This is one of the most important sections of your roadtrip preparations. A good start is half the battle. Roadtripping in Kenya is a different ball game than road tripping in most countries in the world. It is also a completely different environment than Namibia, Botswana and South Africa for example, so don't think you can compare the south with the east. Most tourists opt for an organized tour in Kenya and therefore the self-drive industry is far less developed. It doesn't mean it is impossible, but it does mean you need to plan well in advance. The information on our website is trying to help as much as possible in that.
Being prepared and knowing what to expect is essential for a successful and satisfying trip. Here we share our most important itinerary planning tips with you:
- In general, plan your trip with an average of 50km/h distance covered outside the parks and 30km/h covered inside the parks.
- When you plan with Google Maps, increase the driving time that is suggested with at least 1/3rd.
- Plan a minimum of 2 nights at each destination/highlight. Do not underestimate the game driving/viewing that you will undertake inside the national parks. This can also be very challenging, rough and tiresome driving.
- Be careful with adopting tour operators trip itineraries for your self-drive trip. Some itineraries are very ambitious counting on experienced Kenyan drivers who can drive 10+ hours in a day, and are used to the Kenyan driving style (which is sometimes a bit (usually) crazy). This is not something you want to do when you self-drive.
- You can use our suggested itineraries as a guideline for your trip
- Make sure you plan for your fuel stops in advance. Not all parks have a fuel stations inside the parks. And often the fuel stations (found at the expensive lodges) are out of stock or service.
- Mpole Mpole (slowly slowly) is a lifestyle in Kenya. Expect that everything is taking a while; from fuel stops to entering parks, crossing the border etc etc.
- Your roadtrip is best enjoyed when you believe that the adventure lies in the journey itself, and that the destination is not the end goal...