that you’re self driving with no guide, right? In my experience, you will see a lot more if you hire a local guide , even if its just for one day. They have an uncanny knack of spotting wildlife that you would otherwise have driven right past. I’m a committed ‘no guide’ traveller but on safari’s I have to say its well worth having someone with you who’s an expert on the local area.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Kenya Car Rental –
Europcar, Avis, Budget, Sixt have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites and Web discount sites such as  Expedia

Kenya Self Drive Rules
Cars will generally be allowed to be driven into Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. They may also be allowed to be driven in the COMESA countries of Southern and Eastern Africa but there is likely to be an additional charge for that. If you intend to drive the car outside Kenya you should advise the rental company at the time you make the reservation.

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