Kenya Transportation

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Kenya Transportation

  • East Africa is great, but avoid Kampala...

    I had a fabulous time touring in Kenya and Uganda, but the Kampala Bus Coach bus ride that I took from Kampala, Uganda to Nairobi, Kenya was literally the worst bus ride I have ever taken in my life...and I've traveled across 5 continents by bus! Despite my temptation to tell you about the entire wretched experience, let me put the worst part of it...

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  • By car through Kenya

    We spent unforgettable days in Kenya N.P Masai Mara .Nakuru Samburu Lake Baringo Maralal traveling by car with our guide Mike and driver John in fall 2006 .Two guys were very good tandem and we enjoyed with their service.

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  • Motorbike Taxis

    My husband told me specifically *DON'T get on a motorbike or in a matatu* so I disobeyed and did both. The bikes are reasonably well maintained, except I had a couple of back tyre punctures on the rough roads between my lodging and the main road.Having been a Hot Biker Chic in the 60's I hadn't been on the back of a bike since then as my Dad...

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  • EasyCoach

    I was recommended by my hosts to use EasyCoach to travel from Ugunja to Nairobi. At first I was most apprehensive but soon found out that EasyCoach was safer than I thought. They have secure stages at Kericho, Kisumu, Nakuru and of course Nairobi, in that they have dedicated areas with a locked waiting area and shops and restaurants for comfort...

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  • Bus travel around East Africa

    I would take Kampala coach over Akamba. Akamba used to be the best but lately their buses are old and keep getting spoilt. About insecurity it does exist but not so much of it. There were a couple of robberies on night buses but security has been stepped up. Both these bus companies also have a good safety record and have only reported a few fatal...

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  • Public Transport

    Hello. I can only answer for Kenya as I lived there for three years and visit frequently. The last time was November 2009. The general condition of Nairobi has improved greatly. The street families and street boys have been taken to churches or back to the villages and the street hawkers have been given a market in which to trade which means the...

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  • Our Guides

    We chose MICS from the reviews and recommendations we read online. We have only good things to say about them. They offered a very competitive price and delivered our trip exactly as promised.We met Moses from MICS the evening before our trip in our hotel lobby.He’s an interesting man . He is Masai and showed us scars on his leg from a lion he...

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  • Arriving at the Airport

    Jomo Kenyatta .This is the largest and busiest airport in east Africa. The airport is situated 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Nairobi's City Center.Check in was easy and I was relieved. I was concerned as my name was miss-spelled on my ticket.Immigration desks at the ground floor where passengers are cleared before they proceed to the departure lounge...

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  • Jeep rental for Safari

    Self driving is possible, but you can also book a car with driver. My husband is a Kenyan and I'm Swiss, we always travel till Narok with driver and from there alone direction Masai Mara. We book just with www.jeepkenya.com Mr. Muriuki coz the cars are in perfect condition and the driver is always very trusty. I would say real European standard!...

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  • The lunatic express

    Ever since the old days of colonialism, the train connecting Nairobi and Mombasa is nicknamed the lunatic express, and while it is not really lunatic to travel the slowly winding train from the highlands to the coast, there are definitely faster ways. However, this is about the train experience, an experience that does not seem to differ too much...

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  • Baringo bus

    The Kampi ya Samaki bound transport. Well this is what the bus looked like in 1990 as I waited for it to fill up at Nakuru bus park.

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  • Namanga. Stop off on the way to Arusha

    Some people may find border towns a bit dodgey but I thoroughly enjoyed my brief stay in Namanga. The town has as you would imagine the usual curio sellers and Masai waiting to have their photos snapped as well as the odd boozer and hoteli.

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  • MATATU

    Matatus small Nissan buses. Normally the best way to travel through the city. I never would drive by myself with a car in the cities of Kenya. Better to take taxi, bus or Matatu. Or let drive a friend which is living in one of the big cities.If you want use one of the public transport ask them for the price before you go in it. The prices for taxis...

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  • Mtito Andei -Talah Hotel

    If you are travelling to or from Nairobi from Mombasa on one of the many bus companies. You will definately stop in Mtito Andei almost exactly halfway between the two cities. The town mainly exists these days only to feed and water travellers going to and fro.Several cafes, hotels have come and gone over the years, and certain pit stops are...

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  • Transport from the airport

    You can arrange for "authorized" taxis before heading out of the arrival hall - right after customs, but still within the customs hall is a counter where airport stadd can take your order for a taxi and advise you about the fare. They will get you to the driver and past the waiting taxi touts so this might be the easiest thing to do, especially if...

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  • Space is no option on a bis trip

    One of the cheapest ways to get around in Kenya is travelling by bus. It is, however, not the most comfortable or the safest way of travelling and not recommended to people who are a bit on the fleshier side - the rows are narrower than you will find them in Europe or North America. Usually they are overloaded with passengers and baggage (which can...

