Kenya is safe to explore independently, and doing so is a lot of fun.
Do note there are some restrictions and off-limit travel areas. Anywhere north of Samburu National Park and the area past Galana River are prohibited. Read on for the exact details.
As for the Masai Mara, we allow self-drive hirers to explore the Masai Mara, but we advise going there with our driver-guide.
Kenya off limit travel areas
Anywhere north of Samburu National Park is prohibited. So all roads leading to Marsabit, Chalbi desert, Loiyangalani, Lake Turkana, and North and South Hor coming down to Lodwar. Because of the drought, the region is a bit more unstable due to cattle raiding. Tourists are never the target, but we do take precautions and currently do not allow our vehicles to go further north than Samburu National Park.
North - East
The area past Galana River towards Garson, Mandera and all areas north to Wajir and Moyale are completely prohibited. The region borders Somalia and is unstable. Please see the North East restricted line projected on the map.
Lamu Island by car
You're allowed to drive along the coast but no further north than Malindi. You must catch a domestic flight when visiting Lamu Island.
Note that these excluded areas are listed in our rental terms and conditions. Our vehicles have car trackers to monitor if a hirer breaches the contract and, therefore would be fully liable for any costs and loss of security bond.