Before you travel

Tips & Kenya travel advice

It’s not hard to choose Kenya as the ultimate destination for a safari holiday.

It's also a country best enjoyed when you're well prepared in advance.

Please make sure you browse through this section before travelling to Kenya. It will cover 99% of your questions. Still have questions about your roadtrip after reading? Drop us a line, we are Kenya travel experts and happy to help. 

Is Kenya a safe country for self drive? 

We have travelled the country up and down and know all the hidden corners of Kenya. We find Kenya to be a very safe country for a self-drive holiday, and we wouldn’t offer our services here if it wasn't. However, the road conditions in Kenya can be quite challenging, with many rutted roads and a lot of dirt roads inside the national parks. Do keep in mind that roadtripping in Kenya requires self-reliance. We are also available 24/7 for roadside assistance. Read more about travel safety in Kenya and Nairobi and Kenyan road conditions.

Secondhand vehicles

Kindly note that we hire out well maintained secondhand vehicles. However, sometimes  mechanical issues may occur and this is something you should take into consideration in general with hiring vehicles in countries where the roads are rough, as in Kenya. We suggest leaving enough time in your itinerary for the unexpected.

Restricted areas

Some parts of Kenya are restricted areas for self-drive, because of poor road conditions and remoteness, making it difficult to offer assistance when needed. This is roughly northern Kenya; everything north of Mount Elgon, Lake Baringo, Samburu National Park and Malindi. Read more here.  

Precautions

We trust you to travel sensibly. That means taking the following precautions: 

  • Always travel with cash, a charged phone with airtime, enough water and some food.
  • When you fuel up your car, know where the next gas station is.  
  • Always park your car at a private and secure parking lot.
  • Do not go wild camping. 
  • Do not travel after dark (6PM) and why would you want to anyway? Fellow road users often drive without lights or put on their high beams so you can't see a thing. 
  • The biggest mistake travelers make is wanting to cover too much ground in one trip. Travel is a great deal slower than you are probably used to, and being on the road is much more tiresome. Use one of our suggested routes as a starting point to assess if your plans are realistic.

Enjoy your roadtrip at a Kenyan pace. Hakuna Matata.