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  • Boda Boda

    Boda bodas are bycicle "taxis" and while you find them in many places, they ae particularly popular in Kisumu at Lake Victoria in Western Kenya. Defeinitely less cramped and more fresh air than in a matatu, at least for short routes! On the other hand, boda boda drivers stick to traffic rules about as much as their matatu colleagues, so taking a...

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  • Kenya Airways

    Kenya Airways is the flag carrier airline of Kenya, based in Nairobi. "The Pride of Africa" is the Company slogan. Kenya Airways started operations in February 1977, and operates scheduled services throughout Africa and to Europe and the Indian subcontinent, with its main base at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The fleet: 4 Boeing 777, 6...

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  • Domestic Air Travel in Kenya

    Need to travel within Kenya, but don't want to take the bus. Take a domestic flight at Wilson Airport. Take a taxi or shuttle from Nairobi International to Wilson Airport - $10-15Kenyan Airways - www.airkenya.comSafari Link - www.safarilink.com

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  • Self-Drive Safaris / Tours in E. Africa

    I do agree to some extent some fears raised by my fellow forum members like;The cost of hiringThe challenges of driving on rough roadsThe comforts of being driven Vs personal driveand identifying things or places of interest.With an exception of the first concern (cost)the rest can be a really fulfilling experience when backed properly with...

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  • Nairoberry bus from Mombasa

    On my last trip to Kenya I did board the Coast bus for Nairobi but just before reaching Mariakani we had a puncture (check the photo on the tip above), after 40 minutes the bus was eventually on its jacks but when the spare wheel was dug out from the back of the bus it was found that it had a dirty great hole in it so we had to wait till another...

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  • Traffic jams

    Some streets at Nairobi look almost blocked by the cars and it's not during rush hours only. Would be very wrong saying, probably because they are not skillfull drivers. Most of this guys wouldn't have any problem to drive inside European cities, however, only if strictly respecting driving rules and habbits, which they in Kenya don't.....

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  • Public transportation

    Local public transportation, by the buses, is very well organized and, what is more important, it is very very cheap. Almost every Kenyan can afford it! Do not expect luxury inside the buses, do not expect smooth drive or comfortable ride, but it works good and you wont miss your destination.Just to mentione, I went to the Bomas by the taxi. The...

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  • Check the number of people in your game...

    When booking a camp make sure you check with your camp how many people they allocate to each game viewing vehicle. Some camps can cram in as many as 8 peeple into a jeep designed for 4-6. No more than 4 people is a comfortable amount and allows plenty of room for photographic opportunities. Some camps offer exclsuive use (recommended for serious...

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  • To avoid travel sickness while on the...

    When travelling to the wonderful game lodges in Kenya - ie 'going on safari' there is one tip that if you read this you will thank me for and it's this. When the safari min-bus (usually a toughened up Toyota Hilux Mini-bus) turns up at your hotel - forget politeness just make sure you are as near the front of the bus as possible - DO NOT sit at the...

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  • Crazy Matatus!

    Matatus are the common means of transport in Kenya and espeacially in the city of Nairobi this is because they are cheap convenient and plenty, but am going to be honest with you....the drivers are ruthless, drives like crazy very fast if you have watched the movie too fast too Furious then you will know what i mean!they dont compile with traffic...

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  • 4WD's best transportation

    If you are going on a tour with a company into the National Parks of Kenya, I would certainly recommend that you look at operators that use 4WD vehicles. Many operators advertise their vehicles as 'modern safari cruiser' but many of them are not that at all. They are 20 year old modified 2WD's and are very rough to ride in for hours on the terrible...

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  • Nairobi - Mombasa by bus

    Nairobi - Mombasa by air and rail is out of my league price wise. So for years now when in Kenya I have been plodding along the potholed road from capital to coast. There are a ruck of different companies that do this route: Akamba, Busscar, Coast Bus, Crown, Falcon, Mash, Mombasa Raha, Rhanda etc. In Mombasa the offices for these companies are...

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  • Drive yourself

    If you like your independence then hire a 4WD and drive yourself around Kenya and do it to your own schedule and not a tour operators. We had a great time self driving our own safari at our own pace in the Mara, Lake Nakuru, Lake Baringo, Sweetwaters... We hired through Central Rent a Car in Nairobi and it was the best deal of the trip. At Central...

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  • Kenya

    Afetr a long flight from Rome to Mombasa, we took a little bus with which we started our incredible adventure in the savana.........awesome!Even if our driver was a bit mad! He used to run too fast...and you know in Africa "streets" are a bit dangerous.....infact during our movin' we saw lota of cars' accidents...believe me really scary! So it's...

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  • Free Wheeling

    We flew into Nairobi from London on British Airways and left on Kenyan Airways to Bombay (they served a great curry!).While in Kenya, we rented a Daihatsu station wagon in Nairobi and it was just fine for getting the five of us and all of our luggage from place to place. This was the dry season so even the dirt roads were not bad. It was an...

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  • Matatus

    I would caution about using the local transport, matatus, it really is beyond basic and safety does not come into it. These buses are filled to the brim and are driven at high speed and totally without care. All too often there are matatu crashes. If possible it is better to hire a car if you are not on a group tour, bear in mind though that...

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  • Safari

    The best way to see the country is by hosted or escorted tour. The idea of a safari may seem romantic, but it is mainly efficient: The tour guides know where the animals are, they have experience navigating the often vast distances, and they make the best use of a precious commodity: time. The methods for viewing animals vary. Minivans carrying six...

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  • Good cab service around Karen area

    Blessed Cabs is a good and honest Cab service in the Karen/Langata area. You can pick up most of there cabs outside of Horseman Restaurant or Outside of the Karen Shopping Plaza. The fares average around 150-200 Ksh around Karen center and 500 to Nakumatt Junction in Lavington. Their drivers are safe and unlike alot of the cabbies, don't hit the...

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  • Matatu fares on average

    Kenyas main form of transport is the Matatu. These tend to be a bit overcrowded, but you can meet interesting locals by riding them AND save some cash. In the Nairobi area and other places in Kenya, Matatus charge 20 Kenya shillings for in town and raise their rates to 30 shillings on the weekend. The father out of Nairobi or any other big city,...

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  • Air Taxi / Skytrail

    Skytrail is ASC’s own Air-taxi. There are several planes all good in shape (but older) and with trained pilots. I found that there are always two persons in the cockpit, one (mostly black) pilot and one (mostly white) copilot.The ride is mostly quite smooth, even in really bad weather and rain it was not very bumpy.Taking the plane is not only a...

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  • Road between Mombasa and Nairobi

    This is supposed to be the "Highway", the main road connecting Mombasa and Nairobi.Actually I am glad sure we only had to take it once, on our way to the Tsavo National Park. It is the same road that separates Tsavo east and Tsavo west.Half of it (the one beginning from Mombasa, close to the Airport) about 50 km the road can hardly be called a...

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  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

    Arriving in Kenya by means of an international flight alighting in Nairobi is fairly straight-forward. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is simple, but with a few specialities. From the plane it's a bit confusing to find the exit as you enter the terminal. You actually arrive in the departure zone. This area is arch-shaped and you can go...

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  • By Balloon

    During my stay in the Masai Mara National Park, I booked a Ballooning trip.I was a wonderful experience. At some moments it looked as we were flying over the park on a flying carpet.We did see lots of game, like zebras, wildebeests, hyenas, impala, waterbucks, leopard in a tree, topis.And after the landing there was a Champagne breakfast. Surely...

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  • Travelling by Overland truck

    During our Kenya - Uganda trip, we travelled around with a big Overland truck.The transport was organised by Gametrackers (a company from Kenya). Beside the truck and the driver they also provided a cook.Unfortunately, this truck was not very comfortable at all. Of course the roads are bad sometimes, but there was a very bas suspension and it did...

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  • Flying British Airways

    We did fly with British Airways towards Nairobi, Kenya.Flight scedule:12/07 : BA 423 : Amsterdam - London Heathrow (dep : 7.20 - travel time 1h20)12/07 : BA 65 : London Heathrow - Nairobi (dep : 10.25 - travel time 8h20)01/08 : BA 64 : Nairobi - London Heathrow (dep : 22.45 - travel time 8h35)02/08 : BA 426 : London Heathrow -Amsterdam (dep : 6.35...

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  • Night train between Nirobi and Mombasa

    A great experience and much safer and more convenient than the busses. In the price included is a dinner and a breakfast. Once you travel between Nairobi and Mombasa better take the train as there a too many road accidents....ok, you will need some more hours, but you will arrive safe and relaxed.

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  • All transport is possible...

    Unless you already live in Africa then flying is your best bet, in and out. A fun way to get around Kenya is by safari truck or landrovers, particularly when outside of the main cities. The taxi's in Nairobi are relatively cheap and will take you pretty much where you want to go, they are also friendly as well.If you want to get to Mombassa then...

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  • Train Between Nairobi & Mombasa

    If you go to Kenya you should do this an overnight trip between the two cities. Its really cool as you get to go through the game parks and see the scenery. Also the train is pretty old with the rolling stock remnants of the British Empire. When I went you still got silver service for your meals, which was cool.Its not that expensive if you are...

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  • My Land-Rover

    The sad good bye of my good friends:MACHARIA in the back. Thats JAMES KIPTOOin the front! My LAND-ROVER! I miss that also! Hope to see them sooner than later!Getting dropped off at MACUSHLA HOUSEjust outside NAIROBI. In 2004, my LAND-ROVER. Has just about it had. Will be using another truck in June.9/2002

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